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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recover – turning our waste into energy

Club members Visiting Allerton Waste Recovery ParkClub members Visiting Allerton Waste Recovery Park

Do you ever wonder what happens to the rubbish you put in your black bin bag?

Club members visited Allerton Waste Recovery Park to find out what happens to North Yorkshire and York’s rubbish. Its mantra is Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recover.

Rubbish into Engergy

Turning our rubbish into energy – enough electricity for 40,000 homes. It’s sifted, sorted and incinerated at over 850 degrees Celsius.

Why black plastic is so bad? Its not detectable by the infrared sensors that sort out plastic waste for recycling. The average household generates 1 tonne of rubbish a year! We saw how much rubbish is collected in just one week (and this was after everything recyclable is removed). Frightening.

Energy not Landfill

The content of the black wheelie bins used to go into landfill. Now more than 90% is processed by the plant. It’s used to produce biogas to produce its own electricity. It also generates for the national grid.  Byproducts end up as aggregate for building. To find out more visit . The visitor centre provides excellent guides so you can see for yourself.