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Find out where your rubbish ends up
Have you ever wondered what happens to your waste and recycling
once its collected from your home.
Food and Garden
All of the mixed food and garden
waste are sent to an in-vessel composting facility near
The organic waste is composted at a high
temperature and turned into a soil conditioner to be spread on
local Kent farms.
Paper and Cardboard
All of the paper and cardboard
(known as fibre) goes to a UK paper mill to be pulped and
recycled back into a variety of different fibre products.
Please do not use clear recycling sacks or plastic bags to
separate paper and cardboard.
Materials from your white reusable bag and
clear sacks are sent to Southwark Material Recovery Facilities
The materials are separated using a combination of manual and
automatic processes, including magnets, conveyor belts and lasers,
before being baled up and sent to private companies for recycling
into new products.
Please only use white reusable bags for glass (bottles and
jars), tins and cans, clean foil, empty aerosols and household
plastic packaging (bottles, pots, tubs and trays)
General non recyclable waste
Energy Recovery Facility
Most of the non-recyclable waste collected from homes in
Medway is taken to SELCHP Energy Recovery Facility in South
Here waste is safely incinerated and heat from
this process creates steam, in turn generating electricity which
is supplied to the National Grid.
Opened in 1994, SELCHP is now regarded as an
example of industry best practice, with similar facilities modelled
on its design being constructed around the world. For a virtual
tour please click
Medway sends around 18% of its household waste
to landfill. The only household waste sent
to landfill is bulkier items delivered to Household
Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs), but we are working to address
this further and move as close to zero landfill as we can.