Statement from South Northants Council on recycling
All of the recycling collected in the blue bins is taken to Casepak's Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Leicester. Here it is separated into different types of material (e.g. paper, card, aluminium) using various mechanical and hand sorting methods.
Casepak sends the Councils a monthly report of where the materials have been sent once they've been sorted and graded at the MRF. Most of these locations are in the UK and some of them are in Europe and other parts of the world. The Council works closely with Casepak to ensure that recyclable materials are dealt with safely and legally. Casepak's state-of-the-art MRF sorts recyclables to a high standard, ensuring material goes to reputable reprocessors that are able to recover and preserve value of the material.
The UK has limited recycling capacity due to the fact that most mass market produced goods are manufactured in other parts of the world, such as China. Recycling is a global market and affected by issues of supply and demand and while it would be preferable if materials were recycled in the UK this is not possible with current infrastructure.
Recyclable material is an extremely valuable resource. A competitive marketplace operates worldwide, with different sectors sourcing and purchasing material for a range of reprocessing options.
As with all recycling schemes it is very important that people put the right things in the correct bin to ensure that waste and recycling is dealt with properly. This is particularly important for the blue bin and we do find that a minority of residents sometimes put the wrong things in their blue bin such as nappies, old clothes and food waste which cause real problems at the MRF. Please remember to check our website for a list of what to put in each bin: https://www.southnorthants.gov.uk/info/10/rubbish-and-recycling/5/your-bins
Thanks to our residents, South Northamptonshire Council has an excellent recycling rate of over 60%, making it the 7th best recycler in England. This is higher than the average recycling rate of 45%.
Posted: Mon, 08 Jul 2019 11:49 by Deborah Rush