Where does my recycling go?

End Destinations of Recycling Charter

Warwickshire County Council has signed up to the voluntary national initiative called the End Destinations of Recycling Charter. 

By signing up to the Charter, the Council is committed to providing details of where all recyclable household material collected goes after it has been collected.

The sections below show what happens to each of the material types that are accepted at the Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) in Warwickshire


Batteries are sent to G&P batteries in the West Midlands to be treated and make safe. They are dismantled into component parts and separated for recycling into new products. Approximately 60% of the material from the old batteries is recycled.

Car batteries

Car batteries are sent onto Duston Oils in Northamptonshire for processing where the lead and plastic is separated and the battery acid made safe. The car battery you recycle will typically be used to make more car batteries.


Cardboard is sent on to Casepak in Leicestershire and Smurfit Kappa in the West Midlands (Judkins only) for recycling. Once free of contaminants it is sorted in to different grades, baled and stored ready for delivery for the next step in the recycling process. Cardboard you recycle typically comes back as paper bags, paperboard packaging and new cardboard boxes.

See how your cardboard is recycled


Carpet not suitable for reuse is sent on to Roade Fibres Ltd in Northamptonshire who recycle it to make high quality surfaces for equestrian arenas and racetracks.


Cartons are sent to ACE UK recycling mill in Halifax where they are baled and processed into a number of different products, ranging from plasterboard liner to high-strength paper bags and envelopes.

See how your cartons are recycled

Clothes and shoes

Clothes, textiles and shoes are taken to Wilcox Textile Reclaimers. They are a family owned group involved in the reclamation, processing and export of fine quality clothing to Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia. They work with charities, local authorities and waste reclamation companies and have developed new systems using a robot controlled automatic sorting system. Wilcox collect around 26 million kilograms of textiles per year and around 90% of all products are exported. Those products that cannot be exported because of weight or style or damage remain in the UK to be used for their range of cleaning cloths and felt materials for Automotive sound proofing.

In Warwickshire 10% of all proceeds from your donated clothes, textiles and shoes goes to Guide Dogs to the Blind Charity.

Cooking Oil

Cooking oil is sent to Living Fuels a state-of-the-art recovery facility in Thetford to be cleaned and reprocessed. Once recovered it becomes an environmentally friendly bioliquid used to generate carbon neutral electricity for UK homes and businesses.


Small domestic appliances (such as vacuum cleaners, irons and hairdryers) and large domestic appliances (eg cookers and ovens) are taken to EMR Ltd in the West Midlands and SIMS Metal in Long Marston (Judkins only) who test the goods for safety and suitability for reuse.

Those not suitable are broken down into their component parts for recycling. They are then made into new products.

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Fluorescent tubes

Fluorescent tubes are sent to Wiser Recycling in Norfolk to have their mercury safety removed and the aluminium and steel separated.  The high quality glass cullet is treated and used within fibre glass and block manufacture.


Aluminium foil is sent either to EMR Ltd in the West Midlands, R&C Metals in Evesham and White Metals in Coventry where it is processed and cleaned. It is then re-melted to be made into new aluminium products such as car parts.
Did you know? Aluminium is 100% recyclable and can be melted down and reformed again and again and again!

Food & drink cans

Food tins and drink cans are sent either to EMR Ltd in the West Midlands, R&C Metals in Evesham and White Metals in Coventry.
Steel and aerosols are separated from the aluminium cans using a magnet. They are baled and processed by type. Aluminium items can be recycled indefinitely, and quickly back into their original form. Steel can also be recycled time and time again without loss of quality. Once processed new steel products such as bikes, cars, bridges, paperclips are made as well as new food and drink cans.

See how your cans are recycled

Fridges & freezers

Fridges and freezers that are not suitable for reuse are sent to EMR Ltd in the West Midlands to be dismantled to elemental compounds such as copper, aluminium and steel. Over 80% of the material in each fridge is recycled into new products.


Furniture suitable for reuse is sent on to community reuse schemes to be repaired and reused.

Furniture that is not suitable for reuse is either recycled with the wood or scrap metal or sent to landfill at Bubbenhall or Ling Hall in Warwickshire.

Garden waste

Garden waste from the Household Waste and Recycling Centres is taken to open air composting facilities where compost can be produced in less than 8 weeks. The waste is piled into long rows (windrows) which are turned regularly to provide the perfect conditions for the rapid production of nutrient rich compost. The end produce is used by both farmers and Warwickshire home owners.

Garden waste that is collected (alongside food waste) from your kerbside collection is taken to one of two special In-Vessel Composting plants in either Ufton or Daventry where it is mixed and shredded and then composted at temperatures above 70 degrees centigrade to speed up the process and kill any harmful bacteria. When finished it is screened and used on local farmland.

View Stratford District Council’s video on garden and food waste at Ufton in-vessel composter

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Glass is sent to Berryman Glass Recycling processing facilities in Yorkshire. Different colours of glass are separated using lasers. It is crushed to become ‘glass cullet’. Any contaminants such as paper and metal are removed. The ‘cullet’ is mixed with raw materials and melted in a furnace. The molten liquid is moulded or blown into new glass bottles and jars.

See how your glass is recycled

Hardcore & rubble

Hardcore, rubble and soil is sent to Brinklow Quarry to be separated and reused, except from Judkins where it goes to Bubbenhall or Crown Waste in Nuneaton. The soil is often used as topsoil when capping off and landscaping landfill sites. The hardcore is broken down and used as aggregate in the construction industry, often in road building.

Hard plastics

Hard plastics are sent either to CO2G in Wednesbury or EMR Ltd in the West Midlands (Judkins only) for plastic re-processing. The plastic is sorted and recycled into lots of new plastic products such as pipes, garden tables and office stationary.

Household waste

Items that are deposited in the household waste bins are either sent to landfill at Bubbenhall or Ling Hall in Warwickshire or sent to Energy Waste Facilities run by Veolia in Staffordshire or CSWD In Coventry.

Did you know?

To combat the cost of disposal Warwickshire is now sending more household waste to Energy from Waste than Landfill.

What is Energy from Waste?

Energy from Waste is a technology that burns household waste at high temperatures under carefully controlled conditions to produce electricity which is mostly fed into the National Grid.

See how waste is transformed into energy


Around 10% of Mattresses are sent to Furdeco in Birmingham or Onley Prison in Rugby.

They are generally divided by hand into numerous material streams, including needle felt, foam, polyester and metals. There are multiple outlets for these materials, which can be used for animal bedding and textiles, and the metal can be recycled.

The remainder are currently sent to landfill until an alternative solution it sought.

Mobile phones

Mobile phones are recycled at all Warwickshire HWRCs where they are either sent on for reuse or shredded for recycling. The proceeds of which are sent to Warwickshire Air Ambulance Service charity.


Paint not suitable for re-use is disposed through the chemical disposal route at Princes Drive,Stockton or Lower House Farm sites. See our chemical waste page for details.

Paint can be offered for reuse through online reuse networks such as Freegle and Freecycle.

If it is a small amount it can be dried out in the tin and go in the general waste. Please see our A-Z of Recycling for further guidance.


Paper is sent to Casepak Ltd in Leicestershire to be sorted, heated and pulped ready to be re-made into new recycled paper products.

Paper can be recycled into numerous products such as egg cartons, paper plates, construction paper, phone books or even cat litter.

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Plasterboard is sent either to Clews Recycling in Rugby or Arrow Gypsum Recycling in Norton (Judkins only) where it is processed into new gypsum based products, which can be used in the plasterboard and cement industry.


Mixed soft plastics (including bottles, tubs, pots and trays) are separated at Pure Recycling in Ettington and sorted into different plastic types to be recycled into new plastic products such as bottles, packaging, traffic cones, fleece clothing, and even carpet.

Did you know? – Recycling one plastic bottle saves the same amount of energy needed to power a 60-watt light bulb for six hours!

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Printer cartridges

Printer cartridges suitable for reuse are sent to Environment Business Products Ltd in London to be refilled and resold into the market. Those not suitable are broken down into their component parts for recycling.

Scrap metal

Scrap metals are sent to either EMR Ltd in the West Midlands, R&C Metals in Evesham or White Metal in Coventry. At these facilities the metal is separated into different types to then be melted down. It is then recycled into a wide range of new metal products. Virtually all metals can be recycled into high quality new metals.

TVs and monitors

TV and monitors are taken to EWRG in Huddersfield. Those suitable for reuse are tested and sold on. Those not suitable for reuse are broken down into their component parts for recycling. Glass in the screens can be reused in the manufacture of new televisions and monitors. Other materials such as ferrous metals and non-ferrous metals are recovered for recycling too.

Used engine oil

Used Engine Oil is sent either to Duston Oils in Northamptonshire or Oakwood Fuels in Nottinghamshire (Judkins only). Water, chemicals and other impurities are extracted from the oil to re-fine it for reuse as new engine oil or as a fuel for industry.

Wood and timber

Wood from Hunters Lane goes to Welland.

Where does my recycling go? was last updated on February 1, 2018.