Plastics are sorted by colour and type, and contaminants like labels are removed. The plastic is granulated, heated and moulded into another product. The different types of plastics recycled in North Lincolnshire can return as fizzy drink, shampoo or detergent bottles, carpet fibres, drain pipes, clothing, fleece jackets, traffic cones and recycling boxes.
In a similar way to the newspaper process, cardboard is mixed with water (pulped) and contaminants are removed. It is pressed into sheets and dried and recycled into new boxes, packaging or insulation.
Cartons are fed into a pulper containing water, 20 minutes later the fibres have separated from the polymers and aluminium (polyAl). The pulped cartons have now created a fibre soup.
This soup is pumped into a storage tank ready to be made into core board which can then make tubes and cores. The polyAl is pumped into a separate area for further washing which is then baled ready for recycling and reuse.
Cans are flattened and shredded into small pieces. Hot air removes any decoration and the shreds are melted in a furnace. The molten metal flows into moulds to form ingots.
Products include new cans, window frames, foil or car parts.
Steel, tin cans and aerosols
Cans, tins and aerosols are melted down in a furnace with other grades of scrap metal and liquid iron and turned into new steel.
Products include new cans, car parts, bicycles and paper clips.
Paper is mixed with warm water and chemicals to turn it into pulp. Ink and materials such as paper clips are removed from the pulp. The paper is pressed to remove water and to form a strong interlocked mat. It is then ironed out through big tubes and wound into large rolls.
The rolls of recycled paper are cut and wrapped before being cut into size. Paper from your blue box is turned back into new newspapers in just seven days from collection.
Labels, metals and other contamination are removed. The glass is crushed into small pieces to form cullet which is mixed with sand, soda ash and limestone. This is put into a furnace and melted at 1,500 degrees centigrade. The hot glass can then be shaped into moulds and cooled.
Products include new bottles and jars, tiles, jewellery and fibreglass insulation.