Upon arrival at our M.R.F. (Materials Recovery Facility) in Orpington or Greenwich
The waste is brought back to our fully licenced M.R.F. (Materials Recovery Facility) where it is weighed then tipped into one of several tipping areas depending upon the type & weight of the waste.
Once tipped the waste is separated both mechanically (by tracked excavators with waste handling attachments) and manually by trained operators.
Items of waste such as large pieces of wood, metal, furniture & foliage are segregated within minutes of being tipped.
Into the plant
The waste in the tipping area is then loaded by another excavator into the hopper (a large funnel-like opening) of the processing plant.
The waste travels up a conveyer belt & into a huge revolving drum, which has apertures all around the inside to allow for certain sizes of stone, sand and soils to drop through onto a conveyer belt and be taken to the far end of the plant.
Air, Hand & Magnetic separation
Waste then travels on a conveyor belt and past a large fan which blows the light material into a chute which leads to a compactor container to the side of the plant. What waste remains on the belt gets removed by hand. The remaining waste then passes under a large electro-magnet which lifts out smaller pieces of metal. The conveyer belt then reaches the far end of the plant with a stream of clean, small pieces of brick rubble, stone & concrete.
Off for Recycling
Now that the mixed waste has been effectively separated into single waste streams it is ready to be taken for recycling and made into recycled products such as manmade fibreboards, recycled paper & card products.
Clean brick rubble, concrete & stone can be crushed into aggregates & re-used in a whole host of construction applications.
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.