Recycling is the process by which unwanted or unusable goods are collected and treated either mechanically or by heat and turned into materials which can be used to make new products.
All household refuse (waste) either in wheelie bins, bin bags or from the Civic Amenity sites, including school waste and street bin waste, is taken to the Energy from Waste Plant (EfW) at Richmond Hill where it is burned at high temperatures. Combustible waste from the commercial or industrial sector is also taken to the EfW. The heat is used to produce electricity.
Some difficult wastes are shipped off island for specialist disposal, with permission of the UK waste regulation authority. General waste materials that cannot be burned on Island (such as asbestos, or plasterboard) are sent to landfill sites for disposal.
What is waste?
Waste is anything we do not want anymore and we want to dispose of. It can be made up of many things:Packaging (e.g. plastic bags, cans, bottles, cardboard) , paper, leftover food, broken or unwanted toys, broken or unwanted electrical equipment, old clothes or other textiles, garden waste, clinical (hospital) waste, soil and rubble, DIY waste.
A typical household bin is made up of the following types of materials: