Dear Gwynedd Council,

As a resident of Gwynedd I admire the efforts made by yourselves to recycle as much domestic waste as possible. However, curiosity has got the better of me and I would be interested to know how some types of domestic waste are recycled and what ultimately happens to it. Specifically:

1) What is the recycling process for "Tetra" and similar food container packs? Where does this take place? What is the final recycled product used for?

2) Where is collected plastic waste processed?

3) What happens to waste placed in our green (unspecified domestic waste bin)? Does it go to landfill, an incinerator, or some other disposal point?

4) How much contamination (i.e. non-food) is allowed in the collected food waste before it is rejected?

5) How is the contents of our brown bin (garden waste) turned in to compost? How are tree branches and other large items processed? What happens to the final product?

I look forward to receiving your response. Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Mr A Willmore

Gwynedd Council

Rhyddid Gwybodaeth / Freedom of Information

Dear A Willmore,

Freedom of Information (ref 96)

Thank you for your recent request under the Freedom of Information Act
2000.

Your request has been passed to me to process and I can confirm that it
has been logged under the reference number 96.

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respond to your request. You should therefore receive the information you
have requested, subject to the application of any exemptions permitted
under the Act, by 07/06/2019. If you require further information please
contact me by phone on 01286 679809 or by emailing
[1][email address].cymru by quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely,
Gwawr Owen

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Green Wena Haf (CG),

Dear A Willmore

 

Freedom of Information (Ref T96)

 

Thank you for your recent request. Please see below for the information
requested:

 

1) What is the recycling process for "Tetra" and similar food container
packs? Where does this take place? What is the final recycled product used
for?

     Gwynedd Council works in partnership with ACE UK who promote the
recycling of food and drinks cartons (Tetra is a brand name) . Collections
take place either at kerbside or via our household waste recycling
centres. The cartons are sent to Sonoco Cores & Paper Ltd, Hollywell
Green, Stainland, Halifax which specialize in recycling of cartons. The
final recycled products consists of circa 75% Wood Fibre (production of
gypsum board, cardboard boxes etc), 21% polymer (used a paraffin wax/
composite materials/energy recovery), 4% aluminium (aluminium
powder/aluminium products)

 

2) Where is collected plastic waste processed? – Sent to accredited
processors namely Roydon Resource Recovery, Swinton, Manchester & J & A
Young (Leicester) Ltd, Corby.

 

3) What happens to waste placed in our green (unspecified domestic waste
bin)? Does it go to landfill, an incinerator, or some other disposal
point? – Residual waste either sent to Enovert Landfill Site at Wrexham or
Viridor’s Energy from Waste plant at Runcorn. As from June 2019 all
residual waste will be sent to a new EFW facility at Deeside named Parc
Adfer. This facility will be used by all North Wales Authorities.

 

4) How much contamination (i.e. non-food) is allowed in the collected food
waste before it is rejected? – Contaminant levels in the food waste
collected is low and is dealt with accordingly by the processor (AD
facility) namely Gwyriad AD.

 

5) How is the contents of our brown bin (garden waste) turned in to
compost? How are tree branches and other large items processed? What
happens to the final product? – Garden waste is either sent to Penhesgyn
In-vessel composting  site at Penhesgyn , Anglesey or to Gwrtaith Gwynedd,
Glanllynnau, Chwilog which operate an open windrow composting facility
which has PAS100 accreditation in place. Large branches should not be
disposed of in the brown bin, any hedge clippings will be shredded as part
of the composting process.

 

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Yours sincerely,

W green

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Dear Green Wena Haf (CG),

Many thanks for your detailed and comprehensive reply. I am very grateful to you and I am very impressed at the way our waste disposal is being handled.

Yours sincerely,

Mr A Willmore