Why Choose Grab Hire For Site Clearance?

Why Choose Grab Hire For Site Clearance?

Whether you’re currently working on a landscaping project, large commercial construction project, or just a local private domestic build, our grab hire lorries are the ideal partner for your site clearance. 

Site clearance is a messy business, and when your project is on a tight deadline you can’t be waiting around to have your waste cleared – you need it collected and removed so you can get on with the work. 

To give you an idea of why you should be choosing a grab hire lorry for your site clearance, we’ve revealed the top ways a grab lorry can help you move that project along smoothly. 

Quick and efficient 

In the construction business, time is money, and the more time your project stands still, the more money you could be losing. 

Compared to a skip, a grab hire lorry is much more quick and efficient at site clearance. 

The large grab arm can load your site waste within 10 – 20 minutes, meaning you can continue your work as soon as the grab lorry has gone. 

For many projects, this is much more efficient than having a skip sitting around the site for weeks on end, especially as you then need to book it in to be delivered and collected; all precious time that could be spent on your project. 

At AJ Grab Hire, you can call and book in our grab hire lorries often 24 hours before you need them – meaning we can be on-site the next day to clear your waste. 

Reduced costs 

Our largest grab lorry can hold 16 tonnes of waste. This means 16 tonnes of rubbish, timber, or muck can be cleared from your site in a matter of minutes. 

Unfortunately, you would need three skips to remove this much waste from your site. Which means a skip is both more costly and takes up more operational management. 

A skip also requires a permit from the local council, which in many cases costs a fee. Another expense you really don’t need! 

However, with a grab hire lorry, there is no need to gain a permit, as the lorry loads waste so quickly and causes very minimal disruption. 

If you’re conscious of costs on your project, a grab hire lorry is a much more cost-effective way of managing site clearance. 

No need for extra labour 

When you hire a skip, it doesn’t fill itself. Therefore you have to use up vital manpower on filling the skip with waste and ensuring it is not littered with other types of waste. You can end up having one or two people just ensuring your site waste is managed. 

However, with a grab hire lorry, the grabber does all the work, so there’s much less manpower needed. 

As long as your waste is put in the best possible space, our grabber can do all the heavy lifting. 

The grabber reaches 8 metres when extended, which means it can even reach hard to get spaces. From lifting waste over fences and walls, nothing can get in its way! 

Responsible waste removal

The responsibility of your site waste is firmly on your shoulders, even when it is removed from your site. 

As there are many rogue waste removers out there, it’s vital you choose a reputable waste remover for your site clearance to ensure you don’t end up with any hefty fines, or at the very worst, prison sentences. 

At AJ Grab Hire we are certified by the Environment Agency as responsible waste removers.

Our team are trained and certified to help you recycle your waste and reduce the amount of waste going into landfill. 

As we remove everything from timber, rubbish, hardcore and green waste, we can guide you into managing your site waste effectively.

With more waste regulations constantly being rolled out across the construction sector, it’s important that no matter the project you are abiding by them.

Drop and collect 

At AJ Grab Hire, we also supply a range of aggregates, which means we also offer a delivery and collection service.

We can deliver and drop off the aggregate you need, and then take away any site rubbish. This dual approach service is ideal for saving time and helping your project continue to run smoothly. 

Rather than waiting on multiple suppliers, and slowing the project down, we can support you in maintaining a good pace with your project. 

We supply a variety of aggregate, from building sand, limestone, crushed concrete, to topsoil and gravel. 

To get your site clearance moving, contact our team at AJ Grab Hire today and get a quote. 

 

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 - 6pm
Sat 7am - 1pm

T: 01763 233493

The War on Construction Waste Continues Despite Lockdown

The War on Construction Waste Continues Despite Lockdown

Lockdown in the UK may be easing, but during the long and quiet months of quarantine construction projects have continued across the nation. 

From ‘essential’ construction works being done to public facilities and social housing, to the dramatic rise in DIY; the UK’s need for construction has not dwindled. 

While the rise in construction projects provide a consistency to the UK economy that’s greatly required, the area that’s seeing a dramatic impact is waste.

It may not sound very glamorous, or as though it’s an extreme problem amid the outbreak of a pandemic, but as we begin to emerge from the crisis and into a new world, many in the construction sector are looking at how we can create more sustainability. 

The UK construction industry provides more than £110 billion per annum to the UK economy, that’s 7% of GDP, but waste in the sector is a growing problem. 

New Legislation 

The Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) is a not-for-profit, independent organisation founded in 1997 to raise the standards in the construction industry. 

In May 2020, the CCS proposed that tighter rules and regulations on waste and recyclable materials should be imposed across the construction sector. 

The industry currently claims around a 90% diversion from landfill, a strong recovery compared to other sectors. However, some research reveals that 13% of products delivered to construction sites are sent to landfill without ever being used. 

Furthermore, there is a large element of energy recovery through incinerators, with few organisations attempting to recycle or reuse. 

Therefore the new policy will put an emphasis on avoiding waste while encouraging recycling and reuse. The current strategy laid out reveals a ‘roadmap’ towards zero avoidable waste. 

Senior Sustainability Advisor and Circular Economy Programme Lead at the UK Green Building Council, said, “Construction, demolition and excavation in the UK currently produces a staggering 120 million tonnes of waste each year. This is nearly 60% of all UK waste.”

Once lockdown is lifted, it’s safe to say that the UK government and organisations across the building sector will be pushing these new green policies strongly. 

DIY During Lockdown 

It’s easy to assume construction waste is only a ‘big deal’ for large organisations and building contractors. But the simple fact is, construction waste is everyone’s responsibility regardless of how large or small the build. 

During the UK lockdown, there has been a significant rise in home DIY. According to figures released on 5th June by Alderman, 38% of UK residents have been ‘doing it ourselves’ during the imposed quarantine. However, 17% of people say they are planning to do more soon. 

The rise in a nation of self-builders has created more work for the professionals, as DIY disasters are now at the top of many builders project lists. 

The BBC reported that ‘DIY mayhem’ has swept the nation, with everyone from painters, to builders being called in to fix DIY attempts. 

Of course, while it’s a novel idea to try your hand at DIY, what people don’t realise, is it’s not just the skills they may be missing but the unintended consequences of their work. 

In May 2020, The National Environment Agency inspectors were called out to 20 incidents of water pollution caused by lockdown DIY. 

Beating the Criminals

In the world of construction waste, it may seem there’s a lot to clean-up.

It’s bad enough that our environment is being polluted by DIY amateurs, and the fact that construction waste is still ending up in landfill, but fly-tipping hit a 10-year high in 2019 and still remains a serious problem amongst all of this. 

In the UK, fly-tipping got so serious in November 2019, that an independent review by the Serious and Organised Crime in the Waste Sector had to be actioned. 

The review revealed that the majority of materials being tipped illegally were in fact, what we describe in the sector as ‘muck-away’. Essentially, inert rubble which was everything from steel to asbestos. 

According to reports multiple fly-tipping even increased in some parts of the UK during May 2020, with some claiming the increase was due to limited capacity at waste and recycling centres. 

As we emerge out of lockdown and begin to make plans for the future, everyone in the construction industry must start taking responsibility for the materials they choose and the way they remove their waste. 

At AJ Grab Hire, we are certified by the Environment Agency as responsible waste removers. A title we take seriously. 

If you’re concerned about how you’re managing your construction waste for your next project, commercial or domestic, contact our team today to discuss how we can help you be responsible with your waste.

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 - 6pm
Sat 7am - 1pm

T: 01763 233493

Facts You Need to Know About Grab Hire Lorries

Facts You Need to Know About Grab Hire Lorries

Grab hire lorries hold quite the reputation for their ability to move large loads to waste and manoeuvre effortlessly onto difficult construction sites. But just how much do you know about grab hire lorries and their ability? 

At AJ Grab Hire, we have many years of experience of working with these incredible pieces of machinery. We’ve supported both small local landscaping projects, and even large public-facing construction projects. Each time the grab hire lorry has met the challenge.

As grab hire lorries continue to be developed and improved to ensure they operate at the highest standard, there is so much to learn about grab hire lorries and what can be achieved with them. 

A Grab Lorry Can Hold 16 Tonnes of Waste

There’s a lot of weight behind a grab lorry. When the lorry is empty, the truck weighs 16 tonnes. However, once a grab hire lorry is filled with muck or waste, it can reach a maximum mass of 32 tonnes. This means, on average, a grab hire lorry can hold 16 tonnes and 15 cubic metres of material. 

Grab Lorries Can Reach Over Walls and Fences 

The crane on a grab hire lorry is 8 metres. The ‘grabber’ as it’s called, always goes from the side of the lorry and not the front or back. With a height like this grab lorries can easily reach over walls and fences to collect material. 

Grab Lorries Come in Different Sizes 

Just like construction projects, there’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to grab lorries. As each project might need something different, grab lorries also come in different sizes. 

While the largest 9 metre by 4-metre truck is ideal for large construction or engineering projects, at Aj Grab Hire, we also have a 4-wheel grab truck that is 7.8 metres. 

The 4-wheel grab lorry can only hold 10 tonnes, but as a smaller grab truck, it is much more agile, which means it’s ideal for smaller projects. 

It Takes Max 20 minutes to load a Grab Lorry 

When you’ve got a busy construction site, you need to know how quickly your waste or rubbish can be cleared – especially as it’s a vital part of site health and safety. 

Unlike a skip, which has to have the manpower to physically fill it, a grab lorry only takes between 10 – 20 minutes to load, depending on the amount of manoeuvring that needs to take place. 

Once on-site, the grab hire lorry is pretty quick and efficient at helping you get your site clear. 

For projects that are up against tight deadlines, a grab hire lorry is ideal for keeping the project moving forward and ensuring no large loads of waste slow things down. 

Grab Lorries Don’t Need Permits 

The extra benefit of a grab lorry is that you don’t need a permit to have your waste removed from the site. 

When you hire a skip on your premises, you need to ask your local council for permission, who then provides you with a permit. This is to ensure your skip won’t be in the way of local traffic or won’t cause any disruption to the area. 

Of course, this can be heavily frustrating when your permit is declined – especially when you have waste to be removed. 

However, a grab lorry doesn’t need a permit. Thanks to their quick turnaround time, a grab lorry collects your waste and removes it for you without any disruption or need for permits. 

Grab Lorries Are Responsible Recyclers 

As sustainability has become a vital part of the construction industry, at AJ Grab Hire we take great pride in the fact that we are certified by the Environment Agency for waste removal. 

By being certified by the environment authority, we are recognised as responsible recyclers, and can help you ensure the waste sent to landfill is minimised. 

At AJ Grab Hire, our grab lorries can collect the following waste which can be recycled. 

To book a grab hire lorry, or to discover which grab lorry would work best for your project, contact 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

What We’ve Been Doing During Covid-19

What We’ve Been Doing During Covid-19

While many businesses have been thrust into lockdown status across the UK over the past three months, at AJ Grab Hire, our operations have still been lightly running under strict social distancing measures. 

Our aggregate deliveries and grab hire lorries have been busy supporting projects in Cambridgeshire and surrounding area, as many landscaping and construction projects have continued. 

Under the government guidelines, we have been taking all the necessary precautions with our team and our customers to ensure that health and safety during this time remains a priority. This means our team has worn protective clothing and carried out rigorous cleaning procedures on each grab hire lorry.  

Much of the world has come to a grinding halt due to coronavirus, but as many of our clients have had to continue their work, we have also been on the frontline of these projects to ensure operations run smoothly, and waste is removed as quickly as possible from the site.  

Here are a few ways we’ve been keeping the grab lorries busy during Covid-19.

Helping Essential Construction Work 

In April 2020, the government’s position on construction work was that construction sites should continue to operate during Covid-19. 

A statement from the Secretary For Business Energy & Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma, thanked the UK construction sector for “delivering for our nation through this difficult time”. 

However, it has been a difficult decision for many in the construction industry whether to keep sites open or shut them down amid health and safety concerns. 

Thankfully, the Construction Leadership Council produced industry-wide Site Operating Procedure (SOP) guidelines to give construction workers and businesses clear advice for operating during the pandemic. 

The SOP guides detail a list of topics, from travelling to the site, access points, hand washing facilities, and other welfare facilities, including toilets, canteens and changing rooms. 

With clear guidelines for those in the construction industry, many sites have re-opened quickly, and continued work across the UK, despite a police-enforced lockdown for many who were deemed as non-essential workers.  

The fact is, across the engineering and construction sector, many large scale projects have had to still continue. This includes work on roads, public facilities, and the remedial work launched by the government on fire stopping in all social housing.  

At AJ Grab Hire, this has meant we’ve continued to support our customers in helping them to move waste quickly from site to ensure that social distancing can remain in place and that there are no obstructions to vital access points. 

 

Supporting Local Landscapers 

In relation to the landscaping sector, the guidance from the government was very unclear as to whether work would be allowed to continue amid the covid-19 outbreak. 

The UK Landscape Institute sought clarification from the government and gained no official statement, they simply re-iterated the Chief Medical Officers statement – “ If you cannot work from home, then you can still travel to work.” 

While the Landscape Institute has urged members to minimise fieldwork, some essential works have still had to be continued. 

With this in mind, The British Association of Landscape Industries has since submitted guidance for all landscapers needing to work, on how work should be carried out to remain safe during the pandemic. 

At AJ Grab Hire, we’ve seen a number of small scale local landscape projects continue and supported in providing aggregate delivery and muck-away services with our fleet of grab hire lorries. 

Under the circumstances, our grab hire lorries have helped to keep these projects moving forward at a pace so that they can be completed quicker and minimise the need for more manpower on site. 

As a grab lorry can move more than a skip, in a much quicker time frame, there is no need for extra labour on site. 

If your construction or landscape project is due to start up again soon, contact our team to see how we can help support you. 

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

How to Manage Your Construction Waste In an Environmentally Friendly Way

How to Manage Your Construction Waste In an Environmentally Friendly Way

At AJ Grab Hire, we support both individuals and companies to remove waste in a cost-effective and environmentally conscious way. 

As our grab lorries can collect a variety of materials, we are able to recycle and distribute them to specialist plants to reduce the impact on landfill. In fact, we work with recycling partners to ensure we can support our customers in helping them understand where their waste ends up. 

According to the latest UK government data, we currently reuse 91% of the waste created from the construction industry. While this is incredibly positive, there is still more we can all do to ensure we create a sustainable strategy for the waste we create. 

If you’re looking to manage your construction waste in an environmentally friendly way, we’ve revealed a few areas you should consider. 

Reduce 

In the first instance, reducing the amount of material you use is key to decreasing waste. After all, the excess is very rarely re-used and is instead put in the same pile as waste. 

While it is hard to be involved in a project in the early stages, it’s essential that you are able to look at plans before hand to understand the quantities of materials required. Planning ahead in this way can help to dramatically reduce waste. 

Over-ordering is also a common occurrence in the construction industry. However, if you arrange deliveries to match the phases of the project, you can avoid materials going to waste. 

At AJ Grab Hire we can support in this area with aggregate delivery, as we can deliver a variety of aggregate to your site when required. 

Reuse 

Being resourceful with your materials can not only ensure that you reduce your costs, but can ensure that valuable materials don’t end up in the waste pile. 

Collecting offcuts is one way to reduce buying brand new materials. Creating a space for materials that can be reused may also save you money in the long run. 

If there are materials that you can’t reuse, look to sell these or donate unused or salvaged materials. Many of these items could help charity projects locally or provide materials to learning centres. 

By discovering a list of organisations or local charities, you can ensure that no matter the materials you have leftover, they can find a valuable home. 

Consider also asking your local suppliers about their reuse programs. Many construction suppliers are becoming eco-friendly, and now provide benefits to those who return items or add to their scrappage scheme. 

Recycle

As an authorised waste remover, we are well aware of how much waste can be recycled. 

Working alongside a waste remover, such as ourselves at AJ Grab Hire, can help ensure that any waste created from your project can be recycled at the correct plant. 

As we can collect various materials, we have dedicated partners where we help our customers recycle their waste, therefore dramatically limiting the waste that goes into landfill. 

To help a waste remover in distributing your waste effectively, try to maintain clear waste material practices on site. For example, having one location for hardcore, and one location for rubbish, this means your waste can be collected and recycled much more effectively. 

However, if you have a reputable waste remover, such as our team at AJ Grab Hire, we can help sort your waste at our facilities, so it’s ready for recycling. 

To help you on your way to a more environmentally-friendly project, contact our team at AJ Grab Hire to get a quote

 

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 a Grab Lorry for a Public-Facing Project

The Benefits of a Grab Lorry for a Public-Facing Project

Any public-facing project that will be in the space and face of the public comes with a whole load of different construction pressures. Not only do you need to ensure that the project remains on a tight deadline, but you also have to manage your project while in a public space that can often be busy with both people and traffic. 

With many situations to juggle, it’s essential that you have the right tools and services on-hand to ensure your project remains on track and doesn’t cause any further disruption to the surrounding public. 

When it comes to waste control, there are even more strategies you have to think of, especially when waste cannot only delay a project but also be an eyesore to the viewing public. 

A grab lorry for waste removal is ideal in a public-facing project, and we’ve supported many companies working on housing projects, commercial retail units, and roadworks to ensure their very public work remains clean and clear at all times. 

If you’re considering a grab lorry for your project, here’s how it can prove a massive benefit when working around the public. 

Time-Efficient Turn Around 

Public-facing projects can be in the way of roads, homes and public pathways. This can mean your project will have a tight deadline as councils often restrict disruption to these spaces. So as well as a difficult space to operate within, you’re also managing an even tighter deadline. 

With this in mind, efficiency and productivity on any public-facing project are paramount to its success. 

A grab lorry can support your team in maintaining their schedule by removing large quantities of waste quickly. 

Unlike a skip, a grab lorry can move higher volumes of waste, and different types of waste. From mud and earth to rubble and timber, no matter the materials you need moving quickly, a grab lorry can visit your site and pick-up the waste without any need for manual support from your team. 

Having scheduled visits from a grab lorry can also ensure that waste continues to be removed throughout the project. 

No Eyesore

Barriers and signs are often put up to avoid the public from accessing public-facing projects, but this doesn’t stop complaints about mess or noise. 

While there is very little you can do in the way of noise; mess can be managed to ensure that waste doesn’t overspill into public areas and begin to contaminant neighbouring streets or roads. 

No matter where the waste may be on your site a grab lorry can pick-up the waste directly from the ground and transport it to be recycled or disposed of. 

As a grab lorry can collect high capacities of waste, this means there is no need for overfilling skips and rubbish being left on-site for days on end. 

Space-Saving 

Public-facing projects may struggle for space, especially if they are in busy streets or roads. 

With space lacking, it’s essential that your waste doesn’t begin to become a hurdle for your project. 

While a skip can hold waste, it also takes up space on site which can begin to be a problem when you’ve got little space to begin with. 

A skip truck can also struggle to reach awkward spaces, meaning you may be left with a full skip for days until it can be emptied. 

However, unlike a skip, a grab lorry can use its arm to reach awkward spaces, such as over fences or even public furniture such as benches. 

A grab lorry can also manoeuvre over difficult terrain far easier than a skip, meaning your waste can be collected directly from the site. 

If you want to book a grab lorry for your next public-facing project, contact our team at AJ Grab Hire to get a quote

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