Trends in waste processing mean skip hire forms are being polarised into two varieties

Exactly what happens to the rubbish you put into your skip once the skip hire company takes it away is governed by a mix of local rules and UK waste disposal legislation. There are strict rules on how much and what type of waste can go to landfill sites, so much of what is thrown away needs to be processed in one way or another

Under these new rules the processing of waste has become big business with some of the larger companies, that have had the capital available to invest in waste re-processing technology, now commanding dominant positions in the waste disposal sector.

Many smaller skip hire companies were simply not able to compete in this new move to technology and are now forced to co-operate with the large waste processing companies.

The way waste is processed varies depending on the type of waste. Food waste is dealt with by one process, and can end up creating animal feeds, while other green waste is often used to create various composts and topsoil products.

Construction waste such as stones, bricks and sand is handled by specialist stone processing facilities and creates products such as scalpings and products used for road sub-surfaces and other building applications.

For a small skip hire company the only way they can deal with the waste in their skips is to pay for it's disposal at a specialist waste processing centre and as many of these companies also operate skip hire services, it's easy to see how the smaller players are disadvantaged.

When it comes to more specialist and hazardous waste there are even more rules to conform to. Plasterboard waste is no longer permitted at mixed landfill sites so needs to be dealt with seperately. The gypsum power, once separated from the paper outer, is very valuable and can be almost totally recycled into new products. The hazards of asbestos are well known now and the material is not suitable for skip disposal, requiring specialist collection and re-processing facilities.

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