Where does skip bin rubbish go?

One of the best things about hiring a skip bin is not having to deal with the rubbish once the skip hire company takes it away. While that makes it easy for you, it doesn’t mean the rubbish simply disappears. The rubbish gets taken through a whole treatment process to ensure it ends up in the right place with as little impact to the environment as possible. Below we’ll explain just what happens to the waste you put in a skip bin once it leaves your sight. Then, we’ll give you some tips to help you know what you can and can’t put in a skip, to make sure you’re doing your part in the process.

Sustainable Waste Management

When it comes to the waste that gets thrown in skip bins, not all rubbish is the same. This makes it essential that all the rubbish doesn’t end up in the same place. Within a sustainable waste management process it’s important to sort through the different types of rubbish. This categorisation helps to distinguish between the kind of refuse that can be recycled, the organic material that can be composted, the toxic material that should be treated and the scrap metal that can be of value.

What gets removed in the skip bin sorting process?

Valuable Items

One of the first things to ensure with a waste sorting process is that items of value aren’t being wasted. Throwing out valuable items is costly in two ways: it loses the item of value and uses up unnecessary space in waste facilities. Rubbish treatment sites will remove these and send them to the appropriate facilities.

Construction Materials

Reusable and valuable building materials, such as bricks, concrete, glass and similar items are removed from the waste in order to be recycled for future construction. This sort of material can be broken down and remade into high quality supplies, making it an important recyclable material to be saved during the waste sorting process.

Electrical Supplies

Not all electrical supplies can be recycled. However, there are a number of electrical goods that are very important to recycle. This is because they are composed of rare earth minerals which are in short supply around the world. Reusing parts of technical equipment, like phones, laptops and televisions can help to build a more sustainable, circular economy with our everyday electrical goods.


Some scrap metal can be recycled for construction or other building supplies. While it needs to be processed to be used, raw scrap metal is a resource in high demand. This makes it an important part of your skip waste to be sorted, removed and sent to the appropriate facilities, or potentially shipped overseas.

Green Waste

Green waste material from your garden can be broken down in a much more eco-friendly way than most. In addition, there is always a demand for green matter to make their compost. As such, the garden materials from your tip will be sorted out and sent to specialist facilities to reuse it for composting and other garden projects.

What can’t you put in your skip bins?

Items that cannot be recycled or reused will be sent to facilities for landfill or incineration. It’s important to do what we can to reduce the amount of non-recyclable waste.  Just make sure you don’t contaminate your bin with any of the hazardous materials mentioned above.

  • Chemicals
  • Flammable Material
  • Asbestos
  • Paint
  • Batteries
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Food Scraps
  • Oils
  • Contaminated Soil

Quick, efficient waste management

A skip bin is the perfect waste management solution for any big jobs, like renovations or garden makeovers.  Make sure your rubbish gets sent to the right place by hiring a skip bin with a reliable and responsible skip bin hire company. We play our part by ensuring we rigorously follow all environmental regulations. We send the waste from our skips to be sorted or recycled by appropriate facilities.

Get in touch 

If you’re unsure about anything covered in this article, or you would like to speak with a skip specialist about our range of options, get in touch with us today on 131 546. Our call centre is open for enquiries 7 days a week. Alternatively, you can request a free quote 24/7 with our online request a quote tool.