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Our Non-Recycling Recovery Services

Most household waste can be easily recycled nowadays, but there are plenty of items that can’t, such as plastic bags, polystyrene cups and disposable nappies. However, rather than simply throwing them away, Bywaters uses alternative disposal methods, which have minimal impact on the environment and provide tangible benefits to the country.

Bywaters collects your non-recyclable materials for processing at an Energy from Waste facility. The waste is transported via barge on London’s waterways as part of our London for London initiative, which aims to lower emissions in the city.

Your non-recyclable waste is incinerated, and the energy generated from the process is then fed back into the National Grid. We pledge to send zero waste to landfill, which helps contribute to a sustainable future and preserve the environment.

In the Last Year...

Tonnes of Waste Diverted from Landfill
Vehicle Movements Saved by Using Barges
Homes Powered Through Energy Generated

The Energy Recovery Process

You segregate non-recyclable waste onsite using bins we provide

Your non-recyclable waste is collected in our Euro 6 vehicles

The material is bulked together at our facility in Bow

Barges transport the bulked waste to an energy from waste plant

The waste is incinerated, feeding energy into the National Grid

Non-Recycling Waste FAQs

Non-recyclable waste refers to materials that can’t go in your dry-mixed recycling. These include items such as plastic film, polystyrene, pet waste, ceramics, windows, mirrors, and bubble wrap.

While Energy from Waste (EfW) facilities do produce carbon dioxide, landfill waste emits this in addition to methane, which is much more damaging to the environment. All waste management activities pose some threat to the planet, but at Bywaters, we focus on how to reduce and manage the impact as sustainably as we can.

When we send your non-recyclable waste to the EfW facility, this provides a more sustainable means of disposal, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and generating cleaner energy. This process supplies electricity and heat to homes and businesses in the UK, and can even be converted into high-pressure steam for industrial purposes.

Unless you’re disposing of items considered too dangerous to handle or incinerate, it doesn’t matter what state your non-recyclable waste is in. However, any hazardous or radioactive waste should be segregated before collection as these can cause difficulties further into the process.