What Happens to Recycling in Bournemouth

Find out what happens next to your recycling

We empty Bournemouth’s household recycling Big Bins and commercial recycling bins. We then take all the recycling to a depot in Poole. 

Bournemouth and Poole’s recycling is transported to a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Kent.

Then the recycling is sorted and separated into different types of materials, by machine and by hand.

When it’s separated into different types of material, it can be sold and turned into new items.

Our contract to sort and process household waste and recycling is with Viridor Waste Management, and they only work with Environment Agency accredited and licensed facilities.

Where does the recycling go and what happens to it?


Where it goes

What happens to it

Glass Bottles and Jars 


Used to make glass bottles and jars or as a replacement for sand in construction.


Aluminium and Steel Cans


Recycled into cans and food packaging or used in engineering, architecture and the manufacture of car parts.



UK, EU, China and South East Asia  

Used for paper and packaging



UK, EU, China and South East Asia

Recycled into cardboard and packaging


Plastic Bottles, Pots, Tubs and Trays

UK and EU

Used in the production of plastic bottles or food packaging, clothing, toys and garden furniture

Juice and Milk Cartons


The three main materials are separated: 
• Paper is used for food packaging 
• Plastic for garden furniture 
• Aluminium for building material