Each household in the Harrogate district produces on average 750 kilograms of rubbish every year. The amount of rubbish we throw away is increasing due to things like lifestyle changes and an increasing population.

More and more people in our district are recycling but we still need to further increase the amount of waste that we recycle. It really does make a difference.

Did you know it costs over £116 per tonne to dispose of the waste that isn't collected in kerbside recycling.

Your kerbside recycling is taken to the waste transfer station at Claro Road, Harrogate. It is then transferred to Yorwaste's Waste Management Sites at Harewood Whin or Seamer Carr.

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At Yorwaste's Waste Management Sites the glass, cans and plastics go through a sorting process to split the recycling into the three streams. The outputs from this are then bulked up and moved on for final processing to material recycling facility (MRF).

  • steel cans get taken to Ward Brothers, Teeside where they get melted down and reused to make products like fridges and car doors
  • aluminium cans get taken to Novelis, Warrington where they get melted down and reused to make light weight components for the car industry
  • glass is taken to a glass processor at Knottingly. Here the glass is crushed, melted and turned back into bottles and jars or becomes part of the process for and many other products. Unlike some materials glass is infinitely recyclable; it doesn't lose its quality no matter many times it's been recycled before
  • plastics get sent to the Roydon Group Manchester where it is granulated and made into foods and drinks packaging and can even be made into fleece jackets
  • cardboard is soaked and pulped and made back into cardboard packaging
  • paper is made into paper again

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Paper and card is taken directly to Claro Road Waste Transfer Station, Harrogate. The paper that is collected from the kerbside is sent to UPM Recycling.

Garden waste wheelie bin

The contents of the garden waste bin are collected in wagons and taken directly to Allium Organics in Sand Hutton and Harewood Whin, Rufforth.

It is turned into a soil enhancer/compost at these sites and is available to buy from household waste recycling centres or used in agriculture.

Household waste wheelie bin

The contents of your household non-recyclable waste wheelie bin is taken to Allerton Waste Recover Park.

The facility includes a mechanical treatment where waste is separated and recyclable items retrieved, for example, uncontaminated metal, paper, tin, card, glass, plastics. Food and biodegradable items are separated to go in an anaerobic digester creating renewable energy and the remaining waste sent to an energy from waste plant which creates enough electricity to supply approximately 40,000 homes each year.

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Page last updated 21/09/2018