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Recycling with GBN

Recycling with GBN

High recycling rates

Across all our recycling centres, GBN Services achieves very high recycling levels, which combined with our RDF solution can help deliver 100% diversion from landfill for our customers. We have worked hard to achieve these high recycling levels, and are always looking at how to increase our recycling and recovery activities and improve the sustainability of our waste solutions. We invest in new technology as it becomes available to enable us to segregate more and more materials and move waste up the hierarchy. For example, we have a wood chipper that allows us to convert waste wood into a valuable item by generating wood chips for use in fibre board production.

Separating materials for recycling

Much of the waste we process arrives at our recycling centres unsegregated. Where possible, GBN Services uses a sorting process to derive valuable materials from our customers’ waste that is ready to be reused. When this waste arrives at the recycling centres, it is firstly separated into major waste streams by grab machines. Waste is then further sorted using a wide range of recycling equipment including; trommels, air separation kinetic flow systems for soils and stone separation ancillary screening equipment and picking belts for manual sorting. The light fraction is processed by shredding and further sorting. Find out what happens to the waste when it is separated.

Diverting Waste from Landfill

When we have sorted waste material to maximise what can be separated for reuse and recycling we bale the remaining residue and send this as a refuse derived fuel (rdf) to an energy generating plant. At these facilities the energy embodied in these waste materials is used to generate heat and power replacing the need for use of fossil fuels. This helps our clients in reducing their environmental impacts.

Landfill Diversion

At two of our facilities we have installed brand new equipment and upgraded existing equipment to help ensure that waste materials are diverted from landfill. Waste returned to these sites, as well as that which has been sorted already from other sites; pass through these additional sorting processes. The aim is to recover even more items for recycling prior to turning the residue material into baled product which is sent to generate energy as refused derived fuel (rdf). Bales are regularly checked to ensure they consistently achieve the exacting standards of the RDF market.