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Where Hertfordshire's recycling went in 2022-23.


Food waste turns into electricity

  • 50,000 tonnes of food waste is processed at this site a year
  • That's turned into enough electricity to power 6,000 average-sized homes.

Green waste turns into compost

  •  9,200 tonnes of green waste is turned into compost a year.
  • Your green waste will Enfield, Hertsmere and North Hertfordshire


Recycling in Hertfordshire

The district or borough you live in affects exactly where your recycling is taken, but the majority goes to a facility in St Albans.

A significant amount of household recycling (including separately collected newspapers and magazines, steel and aluminium cans, textiles, garden waste and food waste) are processed at recycling plants in the UK, including a number of facilities in Hertfordshire.

What happens to materials at a sorting plant (video)

General waste in Hertfordshire

Non-recyclable waste collected from households in Hertfordshire is delivered either directly to landfill sites or taken to a waste transfer station near Watford. From there, residual waste is largely directed to a number of energy from waste facilities in neighbouring counties and London. The use of such facilities allows both energy to be recovered from residual waste, which contributes towards the UK’s power needs and minimises the use of landfill.

What happens at a landfill site (video)

Energy recovery facility virtual tour - the 15 steps from non-recyclable waste to energy.


52% of Hertfordshire's waste is recycled

32% of Hertfordshire's waste is sent to an energy recovery facility

16% of Hertfordshire's waste is sent to landfill

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