End Use Register

Do you wonder what happens to your recycling after it has been collected?

Somerset Waste Partnership was the first authority in the UK to produce a full End Use Register, showing every year exactly where your recycling ends up and how it is used.

In 2015/16 Somerset residents reused and recycled 128,016 tonnes of waste. This saved an estimated 124,199 tonnes of carbon emissions – equivalent to taking 45,954 cars off the road for a year. 96% was recycled in the UK, with only 4% sent overseas for recycling. By reusing and recycling their waste, Somerset residents avoided paying £13 million in landfill costs.

** Carbon emissions are estimates using last available data.

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SWP End Use Register


At a glance – how recycling centre materials are recycled:

Paper Sent to paper mills in the UK to be recycled into newsprint.
Cardboard Sent to board mills in the UK and China to be recycled into new cardboard
Mixed container glass Sent to a reprocessing facility in the UK to be turned into loft insulation
Cans Sorted into steel and aluminium.  Steel cans are made into new steel products and aluminium cans are recycled into more cans.
Garden waste Composted in Somerset by Viridor and local farmers.  Used on site or sold as Revive Compost at recycling centres.
Textiles Sent for reuse in the developing world or shredded into cotton felt/wadding/mops and industrial wiping cloths.
Shoes Sent to developing nations to be refurbished and reused.
Plastic bottles Recycled into various plastic items such as films, pipes, compost bins and fleece jackets.
Beverage cartons Sent to Europe to be separated into paper for cardboard products, plastic to generate energy, and aluminium to be used for aluminium products.
Fridges and Freezers Broken down into separate components for reuse in manufacturing, and CFCs extracted for safe disposal.
Electrical Broken down into separate components, baled and recycled
Bric a Brac Sent to various local outlets via collection agents at each recycling site.
Fluorescent tubes and CFLs Deconstructed into glass, mercury, gas and metals, and each component recycled.  Mercury is recycled into new lamps.
Household batteries Separated into different fractions (i.e. metal and plastic) for reuse in manufacturing
Automotive batteries Separated into different fractions (i.e. metal and plastic) for reuse in manufacturing
Cooking oil Turned into biofuel to generate electricity and heat
Engine oil Oils are recovered and blended for use as an alternative fuel
Plate glass Reprocessed into glassfibre loft insulation
Scrap metal Sent to various reprocessors who break it down into separate components, bale and recycle it.
Tyres Shredded and granulated to be recycled into items such as children’s play areas, equestrian surfaces and other products.
Wood (Clean timber) Some is mixed with food waste and composted, some is turned into chipboard.
Wood (Low grade timber) Some is made into chipboard, and some is incinerated to produce energy and heat.
Plasterboard Separated into gypsum which is reprocessed into new plasterboard, and paper which is recycled into a variety of new paper materials.
Soil Soil is reused in landscaping.
Hardcore Used in landscaping or track construction on landfill sites.