What Type of Waste Can A Grab Lorry Move?

What Type of Waste Can A Grab Lorry Move?

A grab lorry can hold and move more waste than a traditional skip, which means they’re ideal for removing waste from both large and small projects. 

Whether you’re working on a small private project or a large commercial build, there’s nothing a grab lorry can’t move. 

While a skip is often used for all types of waste, a grab lorry can also move a variety of waste and move it to a designated recycling or reuse plant where it often has the chance of being reused. This is one of the many reasons people prefer to use a grab lorry, as they know their waste is being disposed of in the most environmentally friendly manner. 

If you’re considering hiring a grab lorry for your next project, we’ve revealed the types of waste a grab lorry can move, so you know it’s fit for the job. 


Muck away includes the removal of mud and earth. 

At AJ Grab Hire our Muck-Away service means you can move high volumes of muck in a much quicker way than using a traditional skip. 

From digging the foundations of a build, to a large landscaping project; high mountains of muck can quickly build up on-site, which delays projects and makes it difficult to manoeuvre around the site. 

While a traditional skip would get filled quickly, a grab lorry can not only manually pick the muck off the ground, but it can hold a far higher volume of muck than a skip. 

When budgeting is a concern for a project, this can help you stay within costs, as a grab lorry can often hold double the amount of a skip. 

Green Waste 

From grass, shrubbery, flowers, and hedge cuttings; at AJ Grab Hire our grab lorries are ideal for collecting and removing large volumes of green waste. 

Whether you’re working on a large landscaping project, or demolishing green space, our grab hire lorries can collect and remove all types of green waste. 

As licensed waste removers, we dispose of your green waste in an environmentally friendly way so that we can reduce the impact on landfill sites. 

While skips can be placed on-site to remove green waste, this requires both land space, and manual labour to fill the skip. However, with a grab lorry, we can collect your green waste from a designated area quickly and efficiently — no need for extra manual labour, and no large-skip getting in the way. 

Green Waste that we remove includes; 

  • Grass 
  • Shrubbery 
  • Hedge cuttings 
  • Flowers 
  • Trees 
  • Bushes



Our Timber Away Service is particularly popular with those in the building and construction sector. 

As wood and other timbers are vital resources in the construction industry, we take them to specialist timber recycling plants so that the materials do not end up in landfill. 

All customers who choose our Timber Away service are given details of where their timber and wood cuttings will be taken and disposed of. 

From domestic builds to large housing estate builds, we have supported a number of individuals and organisations in removing their timber waste efficiently so that work can continue seamlessly. 

Timber waste that we remove includes; 

  • Wood chippings
  • Timber offcuts 



Grab lorries can move both domestic and commercial rubbish much faster than a traditional skip. 

From on-site rubbish to domestic house clearance rubbish, at AJ Grab Hire, we are licensed to remove waste. 

As fly-tipping has become an increased issue across the UK, we give our customers peace-of-mind that our service is professional, efficient and authorised by the Environment Agency. 

Rubbish clearance is a sensitive area of waste removal for many companies as it can make a site look untidy, and be a risk to the public in some spaces. Therefore, we remove rubbish quickly and in high volumes to ensure it is not sat around on-site, causing obstructions, or causing any hazards to the public. 

Rubbish waste that we remove includes; 

  • Domestic rubbish
  • Commercial rubbish 



Rubble from construction work or demolitions can often overwhelm a project. There are high quantities of rubble, and it needs to be moved quickly to keep the project on track. 

This is where a grab lorry really comes into its own, as a grab lorry can pick-up and move hardcore materials far quicker than a traditional skip. 

In fact, in many circumstances, a traditional skip cannot handle the high capacity of hardcore that needs to be removed. It can take many skips before the hardcore is finally removed. However, with a grab lorry, there is no need for the rubble to be moved. A grab lorry can access even hard to reach terrains on a site, and collect hardcore in large quantities. 

Hardcore waste that we remove includes; 

  • Aggregate
  • Rubble 
  • Stone
  • Brick 


For more information on the types of waste, our grab lorries can remove from your project, contact our friendly team at AJ Grab Hire. 


AJ Grab Hire

Head Office:
Langdale Farm
Cambridge Road


Opening times

Mon – Fri 9am – 5.30pm
Sat 9am – 12pm

T: 01763 233493

How to Avoid Rogue Grab Hire Lorries

How to Avoid Rogue Grab Hire Lorries

Rogue grab hire lorries are becoming a serious issue for commercial and domestic construction companies. 

Not only do rogue traders remove your waste illegally, but they also put you at risk of huge fines. 

According to the UK government’s 2019 statistics, the illegal dumping of waste across England has increased by nearly 40% in six years. 

The rise of fly-tipping and rogue waste collectors continues, despite the maximum penalty of such offences to be a £50,000 fine or 12 months in prison. 

Tougher guidelines brought in by the government in 2014 have done little to curve the rise. The Local Government Association (LGA) has said that at present fly-tipping cost taxpayers more than £57 million per year to clean up. 

If your business produces any type of waste, you are legally required to manage it, and confirm that it is being managed in an environmentally friendly manner. 

Unfortunately, many rogue grab hire lorries can look like the real deal, which can lead many reputable construction companies with large fines, and bad press.

As with any rogue traders, their goal is to make a quick bit of money. They will often collect your rubbish, take payment and dump it in a random location rather than take it to the adequate recycling and landfill plants. 

To ensure you avoid rogue grab hire lorries, we’ve revealed the key areas you should look out for before you wave goodbye to your waste. 

Check Waste Carriers License 

Before you hire a grab lorry, you should ask the company to prove that they possess a waste carrier’s license. These licenses are issued by the Environment Agency and make it legal for the company to clear your rubbish. 

Without a waste carriers license the grab hire lorry is operating illegally. 

At AJ Grab Hire we are licensed by the Environment Agency, and make this clear both on our website and to our customers when they are booking a service. 

Know Where Your Waste Is Going 

As detailed by the government, a company’s or individuals’ waste is their own responsibility. Even when your rubbish is taken off your hands, it is still your responsibility. 

Many local councils go to great lengths to track fly-tipped rubbish. If you used a rogue grab hire lorry to clear your waste, and the waste is tipped illegally, it’s not just the tippers who are fined, but you as well. 

Legitimate grab hire lorries will be able to provide you with details of where waste is disposed of, or recycled. For example, here at AJ Grab Hire, we work with a number of registered recyclers to ensure that each type of waste can be reused or disposed of in the most environmentally friendly manner.  

Whenever you hire a grab lorry, always enquire as to where the rubbish is going to be disposed of and request details. 

Shocking Prices 

You know what they say, if a price is too good to be true it often is. The same goes for rogue grab hire lorries. 

A certified and legitimate grab hire lorry company has overheads such as fuel, labour and tipping fees – these all have to be calculated into the cost of service, let alone the differing types of waste. 

If a price you’ve been quoted sounds far too cheap, or it’s required in cash, then it may be that they intend to fly-tip your waste. 

Don’t be swayed into paying a low price from a company who are playing rogue, as you could end up paying a high price both in fines and business reputation. 

In the UK, it’s estimated that the construction and demolition industry generates an average of 66.2 million tonnes of waste. However, due to effective recovery, 60.2 million of this waste is reused or recycled. 

Any valid waste removal company will endeavour to recycle waste as much as possible to support the government’s initiatives and make the industry more sustainable. 

Check Their Online Profiles 

It may sound very simple, but often checking a grab hire companies online presence can give you a good idea of how legitimate they really are. For example, checking they have a valid and up to date website, and also checking their social profiles for any reviews. 

If a website or social profile does not exist for this company, it may be that they are rogue. 

A company such as ourselves here at AJ Grab Hire, take great pride in detailing our services on our website and connecting with our customers on social media.  

Don’t risk going rogue with your waste removal, contact our friendly team at AJ Grab Hire today and get a quote for your project. 


AJ Grab Hire

Head Office:
Langdale Farm
Cambridge Road


Opening times

Mon – Fri 9am – 5.30pm
Sat 9am – 12pm

T: 01763 233493


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