Where’d it go? Life after the skip.

January 31, 2017

Have you ever wondered where the contents of a skip go?  And furthermore, what happens to it all?

So that day has finally arrived. The front room, ceiling and old windows are finally in the skip. They are out of the house and on their way. But to where? And what will become of the contents in your skip?

We at Clickaskip have compiled a list of the most commonly disposed-of materials that we collect, and listed their destinations:

Bricks and Concrete

Bricks and concrete are broken down by crushing them down into various sizes which become new aggregate materials. These recycled aggregates are in high demand by construction companies and other industries which are in constant need of quality recycled building materials for infrastructure and building projects.

Paper

Waste paper and cardboard has water added to it to create a pulp. This allows screening to take place which removes any contaminants, and washing to remove ink and glues. The clean pulp is turned into a new product. Lower grade mixed paper and cardboard are recycled into cardboard packaging. Newspaper and magazines are recycled back into newsprint.

Soil

Clean soils including sands, clay and chalk are used in the remediation of large areas of land. One of the most common used is in the construction or remodeling of golf courses.

Wood

Wood is taken to a recycling facility and sorted into high quality clean wood (Grade A) or a low quality dirty mixed wood (Grade C). Grade A wood is re-used for quality chipboard manufacture. The Grade C wood is re-used to produce a lesser quality chipboard.

Glass

Glass is taken for washing and then crushed into “cullet”, which can be used for making recycled aggregates such as “Eco-Sand”, which is used as a paving sand under block paving and concrete slabs. EcoSand offers an effective and sustainable use for waste material and can be infinitely recycled.

Metal

After all rubber, wood, plastics are removed, the scrap metal is shredded. This shredded metal is then melted in a blast furnace that burns at extremely high temperatures and burns off impurities or any remaining from the sorting stages. The liquid metal is poured into a mold for re-use.

Garden green waste

Garden green waste is stock piled to decompose (break down) into compost which is a nutrient-rich soil conditioner. Compost can be used in a range of different applications, such as agriculture, land reclamation and as an ingredient in a lot of multipurpose composts. Most types of garden waste can be recycled, including bark, flowers, grass and hedge cuttings, leaves, plants, small branches, twigs and even weeds.

We hope this helps! If you’d like further information please do call us or hit the chat button for a live chat.