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Where do my Recycling and Rubbish Go?

You're careful to separate your recycling from your mixed rubbish and this page explains where it all goes.

Attention: schools, colleges, community groups

East Sussex County Council's waste disposal contractor, Veolia, can organise visits to the following facilities;

  • Our Energy from Waste plant at Newhaven
  • Our Composting Facility at Whitesmith
  • A Materials Recycling Facility in Brighton

For further information see pdf icon Veolia Site Tours [2Mb]

 Mixed Refuse

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This is sent to the Newhaven Energy Recovery Facility which processes about half the household waste in the South Downs area.

That's approximately 210,000 tonnes of waste per year.

The facility converts waste unsuitable for recycling into over 16 megawatts of electrical energy - enough power to supply 25,000 homes. The electricity produced is then supplied to the National Grid.

This unit is operated by ESCC's waste disposal contractor Veolia.

For more information see Veolia

 Mixed Recycling
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This is delivered to a local transfer station and transshipped to a state-of-the-art Materials Recycling Facility (MRF)

The video shows the process in this type of plant.

The mixed materials are separated (for the most part automatically) and baled into large blocks.

These bales are sold into commercial markets as raw materials for the metals, plastics, card and paper industries.

The income for these sales offsets the costs of collection and transport.

This significantly reduces the costs of waste disposal in Rother and East Sussex.

Update October 2014: this video contains images of vehicles and machinery operated by Ideal Paper Ltd. Alternate recycling companies with similar material sorting processes are now being used.

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