Household waste collections

Solid recovered fuel plant (SRF)

Swindon has one of the only Waste to Fuel or Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) plants in the country. This takes household waste and turns it into solid fuel which is then used to create power.

All of Swindon’s black wheelie bin waste goes through this process which is a less expensive and more environmentally friendly option than landfill or incineration.

The plant operates by shredding the waste, sorting it, drying it out and then compacting it into bales which can be shipped to the companies in the UK and Europe who buy the fuel we produce.

A significant amount of recyclable materials such as tins, cans and glass bottles, that are put in black wheelie bins instead of being recycled, also get sent to the plant. The plant can remove some of this material but it cannot recycle it properly using this process. 

We always encourage residents to recycle as much as they can because it is better for the environment and less expensive for the tax payer. Sending recyclable materials to the plant costs the taxpayer £50 to £60 per tonne and we process over 200 tonnes per day.

A very small amount of unavoidable waste is sent to landfill (4% of waste collected in Swindon), which is a very low percentage compared to other councils.

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