Recycling

Waste Management Process Statement

TruckWhen the skip lorry arrives at Smeaton Recycling Centre they are weighed on the weighbridge. If the material in the skip has been segregated at source and for example is 100%; inert, wood, greenwaste, cardboard or plasterboard etc then that material will be tipped in the designated bay for that type of segregated waste. These material will be further processed and recycled separately before being sent off to end markets.

If it’s a mixed skip, the skip is taken to the main Material Recycling Facility (MRF) which is inside a 104m x 48m purpose build shed. The skip is tipped inside the shed. The staff use excavators and material handlers with selector grabs to remove the large pieces of recyclate from the waste ie metal, wood etc and this material is put into separate bays for processing and recycling. The remaining mixed waste is then put through a very extensive MRF process. The process uses a feeder and many conveyors to enable the material to pass through screens, magnets, an Eddie Current separator, 2 air density separators, a water separator and three separate picking stations, enabling us to separate the waste into the separate waste streams for recycling. These separate waste streams include; ferrous metal, non-ferrous metal, soils, wood, aggregate, plastic, RDF and SRF.

Waste Recycling

As a company we recycle up to 99.% of everything that comes into our site, and around 13% of the 99% is RDF (refuse derived fuel) i.e. material that is taken away to be burned to be used for fuel that will produce heat and electricity.

We can issue a monthly waste report which shows the breakdown of all waste that comes in from a particular site, breaking down materials by type i.e. aggregate, plasterboard wood, plastic, batteries, etc.