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Find out where your rubbish ends up

Have you ever wondered what happens to your waste and recycling once its collected from your home.

Food and Garden

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All of the mixed food and garden waste are sent to an in-vessel composting facility near Sittingbourne.

The organic waste is composted at a high temperature and turned into a soil conditioner to be spread on local Kent farms.


Paper and Cardboard

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All of the paper and cardboard (known as fibre) goes to a UK paper mill to be pulped and recycled back into a variety of different fibre products.

Please do not use clear recycling sacks or plastic bags to separate  paper and cardboard.



Mixed containers

White reusableMaterials from your white reusable bag and clear sacks are sent to Southwark Material Recovery Facilities (MRF).

The materials are separated using a combination of manual and automatic processes, including magnets, conveyor belts and lasers, before being baled up and sent to private companies for recycling into new products.

Please only use white reusable bags for glass (bottles and jars), tins and cans, clean foil, empty aerosols and household plastic packaging (bottles, pots, tubs and trays)

General non recyclable waste

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Most of the non-recyclable waste collected from homes in Medway is taken to SELCHP Energy Recovery Facility in South London.

Here waste is safely incinerated and heat from this process creates steam, in turn generating electricity which is supplied to the National Grid.

Opened in 1994, SELCHP is now regarded as an example of industry best practice, with similar facilities modelled on its design being constructed around the world. For a virtual tour please click here.


Medway sends around 18% of its household waste to landfill.  The only household waste sent to landfill is bulkier items delivered to Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs), but we are working to address this further and move as close to zero landfill as we can.