Waste recycling categories used, how much of each is recycled, and how much money is gained.

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Dear Lancashire County Council,

Please can I enquire under Freedom of Information Act as to the amounts of money made by waste recycling by the council.
Specifically, I would like to know
a) What are the waste categories into which waste is sorted (eg metal, wood, glass, car batteries, oil, etc)
b) The amount of each type collected by the council for recycling
c) The amount of money recouped for each type.
This can be collective, or by recycling centre, I do not mind.

Supplementary information, if it is available in the time frame allowed to answer the question, is “What is the acceptance criteria for each category from the disposal company?”
For example:-
Would you get a higher price for clear glass if you could guarantee there was less than x% coloured glass in the container?

Would you get a higher price for ‘metal’ if you could guarantee there was less than Y% other material in the container?
I ask this because I am thinking of what happens to composite waste, eg a car wheel with a tyre on it, or a steel table with a wooden top.

Thanking you in anticipation

Yours faithfully,

Peter Richards

Freedom of Information, Lancashire County Council

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Dear Mr Richards

Request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

Further to your request for information, made under the provisions of the
above Act, please see below our response.

 

a)         What are the waste categories into which waste is sorted (e.g.
metal, wood, glass, car batteries, oil, etc)

 

b)         The amount of each type collected by the council for recycling

 

Please see attached.

 

Please note, we have provided 2019-20 as this was a "typical" year.
Changes to operations as a result of covid are such that 20-21data is
distorted.

 

c)         The amount of money recouped for each type.

 

We cannot provide amounts by waste type. The overall net COST of recycling
the separated materials (not including and landfill or hazardous waste
disposal costs) from recycling centres in 2019 – 20 was £430,875.

 

This can be collective, or by recycling centre, I do not mind.

 

Supplementary information, if it is available in the time frame allowed to
answer the question, is “What is the acceptance criteria for each category
from the disposal company?”

 

For example:-

 

Would you get a higher price for clear glass if you could guarantee there
was less than x% coloured glass in the container?

 

Would you get a higher price for ‘metal’ if you could guarantee there was
less than Y% other material in the container? 

 

I ask this because I am thinking of what happens to composite waste, e.g.
a car wheel with a tyre on it, or a steel table with a wooden top.

 

We collect waste in a manner and in the way residents present it and in
such that we can reduce the amount of different containers needed. Where
waste is separated out into different sub-streams we receive different
rates from off-takers. By example we receive or pay different rates for
tyres, tyres with rims or just the rims. You will always get a better
price (or pay less) where a material is free from any contamination but
that is not usually viable at a publicly used facility.

 

Kind regards

 

Information Governance Team

Lancashire County Council

 

[1]www.lancashire.gov.uk

 

 

 

 

 

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