Waste is collected and brought to one of our processing facilities at Brixton, Greenwich or Orpington
Whether it arrives in a skip or one of our trucks – all waste that comes onto our site is weighed, and then tipped into one of several tipping areas. This is where we start separating out larger items by category and weight.
Once the waste is tipped out – it’s then separated into waste streams by our trained operators using excavators. All the large pieces such as wood, metal, furniture and foliage are segregated within minutes of the load arriving.
Into the plant
The waste in the tipping area is then loaded by another excavator into the processing plant’s hopper (a large funnel-like opening).
The waste travels up a conveyor belt into a huge revolving drum – which has openings all around the inside to allow stone, sand and soil to drop through onto another conveyer belt below, making it to the far end of the plant.
Air, Hand & Magnetic separation
The waste then travels on a conveyor belt past a large fan – blowing the light material into a chute that leads to a compactor container. Any waste remaining on the belt is then removed by hand. Whatever’s left then passes under a large electro-magnet, lifting out the smaller pieces of metal. The waste that reaches the end of the plant is simply a stream of clean, small pieces of brick rubble, stone, and concrete.
Off for Recycling
Now that the mixed waste has been effectively separated into single waste streams, it’s ready to be taken for recycling and made into recycled products – such as manmade fibreboards, recycled paper, and card products.
Clean brick rubble, concrete & stone can be crushed into recycled aggregates that we supply to construction companies for a vast range of uses.
Individual Waste Streams
This is what happens to your waste streams that are separated out in our processing plant.
Glass is taken to be washed and then crushed into cullet – which can be used to make recycled aggregates such as Eco Sand (a paving sand under block paving and concrete slabs).
EcoSand is an effective and sustainable use for waste glass, and can be infinitely recycled.
Wood is sorted into two grades.
Grade A clean timber is used for things like animal bedding (shavings and sawdust), equestrian bedding and surfaces and high end board manufacture.
Grade C low grade timber is used for chipboard and low grade ply board manufacture, MDF board manufacture, Biomass fuel for EFW power generation and fuel pellets/eco logs for commercial and household heat/power
Clean soils – including clay and chalk – are used in the remediation of large areas of land (a decontamination process).
One of the most common uses is in the construction or remodelling of golf courses.
Brick & Concrete
Brick and concrete are crushed down and transformed into new aggregate materials.
We’re happy to supply these reused products to construction companies or other industries in constant need of quality building materials.
Scrap metal is shredded, with rubber, wood or plastics removed. The metal is then melted in a blast furnace at extremely high temperatures, burning off remaining impurities from the sorting stages.
The liquid metal is then poured into moulds for reuse.
Paper & Card
Waste paper and cardboard has water added to it to create a pulp – screened to remove any contaminants, and washed to remove ink and glues.
The clean pulp is then turned into a new product for distribution. Lower grade mixed paper and cardboard are recycled into cardboard packaging – while newspaper and magazines are recycled back into newsprint.
Materials & Aggregates
We supply a vast range of aggregates, sands, soils & mulches for our construction clients. Primary & recycled materials are available in bulk – and can be delivered by any of our vehicles depending upon the quantity.
Our waste removal clients can also save themselves money by doubling up aggregate deliveries with skip collections.
Call us now to discuss your requirements.