Our Recycling Centre
What happens here at the UK's most progressive waste management centre? Follow the story of your own skip...
Here at LSS Waste Management, we don't do things by halves. for every single container of waste you send us, over 80% of its content will be recycled. Wood, brick, metal, inerts, cardboard... all of it is segregated on your behalf... leaving less than 20% to go to landfill.
So what happens here at the UK's most progressive waste management centre? We'd like you to follow the story of your own skip...
Your own skip's journey
Let's imagine your doing up a property. So far, you've knocked down an internal wall and are busy ripping out that vile kitchen. The LSS Maxi Skip you've hired is brimming with brick rubble, old electrical cable, bits of kitchen window, torn lino and a tonne of rusty nails and screws.
Once we've loaded it for collection, the skip heads straight back to our 7-acre waste recycling centre in Leeds. The first port of call is the Weighbridge, where we weigh the vehicle with and without its waste load in order to calculate how much the skip is carrying.
Snap and grab!
Your skip load of waste is taken to the heart of our operation - the Materials Recycling Facility. Within a 40,000 sq ft hanger, massive Rehandling Machines snap and grab at the waste pile with their huge jaws. (Imagine a metal version of Jurassic Park.)
Oversized bits of wood and metal are grabbed out of the pile - that old kitchen window and that tired old kitchen sink. These are set aside into separate bins. Your electrical cable is also destined to join miles of other disposed of cable, just as those rusty nails and screws will be plucked aside by a mega magnet. (But all in good time.)
Into the massive drum it goes
The rest of your waste is now ready to begin its journey down the main recycling line. It's wooshed up into an enormous Intake Hopper, which displaces the waste beore sending it up the incline belt towards the Trommel.
It's far from a soundless procedure - standing next to the Hopper with its vibrating Hardox plate is rather like standing next to a jumbo jet engine!
The Trommel (a revolving cylindrical sieve) is a massive 10 metres long and nealry 3 metres in diameter. In fact, it's one of the largest Trommels in the UK.
The drum has 2000 x 40mm holes, through which dirt and earth drop. The remaining waste is pushed onto a magnetised conveyor, which attracts around a million nuts, bolts and screws a year.
Handpicking the materials
Onwards and upwards the belt turns, toward the Picking Line. Here, larger recyclable items can be extracted by hand. (You'd be amazed at the treasures that pass our pickers!) Working in a roomy, air-conditioned environment, the operatives send wood, cardbaord and other materials down a chute into collection bays below.
Thanks to the human eye, what's now left on the conveyor belt has been reduced to general waste, brick and smaller chunks of metal.
The best way to extract those metals is with one brute of a magnet. Some of these metal pieces weigh over 50 kilos, but to the mega magnet it's all feathrweight.
We're nearly at the end of the line!
Your brick rubble is still on the conveyor, along with miscellaneous waste. At this point, an enormous electric motor, the Blower, generates a massive blast of air, sending any general waste hurtling into a container.
The bricks are too heavy for the blower and fall down into a collection bay below.
For the blown waste it's onwards and upwards for the final reduction, via the Dust Extraction Unit. Not only does this process reduce the weight of the waste still further, but it also minimises the number of airbourne particles. (Important, from a Health & Safety perspective.)
And so our journey has brought us to the end of the line. Literally. Along the way, your waste has passed through seven separate sortings:
It's been rehandled, tromelled, picked, magnetised, blown and even had its dust extracted. It's travelled over 800 metres by conveyor - the length it takes to ensure no more than 20% of your waste goes to landfill.
What happens to my sorted waste?
- Your old kitchen bricks, along with any concrete, can be crushed and used as secondary aggregate to build roads and go to construction sites, thus reducing the pressure to use virgin materials.
- That old wooden window frame will be shredded and used to make chipboard.
- The metal will be fragmented and melted down to form new sheet steel for manufacturing.
- Screened soils go to civil engineering and landscaping.
- The cardboard rubbish is baled and sent back to the paper mill to be reborn.
- The electrical cable is stripped for its copper content.
So every ounce of waste has a purpose and a place!