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Beyond the Skip: The Secret Life of Your Recycled Waste

Have you ever wondered what happens to the contents of your skip once it’s whisked away from your property? At Cheshire Demolition, we’re here to shed some light on waste recycling and the journey your waste takes after collection.

If you’ve ever tackled a weekend garden clean-up, embarked on a DIY project, used a skip for a good clear-out, or managed construction waste, you know the efficiency and benefits of hiring a skip. 

Contrary to popular belief, skips don’t just head straight to landfills. Today, both government and businesses prioritise ethical waste disposal, striving to minimise landfill usage. Skip-hire companies, including Cheshire Demolition, make concerted efforts to recycle as much waste as possible. Most have a dedicated waste and processing station where the contents of skips are meticulously sorted before disposal.

In this post, we delve into the journey your skip takes, emphasising how skip hire contributes to reducing our environmental footprint.

Step 1 – The Skip Collection Process

Once you’ve arranged a collection with us, a driver will arrive at your property to load up your skip. From there, it’s off to our waste processing and transfer station.

Step 2 – Sorting and Recycling: What Happens Next?

Once your skip arrives at the waste transfer station, it undergoes a thorough sorting process. Bulky items are swiftly removed, leaving behind a mix of waste items. These are then meticulously divided into subcategories, each prepared for recycling.

Here’s how some of the most common waste materials are recycled:

1. Building Materials: Glass, bricks, concrete, and other building materials may be repurposed in their natural form or crushed and reused in construction projects, minimising the need for new resources.

2. Scrap Material: Scrap metal, highly sought after in many developing countries, is carefully processed, and later exported through licensed scrap metal dealers, ensuring responsible disposal and resource utilisation.

3. Wood: Old furniture pieces and building materials can be chipped and utilised in various industries or burned to generate energy, contributing to sustainable resource management.

4. Electric Appliances: While not all electronic goods are recyclable, items like old computers, CDs/DVDs, laptops, and stereo players can undergo recycling and reuse, reducing electronic waste and promoting resource conservation. Wherever possible we remove every reusable/recyclable piece of material.

5. Garden Waste: Garden waste transforms into nutrient-rich compost, ideal for farmers, garden centres and council parks departments seeking to enhance their land naturally – everything is shredded for composting.

Containers with different types of metal, sorted for remelting and reuse.

Step 3 – Disposal

After the sorting process, materials are transported from Cheshire Demolition to dedicated sites around the country, where the reuse, recycling, and disposal process continues. Anything that can’t be recycled or reused is handled responsibly, either through landfill disposal or incineration – although we strive to minimise this to ensure the smallest environmental impact possible, some materials cannot be reused. Thankfully this is becoming less and less.

Choosing Cheshire Demolition
When it comes to selecting a skip company, we understand that rates and availability are top priorities. However, by choosing Cheshire Demolition, you’re not just getting efficient waste disposal – you’re also contributing to environmental sustainability. Our ethically focused approach ensures that your waste is handled responsibly, reducing your environmental footprint one skip at a time.

At Cheshire Demolition, we’re proud to say that over 99.9% of the materials brought to our waste sorting and transfer station are recycled, repurposed, or reused. Join us in our commitment to sustainable waste management and make a difference today.

Ready to make a difference in waste management? Let’s work together to create a more sustainable future.

Contact Cheshire Demolition today to learn more about our ethical waste disposal and recycling services.

Talk to one of our Team or book a skip HERE

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