Recycling Garden Food Waste

It all seems so simple…put your bins out on the correct morning…the wagons come and take everything away…take the bins back in…job done!

But have you ever wondered what happens to your waste after this point? I mean, you’ve taken time to sort it all out. It seems a shame not to know what happens next…

We decided to take a look at what happens to your ‘green’ waste when it gets recycled correctly.


What happens to my garden and food waste?

Your green bin (garden) and kerbside caddy (food) contents are taken to the In-vessel Composting Unit on Wrexham Industrial Estate.

There it gets turned into a compost which is then taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centres where you can collect it for free…so it really is worth your while to recycle – you can get free compost!

Some of the compost also gets used for landscaping projects and landfill restoration.

Sorry, you’ve lost me…In-vessel Composting Unit?

Yep, or IVC to the peeps in the know 😉

Basically, In-vessel composting is the process in which the garden and food waste is sorted and shredded leading up to it becoming compost.

After the sorting and shredding, it gets transferred to a composting system for treatment. The processed compost is transferred to Chester where it receives further treatment.

This gets us to the completed product, which achieves the BSI PAS 100 accreditation…this means it’s a fully recovered material and no longer waste.

And what if I didn’t recycle it correctly?

If you put any of these materials in the wrong bin, they simply won’t get the chance to be recycled into compost and could potentially contaminate other recyclable materials.

It really is a case of creating something out of nothing…so next time you’ve got a pile of potato peelings or conifer cuttings, try to recycle them correctly.

It’s almost like a green waste ‘circle of life’ 🙂

How to become a recycling superhero…in two simple steps.