What happens to your rubbish?
- How recycled rubbish is used to make new products
- Expert advice on minimising the amount of rubbish your household creates
- Advice on what items can and can't be recycled
- Where does your rubbish go when it leaves your home?
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What's in this guide
Less than half of all rubbish is recycled – find out what happens to rubbish that's not recycled
Your guide to what happens to waste that's put out for recycling
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