How to Recycle the ‘Unrecyclable’

How to Recycle the ‘Unrecyclable’

From home renovations to large scale commercial refits, at AJ Grab Hire we’ve come into contact with every kind of waste you can imagine. 

With many years under our belt with supporting both small projects and large firms, we know that managing waste removal can be overwhelming – especially when there is waste you don’t actually know what to do with. 

While at AJ Grab Hire we can remove green waste, timber, rubble, muck and rubbish, there are some waste items that we’re not allowed to touch, and need special handling due to the sensitivity of the substance or materials. 

We’ve listed below the items we can’t remove, and provided guidance and advice on what to do if you do need these materials removed from your site.

Asbestos 

Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibre that was heavily used in the construction industry during the 1990s. 

Before anyone knew the dangers and risks associated with asbestos it was used as insulation in buildings, sprayed onto walls, and even used in flooring and roofing products. 

Asbestos is now banned in the UK, but some buildings constructed before the year 2000 may still have asbestos. 

Those working in the construction industry will be all too aware of the major risks linked to asbestos, and the word often strikes fear into many construction workers who have seen first hand the damage it can do.

Asbestos once inhaled can embed itself in the human lungs and cause a variety of health problems. Unfortunately, Asbestos related diseases are usually fatal, and still today in the UK more than 5,000 people die from Asbestos related health problems. 

If you discover Asbestos in a building or property that you are working on, it is classed as hazardous material. 

You should not touch the Asbestos or try to remove it yourself, and instead contact your local authorities to let them know that Asbestos has been discovered. Your local authority will then provide you with details to a specialist who will come and remove it. 

Asbestos cannot be put into a skip or recycled. 

Any poor handling of asbestos puts people at risk of developing asbestos-related diseases. 

There is currently no cure for asbestos related diseases, therefore there are fines and strict regulations around the handling of the material.

Tyres

It may be rare that you come into contact with tyres on your project, but these products can throw a spanner in the works if you do not know how to remove it consciously. After all, you don’t just want to throw it in with all the other waste. 

Tyres can be recycled, and are now made into many other products including road materials, and even rubber crumb on artificial sports pitches. 

You can either take tyres to your local mechanic centre where they collect tyres, or if you have a large number of them, you can hire a tyre recycling specialist to come and collect them.

Gas Canisters 

Large gas canisters may appear in derelict buildings where they were once used as fuel. 

Should you discover any gas canisters in a building or property that you are renovating you will be pleased to know that these can easily be recycled and should not be placed into landfill. 

If you know the supplier of the gas canister, they will accept them back, and often collect them so that they can be reused. 

However if you are not aware of the supplier or brand of gas canister, it is best advised to contact your local authority who will be able to provide you with information on their recycling. Most local authorities accept them at Household recycling centres, but it is best to check your own local authority as the rules change by county. 

Toxic Chemicals 

Hazardous and toxic chemicals cause major issues on construction sites, as once detected they can put delays in the development plan.

Toxic of hazardous waste is identified as a material that will cause significant harm to human health or the environment. 

Toxic chemicals for example must be sorted and stored differently to general waste, as there is a heightened focus on safety and security. 

When any hazardous or toxic waste is found on a site you must notify your local authority, and hire specialists in the removal of toxic waste, as there are specific permits and methods which must be followed. 

A certified waste remover should provide you with the full details of where your toxic waste will be disposed of. This is certainly one instance where you must have an accredited waste remover as the consequences of rogue waste removal in toxic waste are severe, threatening both life and the environment. 

On the removal of hazardous waste from any premises you will be given a consignment note which must be completed to accompany the toxic waste. 

A consignment note acts as a paper or electronic receipt for movements of hazardous waste. They are colour-coded and divided into three parts.

  1. Producer’s/holder’s/consignor’s copy (white).
  2. Carrier’s copy (yellow).
  3. Consignee’s copy (pink).

 

As you can see, aside from some products, almost anything you find onsite can be recycled. 

While at AJ Grab Hire we do not handle toxic or hazardous waste, we can help with all your other waste requirements that aren’t quite as dangerous. 

Contact our team today 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

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The Five Ways Grab Hire is Keeping Your Site Safe

The Five Ways Grab Hire is Keeping Your Site Safe

We may now have a roadmap out of the UK lockdown, but site safety still remains paramount as we await for the vaccination roll out and ensure that the spread of covid-19 finally stalls.  Construction work across the UK has continued during many of the UK lockdowns, as both essential works have needed to be carried out, and the government has leant on the continuation of the sector to help keep the economy going. 

Site safety has been hugely stepped up from the usual health and safety checks as companies have been consistently testing key works to help prevent any covid-19 infections.  If you’re working towards creating a safer site, both now and post-covid we’ve listed how making a small change to grab hire can support you on this journey. 

1) A Clear Site

Social distancing has been one of the biggest changes to help sites to resist the spread of covid-19. And while it’s not always easy to distance yourself on a site with the many intricate pieces of work that needs doing between team members, there are ways you can limit the need for unnecessary contact. 

One way in which grab hire is supporting a safe site is by creating more space on-site with the removal of waste.  Waste can take up large areas of a site which could instead be used for solo work.  By having a regular grab hire lorry collect waste and disposed of materials, you can maintain a clear site that provides extra space for distancing. 

2) Workflow 

During the UK lockdowns, it’s been essential for sites to limit the number of people on site. However, productivity has still had to remain high to meet deadlines and keep the work flowing. 

To support workflow, our grab hire lorries can schedule regular waste removals to ensure that work doesn’t stop due to a messy or disorganised site.  When waste starts to get in the way, work can slow down and disrupt the productivity of the site. 

3) Reducing Hazards

Large amounts of waste on a site cause a health and safety hazard in normal circumstances let alone during the UK lockdowns.  As waste can quickly pile up, or get blown around the site with bad weather, it then increases the risk of someone tripping or slipping on waste. 

When an accident occurs it both stalls workflow and means that interpersonal contact needs to be undertaken to support the person who is injured. During the pandemic, this then increases the spread of covid-19 as people have to come in close contact.  Regular removal of waste with a grab hire lorry ensures that all hazards are removed from the site. 

4) Public Access

If you are working on a site within the public environment your site mustn’t disrupt or cause harm to the surrounding public.  While you may consider a skip for your waste management on a public site, this can become a hazard as it can sit there for weeks.

A skip can also be difficult to manoeuvre in a public space that has limited or restricted access.   Instead, a grab hire lorry can collect rubbish and waste from hard to reach spaces, and be done within 30 minutes. This helps to limit any build-up of rubbish in a public environment and ensure that the site has extra space to continue work. 

5) Limiting Unnecessary Labour 

As we’ve already mentioned, at present many sites are limiting their team size to manage and control the potential spread of covid-19. This means that many sites can really do without unnecessary labour.  When many sites hire a skip this can cause extra labour, as someone has to manage what’s entering the skip, be in charge of filling it, and helping the collection of the skip.

In reality, a skip takes up a lot of unnecessary manpower.  However, with a grab hire lorry, such as our team at AJ Grab Hire, we come and collect your waste from the site and our team manages the whole process. The only thing you need to do is show us where the waste has been placed.  As we all continue to make sites safer and keep projects running on time, it’s worth considering which elements on your site can be enhanced to increase safety and productivity.  Contact our team at AJ Grab Hire today for 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

Fly-tipping On the Rise and Causing Regional Crisis

Fly-tipping On the Rise and Causing Regional Crisis

In June 2020 the government confirmed there was a ‘fly-tipping crisis’ spreading across the UK causing mountains of rubbish to be dumped in streets, lay-bys, local parks and even in people’s back gardens. 

Last year, The Countryside Alliance reported a 300% rise in fly-tipping in some areas as local authorities closed recycling centres during the covid-19 pandemic. 

But as the UK has been in and out of lockdowns, and with various tier systems implemented, it appears that the rise in fly-tipping has continued in strength as we enter 2021.

Local authorities have struggled to maintain basic services and have been put under a huge amount of strain over the past year, which has meant the fight against fly-tipping has been mostly left to campaigners and members of the public. 

ClearWaste, an app that allows the public to report fly-tipping, shows nearly 4,000 examples of fly-tipping in England alone. People have also taken to social media sites to also try and raise awareness and encourage people to speak out. 

Fly-tipping is not only unnecessary, but it also causes harm to the environment, wildlife and in some rare circumstances people’s homes. 

Regions Raise Their Concerns 

Reports across local regions have been showing just how far and wide the extent of the fly-tipping problem truly is, with local newspapers regularly reporting on the cost incurred by councils and the damage being done in the areas. 

In February 2021 West Lothian Council confirmed that it had spent £50,000 of taxpayers money on clearing fly-tipped rubbish. The council’s team reportedly collected nearly 73 tonnes of waste between October 2020 and December 2020. 

Havering Council reports that fly-tipping costs the council approximately £1m each year. Havering is regularly in the top 10 of London boroughs carrying out enforcement action against fly-tippers. 

According to the latest figures from Basildon council, more than 4,300 fines have been handed out to fly-tippers over the past year. 

In Grantham, three tonnes of concrete and construction waste were dumped by the canal in early February causing rubbish to contaminate the water.

Reports from Ely Cambridgeshire, saw local villagers confront the council due to a large amount of fly-tipped rubbish dumped in the area. Numerous residents reported it to East Cambridgeshire Council but in the end, residents took it upon themselves to remove it. 

Milton Keynes reported 4,304 fly-tipping incidents between April and December last year, with a monthly average of nearly 500 piles of rubbish a month being dumped. 

It seems no matter where you are in the UK, fly-tipping is becoming a serious problem, costing councils money and damaging the local landscape. 

Landfill Tax Increase 

Unfortunately, the rise in fly-tipping may be no closer to an end due to the consistent increase in UK landfill tax. 

Landfill tax has increased by 700% over the past 16 years up to 2014, and many believe this has largely contributed to the reduced use of landfill sites and the increase in fly-tipping. 

The National Audit Office believes that the rise in landfill tax contributed to a 65% fall in waste going to landfill, and spoke out on the fact telling reporters, “the move has incentivised more illegal disposal of waste.” 

A full report on the landfill tax created by The National Audit urges the government to do more when it comes to environmental taxes, as at present there is little evidence between the tax and how it supports environmental issues such as fly-tipping. 

Taking Action 

One thing that is apparent from the current fly-tipping problem sweeping across the UK is the number of local communities who are taking action. 

Litter-pickers and social media pages dedicated to reporting local fly-tipping have dramatically increased over the past year, as more locals look to combat the problem with their community spirit. 

One litter-picking group in Sunderland has tripled in members during the lockdown period as people take to the streets to keep it clean and report on any large amounts of waste. 

Rogue Waste Removers 

As well as taking local action, more people must become aware of rogue traders who are operating under false pretences. 

Unfortunately, if you’re not aware of what to ask or what to look out for, you can believe the people you’re paying are going to remove your waste responsibly; only to then discover that yourself and the rogue trader can be fined. 

There are many harrowing stories of people being conned by rogue traders, who in the end take peoples money and dump their rubbish. 

One report from London found a man fell victim to a scam waste collector in November 2020. He was overcharged by more than £1,000, only to later find the waste had been dumped in his neighbours garden. He was left to clear up the rubbish himself and never saw his money again. 

As the UK government website states, paying someone who fly-tips rubbish harms the environment, undermines accredited traders, and carries a criminal charge. 

To avoid further UK fly-tipping and to keep yourself safe against rogue waste removers ensure to follow these guidelines; 

  • Always check that the waste remover has a website with reviews and testimonials from customers. 
  • Check that they are registered with the Environment Agency and Local Council 
  • Under UK law all waste removal businesses have a legal obligation to keep a Duty of Care Certificate or Waste Transfer Note that documents every load of waste that leaves the premises. Your waste removal company should provide you with this free of charge. 
  • Check that the trader carries a Waste Carriers Licence 

As a licensed waste remover, At AJ Grab Hire we work on commercial and domestic projects, and can support you in removing any waste in a responsible and ethical way.

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

Managing Waste in the Winter Months

Managing Waste in the Winter Months

For any project, waste must be managed effectively to comply with health and safety. According to reports from Health & Safety England, an average of 1000 trips or slips on construction sites are caused each year because there is something in the individual’s way, such as building materials or waste. 

During the winter months, these incidents increase as both the darkness of the season and poor weather conditions make construction sites more difficult to navigate. 

Under the law, all construction sites must be deemed in ‘good order’, which means it’s not only best practice but your legal obligation to keep a clean and tidy site. 

To help you navigate managing your waste on-site during the winter months, we’ve revealed the key areas you should look at to keep your site and team safe. 

Clear Access 

Gaining clear access both onto the site and around the site ensures that workers can move freely, without incurring an injury or accident. 

Clear access is also vital in case of an emergency, as people need to be able to leave a site quickly and safely should an emergency occur on site. 

The same is also required from any deliveries or waste removal services you use on-site. 

While skips can block drive-aways and roads, a grab hire lorry can move and navigate around any site terrain, ensuring that no emergency exits are blocked. 

Working with your site manager, you should assign where the best place for deliveries and services can access the site. This will also ensure that any collections or deliveries can be easily facilitated in all weather conditions. 

It is critical that waste does not block any type of access point. 

As trips, slips and falls are more common in the winter months due to snow, rain and ice, all waste should be removed out of the way of workers. Even going so far as to make sure that no waste can be blown, or move into the path of someone working on site. 

Plan Ahead 

When you know you’re working on a project that will create large amounts of waste plan waste removal ahead to ensure, it can be taken away quickly. 

Scheduling regular visits from a grab hire lorry will ensure that large amounts of waste don’t begin to pile up and cause hazards. 

At AJ Grab Hire, we work in partnership with many large construction and building companies to ensure waste is consistently removed from the site, and not obstructing further work or the movement of people. 

Safe Spaces

Create dedicated spaces for your waste so that it doesn’t interrupt the work schedule or become a hazard to those working in low visibility. 

As a site manager, you should identify good spaces onsite where waste can be managed. This helps to keep it out of the way of people working, and in a space that can be easily accessed by a grab hire lorry. 

The waste spaces may move place as your project progresses, but keeping this in consideration is key in ensuring that waste is not travelling across the site, or creating hazards in key working areas. 

Tidy Work Areas 

Keep all work areas tidy to ensure that no waste is blocking or causing a hazard to those working in the area. 

Having a member of your team on waste duty, keeping a site clean and clear will help to avoid any accidents. For any internal refurbishments inside a building, consider whether you need to use wheelbarrows or chutes to move the waste safely away from the building. 

By having one key individual responsible for waste management, you can keep the site clear and clean, and your workers safe from any potential trip or slip hazards. 

Train Your Team 

Train and educate your team on the dedicated waste areas to ensure they are following your health and safety rules. 

A waste removal process is only as good as those following it. 

Show your team where the waste site is each morning, and continue to explain the importance of why the waste process is in place. 

A team who is on board with the process will keep each other accountable, and may even be able to provide solutions to waste problems as the project progresses. 

Under health & safety, it is paramount that your workers are carrying out work to the expected standards and are well aware of the waste removal process. 

For more information on how our waste removal services can help you maintain a safe site, contact our team at AJ Grab Hire.

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

What to Expect From Our Reliable Aggregate Delivery

What to Expect From Our Reliable Aggregate Delivery

It’s true that at AJ Grab Hire we are best known for our fleet of grab lorries, but grab lorries aren’t just efficient for removing your waste or muck; our grab lorries can also deliver tonnes of aggregate straight to your site. 

With the current COVID-19 restrictions and changes in constant flux, we’re well aware of how disrupted both commercial and domestic construction projects have been. 

As health and safety of construction workers is paramount to the continuation of works, at AJ Grab Hire our range of services, from grab hire and to aggregate delivery can make everything run smoothly despite the changes. 

We’ve revealed how our reliable aggregate delivery can support your project during the autumn/ winter season, and ensure your site remains productive in times of change. 

No Need to Stop

The first and foremost reason our aggregate delivery is reliable during these strange times is that you don’t need to stop your project in order to go and collect aggregate from a supplier. 

We bring the aggregate you need straight to your site. This means you don’t lose any labour or manpower, and you can have your aggregate delivered at precisely the time you need it. 

That means there’s no waiting in a queue at a local supplier. There’s no losing a vital person who is going to spend a few hours off-site, and the aggregate isn’t going to get in the way of the project. 

At AJ Grab Hire we can deliver up to 29 tonnes of aggregate in our tipper lorries, directly to your site whenever you need it. 

A Variety of Aggregate

Materials are in demand right now due to the current global pandemic, which means some local suppliers may not have the aggregate you need. And let’s be honest, there’s nothing worse than driving all the way to a supplier, waiting in the socially distanced queue, to then be told that the materials you need are out of stock. It’s not only a massive waste of time, but it can put a major pause on your project. 

However, at AJ Grab Hire, we do the hard work for you. All you simply have to do is call us for the aggregate you need, and we can supply and deliver it to your dedicated site. 

Our extensive network means that we can supply you with a wide range of high-quality aggregate suitable for both commercial works and domestic projects. 

At AJ Grab Hire we supply a vast array of aggregates including topsoil, sharp sand, ballast, limestone and red building sand. 

Whether you’re working on a landscaping project, home renovation project, or a large commercial project; we have all the aggregate, you will need to complete your project. 

Delivered to Your Site 

Our tipper lorries can deliver up to 20 tonnes of aggregate straight to your site. This is the highest capacity our grab hire lorries can take and is far more than a traditional van or pick-up truck can handle. 

Due to our experience in the construction, landscaping and engineering sectors, we have supported a number of projects with the materials they need for their specific project. 

For example, we have provided tonnes of road planning aggregate to help in local road-building projects in and around the Cambridgeshire area. 

We have also supplied gravel aggregate for both large landscaping projects, and smaller home renovation projects. 

High-Quality Aggregate 

We understand that for any project, quality matters, which is why we partner with an extensive network of quarries and aggregate suppliers to provide you with the most cost-effective and high-quality aggregate in the local area. 

At AJ Grab Hire, we are certified by the environment agency and truly believe in playing our part to support the circular economy within the construction and engineering industry. 

This means we can also help you to source recycled aggregate which has been approved by the Waste & Resources Action Programme. 

At AJ Grab Hire, we take great pride in supporting our customers in keeping their projects moving forward no matter the circumstances. Contact our team today to get a quote for your aggregate needs. 

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 Waste Can Be Disposed of With Grab Hire

What Waste Can Be Disposed of With Grab Hire

You may be thinking that a grab hire lorry is ideal for your project, but can it remove the waste you need it to?

Well, at AJ Grab Hire we remove a variety of waste from sites and support you in ensuring no matter your waste, it’s disposed of in a safe and environmentally friendly way. 

Unlike a skip, a grab hire lorry can collect your waste and take it to the relevant places to be disposed of or recycled. Plus rather than having that waste sat there taking up vital space in a skip, our grab lorries collect your waste within 20 minutes, leaving your site clean and clear.

Below we’ve listed the most common types of waste we can dispose of you, and the ones that we can’t touch. 

Earth and Soil

Disposing of large amounts of soil and earth after an intense landscaping, building or gardening project can be difficult if you do not have the manpower or the operations. Earth and soil are heavy and messy, and you can’t just throw it in a bin. 

At AJ Grab Hire, we come and collect your earth and soil from your site and take it to the relevant recycling centres. 

There are now many soil and earth recycling facilities that take your old soil and turn it into high quality, nutrient-rich earth that is perfect for landscaping and the environment. 

Aside from knowing your earth and soil is going to be used in an efficient way, the best part about having a grab lorry is that there’s no manual labour needed. Our team at AJ Grab Hire use the large grabber to pick up your soil and transport it to the closest recycling centre.  

Concrete and Bricks 

Concrete and bricks are one of the most commonly disposed of materials in the construction sector and don’t we know it. 

We’ve spent many years helping businesses in the construction and building industry remove excess concrete waste and bricks from their site. 

These heavy materials need special attention as they can be difficult to move once the waste has been generated. 

However, with a grab lorry, our grabber can easily collect your concrete and brick waste directly from your site and transport it to a recycling centre. 

You’ll be pleased to know that concrete and brick can be recycled, which means your ethical waste removal is in good hands at AJ Grab Hire. 

At the recycling centre, one the concrete and bricks have been screened, and any contaminants removed, the leftover material can be crushed into aggregate and even used on roads.

Garden and Tree Waste 

Your average green bin cannot handle the amount of waste that is generated from a large landscaping or gardening project; therefore, a grab lorry is actually one of the best methods to use. 

Unlike a skip which can remain on-site for days, getting in the way of your project; a grab lorry can come along and collect your waste and take it straight to the recycling plant. 

At AJ Grab Hire we have a small grab lorry which can manoeuvre on smaller sites but still remove 10 tonnes of waste. 

Incredibly, most garden waste can now be recycled. This includes bark, flowers, grass, hedge cuttings, tree cuttings, plants, twigs and weeds. 

At the recycling centre, garden waste is turned into a nutrient-rich soil conditioner or high-quality compost. 

Unfortunately, many people still dispose of garden waste into landfill when it can be used for vital environmental improvements. 

General Domestic Waste 

If you are working on a renovation project or a commercial transformation, you may end up with a high amount of general rubbish and domestic waste. This is the type of rubbish you may traditionally put in your own black bin. 

However, this waste requires sensitive removal as it can contaminate the surrounding environment or cause litter in public spaces. 

General domestic waste also needs to be sorted before it is entered into landfill. Therefore it’s essential that you choose a waste disposal partner who understands where the waste needs to be filtered. 

Unfortunately, many people still use rogue traders for general rubbish which can lead to huge environmental damage to the local area, as well as hefty fines for those caught not using a registered waste remover. 

Waste Not Suitable for Grab Hire 

Although we remove most types of waste, there are some types of waste which need special attention due to their potential to contaminate or cause harm. 

Below we have listed the specific materials and products which we cannot remove from your site.

  • Asbestos
  • Paint
  • Oil 
  • Batteries
  • Tyres
  • Gas bottles
  • Hazardous chemicals

 

At AJ Grab Hire we are certified with the Environment Agency as waste removal specialist, therefore we can guide you in making sure your waste is removed safely and ethically. 

Contact our Grab Hire team today to discuss your waste removal requirements. 

 

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