West Berkshire Council

Where Does Your Recycling Go?

How and where your recycling is processed and reused

After collection, your recycling is sorted at Padworth Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) before being sent for recycling in the UK.

Plastic bottles are sorted into the two types of plastic (PET and HDPE). The bottles are sent to a reprocessor in Dagenham to be recycled into new products. PET can be made into fleece garments, insulating linings, sleeping bag stuffing and even loft insulation. HDPE can be used to make things like drainage pipes and garden furniture.

Steel and aluminium cans are separated by use of magnets and sent to Wales for recycling.  Steel cans are melted down and made into new products like new cans or car parts.  Aluminium cans are melted and rolled out into thin aluminium sheets to make new cans.

Paper and card are separated into different types of quality. Newspapers and magazines are sent to a newsprint mill in Kent for recycling. Mixed paper and card is sent to mixed paper mills, this can sometimes be overseas, to be made into paper or packaging. Cardboard will go to a cardboard recycling mill where it will be used to make new cardboard products and filling.

Textiles are sent to a huge warehouse in the UK to be hand-sorted. Items are sorted into different quality of clothing and textiles to ensure best reuse when distributing worldwide.

Glass is taken to a treatment plant in Essex. At the plant glass is sorted into the different colours, and any contaminants such as bottle tops are removed.  The glass is then recycled into new bottles or jars.

Food and garden waste is taken to our local composting facility in Padworth.  Your garden and food waste is checked, mixed, shredded and composted to be used as a soil conditioner which is sold to local farmers.