Throwing things away in our refuse sacks to be buried in landfill is a waste of valuable materials which can be used again and again to make new products; recycling saves energy and resources.
Eden's recycling rate in 2013-2014 was 41.55% thanks to a combination of kerbside collection schemes and recycle points and to the hard efforts of Eden residents. Of 22,312 tonnes of household waste generated last year, an impressive 12,496 tonnes were either recycled or composted.
How materials collected in Eden are recycled and reused
| Product || What happens to it || Where it is recycled or reused |
|Glass || Recycled into new bottles and jars ||Norpol, Ellesmere Port |
|Aluminium foil || Recycled into engine parts ||Novelis, Birmingham |
|Cans || Recycled into new aluminium and steel cans ||Norpol, Ellesmere Port |
|Paper and card ||Recycled into new paper products ||Stirling Fibres, Shotton Mill, Chester |
|Plastics || Recycled into a variety of plastic products ||Roydons, Worcestershire |
|Plastic bags || Recycled into a variery of plastic products ||Roydons, Worcestershire |
|Textiles || Reused (worn again) ||To Cookstown Textiles |
|Shoes || Reused (worn again) ||British Heart Foundation, Newcastle upon Tyne |
|Books || Reused (read again) ||Penrith (British Heart Foundation shop) |
|Garden waste || Composted ||Hespin Wood (Carlisle) |