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What happens to the waste in my skip?

Posted on 19 November 2018

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When you’re thinking about the most appropriate way to dispose of your waste, you might be wondering what happens when you put waste in a skip.

It’s a convenient way of getting rid of large amounts of waste, but those who are environmentally conscientious will want to know exactly how their different waste types are dealt with. It’s never been more important to make sure your waste is properly disposed of and doesn’t simply get fly-tipped or entered into landfill sites when it could be recycled, repurposed or reused.

To give you insight into what happens once your waste is collected, we’ve put together an overview of how waste is generally dealt with from your skip hire.


Transportation of waste

The very first thing which happens, is we collect your skip when it’s full or at the end of your agreed hire period. We do this using our dedicated fleet of vehicles, ensuring we have the right capabilities to take your waste away.

This, of course, means that you will need to ensure you don’t overfill your skip, as this could result in the refusal of collection and incur additional charges.


Sorting of waste

Once the waste has been delivered to our site, it will then be separated by material:

  • Paper & Cardboard
  • Plastics
  • Metals
  • Rubble & Hardcore
  • Soil
  • Gravel

During this process, larger or bulkier items can be sorted, with each material being segregated to move on to the next stage of the process.


Treatment of waste

Each material type will require different types of treatment. This can involve screening the waste stream to eliminate any miscellaneous materials, shredding materials down or compacting them ready to be processed either at our site or elsewhere.

It is important that waste is sorted and treated properly to help avoid waste being sent to landfill. The better we deal with waste which we collect, the more of it we can recycle, repurpose and reuse – all part of our zero to landfill policy to help provide a greener future for the areas of Mexborough, Rotherham, Barnsley and surrounding areas.


Processing of waste

Waste processing is extremely varied, with some processes taking place at our site and others being outsourced to ensure the most is made of your waste.

  • Wood and garden waste can be chipped, mulched and sent out as material for landscaping, or – in the case of wood – it can be converted into biomass as a renewable energy source.
  • Cardboard and paper waste is processed and baled, allowing us to put it back into production streams for manufacturing companies where it will get a new lease of life.
  • Metal is commonly recycled in a similar fashion, being treated to allow it to be put back into the manufacturing process.
  • Your concrete, rubble and hardcore can be crushed and reduced, making it suitable for use as aggregates by construction companies, ensuring nothing is wasted.

But what about any waste left over? This is classified as residual waste, meaning anything which hasn’t been repurposed or recycled can be used as a Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) – something which is used to generate energy at a dedicated RDF plant.


As you can see, a lot goes into dealing with your waste responsibly. At Beta Skips, we’re dedicated to ensuring that the waste we collect from your skip doesn’t end up in a landfill site. To learn more about our recycling services, or to enquire about skip hire for your domestic or commercial project, simply contact us today and we’ll be happy to provide professional assistance.

Contact Us

If you’re ready to find out more about skip hire in Rotherham, or Mexborough, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Call us on 01709 645038 for Rotherham, or 01709 645039 for Mexborough. You can also send us a message via the website. We’ll aim to get back to you as soon as possible. Our friendly team are waiting to answer your questions and provide you with a competitive quote for the skip hire in Rotherham service you require.