What Happens to Skip Waste?
It is easy for the items you put in your skip to quickly be forgotten. However, after your skip has been collected is when the excitement really begins. Not only is what becomes of your waste incredibly interesting, but it is important to know about so that you understand how waste disposal companies can help you.
Once the waste has been taken away, it undergoes a complicated sorting process to ensure that all of materials are separated into their designated categories. It is this process which enables the waste materials to be recycled.
At Willshee’s recycling plants, skip waste is separated into plastics, wood, paper and cardboard, metals, glass, textiles, plasterboard, green waste and soil.
After being sorted, the discarded materials are then sent to appropriate facilities to be repurposed for a variety of tasks. The more we can recycle, the less goes to landfill, helping to support our natural environment. Recycling continues to have a positive environmental impact as previously recycled materials often take less energy to turn into new products than virgin materials.
Below is a brief overview of the future of different materials after being collected by Willshee’s:
- 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 are 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.
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.
Zero landfill 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:
- 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
At Willshee’s we operate a zero-landfill policy which includes the disposal of waste collected in our skips. So, wherever your skip waste ends up, you can rest assured that it won’t be in landfill.