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What’s the difference between Disposal and Recycling?


“Waste disposed is used for renewable energy i.e. electricity. Recycling is reusing the product i.e. plastic, cardboard etc.”

Cardboard is pulped and recycled back into packaging

Paper Recycling

Paper is taken to a recycling plant where it is separated into types and grades. The separated paper is then washed with soapy water to remove inks, plastic film, staples and glue. The paper is put into a large holder where it is mixed with water to create ‘slurry’. By adding different materials to the slurry, different paper products can be created, such as cardboard, general prints or office paper. The slurry is spread out using large rollers creating into large thin sheets. The paper is left to dry, and then it is rolled up ready to be cut and reused by industry.

Glass Recycling

Glass is taken from the bags and taken to a glass treatment centre. The glass is sorted by colour and washed to remove any impurities. The glass is then crushed and melted, then moulded into new products such as bottles and. Or it may be used for alternative purposes such as brick manufacture or decorative uses in art or landscaping. The glass is then sent back to the industry ready to be used again. Glass does not degrade through the recycling process, so it can be recycled over and over.

There are approximately  50 different types of plastic.

The main types include: HDPE – Opaque bottles

PVC – Transparent bottles, with a seam running across the base

PET – Transparent bottles, with a hard moulded spot in the centre of the base   

Tin Cans, Foil, Aluminium Recycled

Once collected, the aluminium is taken to a treatment centre. In the treatment centre the aluminium is sorted and cleaned ready for reprocessing. It then goes through a re-melt process and turns into broken down molten aluminium, this removes the coatings and any markings created by inks that may be on the aluminium. The aluminium is then made into large blocks called ingots. An ingot contains about 1.6 million drinks cans. The ingots are sent to mills where they are rolled out; this gives the aluminium greater flexibility, durability and strength. This is then made into aluminium products such as cans, chocolate wrappers and general food packaging. On average, within 6 weeks, the recycled aluminium products are then sent back to the industry - ready to be used again.


General waste is disposed of at Powerday Plant where it is converted into renewable energy i.e Electricity, which is then sold on to major energy supplies within the UK. With Hosiers commitment to renewable energy, they are a major contributer in the supply chain that supplies several of the UK’s major Electricity companies.

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