When the collection vehicles are full they tip the recycling at Hayedown depot, near Tavistock. From there the recyclables are bulked by type and sent to be recycled. The metals and plastics are sent to Exeter City Council's Materials Reclamation Facility for further sorting before being sent for recycling.
The below table details final re-processors for recycling collected at the kerbside and in our recycling banks.
|Material||Sorting Facility||Final Re-processor||End Product|
|PET plastic bottles||Exeter City Council Materials Reclamation Facility||Roydon, Gwent||PET bottles|
|Natural HDPE plastic bottles||Exeter City Council Materials Reclamation Facility||Biffa UK Polymers, Cleveland||HDPE bottles|
|Coloured HDPE plastic bottles||Exeter City Council Materials Reclamation Facility||Polypipe Civils, Lincolnshire||Plastic Pipes|
|Aluminium cans||Exeter City Council Materials Reclamation Facility||Novelis Recycling, Cheshire||Aluminium Cans|
|Steel cans||Exeter City Council Materials Reclamation Facility||Celsa, Cardiff||Rebar (reinforcing rods in concrete)|
|Cardboard||n/a||Smurfitt Cappa, Kent||Corrugated card|
|Glass||n/a||URM, West Yorkshire||Glass containers|
|Textiles (from kerbside)||n/a||Wilcox||Sent for reuse in Developing Nations|
|Batteries||n/a||Wastecare, Halifax||Steel for the automotive industry, nickel for coins, iron for construction, manganese for paint and lead for batteries and roofing|
|Drinks cartons (from banks)||n/a||Ace UK, West Yorkshire||Coreboard (tubes)|
|Textiles (from banks)||n/a||Salvation Army||Sent for reuse in Developing Nations|
Recyclables are a commodity that can generate an income for the Council which is used to subsidise collections and other services. We work closely with our contractor, FCC Environment, to ensure that our recyclables, where possible, are kept within the UK.
In October 2019, we will be improving our service to include a wider variety of materials collected at the kerbside, including a wider range of plastics. We have worked with our contractor to ensure that they have identified sustainable re-processors for these additional materials before introducing the change.
The contents of the food caddies is tipped by the collection vehicles at Hayedown depot, near Tavistock. Here it is bulked before being delivered to Andigestion's Anaerobic Digestion Facility in Holsworthy. The material is broken down in a series of sealed, oxygen free tanks to produce methane, a gas used to generate electricity and digestate, a nutrient rich fertiliser used by local farmers.
Garden waste collected from subscribing households is tipped directly at Artiscombe Farm, near Tavistock. Here the garden waste is composted in large heaps which are turned every few weeks to improve breakdown of the waste. The resulting compost is used by local farmers.
The black sacks are tipped by the collection vehicles at Crowndale Transfer Station where it is bulked before being delivered to MVV's Energy from Waste (EfW) and Combined Heat & Power (CHP) facility in Plymouth. The waste is used as a fuel to heat water into superpower steam which turns a turbine to create electricity.