What happens to your waste?

What happens to waste

Veolia Wonder Open Days

Want to know more about what happens to your waste and recycling once your bin has been collected?  

Hampshire County Councils Waste disposal contactor Veolia are holding open days for members of the public that have a particular interest in learning more about the process for dealing with our waste and recycling by visiting the Material Recovery Centre (MRF) where recycling is sorted or the Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) where household waste is incinerated to create electricity.

For further information visit www.veolia.co.uk/hampshire/about-us/about-us/corporate-responsibility/wonder-open-days

Where does the recycling go?

All of the recycling collected from your home is taken to a Materials recovery facility (MRF) in Alton. Here it is separated out into the different materials types.

It is important to put the correct items in the green bin otherwise contamination can occur which mean a whole batch of recycling ends up going to incineration.

What happens to the household waste?

The waste that is put in the waste bins is transferred to an Energy Recovery Facility at Chineham, Marchwood or Portsmouth. Here the waste is incinerated to produce electricity.

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Where does the garden waste go?

The garden waste that is collected from your home is taken to a composting facility near Basingstoke. At this facility the green waste is slowly turned into soil condition called Pro-Grow.

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Because of the heat generated there is no issue with Japanese knotweed or other invasive species contaminating the compost.

What happens to the textiles that I put in the blue bins?

The textiles collected at the 21 sites round the district are collected by the European recycling company. Garments are separated out into those that can be reused and those that will be recycled.

Nothing goes to waste; buttons, zips, chains and rivets are all removed by state of the art processing machines, and sent for recycling. Even the dust generated in the process is compressed into blocks and used again in the manufacture of paper, concrete production or utilised as energy.

Any profits from a textile bank are then shared with local charitable organisations.

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