Recycling/Recovery Process

In 2009 Translink Waste Management Contract Group was established to facilitate a tender process for the provision of a general waste management contract. Following a successful tender process Translink awarded the contract to Wastebeater, a leader in Northern Ireland’s waste management industry. 

Our current recycling rate is 90%, which is an 80% increase in the amount of materials being recycled since the contract began. These figures clearly highlight the significant impact and benefit Wastebeater has had on the management of our general waste.

Stage 1

General waste is placed in Translink’s station bins and then is collected by Wastebeater from over 80 of our sites.  General waste or household type waste includes items such as drinks cans and bottles, cardboard, crisp packets, paper, glass etc. 

Stage 2

Stage 2 The waste is then taken to Wastebeater’s Materials Recovery Facility, in which it is inserted into separating machinery.  From Wastebeater installing TITECH’s latest technology, they are able to use two Near Infra Red sensors that produce an accurate assessment of the materials passing through.


Stage 3

Stage 3 This has allowed the separation of similar materials such as wood and paper that previously proved great difficulty, but are now easily separated and recycled.  The quality control team at Wastebeater have found that the TITECH dual sensor system is so accurate that it provides at least 98% purity of recovered wood.


Stage 4

Stage 4






After all the waste is sorted and separated, the waste is then made into bales, ready for being recycled into new products. 

Stage 5

The products that the recycled materials are made into are wide and varied.

  • The cardboard and paper extracted is sent to paper mills where it may be re-processed into products such as recycled cardboard, newsprint or other paper products. Recycled paper can also be used for washroom hand towels.
  • Recycled plastic film will be cleaned, pelletised and re-formed into products such as carrier bags, shrinkwrap etc.
  • Wood will be turned into products such as animal bedding, and scrap metals are melted and re-used.

This contract has allowed Translink to meet their duty of care in managing their waste, not only responsibly but effectively.

Speaking about the contract Andy Bate, Group Environmental Manager commented

“This new recycling scheme improves sustainability and environmental management within Translink and we are delighted to be working with Wastebeater who are helping us play our part in providing a better environment for all.”

Paul Byrne the Director of Wastebeater states

“The technology that we use allows us to recycle a greater percentage of the waste that we collect. We hope one day to have ‘zero waste going to landfill and we believe this can be achieved over a relatively short period of time.”