What we collect
We collect glass bottles and jars on our fortnightly, kerbside collections in Ollerton, Boughton and 9 other surrounding villages. This is sorted into clear and coloured glass and stored at our units until we have approximately 30 tonnes of each. This is then collected by a glass manufacturer for recycling into new bottles and jars. Over the year, we collect around 480 tonnes of glass which is reprocessed and avoids landfill.
Our glass collections allow us to demonstrate that people with learning disabilities are able to make a fantastic contribution in our local communities. They work as part of a team, allowing each of them to shine and to achieve their maximum potential. The most important thing about our glass collections is that they showcase the work we do in the community, highly visible and very proudly.
Cardboard and Paper
Cardboard and paper are collected through our business collections which provide an effective waste recycling service to over 130 local businesses. We direct the cardboard in one of 2 directions depending on its’ quality. The better quality cardboard is stripped of tape and staples, shredded and packed into 10kg bales to be sold as animal bedding. Predominantly for horses.
The lesser quality cardboard is crushed and baled into 400kg bales to be recycled and remanufactured as a lower quality cardboard product such as egg boxes.
The processing of the cardboard is one of the ways where we develop the skills and work ethos amongst out teams, ensuring that we all work alongside one another with respect, dignity, and pride.
We collect used, unwanted clothing, bags and shoes on our fortnightly kerbside collection rounds. Simply leave your bag of clothes alongside your glass recycling box and we’ll pick it up and leave you a replacement bag for next time.
We’ll sort the clothes, process them and recycle them in the best, most profitable way. This may be via online clothing re-sale sites or more commercial clothing recycling. All funding generated by our textile collections goes straight into our charity, ensuring that we can continue with our valuable activities.
Aluminium cans are collected from local schools and some of our business collections. At our units, we use a sorting machine to separate the steel and aluminium. These are then crushed and palletised awaiting delivery to an aluminium manufacturer. The aluminium delivered is 100% recycled and will be reused time and time again.