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Ever wondered what happens to your skip waste once your skip has been collected? Most people think it just just gets tipped into a big hole at a landfill site, never to be seen again! This could not be further from the truth.

All skip companies worth their salt, will endeavour to salvage and recycle as much of your waste as possible. Most will have their own waste transfer station where the skip can be dropped to be sorted.

Once you have filled up your skip it will contain a multitude of different items, from old decking, garden clippings, soil, rubble, bits and bobs from around the house.

In this post we will explain and show exactly what happens from when your skip is collected.

Findaskip moving house skip


The driver will come to collect your skip, this is then taken back to the suppliers waste transfer station. if they have one.

Alternatively the supplier will take it to be unloaded at another local transfer station.

Skips must be a safe load for collection and access must remain clear.


Once your skip is received at the waste transfer station, large bulky items will be removed first.

Then the waste will either be hand sorted via the picking station or on the ground into waste categories to be recycled such as, Metal, Wood, Cardboard, Plastics, Plasterboard etc.

Metal will stripped down into subcategories copper, ivory, brass etc..

Building rubble will be crushed and soil will be screened.

This will prepare them for their final recycling stage.

Waste recycling after treatment, mixed plastics


Once sorted the different rubbish types are then loaded into haulage containers and taken to their respective recycling plants or to be re-used.

Any unrecyclable waste will be sent to landfill.


  • Wood
  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Rigid plastic
  • Metal (ferrous & non ferrous)
  • Textiles
  • PVC-U (windows,doors etc)
  • PVC-U (pipes, drainage & guttering)
  • Plasterboard
  • VIR electrical wire and cable
  • Hardcore
  • Soil
  • Greenwaste
  • Electrical items

Findaskip ensures all of our suppliers are registered and have the correct waste carriers licences.

Furthermore, we aim to recycle up to 90% of the waste we receive.

At the moment landfill space is quickly running out, meaning there is more pressure on councils and businesses alike to recycle more.

“In 2009, 90 per cent of our rubbish went to landfill. It’s less than 50 per cent now and forecast to drop to 10 per cent by 2020.”

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Be a part of the solution and make sure to do your part in the most convenient way possible. Book a skip today for your unwanted items.