Recycling is simple – Here’s how it works

As part of the national recycling week campaign taking place from 12 – 18 September, the Staffordshire Waste Partnership has produced two information leaflets which explain “what goes where”.  The leaflets have been produced in conjunction with Veolia.   Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for communities and the environment Gill Heath said: “In Staffordshire we recycle 50% of our household waste, but we are asking residents if they can do even more. Recycling in Staffordshire is easy.  All residents have to do is make sure that their recyclables are empty, clean and dry, with the labels removed if possible. We look after the rest.”   The recycling leaflet explains the process, starting with when the materials are collected from the kerbside, and follows their journey to the Material Recovery Facility and then finally to the processing plant which makes them into new products. The more items that are recycled, the more new products can be made.    Commenting on the leaflets, Steve Mitchell, Director for Veolia said: “As a resource management company, Veolia are delighted to join forces with the Staffordshire Waste Partnership to promote recycling.  By recycling 25 plastic bottles, one fleece jacket can be made. Making a plastic bottle from virgin materials uses 75% more energy than recycling plastics that have been used before.  That’s got to be good for all of us”.   A second leaflet, explains how other items which can’t be recycled are dealt with in the waste stream.  Items such as nappies, polystyrene packaging and other non-recyclable items, can help generate electricity.     The Staffordshire Energy Recovery Facility uses non-recyclable waste to generate enough electricity to power 66,000 homes– which reduces the need to generate from fossil fuels.   To find out more about the process, residents can download the leaflets at: and go to our Get Involved page.