We receive, process and recycle up to 150,000 tons of waste annually using our fleet of vehicles which include skip, roll-on and tipper lorries. Our team are passionate about recycling every element of the waste we process; our meticulous yard reflects just that. We are proud that even the general waste that cannot be recycled is used to generate heat and electricity. The wood that we collect is shredded and sent to UK biomass plants where is it used to generate electricity and heating.
Every skip we collect is carefully sorted, to ensure that where possible, nothing is sent to landfill. We pride ourselves on being waste recycling specialists with 99-100% of waste now recovered and recycled into resources, products or fuel. In 2019, we sent only 28.47 tons of waste to landfill. From our site in Norfolk we process and recycle many materials including;
Having won a major contract with Norfolk County Council and in conjunction with Seneca Environmental Solutions, we receive and process large quantities of municipal and street-sweeping waste every hour. For example, if you live in the Broadland district, your household wheelie bin waste is processed into Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) at our site in Rackheath. In addition to working alongside local government, we also work alongside large waste management companies to receive and divert almost all waste from landfill.
Pre-sort. Only one skip is tipped in each bay at a time and larger waste types are removed via a 360 grab (wood, metal, cardboard, green waste etc). All of this is done in an enclosed building and the waste is sorted immediately, which makes it easier to recycle as it reduces contamination.
Any non-recyclable bulky waste collected from skips is shredded and this is sent to our Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) building. See below for more information on RDF.
After the pre-sort, the remaining waste from skips is too small to separate via a grab (e.g. small bits of plastic, wood, paper, metal etc.) or you may get skips with soil, stones, concrete or rubble mixed together. All of these individual waste types can be recycled as useful resources. To ensure nothing is wasted, we feed this material into our bespoke machinery; designed by our directors and installed by our own engineers.
The material is fed into a trommel which separates the waste types by size. An air knife blows off material that is light (e.g. plastic cement bags and paper) and the smaller, heavier material passes to another section of the plant. The oversized material reaches a belt where two operatives remove any large items (wood, plastic, metal etc) that isn’t hardcore material. The large hardcore material drops off the end of the belt and is recycled as aggregate.
The smaller material (less than 100mm) that fell through the trommel drops onto a belt. This passes under a magnet, which removes ferrous metals. The material then drops onto a vibrating screen, which has two levels that screen different sizes. The smaller material (less than 8mm) passes into another section of the plant. The larger material (8-100mm) is passed onto another series of belts, via a waste separator.
The waste separator machine acts similarly to a magnet but instead uses suction to extract small lightweight contaminants (e.g. small polystyrene balls, tiny pieces of paper, wood) that are too small to be removed by hand or air knives. These items are collected in a compactor and once full, this is emptied into our RDF shed where it is processed into fuel.
After passing the waste separator, the remaining material is sent along another picking belt where two operatives remove any other waste contaminants that have passed through. The remaining material then passes under a second magnet which removes smaller metal items (nails, screws etc). The final hardcore material falls off the belt and into a bay, where it can be recycled as aggregates.
The only material we have left is the soil and fines (less than 8mm). This falls through onto a belt which deposits the material in a separate enclosed building. Processes 1-7 allow us to separate waste types from large bulky items such as mattresses, shed doors etc. to very small materials such as aggregate of 8-100mm to soil and fines of less than 8mm.
When waste is transferred from the producer to a waste contractor, the producer must fulfil their duty of care (Environmental Protection Act 1990) and adhere to Regulation 12 of the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 to apply the waste hierarchy. To best meet the waste hierarchy, everything we do at our site ensures that the above is adhered to. We are the only skip hire company in East Norfolk capable of doing all this in-house using machinery we have refined from over 35 years’ experience.
Have you ever wondered what happens to the waste you put into your household, non-recyclable wheelie bin? For most of the Broadland District, and some parts of the North Norfolk District, the contents of your wheelie bin will end up at PSH Environmental Ltd. The Refuse Collection Vehicles (RCVs) from these districts arrive directly at our site from their roadside collections.
The contents of the RCVs have been tipped inside our enclosed Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) building, where it’s been mixed with the dry, non-recyclable, shredded waste collected from skips via a loading shovel. Mixing waste in this way ensures that we achieve the correct specification to optimise the energy recovery process.
The waste is processed almost immediately by an operative in a 360 grab, who feeds the mixed material into the hopper of our baler. If any items are discovered that shouldn’t be there (bulky materials, waste that can otherwise be recycled) this material is put to one side and processed in our Materials Recovery Facility.
The baler compacts the material and the bale is strapped. The bale then passes onto a belt where it is taken to the cross-wrap.
The bales are wrapped with several layers of recycled plastic film. This seals the bale so it can be safely stored and then transported to the energy recovery facility.
The finished bales are placed in the yard where they await collection by fully-licensed hauliers. The residual, non-recyclable waste has been transformed into a resource; Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF). Traditionally this material would have been sent to landfill, but this is no longer the case. It is now used as a direct replacement for fossil fuels.
The bales are loaded onto articulated vehicles which transport the RDF to highly-efficient energy recovery facilities in the Netherlands. We back-load trailers that have delivered consumer goods to the UK which would normally return to the Netherlands empty which means that the transport process is carbon-neutral. Nothing is wasted during the RDF energy recovery process. The energy recovery plants have processes to recover metals from the incinerator ash, the ash is recycled as secondary aggregates for road construction and the remaining solid flue gas residues are used as a stabilisation material for back-filling salt mines.