What Happens to Skip Waste?
It’s easy for people to dismiss waste from their thoughts once it has been put in a skip and removed from their property, but what happens after your skip is taken away is when the disposal or recycling actually happens. It’s an essential part of the process and one that is actually surprisingly interesting. It is also important to know what happens to make sure you know what waste disposal companies can do for you.
Once the waste has been taken away it undergoes a complicated sorting process to ensure that all of the various materials are separated out, ready for recycling. At our recycling plants, they are separated into plastics, wood, paper/cardboard, metals, glass, textiles, plasterboard, green waste and soil.
Once the recycling has been sorted, the various materials are sent off for a variety of different uses. The more we can recycle, the less goes to landfill. Also, recycled materials often take less energy to turn into new products than virgin materials.
- Wood is chipped into tiny pieces at our Sawmills Recycling Centre. Metals are removed from the wood during this process. Depending on the type of wood, the resulting material could be used for panel board, animal bedding or biomass.
- Metals are separated further into various types and sent to other facilities, where they are broken up and melted down, ready to be turned into new products, such as car parts or jewellery. Often scrap metal is sent abroad, where it is greatly needed.
- Cardboard and paper is baled and sent off to paper mills, ready to be processed into new paper or fibre-based products.
- Hardcore, concrete, tiles and glass are crushed into smaller pieces and then sent off to be used as sub-base gravel.
- Textiles will be sent off to textile recycling facilities where they can be separated into various materials based on what they are made from.
- Plastics, since there are several different kinds of them, are sorted into the various types before being baled. These bales are then sent on to plastic reprocessors where they can be be made ready for use in new products.
- Green waste goes off to composting facilities to be mulched and then used as fertiliser.
- Soils are screened and then sent off to be sued as recycled topsoil or for use in engineering projects.
- Zero waste to landfill: 100% of waste is not sent to landfill
- Virtually zero waste to landfill: 98% of waste is not sent to landfill – nearly there!
- Landfill waste diversion: 80% of waste is not sent to landfill
Some waste companies do not deal with hazardous materials, but we deal with a variety, including chemicals, solvents, oils, asbestos, paints, WEEE and cylinders and aerosols. Hazardous materials are also sorted and the bits that can be used are sent off to various recycling centres.
This is the pledge by companies to reduce the waste they send to landfills down to zero. It has different tiers based on how well the companies manage to achieve this: