What Happens to My Recycling?

The recycling collected by local authorities in north London gets used to make new products. The maps below show how most materials are sent for onward processing in the UK. Some of the recyclable material is sold and sent to other countries where it is used to make new products.

Recyclables collected from households are sorted here in London at the materials recycling facilities (MRFs). We contract with two companies who sort the mixed dry recycling (cans, paper, plastic, glass etc.) collected by six of the seven north London borough councils and then send that sorted material to reprocessors who will recycle it into something new.

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