Recycling with Amber
Recycling with Amber
in partnership with
• Newport Campus
• Pontypool Campus
• Crosskeys Campus
• BGLZ Campus
Waste Management 2013
Recycling with Amber
The UK produces millions of tonnes of waste every year. Whilst there have been
many advances in recycling in recent years, there is still a great deal of waste which
could be recycled that ends up in landfill sites causing harm to the environment.
Recycling is an excellent way of saving energy and conserving the environment.
1 recycled tin can would save enough energy to power a television for 3 hours.
1 recycled glass bottle would save enough energy to power a computer for 25
Up to 60% of the rubbish that ends up in the dustbin could be recycled.
The largest lake in the Britain could be filled with rubbish from the UK in 8
On average, 16% of the money you spend on a product pays for the packaging,
which ultimately ends up as rubbish.
Containers for waste
Recycling with Amber
At Amber we offer:
• High recycling rates / Compliance with the waste Hierarchy
• Diverse range of waste processed for recycling
• Legislative compliance with pre treatment regulations
• Ongoing diversion from landfill heading towards zero waste to landfill
• Materials Reclamation Facility - waste sorting and recycling stream segregation
at a single site
• Services for hazardous wastes.
The diverse range of wastes processed at our recycling centre
makes us unique in the waste industry for Wales. Our recycling
centre handles construction and demolition wastes, retail and
trade wastes, commercial and industrial, educational and civic
wastes, and so Amber Services can deal with every waste that
Coleg Gwent produces, from paper and cardboard products
through to construction and plastering wastes.
What can be Recycled with Amber
The wastes we direct away from the typical landfill stream consist of:
Wood / Timber / Sawdust
Cardboard / Paper / Packaging / Newsprint
Glass Cullet / Glass plate
Brick / Stone / Inert Waste / Aggregate for secondary use
Plastics / UPVC / PVC
Sheeting and Shrink Wrap
Cable and Wiring
Fabric and Clothing
Windows / Doors
UPVC window frames
WEEE waste – Hazardous and Non hazardous
The Waste Hierarchy and Diversion of Waste from Landfill
Landfill tax was introduced by the government in 1996 as a way to help the
UK meet its obligations under the 1999 EU Landfill Directive, the idea being
that making disposal of landfill more expensive would make other, more
environmentally responsible waste treatment options more attractive.
The Waste Hierarchy has become a cornerstone
of sustainable waste management thinking,
aiming to minimize environmental impact.
At Amber Services, we adhere to the Waste
Hierarchy and are passionate about recycling:
Projected Recycling %:
• 2012 : 86% – 90%
• 2013 : 91% – 95%
• 2014 : 100% zero waste to landfill!
Pre Treatment Regulations
• The Waste Producer’s responsibility - all nonhazardous waste must be treated before it can be
sent to landfill.
• Treatment can be a physical, thermal, chemical or
biological process which can include sorting and
separation on site.
One of the simplest forms of pre-treatment for
general waste is segregating waste for recycling.
For waste producers who cannot pre-segregate on
site due to time, space or volume, Amber services
offers the alternative of collecting mixed general
waste form site and sorting at it’s recycling facility
in Ystrad Mynach.
Working in partnership –
Previous years achievements for Waste Minimisation and Recycling
Accreditations & Memberships
• Green Compass PAS 402
Materials Reclamation Facility
Waste Tipped by vehicle...
Segregated materials include:
... once tipped , manual and
mechanical sorting processes used.
Treatment for non-recyclables is
waste to energy/landfill . . .
Types of equipment
used to extract
waste for manual
Separated waste moved to appropriate areas on yard for
What Happens to your Recycling?
Co-mingled collections are where all your recyclables are put into one wheelie bin or skip and tipped
into one compartment on the lorry before being taken to a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) and
At the MRF, all the mixed recycling is sorted and separated into different types of materials by hand or
machine (or both) before being sent to manufacturers who make it into new products.
There are many recycling plants, reprocessing million of tonnes of material every year. For example:
•all of the newsprint manufactured here in the UK is now made from 100% recycled paper;
•all of the organic (garden and kitchen) waste we collect is recycled here, usually quite close to where it
is collected; and
•over 80% of the glass collected for recycling is used in the UK, the majority of it to make new glass
bottles and jars.
There is an ever increasing range of high quality products that are made in the UK from recycled
materials. To find out what happens to the things you recycle please visit
Try to reduce the amount of waste you generate by following the tips below:
1.Register with the Mailing Preference Service to stop receiving addressed
advertising mail like credit card applications
2.To stop unaddressed, unsolicited marketing mail contact the Royal Mail
(email: mailto:[email protected] and the Direct
Marketing Association (UK) Ltd
3.Be aware when giving your name and address; ensure you indicate you
DON'T want your details to be used for future promotions or passed to other
5.Donate left-over paint to your local charity. To find your nearest scheme
6.“Your rubbish is another person’s treasure!”
7.Contact your local Furniture Re-use Network - they distribute unwanted
furniture and household goods to those in need. Or advertise your old
furniture in your local paper or on websites like www.uk.freecycle.org/
8.Avoid food waste
9.Every year in the UK we throw away £12 billion worth of good food,
costing the average family £50 a month.
10.To find out useful tips on the storage of food, tantalising recipes and
advice on portioning, visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com
Amber Services recycle in excess of 85 % of the mixed general waste we
handle for Coleg Gwent, and 100% of the waste that Coleg Gwent pre
segregate on campus. This exceeds Government targets for recycling, and
Wrap’s halving waste to landfill scheme.
Recycling saves Energy
Using recycled materials in the manufacturing process uses considerably less energy than that required for producing new
products from raw materials – even when comparing all associated costs including transport etc.
Plus there are extra energy savings because more energy is required to extract, refine, transport and process raw materials
ready for industry compared with providing industry-ready materials.
Recycling helps protect the environment
Recycling reduces the need for extracting (mining, quarrying and logging), refining and processing raw materials all of which
create substantial air and water pollution.
As recycling saves energy it also reduces greenhouse gas emissions, which helps to tackle climate change. Current UK
recycling is estimated to save more than 18 million tonnes of C02 a year – the equivalent to taking 5 million cars off the
Recycling reduces landfill
When we recycle, recyclable materials are reprocessed into new products, and as a result the amount of rubbish sent to
landfill sites reduces. There are over 1,500 landfill sites in the UK, and in 2001, these sites produced a quarter of the UK’s
emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas
Recycling saves Resources
When we recycle, used materials are converted into new products, reducing the need to consume natural resources. If used
materials are not recycled, new products are made by extracting fresh, raw material from the Earth, through mining and
Recycling helps conserve important raw materials and protects natural habitats for the future.
Information collected for Defra by the Environment Agency on packaging waste
shows how much material is exported and how much is recycled in the UK:
The CPI figures, which include newsprint, indicate a balance of about 47%
domestic reprocessing and 53% export
Reprocessed in the UK
Can It Be Recycled?
Please follow the following links for further information:
www.recyclenow.com/how is it recycled
For further information regarding recycling please click on the links