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Waste Recycling

Waste from the skips and bin collections Able Waste carry out is never wasted. We pride ourselves on the quality of our recycling facilities so recycling is part and parcel of the Able Waste service.

Handling unsorted waste Ever wondered what happens to the waste we collect? All of the waste collected by our operatives is brought back to our recycling centre here at Hallen, Bristol. The load is weighed and assessed before being taken in to our Materials Recycling Facility (MRF).

The final picking line where we remove any leftover wastes to leave a quality hardcore that will be used primarily in construction Depending on the nature of the waste and whether it  has been pre-treated the load passes through a primary sorting operation – either in our Baling Hall or in the main sorting building.

 Loading waste plastic into our CB65 Semi-Auto Baling Press for bailing - an average bale of mixed plastics weighs in at 660kg! At the Primary sorting stage large items are removed and placed in the relevant storage bays – large and bulky items such as pallets, beds, large metal items, electrical equipment and long pieces of plastic and wood. These items could cause damage if they were allowed to pass through the picking lines.

Moving bales of waste card and plastics ready for onward transportation to re-manufacturing facilities for recycling It is also at this stage that the majority of the plastic and cardboard is removed and transported to the baling hall. Some plastics are not suitable for baling (Upvc , plastic guttering and pipes) so these are stored in containers pending transport to a specialist granulation facility.

Waste glass being loaded in to a 10 cu yd skip. The glass is destined for a specialist glass recycler in the Midlands The remaining waste is loaded into a feed hopper which carries the recyclate up to the picking lines. Here smaller pieces of timber, plastic and card are removed along with any non-ferrous metals and wire. The waste then passes through a giant rotating sieve – or barrel screen- which allows all of the small stones and particles of earth to fall through.

Bales of card and plastics being stacked ready for onward transportation to re-manufacturing facilities for recycling The remaining fraction then passes under a strong magnet which captures the ferrous metals. We then pass the material over a powerful air knife. The air knife blows off any remain light fraction (mostly small pieces of card, plastic and wood together with any soiled paper and card). Because of the relatively high calorific value this fraction is then taken to be baled and will be used to generate energy from waste.

Reclaimed Upvc frames being loaded – these frames are taken to be granulated before being used to re-manufacture product The remaining material is given a final inspection on the last picking line where and residual recyclates are taken out leaving clean hardcore ready to be crushed and re-used in the construction industry.

Wood mountain of waste wood stockpiled ready to be chipped prior to being used as bio-fuel

So where will your waste end up – powering someone’s electric light in Northern Europe or being remanufactured as plastic sack in Nottingham?

Waste not the waste!

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