Didcot Town Council

Faith in Service

Town Council Helpdesk

Town Clerk: Janet Wheeler
Council Offices, Britwell
Road, Didcot, Oxfordshire
OX11 7HN

Where do recycling and food waste go?

Food Waste

Watch the video below for a virtual tour of Severn Trent Green Power London facility:

Key facts from virtual tour:

  • Fifty thousand tons of food waste are taken to this site per year
  • This waste create three mega watts of electricity which is enough to power six thousand homes
  • When the food waste arrives it is separated from packaging, macerated and liquid waste is added to it so that it can be pumped
  • The waste is then pumped into digestion tanks and heated to body temperature
  • The food then begins to breakdown and give off gas. This gas has methane in it which is captured and that is how renewable energy is created.
  • The substance that is left over is fertilizer which is then spread over land.

Recycling

Recycling process:

  • Recycling is sent to a local material recycling facility where it is sorted by machine and by hand
  • Items are loaded on to a conveyor belt and loaded onto a vibrating machine which separates the cardboard, glass and paper from the rest of the recyclables.
  • Sorted materials are then sent to different facilities to be recycled into many different items including newspaper and milk bottles.