Blue bin, blue box and blue bag collections
The material you separate is collected on behalf of the District Council by Serco Limited and taken to their depot at Longcliffe here in the Derbyshire Dales. It is stored in bays and bulked into container wagons to be transported to the re-processor:
- The paper and cardboard is taken to UPM Shotton, Deeside.
- The mixed glass, cans and plastics is taken to a materials recovery facility in Alfreton.
The materials are separated into their separate streams for reprocessing. Glass is processed for re-melt into new glass containers and any rejected glass or fine glass goes to aggregate uses.
The plastics are take to a processing plant in Leeds, where they separate polymers by type to produce pellets/flakes which are sold to companies for remanufacturing. A significant amount of this plastic is used for making underground water/sewage pipes.
The steel cans are taken to a processing plant in Doncaster where they are baled and sent on to steel works in the UK to be made into new steel ingots. Aluminium is taken to Doncaster where it is melted and turned into plate rolls for the can and automotive industry.