When you leave the recycling plant feeling pretty buzzed you know it’s a good sign!
Our recycling company, H&A Recycling Ltd is a division of H&A Waste. H&A waste was originally set up by two local businessmen, Holmes and Alway. When Nat, our executive head chef and myself visited the recycling plant we met Richard, the son of founder Holmes. Richard explained the plant’s process and the end result.
All our waste (excluding glass, which goes to a different recycling plant) gets picked up by H&A and sorted (by hand!) at their site in Redruth. The items which can be recycled get sorted and packed into bales and sold on, where they then get processed and made into new products. A drinks can could be turned into a new product in as little as 6 weeks.
Anything that can’t be recycled gets sent to the energy recovery centre (also known as the incinerator) at St Dennis here in Cornwall. The items here get burnt at such high temperatures that their emission output is low and is mainly steam (I’m planning a visit to find out the facts first hand). The burning of our waste also produces enough electricity to power not only the plant but 21,000 local homes. Before the energy recovery centre was built, our non-recyclable waste was sent to a landfill site near Liskeard. Landfilling is due to cease in Cornwall before December this year. How great is that?! The by-product, ash, also gets used in road building and construction processes. A great example of a circular economy.