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Why recycle and where does it all go?

Why Recycle?

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.

Recycling Rate

Eden's recycling rate in 2013-2014 was 41.16% 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)

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