What happens to my skip waste?
Years of experience working in the waste disposal
Are you thinking of hiring a skip for a domestic or commercial project? If so, you may be wondering “What happens to my skip waste?” After all, at a time when protecting the environment is more important than ever, it’s vital that you dispose of your rubbish in a safe, legal and eco-friendly manner. Keep reading to find out what skip hire companies do with your waste.
Where does my waste go?
Many people find themselves wondering “What happens to my skip waste?” when they hire a skip for their project. The good news is that when you hire a reputable company for skip hire in Washington, your waste will be handled correctly. At Ward Bros, we recycle as much rubbish as possible, preventing large quantities of it from ending up in the local landfill where it can cause harm to the environment. Once we’ve collected your waste, we’ll take it to our waste transfer station. Keep reading to find out what happens to your rubbish once it arrives here.
Sorting and separating waste
Upon arrival at our waste transfer station, we’ll begin the process of sorting and separating your waste. Firstly, we’ll place the skip onto a weighbridge, enabling us to determine how much waste there is. We’ll then separate it into different categories according to type. We strip scrap metal down into various subcategories, crush rubble from construction projects and screen the soil from garden clearances.
Next, the treatment phase of the process will prepare the waste for the final stage of recycling. This involves getting the materials ready to be either sent to companies that can turn them into new products or recycled in-house.
At our waste transfer station, we use a range of equipment to perform a wide range of processes when dealing with waste from skips. We use huge rotating mesh screens (trommels) to separate materials by size. The rotating drum rolls the larger pieces over to allow the finer pieces to flow through the trommel screen plates. We also have big industrial magnets to allow us to extract metals from waste. Our team are on hand to carry out manual sorting if required. This involves taking out bulky items by hand with the aim of separating specific recyclable materials.
Once we’ve finished sorting and treating the skip waste, it’s ready for processing. We’ll deal with the materials in various ways. For example, we’ll separate the paper into different types and grades before washing it with soapy water to remove glue, ink and any other impurities. Once washed, the paper is transferred to a container where it’s mixed with water to form a pulp. This pulp is then dried, pressed, and rolled into thin sheets of recycled paper.
Metals like aluminium, zinc, iron, and copper are separated into different types before they’re made into new products. The metals are placed into huge furnaces and melted down before being turned into sheets or blocks to be sold to manufacturers.
With garden waste, it is normally transported to a specialist facility where it can be turned into compost. This could include waste such as tree, grass and hedge cuttings.
Waste from construction projects such as bricks, concrete, tiles, glass, stone, and other building materials is often crushed down to make hardcore, which can then be used as a sub-base for building foundations. Keep in mind that you can’t place any plasterboard into a skip. This is because plasterboard contains sulphates, which are chemicals that can create a toxic compound called hydrogen sulphide. Exposure to hydrogen sulfide can cause irritation to people’s eyes and the respiratory system.
Eco-friendly skip services
When you need to dispose of large quantities of rubbish, you need to think carefully about what will happen to it. Not all rubbish removal companies will handle your waste ethically, with some even prepared to fly-tip it illegally to get rid of it. Many of them will simply take it straight to the local landfill without making any attempt to recycle it. You need to ensure that you hire a company that you can rely on to dispose of your rubbish in an eco-friendly manner.
Skip hire in Washington and Durham
Ward Bros is on hand to provide reliable and affordable skip hire in Durham or Washington. We are a leading supplier of domestic and commercial skips in the north-east, building a great reputation for our services over the years.
We pride ourselves on providing eco-friendly skip hire to our customers. Our zero-waste-to-landfill policy ensures that we recycle the maximum amount of rubbish. At Ward Bros, we always ensure that we comply with the government’s latest waste management guidelines, adhering to the ‘waste hierarchy’ when dealing with our customers’ rubbish. You can relax in the knowledge that you’re doing your bit to help the environment when you enlist our services.
We offer skips in all sizes. These range from small 3- and 4-yard mini skips to 8-yard maxi skips and enormous 40-yard RORO skips. Whatever your project, you can rest assured that we have the right skip to meet your needs. We can provide same-day skip delivery in many cases, ensuring that you won’t need to wait any longer than necessary to begin disposing of your waste.
For skip hire in Washington or Durham, contact the team at Ward Bros today. You can get in touch by calling us on 0191 666 0167 or by completing the form on our website. Whether you are still wondering “What happens to my skip waste?” or you’d like to order a skip for your project, we’re on hand to assist you. Getting rid of your rubbish has never been easier.