Before sending any recyclable material to a third party, in addition to the “Duty of Care” checks it is legally required to carry out, Cory also carries out its own extensive due diligence process to ensure that, as far as is reasonably possible, all of its material will be subsequently managed legally and in an environmentally responsible manner.
To find out what happens to the individual materials, please click on the links below:
Cory sends material to four paper mills based in the UK, Holland and Belgium.
OCC is sent to facilities in Belgium. Because the fibre lengths in cardboard are longer, the material is stronger and can be recycled more times than paper or newspaper:
Separated News & Pams go to mills in Belgium and Norway. The process is very similar to that of the mixed paper/OCC described above:
Film is a low-quality plastic grade and is not accepted as a recyclable material at the MRF, with the exception of the clear recycling sacks that the mixed recycling is collected in. Over the last three years, due to the lack of reprocessing plants available to recycle this material, it has not always been possible to send this material to be recycled and, when that is the case, the film is sent to Energy from Waste to be converted to electricity.
Steel cans are processed in the UK.
Aluminium cans are taken directly to a German aluminium recycling plant.
The sheets are then made into new cans, car parts or anything else that is made from aluminium.
HDPE natural plastics are processed locally in the south east of England.
HDPE coloured plastics are processed in the UK to make a range of products such as new bottles, bag for life shopping bags and furniture.
PET ‘clear’ natural is currently sent to a plastic reprocessing plant in Germany and is processed in the same way as HDPE.
The PET natural is processed into food grade plastics (drinks bottles, sandwich trays and salad trays, etc).
PET coloured is also currently sent to the same plant as PET ‘clear’ in Germany and is processed in the same way.
The PET coloured is processed into food grade plastics (drinks bottles, ready meal trays, etc.), and potentially clothing (such as fleece jackets). The sustainability of making clothes from plastics is under review due to the risk of micro plastics entering the water ecosystems during the washing process of the clothes.
Glass is processed in the UK.