Garden waste collection service

What happens to the waste?

General waste

Black bin waste is normally taken to the Energy from Waste facility in Coventry. The incinerator burns the rubbish and generates electricity. The high moisture content in garden waste makes the Energy from Waste facility inefficient and more polluting, so we cannot accept black bins that contain garden waste.

In some circumstances Warwickshire County Council might ask us to take waste to a landfill site, but this costs them more.

Garden waste

Green bin waste is taken to an In Vessel Composting facility. The waste rots down very quickly in the enclosed space and gets very hot, killing off any harmful bacteria that may be in cooked meat or other food waste. The compost produced is low quality, however, and is rarely useful for gardening. It is often used in landscaping, and to help cap landfill sites.

Garden waste collected at household waste recycling centres (tips) is normally taken to a conventional compost facility, where the waste rots down more slowly and at lower temperatures. The process is cheaper and the compost produced is higher quality. It is typically used by farmers.

Recycling

Blue-bin recycling is taken to a mechanical processing plant that separates the recycling into the different materials, which are then taken away for reprocessing. Contaminated materials are converted into electricity at an Energy from Waste plant.

This short film shows how dry recycling is sorted by the mechanical processing plant.

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