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. 

What is Bournemouth’s recycling made into?

Type of recycling

What is it made into?

Newspapers and magazines



Mixed papers and cardboard

A range of packaging products


Office papers

Office paper



Building sand, road surfaces and substrate


Plastic bottles and food containers

Drainage pipes, fleeces, car parts/upholstery


Steel cans, aluminium cans