What Have We Been Up To: Improving Our Efficiency Levels at the Yard


At PSH Environmental, our goal has always been to dispose of waste in the most environmentally friendly way possible. Hence, our ‘Zero Waste to Landfill’ ethos.

Naturally, we’re still getting there and we’re continually making improvements across our entire business model. From skip bin pick up and drop offs to making customers aware of what can be disposed, to increasing the amount of general waste that is reused instead of being sent to landfill, to developing our own extraction process, the environment is at the heart of everything we do.

After all, the biggest changes start at home and the rest always follows. Therefore, it was about time that our yard had a mini makeover. The Material & Recycling facility is where the magic happens at PSH Environmental and is where all extraction and segregation of recyclable waste begins.

Upgrading Our Technology

We’ve recently replaced our previous grab machines with four new Kubota excavators. Kubota Baumaschinen GmbH are renowned throughout the construction industry for being clean, durable, energy efficient and high performing. This was an organic move for us that allows us to keep progressing towards our efficiency goal.

The new additions look undeniably smart. They’ve increased the individual user’s safety and have improved productivity with the ability to work quicker and fit into tight spaces.

Install LED lighting

Since testing a single LED bulb in the facility, we’ve decided to go ahead with fitting out the entire facility with LED lighting.

From this single test, it became very clear that LED light bulbs have a longer lifespan compared to a standard light bulb. In fact, it has been known for LED bulbs to outlast other bulbs by thousands of hours. In light of this, the extended lifetime and a significantly brighter light has produced a much greater energy efficiency. The icing on the cake, however, is the vast range of colour options available for different tasks. For example, if you were installing them at home, you can choose a warm and ambient option. Whereas, our facility is fairly dark, so a bright white light is necessary to increase visibility.

Other focuses for the Material & Recycling Facility

In conjunction with these new additions, we have already had various procedures in place that were implemented to improve efficiency levels. These include:

  • An extensive soil filtering process. We receive a large quantity of garden waste in our skips due to homeowners not having a green waste bin or carrying out a particularly large landscape project that a green waste bin simply wouldn’t accommodate. By filtering through this green waste, we tend to end up with rich quality soil which can then be used again instead of thrown away.
  • Aggregates extraction. Brick, concrete and rubble are often thrown into our skips. This is understandable- they’re notoriously difficult materials to dispose of. At PSH Environmental, we separate these aggregates into three piles; large oversized hardcore, 8-100mm mixed aggregate, and crushed hardcore. Often bought by construction companies, they can be easily separated and reused for new roads, filling in potholes, and creating the foundations for new buildings.
  • One skip at a time rule. Now, this may sound tedious, but it goes hand in hand with our clean and tidy yard at all times policy. By working through one skip at a time, we’re able to guarantee that every piece of waste in said skip is rehoused to the appropriate department where it will be disposed of correctly or reused.

Many of our policies and procedures set us apart from other skip hire and waste management companies in Norfolk. For us, we have the means and resources to prevent wasting materials that could have an extended lifespan if only sent to the right place. On top of this, some of the disposal techniques used to get rid of waste is more harmful to the environment than taking the time to evaluate if someone else could make good use of it.

As a result of this, it will always be our goal and passion to find efficient and friendly ways to cut down on waste disposal or use the disposed waste for a more beneficial use.

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