A bin's journey
Your recycling bin goes to a facility to get sorted and put into bales of material to sell to recyclers for further processing.
Your general waste is burned, burned for electricity or sent to landfill.
When contaminated recycling is found, it is redirected to be burnt for electricity. This costs the councils, and the environment.
- 84% of UK households unintentionally contaminate recycling.
- Approx. 48 million GBP paid annually for contaminated recycling.
- only 29.3% of total waste generated was recycled
- 64.2% was burned for electricity
- The recycling rate in London is 33%, meaning 66% of recyclable material is not recyled or recovered.
- The Mayor of London's goal is to get a rate of 65%