What happens to rubbish and recycling

All the rubbish from your grey lidded bin is transferred to a waste treatment company and we now have zero waste going to landfill.

Levenseat Limited has been awarded the contract which involves the transport and treatment of the 42k tonnes of residual waste produced in the Borders each year.

The residual waste is collected from our Waste Transfer Stations (WTS).

The waste is then transported to Levenseat’s site in West Lothian, where the majority of the waste is treated to produce a refuse derived fuel to generate heat and electricity as well as recovering materials which can be recycled.

How it works

The residual waste is collected from our WTS including a new purpose built facility at Easter Langlee near Galashiels.

The waste is then transported to Levenseat’s site in West Lothian, where the majority of the waste will be treated to produce a refuse derived fuel to generate heat and electricity as well as recover materials which can be recycled.

What happens to your recycling?

Recycling collected at the kerbside goes to our reprocessor, J&B Recycling in Hartlepool. J&B operate a materials recycling facility (MRF) which handles the separation and sorting of all the different materials (paper, plastics, card and cans).

At J&B Recycling the materials are separated automatically into individual streams (paper, food and drinks cans etc). Automated techniques include the use of:

  • air sifter - for dust and dirt removal
  • ballistic separator - uses vibrations to separate flat material such as paper, from items like plastic bottles that can roll
  • magnets - removes magnetic material from the process, such as steel cans
  • eddy current separator - for aluminium removal
  • optical sorter - puffs of air used to separate plastic from non plastic items

The segregated recycling materials are then manually checked for quality and then baled. Baling makes them easier to handle and transport to the appropriate reprocessor for recycling.

The MRF separates materials into very precise waste streams producing recyclable materials of a higher quality which have a higher market value. The majority of our materials continue to be processed within the UK with a small amount being sent for recycling abroad. There is no stockpiling of the materials, it is all finding an end market and being recycled.