What Happens to Your Waste

Recycling and Waste

There are over 80,000 homes in Aylesbury Vale and Buckinghamshire Council (Buckinghamshire Council) is responsible for collecting the recycling and waste from every household. This includes general waste, mixed recycling, food waste for recycling and garden waste*.

But what happens to your recycling and waste once it’s been collected?


Once every two weeks, our collection crews empty your green-lidded general waste bin. General waste collected from Aylesbury Vale homes (such as crisp and biscuit wrappers, cling film and nappies) is taken directly to Greatmoor Energy from Waste (EfW) facility.

Here, the waste is burnt to generate electricity, powering over 40,000 homes.

Find out more by visiting: www.recycleforbuckinghamshire.co.uk 

Mixed Recycling

Once every two weeks, our collection crews empty your blue-lidded recycling bin. Recycling collected from Aylesbury Vale homes is offloaded at Buckinghamshire Council Waste Transfer Station, situated at Pembroke Road. It is then bulked into special vehicles and transferred to Casepak’s Material Recycling Facilities (MRF), located in Leicester.

At the MRF, the recycling is sorted and separated into different types (e.g. plastic, cardboard, paper, metal) using a mixture of manual and automatic methods. Once the materials have been sorted, they are sent to recycling facilities, the majority of which are UK based, to be made into new products.  

Food Waste for Recycling

Once a week, our collection crews empty your green outdoor food bin.

Food waste collected from Aylesbury Vale homes (such as tea bags, plate scrapings and meat & fish bones) is taken to Olleco's Westcott Park Anaerobic Digestion (AD) facility. It’s at the AD facility that any plastic bags that have been used to collect food waste are separated from the food; with the plastic bags going to the Energy from Waste facility and the food recycled through anaerobic digestion.

During anaerobic digestion, both methane and a nitrogen-rich liquid are produced. The methane is used to generate electricity, which is fed into the National Grid to power homes and businesses, whilst the liquid is used as a high quality fertiliser for use on agricultural land.

Garden waste

*Buckinghamshire Council operate a paid-for garden waste collection service which residents can subscribe to annually. For those who have subscribed, once every two weeks, our collection crews empty your brown garden waste bin.

Garden waste collected from Aylesbury Vale homes is delivered to one of Buckinghamshire’s Household Recycling Centres. From here it is transported to a composting facility where it’s processed into compost. During this process, garden waste is shredded and stacked into long piles known as windrows. The windrows are turned on a regular basis to improve air flow and make sure heat and moisture levels are even. The composting process takes, on average, sixteen weeks, with the last part of the process involving screening the compost to remove contaminants such as plastics and metals, and to also grade the compost for various end uses. Oversized materials are also removed and can be put back through the whole process until they have composted down sufficiently.