Borough Council of Wellingborough

Where does my waste go?

What happens to my recycling and rubbish?

Recycling materials - green bin

The recycling materials from your green bin are taken to a MRF (Materials Recycling Facility) where they are sorted. This is done partly by machinery and partly by hand. Once separated, the materials are then baled before they are sent on to various locations for recycling.  

Garden waste - brown bin

The garden waste from your brown bin is taken to a local facility, where it is heaped in piles/rows. This method of composting is called 'open windrows'. The piles are moved and turned to improve air circulation and help the composting process.

Household waste - black bin & HWRCs

In 2016 to 2017 approximately 347,000 tonnes of waste was collected from households in Northamptonshire both at the kerbside and through Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs). Approximatley 88% of all the waste collected is diverted from landfill. That equates to about 306,000 tonnes of waste being composted, reused, recycled or treated, with the remaining waste, about 41,000 tonnes being sent to landfill.

 

Please do your bit by REDUCING, RE-USING and RECYCLING as much of your waste as you possibly can.