Ever wondered what happens to the waste we collect? All of the waste collected by our nominated certified contractors is brought back to a recycling centre. The load is weighed and assessed before being taken in to a Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) for onward processing.
Depending on the nature of the waste and whether it has been pre-treated the load passes through a primary sorting operation – either in a Baling Hall or in the main sorting building this is depending on each disposal location
At the Primary sorting stage large items are removed and placed in the relevant storage bays – large and bulky items such as pallets, beds, large metal items, electrical equipment and long pieces of plastic and wood. These items could cause damage if they were allowed to pass through the picking lines.
It is also at this stage that the majority of the plastic and cardboard is removed and transported to the baling hall. Some plastics are not suitable for baling
The remaining waste is loaded into a feed hopper which carries the recyclate up to the picking lines. Here smaller pieces of timber, plastic and card are removed along with any non-ferrous metals and wire. The waste then passes through a giant rotating sieve – or barrel screen- which allows all of the small stones and particles of earth to fall through.
The remaining fraction then passes under a strong magnet which captures the ferrous metals. Certain locations then pass the material over a powerful air knife. The air knife blows off any remain light fraction (mostly small pieces of card, plastic and wood together with any soiled paper and card). Because of the relatively high calorific value this fraction is then taken to be baled and will be used to generate energy from waste.
The remaining material is given a final inspection on the last picking line where and residual recyclates are taken out leaving clean hardcore ready to be crushed and re-used in the construction industry