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What happens to the rubbish I put in my skip?

When you hire a skip from Able Skips, we don’t just provide you with a means of disposing of your unwanted rubbish and waste material but we’re also helping the environment by recycling the vast majority of the material we collect. We currently aim to recycle as much as 85% of all waste by weight so the days of simply sending rubbish to land fill sites have long gone.


But what happens to the rubbish you put in your skips?


The first stage in the recycling process is to sort through the skip contents and separate it based on the material type (e.g. wood, aggregates, plastic or metal) ready for processing. Larger bulky items are removed during this stage before the pre-sorted waste is moved into loading bays.


Depending on the material type, this waste is then treated in a variety of different screening, shredding and compacting processes before being reloaded into larger containers ready for transportation to other destinations where the waste will undergo further treatment and recycling procedures.


All the waste passing through the Able Skips waste processing centre is treated in a variety of ways. Here is a run down of just some of the ways the materials we collect is treated.

Wood and chipboard furniture is shredded and sent onto chipboard manufacturers to be used in the making of new furniture or other moulded wooden products. This shredded wood also has many uses for the horticultural and energy industries.

Tree, hedge cuttings and other garden waste is sent onto specialist facilities where they are mixed with biodegradable materials and treated through a process of anaerobic digestion. The end result is compost that can then be put back in the environment in gardens and landscaping projects.

Soil removed from garden clearance or building sites firstly has larger objects and other contaminates removed from it. The remaining soil is screened before being transported onto land reclamation schemes around the country.

Building hardcore materials such as bricks, concrete, stone, glass and tiles are recovered and crushed. The resulting material can then be used as a sub-base material in building projects such as the laying of new driveways or house extensions.

Scrap metal is very much in demand around the world especially in countries such as China, Brazil and India. Any scrap metal recovered from the skip waste is processed and then exported out to other countries via a licensed scrap metal dealer. Any old electrical goods or computers can also be recycled.

What is left behind would have generally been sent to land fill sites around the country. Now a days, much of this waste is suitable for use by the waste to energy industry to help generate electricity. This procedure is carried out in an eco-friendly way which doesn’t produce any harmful pollutants that would harm the environment.

More than just a skip hire company

So you can see that the waste we often see as useless rubbish has a lot of other uses once it is treated and processed in the right way. The ideal goal of Able Skip’s would be to completely recycle 100% of the waste that comes into our treatment centre. Whether is a an attainable goal we will see but our current recycling levels go a long way to helping the environment and reduce the amount of waste sent to land fill sites.

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Delivering Skips throughout Lancashire

We are now able to offer a larger coverage area for Our services as we have established links with partner companies within the County who share Our ethos of Reliable Service, Affordability and a pro-active approach to Recycling. Please visit the Delivery Areas section of the site and use the Map to see if we can service your Location and obtain a quotation.

We deliver to:

Adlington, Blackburn, Chorley, Leyland, South Ribble, Preston, Bolton, Lostock, Wigan, Fylde