Find out more about what we recycle and where it goes...


Waste recycling


Glass recycling


Plastic recycling

Cans & Plastic Bottles

Business recycling

Vending Cups

Commercial waste recycling


Electronic waste

Recycle Printer Cartridges

Waste disposal


Recycling landfill

Wood & Pallet

Electronic waste


Commercial recycling

Fluorescent Tubes

Cans & Plastic Recycling

For your convenience, we have machines at our sites that will sort all of your cans from plastics, so you don’t have to separate them before they get to us.

We also provide polythene bags to reduce leaks from liquid residue, so you can store your cans, plastic bottles, and clean or washed plastic containers between collections.

What happens to your cans and plastics?

Cans and plastics are all put into the same sorting machine, where we use a large magnet to separate the steel cans, an electronic current to sort the aluminium cans, and gravity to separate the plastics as they naturally fall to the bottom of the machine.

See this technology at work:

Steel cans

Once sorted, we compress the steel cans and load them by mechanical lifting buckets into large bulk lorries.  Here the steel processors remove the tin from the steel and melt the cans down to be used as metal again.

Aluminium cans

Throughout the year we will collect a large amount of cans, and approximately 50,000 cans will weigh around 1 tonne. Once the sorted aluminium cans leave our site, they are cleaned and melted down into metal bars known as ‘ingots’. Amazingly, each ingot contains around 1.6 million used drinks cans, and the energy saved through recycling will be enough to run a standard household TV for around 3 hours!

These are then transported to mills for rolling into sheets, to enable more cans to be made.  Aluminium cans also return to life in a wide range of other products, from take-away food containers to alloy car wheels.

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Plastic bottles and food packaging

These are separated, sorted, and delivered to plastic reprocessing plants throughout the UK.  They use specialist equipment to automatically grade the plastic, and the sorted material is then shredded into flakes. These flakes are then washed and cleaned so they meet the same standards as new (or ‘virgin’) material. This means they can be used to make food-grade packaging and plastic bottles again - another way that we help close the recycling loop.

This can be used as the raw material for a range of products that would otherwise be made of polyester including pillows, carpets, and even clothing, as worn by Abel Kirui in the London 2012 Olympic marathon.

Click on the link to read Abel's story in full

Why not contact a member of our team to find out how we can help you with recycling cans and plastic bottles from your business? Call us on 01242 588600 or click on the contact page, and we will be happy to assist with your enquiry.