Metal cans, plastics and cartons

Recycled via: 

Your metal cans, plastics and cartons are taken to our waste transfer station for bulking before being transported to a re-processor for further treatment.

Metals cans

Please do not dispose of batteries in your burgundy bin.  Please refer to our A-Z Recycling guide for further guidance on battery disposal.

  • Metals are sorted both manually and using magnets to separate aluminium and steel.
  • Metals are sent to a metal recycling facility where it is shredded, melted and made into sheets of metal again.


Please noteOnly recyclable household plastics such as food trays, containers and punnets etc. should be placed in your burgundy bin.  Other plastics such as those found in electrical goods should be taken to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC).

No black plastics please.  Sorting technology can struggle to detect black plastics. Instead place any black household plastics in your grey residual/non-recyclable waste bin.  

  • Plastics are sorted both automatically and manually to ensure all contaminants and unwanted materials have been removed.
  • Once sorted and cleaned, plastic can either be shredded into flakes or melt processed to form pellets before finally being moulded into new plastic products.


  • Cartons are recycled in UK paper mills and combined with mixed paper. 
  • Mills use mixed paper as a raw material in product such as gypsum wallboard, chipboard and moulded pulp products such as egg cartons.

Did you know? 

  • Aluminium is the most common natural metal found in the Earth’s surface and infinitely recyclable.
  • One recycled can would save enough energy to power a television for three hours.
  • Many companies and countries are now strongly encouraging the use of aluminium bottles as an alternative to plastic bottles.  Unlike plastic bottles, aluminium bottles are easier to recycle because it’s only one type of material.  Plastic bottles normally consist of three different kinds of plastic; one for the bottle, one for the cap and another for the wrapper. 

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