What happens to our waste?

All waste and recycling is taken to our St Mary’s Waste and Recycling Centre where it is sorted. Your waste sacks are compacted and cardboard is baled.  


The table below shows where our various waste streams go.

Material Stream

Main Sort Transfer Point

Final Waste Stream Destination

General waste

SUEZ Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre / Pool or Launceston Transfer Station

SUEZ Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre / Suez Severnside Energy Recovery Centre

Dry Mixed Recycling

SUEZ Pool/Bodmin/ Material Recycling Facilities

These are taken to third parties primarily based in the South West. Some mixed material to the SUEZ, Avonmouth plant for further segregation processing.


Plastics go to a third party who handle HDPE and film, granulation, reprocessing and re-use


Cans go to a third party manufacturer for use in UK metals and processing industries.


St Mary’s Waste and Recycling Centre

The glass is broken down on site and sold locally as hard core.

Garden waste

St Mary’s Waste and Recycling Centre

Parting Carn Farm for composting, which is then sold locally.

Electrical waste

St Mary’s Waste and Recycling Centre

Light Brothers, Sussex to break down/separate materials to be recycled.


SUEZ: Energy from Waste (EfW)

‘There is a significant environmental benefit to processing general waste through EfW.

Burying biodegradable waste in a landfill produces methane, which as a greenhouse gas is 23 times more potent than carbon dioxide and is a key contributing factor to climate change.

In line with the waste hierarchy, once economically recyclable materials have been collected, Energy from Waste (EfW) remains the best option for treating residual waste.

EfW provides reliable, decentralised, low-carbon electricity to power 1.8m UK homes and could support more low-carbon local heat networks recommended within the Clean Growth Strategy.

Modern advances in EfW plants have also significantly improved performance efficiency and emissions, as well as saving 200kg CO₂e per tonne of waste diverted from landfill. This can be further improved as we recycle more and utilise more heat.

All this is achieved whilst keeping waste management costs down for business, which is critical during a period when budgets are severely constrained.’

Image Source: SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK


You can find more information on the below websites:

SUEZ Cornwall 

Sussex Recycling Centre & Waste Management Site | Brighton | Light Bros

Morris & Co. (Handlers) Ltd (morrismetal.com)