What Happens to My Waste?

On average we divert 99% of all waste that we process from landfill. Here is a summary of how we process your waste.

Upon arrival at our London MRFs in Greenwich or Orpington

The waste is brought back to one of our fully licenced waste transfer stations also known as MRFs (Materials Recovery Facilities) where it is weighed then tipped into one of several tipping areas depending upon the type & weight of the waste.


Initial Processing

Once tipped the waste is separated mechanically by tracked 360 excavators that are fitted with waste handling grapple attachments.

Larger items of waste such as tree trunks & timbers, metal, furniture & foliage are segregated within minutes of being tipped into the ground level tipping bays.


Into the plant

The waste in the tipping area is then loaded by excavator into the mechanical processing and sorting plant.


Air, Hand & Magnetic separation

The waste material then passes on conveyer belts through this waste sorting plant which incorporates some of the most advanced methods of waste segregation which include: Trommel drum, grid and mesh screening, shredding, magnetisation and air separation as well as manual hand sorting through conveyer-fed picking stations.


Off for Recycling

The materials are now processed into “single waste streams” e.g. block & concrete, timber, metals, paper & card, plasterboard etc. and will be taken in bulk for further recycling or processing.

Concrete, tiles, ceramics and brick rubble which have been separated are crushed and graded to create recycled aggregates. Soils which are screened to produce a usable sub/top soil and green waste which is shredded to form compost.


Individual Waste Streams

Once separated through our processing plant into single waste streams this is what happens to some of the waste streams


Glass is taken for washing & then crushed into cullet, which can be used for making recycled aggregates such as “Eco-Sand”, used as a paving sand under block paving and concrete slabs.

EcoSand offers an effective & sustainable use for waste material and can be infinitely recycled.


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 low value chipboard.


Clean soils including clay and chalk are used in the remediation of large areas of land.

One of the most common uses is in the construction or remodelling of golf courses.

Brick & Concrete

Brick and concrete are broken down by crushing & transformed into new aggregate materials.

These products can then be reused by construction companies or other industries which are in constant need of quality building materials.


Scrap metal is shredded, and rubber, wood or plastics removed.The 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 moulds for re-use.

Paper & Card

Waste paper and cardboard has water added to it to create a pulp which is screened to remove any contaminants and washed to remove ink and glues.

The clean pulp is turned into a new product.  Lower grade mixed paper & cardboard are recycled into cardboard packaging. Newspaper & magazines recycled back into newsprint.

Materials & Aggregates

We supply a vast range of aggregates, sands, soils & mulches. Primary & recycled materials
are available in bulk & can be delivered by any of our vehicles, depending upon the quantity.

Call us now to discuss your requirements.

01689 639 606 ∙ 020 3305 7969