Last Minute Christmas Clean Up on Your Site

Last Minute Christmas Clean Up on Your Site

The countdown to the festive season is officially on. As the Christmas deadlines loom closer, and the frost begins to settle, it can mean that you’re in a rush to get the site clean and clear before you clock off. 

With sites around the county prepping for the Christmas and New Year break, you may be wondering how to get your site cleared before everyone arrives back in the new year.

After all, with a clean site, you can get straight back to work when you arrive back on-site without any delays.

To help you feel ready to ring in the new year and prepared to move your project forward, we’ve listed some simple ways to help you manage your Christmas clear up. 

Emergency Grab Hire 

If you’ve still got piles of rubbish to be cleared on-site, from muck to hardcore, at AJ Grab Hire we often have last-minute availability. 

To ensure your site is clean and clear before the Christmas break call our team who can arrange a last-minute collection and ensure your rubbish is taken to a certified recycler or landfill site

Our grab hire lorries take up to 20 minutes to clear 16 tonnes of rubbish, which means your site can be rubbish-free within an hour of our arrival. 

Grab hire is much more efficient than a skip, and with notoriously bad weather during the winter season, it is much safer than a skip. For example, with high winds, an exposed skip may mean rubbish or muck flies out of the skip and back onto the site, or even in a neighbouring land. This is not what you want when you come back in January. A messy site, and complaints from neighbours. 

Call our team to arrange a last-minute grab hire rubbish collection, and take a break knowing that your site is ready for work as soon as you get back. 

Site Safety 

No matter the site you are working on, be it a large commercial site or a domestic site, it’s paramount that you ensure the site is locked and secure before you take your Christmas break. 

Site safety not only ensures that nobody can trespass, but will also ensure that people do not come into harm if they accidentally enter the site. 

Once your site is clean and cleared, it is your priority to ensure all tools and vehicles are locked away and that the site is cordoned off from the general public securely. 

Signs should also be displayed around your site detailing that there is a potential danger to trespassers, especially if there are large holes in the ground, or even scaffolding, or other temporary structures. 

In regards to temporary structures, these should also be checked before you clock off, as bad weather conditions may make these unsafe. Ensure they are securely fixed down so that they do not cause any damage to the site, or come down during bad weather. 

Protect Materials 

Lastly, any materials that you wish on using in the new year should be stored away securely to ensure they do not become damaged by the elements during your break. 

From weather to potential theft, locking your materials away in a locker unit will ensure that you have everything to hand for when you arrive back in the new year.

At AJ Grab Hire we hate to see precious materials go to waste, so make it your priority to protect and store all good materials that can be used. 

Even materials that are in good condition but may no longer be needed for the job can be sold on or recycled, so think wisely about what you have lying around the site, and get savvy about keeping it safe. In the new year, you can either recycle these materials, sell them on, or even store them for another job. 

Contact our team today to arrange your last-minute grab hire waste collection.

AJ Grab Hire

Head Office:
Langdale Farm
Cambridge Road
Melbourn
Hertfordshire
SG8 6EY

enquiries@ajgrabire.co.uk

Top Locations

Cambridge
Royston
Newmarket
Saffron Walden
Harlow
Haverhill
Ely
Bury St Edmunds

 

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Mon – Fri 9am – 5.30pm
Sat 9am – 12pm

T: 01763 233493
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The Cost Impact of Poor Waste Removal

The Cost Impact of Poor Waste Removal

You may think that proper waste removal is a ‘nice to have’, but the truth is, no matter the size of your project, considerate waste removal is a must-have.

Whether you’re an independent contractor managing a home renovation, or a large commercial construction company working on a multi-site project, we’ve supported a variety of customers to stay on the right side of the law when it comes to waste management. 

While it can be tempting to cut costs and not follow the guidelines when you feel up against tight deadlines, we hope this feature will make you think twice about taking a shortcut, and instead invest in a waste removal partner who can keep you and your waste on the right side of the law. 

Fines

Unfortunately, rogue traders are a common occurrence in the waste removal sector and it’s an increasing problem here in the UK. 

Rogue traders are not certified waste removers, and often illegally dump your rubbish and waste in the local area causing great harm to the natural wildlife. 

Fly-tipping is a serious criminal offence in the UK, for which you can be prosecuted. 

Many believe that it’s only the rogue trader who receives the fine or prison time, but householders and contractors who employ these rogue traders can also be fined. 

At present householders can be fined up to £400 if they pass their waste onto an unlicensed waster carrier, however, the government is reviewing this to continue to deter people from using rogue traders. 

The rogue trader if caught can receive up to a £50,000 fine and up to five years in prison. 

Pest Control 

Leaving waste around your home renovation or project without proper management can cause a serious pest problem. Especially if you have household rubbish around which makes an ideal home for rats and other vermin. 

On average in the UK the cost of pest control can go up to £250, but this all depends on how bad the infestation has become, and how much time and bait needs to be used. The cost can go much higher if you have a severe problem. 

Dealing with pests around your waste is not just an expensive problem to deal with, it can also take time to remove them, and impact your neighbours. 

 While there is a financial cost, there is also a cost to the project and to your environment. 

Environmental Fines 

The Environment Agency has the power to bring a company to court for breaching environmental legislation. 

While fly-tipping is the most common offence, there are many other crimes that the Environment agency can pursue, such as polluting local waters or land and moving large amounts of waste to other countries. 

In 2015, one company was fined £25,450 for illegally exporting 187 tonnes of waste to six African countries. 

 If large fines don’t scare you, the Environment agency can, in some rare cases, order the closure or suspension of a business until an environmental breach has been rectified. 

Contractor Delays 

If waste builds up over a long period of time, or just isn’t removed quickly enough it can cause serious delays to projects. 

For example, if you have multiple contractors all working on one site, waste can sometimes delay others from starting their phase, which then results in a delay for all the other contractors and the project overall. 

In one survey on project management by the Institute of Purchasing and Supply, delays can cost companies up to 20% more than the estimated cost on the project. 

To mitigate these substantial costs to any project, waste management is an essential part of any project plan and execution. 

Reputational Damage 

While the fines and prison time may put the fear into you about proper waste management, nothing really costs more than when your reputation as a business is ruined. 

Even one small mishap or accident can leave your business open to public shaming. 

Local newspapers are quick to report on construction firms not following the rules, and now with social media, people can quickly take to their profiles to share their stories and instantly ruin a company’s reputation with just one bad review. 

Many businesses struggle to come back from bad PR or negative reviews, so being considerate about your waste removal really is a better safe than sorry situation. 

To get support or help with your waste removal from a certified Environment Agency waste carrier, contact our team at AJ Grab Hire today. 

AJ Grab Hire

Head Office:
Langdale Farm
Cambridge Road
Melbourn
Hertfordshire
SG8 6EY

enquiries@ajgrabire.co.uk

Top Locations

Cambridge
Royston
Newmarket
Saffron Walden
Stevenage
Haverhill
Ely
Sandy

 

Opening times

Mon – Fri 9am – 5.30pm
Sat 9am – 12pm

T: 01763 233493
M: 07931 142198

Waste Removal Tips for Your Home Renovation

Waste Removal Tips for Your Home Renovation

Whether you’re completing a grand design style renovation on your home, or just completely transforming one space, the thing you can be certain of, is waste.

Waste will always begin to pile up and slow your project down if you don’t think about efficient and safe waste removal. 

At AJ Grab Hire we’ve supported customers with both large and small home renovations, and are well aware of the importance of keeping the site clean and clear so work can continue without delay. As well as green waste clearance we have our full muck away service.

To help you keep your project on time, and to save you the headache of worrying about where your waste is going; we’ve listed the best ways to keep your waste moving during your home renovation.

Donate Old Furniture 

As you begin your project there may be pieces of old furniture that will no longer be needed in your new space. 

To help reduce the clutter before your work begins, it’s wise to remove these items from your home so that you have more space for the work to begin, and you’re not panicking about where to store them. 

Donate or sell old pieces of furniture before any work begins, and truly think about decluttering your home so that you’re ready for the dust and mess that will inevitably come with it. 

Donating and selling furniture that’s in good condition helps to give it a second life rather than going into landfill. 

Create a System 

It’s a good idea to think about the system you will use to remove waste from your site as work begins. 

Ideally, you should discuss this with your builder or contractor about entry and exit points for waste removal. This ensures that you have a clear system in place, and that waste is kept to an area so that it doesn’t begin to filter into other spaces of your home. 

If waste needs to be piled high, also consider how easily it can be accessed or moved. 

You will also need to think about how the waste materials will be separated. Again, your builder should advise you on this, but having a clear system increases the amount of waste that can be recycled, and reduces the waste going to landfill. In some cases, your contractor may also be able to even use old materials in the new build. 

Call Your Local Council

For some items that cannot be moved easily, such as garden furniture or dangerous items such as gas canisters, you can contact your local council who will be able to guide you as to which service you need. 

As we’ve mentioned previously on our blog about toxic items, there are some things you may find during your home renovation that needs to be handled with extreme caution. For example, if you find asbestos. 

For any of these items, you feel unsure about, you should contact your local council. 

Hire a Grab Lorry 

While you may be thinking about hiring a skip for your home renovation, they can be less efficient than a grab lorry. 

A skip can take days to empty, slowing the process down as you wait for one skips to be emptied and another skip to arrive. 

Skips also have a limited capacity, so once they’re full, they’re full. 

However, at AJ Grab hire, we have smaller 4-wheel grab lorries which can easily manoeuvre on smaller sites, such as home renovations and collect up to 16 tonnes of waste within just 20 minutes. You can find this by viewing the vehicles in our grab lorry fleet.

You don’t have to have a skip blocking your driveway, and our grab lorries can reach over fences or walls. 

With any home renovation, it’s important to keep your waste management under control and that you use accredited waste removers. 

There are huge fines linked to rogue traders, which means you could be at risk of a fine should you use an unregulated waste remover. 

A certified waste remover will also be able to give you guidance on your waste removal process. 

If you’d like to book a grab lorry for your home renovation talk to our team today. 

AJ Grab Hire

Head Office:
Langdale Farm
Cambridge Road
Melbourn
Hertfordshire
SG8 6EY

enquiries@ajgrabire.co.uk

Top Locations

Cambridge
Royston
Newmarket
Saffron Walden
Harlow
Haverhill
Ely
Bury St Edmunds

 

Opening times

Mon – Fri 9am – 5.30pm
Sat 9am – 12pm

T: 01763 233493
M: 07931 142198

The Benefits of Aggregate Delivery For Your Landscaping Project

The Benefits of Aggregate Delivery For Your Landscaping Project

When it comes to a landscaping project you may need a complete variety of aggregate to enable you to create your desired vision. From pebbles, gravel, slate to topsoil. This means you may need truckloads of deliveries to help you meet your project deadline. Whether it’s a large landscaping project or a home-based landscaping project, at AJ Grab Hire we take great pride in supporting our customers with local aggregate delivery We know that come rain or shine, a project needs to keep moving. In this feature, we’ve revealed how partnering with an aggregate supplier can enable you to have seamless project management from start to finish.

 

A Local Supplier 

At AJ Grab Hire we are based in Cambridgeshire and the surrounding areas, which means we cover a large part of Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire, and Bedfordshire.  Having a local supplier not only means that we can deliver more quickly to your site, but it also means you are supporting a local business.   As we’re local, we know our surrounding areas very well, which means your delivery can get to you quickly and efficiently when you need it.  When you’re up against the clock on a project there’s nothing worse than waiting around for hours for a delivery, which is why working with a local aggregate supplier can provide a clear benefit compared to larger national brands.

Large Loads 

For commercial landscaping projects, we can provide 32 tonnes of aggregate in our lorries, which is an enormous amount to enable you to keep up the pace.  Our tipper lorries are particularly good at providing a bulk amount of aggregate in one place, which means you don’t have to coordinate labourers to move the aggregate off the lorry, as our tipper truck can just place the aggregate where you need it.  These large lorry loads of aggregate are another way to save you precious time on the project at hand. 

No Job Too Small 

If you have a smaller landscaping project you’ll be pleased to know we also have a smaller 4-wheel lorry that can deliver aggregate straight to you.  These lorry sizes are ideal for smaller home-based landscaping projects as they can manoeuvre in small spaces such as through driveways and paths etc.  As these lorries can hold a capacity of up to 16 tonnes, you’ll still have plenty of aggregates to help you stay on track with your project.  There is no job too big or too small for our team of lorries. 

A Mixed Bag 

We supply a wide variety of aggregates at AJ Grab Hire, which means we can support any type of landscaping project.  Many of our aggregates come from recycled materials, as we are among a network of ethical waste removers. We believe in recycling as many waste materials as possible and turning them into new products which can be re-used.  You can order a variety of mixed bags of aggregate, or order a truckload of one to be delivered to your site. No matter your need, we can work with you to get everything you need in one place.  Whether you’re transforming a garden, a driveway or public site, our team at AJ Grab Hire can help you find the aggregate you need. 

AJ Grab Hire

Head Office:
Langdale Farm
Cambridge Road
Melbourn
Hertfordshire
SG8 6EY

enquiries@ajgrabhire.co.uk

Top Locations

Cambridge
Royston
Newmarket
Saffron Walden
Harlow
Haverhill
Ely
Bury St Edmunds

 

Opening times

Mon – Fri 7am – 6.00pm
Sat 7am – 1pm

T: 01763 233493

Activities to Help Kids Learn About Sustainability and the Environment

Activities to Help Kids Learn About Sustainability and the Environment

The summer holidays are fast approaching – we know, they spent enough time at home last year, but at least over the holidays, you don’t have to homeschool.

With fun on the brain, and panicking parents wondering how on earth they’ll keep the kids entertained for six weeks, we’ve listed a range of activities to help inspire your children to learn more about our environment. 

Our children will inherit this earth, as guardians of a greener future, it’s our duty to give them the knowledge and tools to make the most sustainable decisions. 

Bookmark our blog, share it with your partner or friends, and take note of these activities which will make your small ones see adventure the every day. 

Get Growing 

Many of us have the luxury of a garden at home, but few attempt to grow our own fruits and vegetables. 

The more we can eat homegrown food, the better, as we don’t have to travel for produce, or buy produce from other countries, which also impacts our carbon footprint. 

According to the latest data from the United Nations, food production is responsible for one-quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. 

Grab some seeds from your local gardening shop and get the children in on the action of creating new plant beds and planting the seeds. 

They will love tending to the plants and enjoying the fruits of their labour once everything has grown. Who knows, it may even encourage them to finally eat their greens! 

Transform Recycling into Crafts 

Art Attack was how we all learned to transform Fairy Liquid bottles into rockets, and Weetabix boxes into castles. It was inspirational for a generation, but that same creative flair can still be harnessed now. 

Using recycled items for crafts is a wonderful way to give your kids some creative time, and help them to understand more about the materials that cannot be recycled. 

Going even further, you could also use old clothes for making costumes. Another great way to give them a second life. 

Forest School 

Many local areas now host forest schools where older children can go for a few days a week to learn about the importance of forests, how to live in them and respect the wildlife that lives there. 

Some forest schools provide camping trips, while others are just weekly classes. Search locally to discover if you’ve got a forest school and how they run. 

If you want your child to experience more of the great outdoors and have a deeper respect for the natural environment, signing them up to forest school could help in all of these ways. 

Photo Scrapbook

Many children love playing photographer, so why not encourage their natural curiosity and creativity and go on a photo scrapbook adventure. 

Provide them with a camera, whether it’s an old phone or an old fashioned polaroid, and then go out on walks to see what you can find together. 

When you get home, print out their pictures and add them to a scrapbook. You can even take it a step further by helping them to use the computer to learn more about the plants or wildlife that you found. 

Bike Adventure 

According to data from 2019, there is a steep decline in children picking up bike riding. 

Bike riding is not only a more sustainable form of transport but also a life skill that can support children in many areas of their development. 

Learning to ride a bike this summer should be on your bucket list. 

If your child is already confident on a bike, now’s the perfect time to book out lots of outdoor adventures. 

Studies prove, that the more time we spend outside, the better for our mental wellbeing, but also that when children enjoy their natural environment, they are more conscious of maintaining it. 

Litter Pick Walk

Litter is still a problem that tarnishes our earth and damages the local wildlife, but we can turn it around. 

Litter picking used to be something you would get forced to do at school, but now more people are treating it as an environmental hobby, litter picking during runs and walks. 

Get your children in on the cleanup, and whether you’re walking somewhere or just out for a family walk, make it a challenge to see who can collect the most. 

Build Animal Shelters 

As the destruction of many natural habitats continues, more animals are finding themselves without a home. 

If you have a garden, you can support this environmental challenge by creating safe havens for birds and other animals in your backyard. 

Children love the idea of seeing more animals in their own space, and you can even go so far as to film the activity and show them in the morning. Who doesn’t love watching a hedgehog find a new home? 

There are many places you can purchase kits from or free tutorials on YouTube. 

Creating Hedgehog hotels, birdhouses, and even bug islands. 

All of these creatures and critters make a big impact on our environment, and the more we educate our children about their care, the more they will thrive and continue to help us create a better world. 

AJ Grab Hire

Head Office:
Langdale Farm
Cambridge Road
Melbourn
Hertfordshire
SG8 6EY

enquiries@ajgrabire.co.uk

Top Locations

Cambridge
Royston
Newmarket
Saffron Walden
Harlow
Haverhill
Ely
Bury St Edmunds

 

Opening times

Mon – Fri 9am – 5.30pm
Sat 9am – 12pm

T: 01763 233493
M: 07931 142198

The Importance of Ethical Waste Removal

The Importance of Ethical Waste Removal

You may think that hiring a waste remover is just part and parcel of doing a good, clean job. But there is far more to waste removal than meets the eye. 

While every person and business will in some way shape or form produce waste, it’s how we manage this waste that plays a major role in our impact on the environment, and also on the reputation, we uphold as a business. 

Well-managed waste removal is not only a legal requirement, but it’s also an ethical necessity if you are to ensure that your business operates in a way that brings no harm to others. 

As registered waste carriers we take pride in taking action in limiting the waste that goes into landfill, and promoting the best practice of waste removal so that people and the planet are not affected by the waste of others. 

Both projects big and small create waste, but each of us has a responsibility to fully understand why ethical waste removal is so important and take the appropriate steps to limit the waste we inevitably produce. 

Your choice of hiring a waste remover goes far beyond just keeping your site clean and tidy. In this feature, we hope to highlight why your choice makes a bigger impact than you may realise. 

Environmental Protection 

When waste is not managed properly it can contaminate your local environment. 

As well as polluting water sources and killing off plants and animals, there have been severe occasions where illegally dumped waste has also come in contact with people. 

Asbestos is one toxic product that can be timely and expensive to remove from site. As a highly dangerous substance, it has the potential to cause serious medical conditions. When this is removed and dumped illegally, it can cause havoc for the surrounding wildlife, and put people at risk.

As well as trade waste, we are all well aware of the environmental issues that face us as a species. It’s hard not to find a news story on a daily basis that doesn’t provide more data on plastic pollution.  

While the global impact can make it feel like we’re in a losing battle; the true change happens at a local and regional level. 

If you can ensure that you are using a registered waste remover, so that your waste doesn’t end up in a country lane somewhere, and it meets the appropriate recycling process, you are playing your part in reducing the environmental impact of waste. 

Fly-tipping 

We regularly report on the rise of fly-tipping here in the UK, and it’s a crisis that is being increased by people who are not doing the necessary checks with their waste remover. 

Both commercial and domestic projects are at risk from rogue waste removers. Unfortunately, it’s easy to fall prey to such criminals as many can operate under false pretences; looking very authentic in their appearance when in fact they do not have the experience or the training to properly remove waste. 

Many unfortunate customers have been conned by waste removers leaving them at risk of huge fines, and the embarrassment of polluting the local area. 

Fly-tippers play into the emotions of their prey. Providing a quick, easy and ‘cheap’ way to remove rubbish. To many, it appears that all will be well until the police arrive. 

It’s not just the risk of huge fines that should stop you in your tracks but the ethics of this poor waste management. 

As registered waste removers, we work tirelessly with a network of recycling partners to ensure the waste entering landfill is minimised. The same networks are not present in rogue traders who are trying to make some quick cash and do not care where your waste ends up. 

Company Reputation 

As a business, you have a social responsibility to not cause harm, and this relates again to both people and the planet. 

Your actions and behaviours have a ripple effect, and while some of these you may not know right now, there are always areas of your business where you can see the impact and make a direct change. 

As consumers and trade professionals we are becoming increasingly aware of the attitudes company’s have around the treatment of people and the environment; and now more than ever we make our choices based on the ethics of these businesses. 

It’s not uncommon to hear of boycotts, marches or social outings of brands and businesses who do not lead with ethics at the heart of their operations. 

To not be ethically active when it comes to waste removal, not only leaves you open for huge fines and even prison sentences; but also leaves you at risk from people turning against your business and actively seeking to disrupt it. 

There is an increasing demand for ethical waste removal from everyone in the world, both as individuals and as businesses. 

The one choice you can make as a trade professional is to only choose a registered and licensed waste remover.

Contact AJ Grab hire today to get a quote for your next project.

AJ Grab Hire

Head Office:
Langdale Farm
Cambridge Road
Melbourn
Hertfordshire
SG8 6EY

enquiries@ajgrabire.co.uk

Top Locations

Cambridge
Royston
Newmarket
Saffron Walden
Harlow
Haverhill
Ely
Bury St Edmunds

 

Opening times

Mon – Fri 9am – 5.30pm
Sat 9am – 12pm

T: 01763 233493
M: 07931 142198