If you’re hiring a skip for a building project, renovation, or clear-out, you might be concerned about how much waste is destined for the landfill. Will any of it get recycled? There’s a common misconception that skip companies dispose of all their waste in landfills — but this isn’t actually true. Nowadays, if a skip hire company is acting ethically, safely, and legally, only a small percentage of their overall waste will end up in a landfill.
As skip hire experts, we explain what you need to know about skip recycling in this article…
How much waste is recycled from a skip?
Skip hire companies should be aiming to recycle as much as possible from each load. At Kent Skips, recycling is something we take seriously. We’re proud to say that our current recycling rate is approximately 85%, but we are always striving to recycle even more.
We operate a fully licensed waste transfer station, where all of our skips are processed for recycling. This ensures that we are recycling as much waste as we can from each collection. Once a skip comes back to our waste transfer station, it is tipped and manually sorted into various waste types. This ensures we sort each and every load of rubbish into the correct categories for reuse or recycling.
It depends on the waste — and your skip hire company
How much waste is recycled from a skip will depend on a few factors, such as the skip hire company (and their specific recycling practices) and the material composition of the waste. For example, some skip hire companies guarantee to recycle every material that can be recycled from your skip. Plus, some skips contain more recyclable materials than others.
It’s important to be truthful about the materials in your skip if asked by your skip company. Including banned materials (such as asbestos, chemicals, fridges, paint tins, and fluorescent tubes, some electrical items) can hinder the recycling process. Most importantly, hazardous items need to be collected separately so they can be transported safely without threat to the health of workers or the public.
Are there skips near me that recycle?
Ask your skip hire company about their recycling process, what they can recycle, and how much they recycle overall. If you’re based in North Suffolk or South Norfolk, contact us.
Do skip companies have recycling obligations?
There are strict rules for skip and waste management companies, and some of these extend to recycling. Skip companies have an obligation to reduce waste wherever possible, so they should have processes in place to accommodate this.
Due to the UK’s landfill tax and the illegality of fly-tipping (which is also fineable), an increasing number of individuals and waste companies have been encouraged to up their recycling efforts.
Skip hire customers are often pleasantly surprised about the range of materials that can be recycled and the dedication of waste management companies to the correct recycling of each skip.
What can be recycled from a skip?
At Kent Skips, we recycle the following materials:
- Paper and cardboard
- PVC Windows
If you are using a different skip hire company in your local area, double check which materials they recycle. Some companies recycle more materials than others, so it’s important to ask.
If you know that you’ll be disposing of large amounts of one particular material, keep this in mind when inquiring at a skip hire company. You’ll want to make sure that they can recycle this material in particular! If they can’t, you might want to find a different skip hire company. The same goes for when you have a variety of different materials to recycle.
We deliver skips to properties and projects in the North Suffolk and South Norfolk area. Check if we cover your postcode! We can guarantee skip delivery to the following areas: Attleborough, Beccles, Bungay, Bury St Edmunds, Costessey, Diss, Eye, Framlingham, Halesworth, Harleston, Loddon, Long Stratton, Mulbarton, Norwich, Poringland, Stradbroke, Stowmarket, Thetford, Watton, Wymondham.
Kent Skips: your trusted skip hire company in North Suffolk and South Norfolk
At Kent Skips, we’ve been delivering the highest quality skip services since 1989. With over 30 years of experience, we guarantee you a cost-effective, efficient, and professional removal.
Clearing waste from a project or renovation? We can help. Whether you’re working on a residential property or carrying out commercial building works, we’re a skip hire company that can support you with your waste removal and recycling.
Take a look at our range of skip sizes and types to find the ideal container for your needs. Have any questions? Get in touch today. Our friendly team can provide you with skip advice and send you a skip at short notice.