Bridgend County Borough Council,Civic Offices, Angel Street, Bridgend, CF31 4WB

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Monday - Thursday 8.30am - 5.00pm
Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm

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What happens to my recycling?

Along with our waste partner Kier, we make every effort to ensure that all the materials we collect get recycled in the UK.

Residents’ domestic waste is sent to the Materials Recovery and Energy Centre at Crymlyn Burrows near Swansea, where it is converted into fuel pellets which are used to create energy. This means that a large proportion of your domestic waste is diverted from landfill.

Waste processors that we work with can change as new markets are identified, but the list below shows some of the things your recycling gets made into.

  • Glass bottles and jars are ground into sand which is used to make new glass bottles and jars.
  • Plastics are recycled into various plastic products such as bottles, tubs, compost bins and drain pipes.
  • Cardboard is pulped and used to make new products such as egg boxes, cardboard tubes and even insulation.
  • Cans made out of steel and aluminium are melted down to make new products including new drinks cans, food tins or even cars.
  • Newspapers and magazines are sent to a paper mill where they are washed, pulped and used to make new products.

If you'd like to find out more about what happens to your recycling, there are a number of videos on the recycle for Wales website showing what happens to a range of materials once they've been collected from your home.

For further information, please email us at

Last Updated: 07/03/2016
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