What Happens to Waste Once it’s Hauled?


Once you have tossed truckloads of refuse into a dumpster, you may be wondering where it all goes. Depending on the items collected, we will haul the refuse to the local landfill for disposal, or instead an energy plant or recycling center to be recycled and reused.We don’t just haul refuse to the landfill. Sunshine Recycling also offers recycling. Whatever our energy plants accept will be recycled and remaining refuse will be disposed in a landfill. Standard household items that can be recycled include:

  • Plastic
  • Glass
  • Paper and Cardboard
  • Wood
  • Metals

Construction debris can also be recycled, including

  • Concrete
  • Asphalt
  • Brick
  • Gypsum wallboard
  • Landscaping or excavation debris (trees, scrub brush)

Concrete can be broken down and turned into new concrete or asphalt. Wood is recycled and used as mulch, fertilizer or compost. It can also be used to make fiberboard and engineering wood, and even as beddings for pets or to make cat litter. Trees are also often taken to a landfill because they help to break down other decomposing items.

We can also provide compactors that are meant to specifically hold only recyclable materials. They will be hauled away and processed separately to keep recyclables from being contaminated by other waste.

Remember when you are disposing of waste to be mindful of what you are throwing away. Some materials are considered dangerous to the environment. Items such as electronics, lithium batteries, appliances, paint and cleaning agents should be left out of the dumpster to avoid hurting the environment.

Other items, like tires, are not accepted by landfills. Many landfills will charge an additional disposal fee for tires.

As a LEED-certified waste management company, we are able to provide specific breakdowns and reports of materials hauled and recycled. If you are undertaking a LEED project and need qualified recycling hauling, please call Sunshine Recycling in Jacksonville today!

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