What is a recycling centre?

6th April 2021

An industrial plastic bag filled with recycled aggregates.

We all recognise the phrase ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’ and understand its importance but what exactly happens to the waste we throw out? Recycling centres play an important role in how these actions are executed across the UK including rubbish that’s collected from homes and businesses.

Read on to learn more about recycling centres and how they work.

What is the purpose of recycling centres?

As the name suggests, recycling centres are specialist locations where rubbish is taken to be recycled. There are council built recycling centres and independent centres but both places do the same job, although independent centres may offer specialist recycling services including items that cannot be taken to standard centres. Once your rubbish has been collected, for example, after skip hire, your waste will be taken to a recycling centre where everything is sorted and different materials are separated out using manual procedures as well as machinery.


Materials may come through on a conveyor belt so they can be visually inspected and any non-recyclable items are removed.


Next, everything is separated so that all the same materials are put together. This makes the recycling process much easier and ensures that the right technique is used i.e melting or crushing.


Once the materials have been inspected, separated and are in a reusable condition, they are weighed out ready to be sold as recycled products.

What are the benefits of recycling centres?

Today, we are much more aware of the importance of recycling and how it affects the planet so having recycling centres means that everyone can do their part for the environment.

Here are the top benefits of recycling centres:

●Recycling facilities ensure that all materials that can be reused, are.

●Sending your waste to a centre means fewer items are sent to landfill sites and therefore the impact on the planet is reduced.

●You haven’t got to worry about potentially throwing out recyclable items are the recycle centre team will sort your waste for you.

At Hazell & Jefferies , we are committed to recycling materials and minimising waste. Our recycling centre near Benson, Oxfordshire is an Environmental Agency Registered Waste Management Centre and part of your skip hire service. When you hire a skip from us, your waste is taken straight to our recycling centre where it is sorted and reused, so you can rest assured that your rubbish is disposed of sustainably. Get in touch with us today for more information about skip hire or our recycled materials such as aggregates.

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