Where recycling and waste goes

Everything we collect for recycling is sent for recycling. This means that we will only collect materials we have outlets for.

Visit a recycling or waste facility

We organise regular trips to our recycling and waste facilities so that residents can see what happens to their waste once it's been collected.

For details and to book onto a tour, please visit our tours page

Where recycling goes 

Type of rubbish/recycling


Batteries (place on top of bin lid)

G&P Batteries, Darlaston, West Midlands, WS10 8JR

Food recycling (small green caddy)

Agrivert Anaerobic Digestion Plant, Cassington, Oxfordshire, OX29 4FL

Garden waste (brown bin)

Agrivert In-Vessel Composting Plant, Ardley, Oxfordshire, OX27 7PJ

Mixed recycling (blue bin, box, sack)

Viridor Materials Recovery Facility, Crayford, Kent, DA1 4QG

Rubbish (green bin or lilac sack)

Viridor Energy Recovery Facility, Ardley, Oxfordshire, OX27 7AA

Small electrical items (place on top of bin lid)

Computer Salvage Specialists, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 5EY

Mixed recycling (blue bin, box or sacks)

The recyclables collected in your blue bin, box or sacks are sent to a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Crayford, Kent, where they are separated into bales of single material types (e.g. paper/card; plastic) for manufacturing into new items; they are first deposited at a transfer station in Culham, South Oxfordshire.

Recycling is two times cheaper than sending it for disposal and is good for the environment, as it reduces our dependency on virgin materials and reduces energy consumption used in manufacturing.

The video below explains the recycling journey.

Food recycling (small green food caddy or red bin)

Food collected in your small caddy or red bin is sent to Cassington, West Oxfordshire, for anaerobic digestion, where it is liquidised and digested by bacteria to produce electricity and fertiliser.

Recycling food is almost three times cheaper than putting it in your rubbish bin and is good for the environment, as it reduces greenhouse gas emissions and helps fertilise local farmland.

The video below explains the anaerobic digestion process in more detail. 

Rubbish (green bin or lilac sacks)

All non-recyclable rubbish collected from households in Oxford is sent for energy recovery (incineration) at a plant in Ardley, North Oxfordshire. Sending waste here is very expensive and bad for the environment, so please recycle as much as you can.

Visit our energy recovery page or the Oxfordshire County Council website for more information.