Recycle week 2019
With the recycling reprocessing industry tightening its quality standards, cartons /Tetra Pak are now treated as contaminant and if enough cartons are present, it can cause whole recycling loads to be rejected. Even where recycling of cartons occurs it is often costly and inefficient. In general, cartons are comprised of 6 layers of material (including 2 types of plastic) which need to be separated. The paperboard fibres are recycled into pulp and used to make household products such as paper towels and toilet paper but usually the remaining plastic and aluminium compound residue called PolyAl is often incinerated at energy recovery facilities.
There is currently just one facility in the UK (Sonoco/ACE UK near Halifax) that is specifically designed to process cartons for recycling. Until such time that more efficient and economic methods of recycling cartons are available, we're keen to preserve the quality of the recycling we're collecting from residents.
Tetra Pak/cartons can be placed in your waste bin. Waste that can't be recycled, reused or composted is mostly sent to the Energy from Waste facility at Newhaven and converted into electrical energy - enough to supply 25,000 homes.
Currently, no. However, East Sussex County Council is working with its contractor Veolia to consider if dedicated carton recycling containers can be installed at its network of Household Waste Recycling Sites.
We are also considering if dedicated carton recycling containers can be installed at bring sites across the county. Both options depend on sourcing sustainable onward movement of material.
Cartons placed in your black bag rubbish bin will be used to make energy at the Energy Recovery Facility in Newhaven.
The good news is that your rubbish isn't sent to landfill. Waste that can't be recycled, reused or composted is mostly sent to the Energy from Waste facility at Newhaven and converted into electrical energy - enough to supply 25,000 homes. Cartons / Tetra Pak make up about 0.25% of our total waste.
In terms of East Sussex County Council's recycling they form just 0.8% of your recycling bin.
Recycling end destinations
ESCC works with two extremely experienced Waste Management Companies Viridor and Veolia - who handle the recycling material for the District & Boroughs across the county (including Brighton & Hove).
Viridor and Veolia operate in global markets selling quality recyclate to commercial third parties. The Environment Agency is the regulating body and closely monitors shipments of material to other countries. Viridor's and Veolia's relative size within the resource market helps ensure that they can procure secure, stable contracts for the provision of high quality recyclate to the marketplace.
This means that whilst the majority of recycling materials can be reprocessed within the UK, some material does go abroad including to Asia - because it makes sound economic and environmental sense and only through the use and expertise of reputable companies.
We are assured that our contractors comply with UK waste shipment regulations and we are able to evidence how we meet our statutory and contractual obligations regarding the material that is managed by the Viridor and Veolia contracts.
By working with experienced, specialist waste companies such Viridor and Veolia, ESCC is confident that it has in place a robust system of traceability with regard to materials deposited by residents for recycling either at the kerbside, bring sites or via Household Waste Sites (tips). Their relative size within the resource market helps ensure that they can procure secure, stable contracts for the provision of high quality recyclate to the marketplace. We will be sharing more information on where recycling goes and what happens to it soon.
We ask that your recycling is free from food and left over contents. This helps keep the quality of materials before being collected and ensures it can be recycled. Recycling facilities rely on the material they receive being clean, dry and loose. It doesn't have to be perfect - a quick rinse in your old washing up water will do.
To allow for room for all your recycling please ensure bottles are squashed (and lid kept on) and any large cardboard is folded.
If you have more recycling than you can fit in your bin, you can place extra in a clear bag next to your recycling bin. Or, a much better solution would be to reduce the amount of single-use plastic and packaging you buy.
Check out: How to ban single-use plastics from your home.
Food waste recycling
There are currently no plans to bring in food waste collections. If food waste is something you are concerned about you can find out how to avoid food waste on the East Sussex County Council Website
Waste / Landfill
Our rubbish is East Sussex that can't be recycled, reused or composted is mostly sent to the Energy from Waste facility at Newhaven and converted into electrical energy - enough to supply 25,000 homes. To find out more information, go to Veolia's website.
It's 4.8% and we're working to reduce that further. Amongst our comparator authorities that we're benchmarked against we're the 3rd best in the country on the percentage of non-commercial waste sent to landfill. There are more interesting facts and figures on the East Sussex County Council website
Glass / Mixed Recyling
There is now the machinery in place to separate glass at the recycling centre, and working with our new contractor Biffa has meant we can make the service easier for residents to use.