Household waste recycling centres

What happens next

The materials you leave at our recycling centres are used in a variety of ways:


Bikes are donated to either Angus Cycle Hub  or Second Cycles


Steel cans are collected and turned into items such as steel piping or steel cans. Aluminium cans are smelted and reprocessed usually to make more aluminum cans.

Car batteries

Batteries are uplifted and transported to a reprocessor where the batteries are broken down. The lead and acid component is removed and recycled and the plastic casing is recycled.


Cardboard is reprocessed to make new cardboard.

Cooking oil

Cooking oil is reprocessed into biodiesel which can be used as fuel for both diesel cars and generators.
Bio liquid fuels are also produced which can be used to run CHP (combined heat and power units).

Electrical and electronic equipment

Electrical items are broken up into various components for recycling.

Engine Oil

Every litre of engine oil is fully recovered and processed to produce high specification fuel oil or alternatively recycled for re-use as base oil.

Garden waste

Green waste is broken down for use as a soil conditioner or for land restoration.


Glass is reused to make new glass bottles and jars.

Liquid food and drinks cartons

Cartons can be recycled into plasterboard liner, paper carrier bags and garden furniture.

Newspapers and magazines

Newspapers and magazines are pulped and recycled back into paper for the newspaper industry.

Plastic bottles

Lighter bottles are turned into polyester fibre, while harder bottles can be recycled into guttering, wheelie bins and water butts etc. The green wheelie bins that we use are made of this recycled harder plastic.

Plastic food containers

These are recycled into water butts and other hard plastic items.  

Plastic lids

Plastic lids are recycled to produce water butts and other hard plastic items.


Rubble is reused.

Scrap metal

Scrap metal is segregated and sent to various reprocessors.

Shoes and handbags

These items are sent to third world countries.


Spectacles are collected on behalf of Vision Aid Overseas. Spectacles are sorted, cleaned and graded by Specsavers, before being shipped abroad to the developing world.


Textiles are sent to third world countries. Items that cannot be reused are recycled into wiping rags for the oil industry.

Tin (aluminium) foil

Reprocessed aluminium foil is generally used to make engine components or new tin foil.


Wood is sorted and shredded. Some wood is turned into ‘flake’ boards and some is used as biofuel.