How do Waste Disposal Companies Get Rid of Waste?

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After hiring a skip you may be wondering where all your waste goes to and how your skip supplier gets rid of it.  You may also be wondering how much of it is recycled and how much ends up in landfills.

How much of my skip waste gets recycled?

Most waste disposal companies try their best to recycle the majority of the waste you have put into your skip. A lot of companies will claim to recycle 80-90% of your waste, sometimes this is not always an accurate percentage of how much of your waste will be recycled. This is because waste varies from skip to skip and some things you may put into your skip may be difficult to recycle or may be in a condition not acceptable for recycling. A lot of skip companies will have a recycling mission on their website to let you know their policies around recycling. Your skip supplier should recycle most, if not all of the items on this list:

  • Cardboard
  • Paper
  • Wood
  • Metal
  • Plastic
  • UPVC - windows, doors, pipes, drainage, guttering etc.
  • Textiles
  • VIR electrical cables and wires
  • Hardcore
  • Soil
  • Greenwaste
  • Electrical items

How is my waste disposed of?

Once you have filled your skip and have asked for the skip to be collected by your skip company the journey of your waste disposal begins. Your skip will be collected by your skip supplier and then take to a factory or warehouse where your waste will be assessed and quality checked for recycling. Once they have estimated how much of your waste can be recycled they will send it to a sorting warehouse where your recyclable waste will be separated from your waste that cannot be recycled. The recyclable waste will be sent to a facility that can make the waste reusable again through different treatments. The waste that cannot be recycled will most likely be sent to a landfill, but most skip companies try to avoid trips to the landfill as they are very damaging to the environment, can cost significantly more money and take up a lot of land that could be used for other things that are not only more environmentally friendly but also beneficial to the communities that surround it. If you would like more information about how your specific skip supplier disposes of your waste you will need to contact them to find out about the processes the waste you put in your skip goes through.