We at Stabler Waste Management have made a commitment to the environment. We’re dedicated to sustainable, efficient waste management practices and are proud to enforce a zero percent waste to landfill initiative – But, what does this actually mean for your recycling?
In short, once your waste is collected by us, it is brought back to our licensed transfer station in Carnaby, East Yorkshire, where it is sorted into individual components and transported for recycling.
Let’s break it down further:
Cardboard is compacted into bales on site, then sent away for processing so it can be used to create more cardboard products. This involves shredding the cardboard into small pieces and mixing it with water to create a pulp. The pulp is then cleaned and refined to remove any remaining impurities. Finally, the clean pulp is pressed and dried to create new cardboard sheets or boxes.
Glass is a particularly sustainable material as we can recycle it again and again without sacrificing quality. This process is carried out by a specialist glass treatment plant, where the glass is sorted by colour and washed to remove any impurities before being crushed and melted. Now the glass is able to be moulded into new products like bottles, jars and even brick manufacture.
Green waste refers to any biodegradable materials that may grow in your garden, such as plants, bark, grass cuttings and hedge trimmings, etc. When green waste is left to decompose in a landfill, high quantities of an environmentally-unfriendly greenhouse gas called ‘methane’ is released into the atmosphere. To combat this, we send all of our collected green waste to a processing centre where it can avoid becoming landfill and be turned into compost.
Almost all metals can be recycled with incredible quality and speed. The metal waste is processed on site and sent away in our walking floor articulated trailer for treatment where it undergoes shredding, decoating, melting, and casting.
Plasterboard contains a material called gypsum that creates a toxic gas called hydrogen sulphide when mixed with general waste. For this reason, plasterboard is banned from entering UK landfills and the material must instead be segregated from other waste and recycled separately. The components present in plasterboard have the potential to be reused in other industries, or remanufactured into new plasterboard sheets.
Plastic begins its recycling journey by being segregated on site and sent away in our walking floor trailer for processing. After being sorted, the plastics undergo treatment and are then able to be reused in a wide variety of applications.
Polypropylene (or just PP for short) is a synthetic resin material used for a wide array of household and industrial applications. Some of the most common PP items we collect include builders sacks and farmers fertiliser bags, which our team then bales and sends away for recycling. The polypropylene is melted and cooled, then formed into pellets for manufacturers to utilise in their production processes.
PVCu, AKA Unplasticized Polyvinyl Chloride, is a lightweight plastic commonly used in the construction industry for windows, doors and piping. With the potential to be used in up to ten rounds of recycling, PVCu can retain its quality and be repurposed within manufacturing processes – even after 300 years!
At Stabler Waste Management, we always recycle PVCu where possible to ensure that this valuable and versatile material avoids landfill.
Rubble is transported to our inert recycling centre where it is crushed by heavy machinery into smaller pieces and processed into aggregate for resale. This can be utilised in construction applications as a substitute for natural aggregates, serving as backfill or for constructing road and pavement bases. Any metals or materials within the rubble can be separated and recycled individually to ensure minimal wastage.
Tyres undergo various recycling methods, such as thermal processing to produce gas and oil for energy production, chemical recycling to break down the rubber for further use, and mechanical shredding to create raw materials for new applications like playground surfaces, rubber mats, and road surfaces.
Wood can be recycled in numerous ways, such as mechanical recycling, which involves shredding or chipping wood for use as fuel for heating or electricity generation. Additionally, wood can be reused as a building material for construction or raw material for furniture and other wood products. Wood waste can also be transformed into compost or mulch through grinding and can be utilised in gardening and landscaping applications.
Any residual waste that cannot be recycled is transported to waste to energy plants. This way, we ensure that as little as possible goes to landfill.
We believe that it is important to take responsibility for our waste and do everything we can to reduce its impact on the environment. By recycling as much as possible, we hope to contribute to a more sustainable future.
So, the next time you recycle with us, you can rest assured that your waste will be processed responsibly and efficiently, with as little as possible ending up in landfill. Thank you for doing your part in helping us create a greener future!