From Trash to Treasure – Construction Waste Upcycled & Recycled

From Trash to Treasure – Construction Waste Upcycled & Recycled

The old saying, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, couldn’t be more true when it comes to the unique upcycled projects we’ve seen with construction waste.

In a world where we are becoming ever more conscious of our environmental impact, reducing waste that enters landfill has become a conscious concern for many of us. 

According to Wrap, the construction industry in the UK uses 400 million tonnes of material every year, which results in 100 million tonnes of waste being produced. From research, 90% of this waste could be recycled or re-used to reduce the amount of waste entering landfill. 

In some instances, even excess materials are often sent to landfill as construction companies are unsure of how to recycle or resell it. 

As an industry, there is certainly more that can be done to reduce waste, but also as consumers we should also be making a conscious effort to not see waste as a byproduct, but instead a raw material that can be used time and time again.

There are many items that can be reused and recycled in the construction industry. Sometimes what we really need is a little inspiration.

To help us all reduce waste, and cut down on costs during the post-COVID era, we’ve revealed the best upcycled and recycled construction projects. 

When you put your mind to it, the possibilities are endless.

There’s a Pallet For That

In the construction industry, most materials are delivered on a pallet which is often left behind once the materials have been used.

As these palettes are wood, they can be easily recycled; however, you can also get crafty and use this extra wood for a number of household projects. From creating a pallet herb container for the garden, a shoe rack, or a rustic pallet wall in the house; these basic objects have been transformed into an array of useful items.

Bricks and more

Leftover bricks often end up being broken down for aggregate or recycled for other materials, but with a little motivation, they can also quite literally be the building blocks for your next home DIY project. 

You only need to look on Pinterest to see how popular brick DIY projects have become to realise this material can be the foundation of anything for your home or garden. 

If you have enough to hand, the biggest trend of the moment is building an outdoor pizza oven. Dining alfresco has never come at such a small price. Alternatively, use your bricks to build a fire pit. Smores and autumn outdoors will become your weekend adventure. 

Don’t waste it, paint it

From small sample pots to big commercial pots; leftover paint does have an expiry date and can feel like a huge waste of money. 

Paint is also difficult to dispose of due to its chemical makeup, meaning it must be disposed of in a particular way to ensure it does not contaminate local water supplies. 

The best thing to do if you have leftover paint is to use it! 

Some of our favourite paint projects include updating old furniture with a lick of paint, painting your front door or your garage door, or adding a pop of colour to kitchen cabinets. 

You can’t beat concrete 

Concrete may not sound like the most luxury construction material to be in demand. But there’s been a surge of use for concrete in minimal modern homes who want that utilitarian feel. 

If you watch Channel 4’s Grand Designs, you’ll be well aware of the rising trend in concrete, as there’s been bathrooms and whole houses made of the stuff. 

But what about when you have those few bags left?  

Fear not, concrete is having a moment, and there are so many concrete crafts you can create for your home and garden. 

By far the most popular use for leftover concrete is to build your own plant pots and planters. Across Pinterest, there is a raft of cool creations with plants taking home in a concrete pot or two. 

However, if you’re feeling up for a real project, we recommend trying your hand at building a concrete piece of furniture. From coffee tables, bedroom side tables to entire sink basins. 

Light it up with your electricals 

Electrical appliances and wire may not feel like the easiest DIY project to take on, but these materials can help you create truly unique lighting features in your home. 

If you don’t have skills or expertise in this area, there are now many bespoke artisan creators on sites such as Etsy who can help you transform old electrical wires into home lighting features, or better still build them into home furniture. 

When it comes to construction waste, all most everything and anything can be recycled and upcycled into something useful. 

We hope these ideas have helped you realise there’s much more to waste than first meets the eye. So maybe this year you’ll look to upcycle before you buy. 

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

Who Can Use Grab Hire Services?

Who Can Use Grab Hire Services?

At AJ Grab Hire, we work with all projects big and small across the Cambridgeshire and surrounding areas. 

When people often think of grab hire, they think of our huge grab lorries which you can often be seen hard at work on public-facing projects such as road engineering or housing developments. But in reality, our grab lorries help many sized projects in shifting waste quickly and efficiently, as grab lorries are more convenient and cost-effective than a traditional skip. 

If you’re wondering if we can help you with your project, we’ve revealed the most common jobs we work on to support ethical waste removal. 

Landscapers 

From garden landscaping, putting down foundations, to even supporting charities with considerable landscape improvements; at AJ Grab Hire our grab lorries have helped many organisations and individuals keep their fingers green and their land clean. 

A recent project we took part in was to help The Wild Trout Trust by adding gravel into the River Mel. Trout eggs need loose clean gravel with a good flow of water and oxygen. Gravel reinstatement in rivers is supported by the Environment Agency to support life in our local rivers. 

For landscapers, we can provide a small 4-wheel grab hire lorry that can manoeuvre in smaller spaces. We can also supply and deliver a variety of aggregate to help you reduce project down-time. 

Whether you’re a small independent landscaper or part of a bigger company or organisation, we have the equipment and knowledge to support you in getting the job done. 

Construction Companies 

From large well-known construction companies to small and medium-size construction companies; at AJ Grab Hire we’ve worked alongside these businesses to ensure their waste is removed efficiently off-site.  From Grab hire in Cambridge to muck away in Stevenage we have all of the local areas covered.

Waste from construction projects can quickly begin to build up, which is why at AJ Grab Hire, we pride ourselves on being able to remove all types of waste in the most efficient way possible. 

Unlike a skip, grab hire is chosen because a permit is not required. Our average fill time is a maximum of 20 minutes, so we can be off your site and moving your waste in no time at all, enabling you to crack on with the project. 

With two different sizes of grab lorry, we can shift anything from 16 tonnes to 32 tonnes. That’s a lot of waste capacity! 

A key reason why we are also used regularly by construction companies is because we are licensed waste removers. 

Unfortunately, rogue traders are rife in the waste removal industry, leading to fly-tipping and huge fines for construction companies. 

As we are certified by the Environment Agency, construction companies know that we not only dispose of waste ethically, but we do everything we can to reduce the amount of waste entering landfill. 

Domestic Renovations 

Many people believe that a grab hire lorry is only for large projects, but in fact, our smaller 4-wheel grab lorry is ideal for domestic renovations such as extensions or home renovations. 

We are often used by local builders and those self-building, as it provides ample room for the building work to continue, rather than trying to navigate around a skip. 

At AJ Grab Hire, our smaller lorry navigates small spaces meaning it’s easy for us to collect piles of waste from the back of the house. 

To cut down on project delays, our 4-wheel grab lorry also delivers aggregate. Meaning domestic renovations can continue without pausing for deliveries. 

Large Housing Projects 

Across the Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire area, we have been part of many large housing projects and redevelopments. This has offered our team an exciting opportunity to play their part in supporting the local area.  

With large housing projects on tight deadlines, a fast turn around for waste removal is required, which is why our 8-wheel grab hire lorries have been key in shifting high volumes of waste quickly and efficiently. 

As many of these large housing projects are also public-facing and near heavily congested roads, it has been vital to use a grab lorry to keep the site and all access points clean, clear and above all safe. 

So no matter the size of your project, give our team at AJ Grab Hire a call to see how we can keep you running smoothly.  

AJ Grab Hire

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

enquiries@ajgrabhire.co.uk

Opening times

Mon – Fri 7am – 6.00pm
Sat 7am – 1pm

T: 01763 233493

Has Covid-19 Made Us More Conscious of Our Environment?

Has Covid-19 Made Us More Conscious of Our Environment?

We all like to pretend that global warming is something which is happening a long time away, but after the world came to a standstill under the pandemic of coronavirus, it’s become all too clear that our impact was anything but positive on the place we call home. 

According to the BBC, no other world-wide crisis has enabled us to cut our carbon emissions quite like the way covid-19 has done. 

With no planes in the air, no cars on the road, and no offices using up vast amounts of electricity; our carbon output saw it’s most dramatic drop of one billion tonnes. 

To put that in some kind of context, The International Energy Agency, says the world will use 6% less energy in 2020. That’s the equivalent to losing the entire energy demand of India. 

So now we know that carbon emissions can be cut, has that changed our attitude to becoming more conscious of the environment we live in? 

Appreciating our green space 

During the enforced UK lockdown, we were only able to go for one walk a day. To many of us, this time enabled us to reconnect to nature in a way we have perhaps never done in our lives. A walk is often at the bottom of a to-do-list when we’re busy juggling work and care responsibilities. But what happens when everything stops? Suddenly a walk is a welcome relief. 

Our gardens also became a sanctuary away from the four walls we had to spend every waking hour within, with some of us even taking up gardening for the first time and renovating our garden space. According to reports, the Royal Horticultural Society saw a third of a million Brits visit their website for advice on growing potatoes, tomatoes and strawberries. Online retail sales for garden related products also saw an increase of 162%, as more of us decided to enhance our green space. 

While it may not have been at the top of our bucket list for 2020, without a doubt, this pandemic has led many of us to reflect on those spaces that mean the most to us. 

It may have felt like an illusion to step out on a sunny day during lockdown and think about how clear the sky was, or how noisy the birds were. But this isn’t a dream; the beautiful side-effects of coronavirus has seen nature thrive. 

Overall the pandemic has been a threat to humans and animals alike, but according to reports from New Scientist, some species have seen great benefits from the world taking a step back. Wild bees have increased due to the lack of air pollution, and one study has found that whales stress hormone dropped due to the reduction in shipping freights on the oceans. 

Attitudes towards waste

Before the outbreak of coronavirus, you couldn’t turn on the news without hearing about plastic pollution and the worldwide threat this was posing on our environment. 

Unfortunately, this hasn’t stalled during coronavirus, but it has made many of us reflect on how we buy things and where we buy things from. 

As many people have faced financial hardship during the pandemic, it has meant more of us have had to be considerate of our buying decisions. 

In the early days of the pandemic supermarkets simply could not keep up with the demand due to stock-piling, which led many people to discover local markets and independent shops once again—something which has been slowly dying on the local high street.

The benefit of buying local and buying independent is vast. Not only do you support your local economy, but you also gain a better understanding of where your food has come from. 

With local tips shut during the lockdown, we have quite literally been faced with how much rubbish we create. This has also been the case for many who have gone on a ‘decluttering’ splurge and realised just how much stuff they need to take to the charity shop. 

Our ability to over-consume has become apparent as we’ve sat and realised what we really need, and what we’re influenced to buy.  

Changing our homes  

For some of us being on furlough and in lockdown, the experience has given us the opportunity to embark on those DIY projects that we’ve never quite got around to.

According to Property Reporter, nearly two-fifths of Brits embarked on home DIY during lockdown. 

However, with many construction companies and building firms working on essential works only, it’s given people a real insight into the way construction rubbish is handled. 

It’s often taken for granted that such construction waste can be ‘thrown in the bin’ when the reality is often far different. 

As certified waste removers by the Environment Agency, at AJ Grab Hire we are all too aware of how sensitively waste must be handled to ensure it is disposed of in the most responsible way. 

During this lockdown, we have no doubt that the home projects taking place will have given many people a chance to think about where all of their waste actually ends up. 

Commercial responsibility

It may come as a shock to you that many supermarkets were once unable to do anything with their food waste. Leaving thousands of pounds worth of consumable food to the bins. 

Thankfully, this is all changing with more supermarket brands signing up to charities such as FareShare, who take the food waste from supermarkets and provide it to homeless shelters, food banks and other charities who work with those unable to buy themselves a meal. 

During the lockdown, charities such as FareShare saw a dramatic increase in need. Not only from those who were homeless but also the elderly and the vulnerable.  

As stock-piling got out of hand in the early days of the pandemic, many of the elderly were simply unable to visit a shop to get the essential food items they needed. 

Looking back over the past four months of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s clear that as a society we have been faced with our biggest challenge which has ultimately given us insight into what life could be like if we were all to be more environmentally conscious. 

Do we need to travel as much? 

Do we need to buy as much stuff? 

Do we need to keep throwing everything in the bin? 

Now that we have seen how clean and beautiful our world can be when we take a step back let’s hope we all continue to make more of an effort to preserve the world we have. 

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 Many Tonnes Can a Grab Lorry Move?

How Many Tonnes Can a Grab Lorry Move?

At AJ Grab Hire one of the most common questions we receive from our customers is how many tonnes can a grab lorry move? 

With our fleet of 8-wheel grab lorries we can move 16 tonnes of waste. We can move muck, rubbish, rubble, timber, green waste and earth. There’s almost nothing we can’t take-away from your site with a grab lorry. 

We also have a much smaller 4-wheel grab lorry that can move 10 tonnes of waste. 

For each lorry, collecting this waste can take anywhere between 10-20 minutes, so you can keep focussed on your work at hand while we load your waste. 

No matter your project, from a large commercial construction project, to a small private project, our fleet of grab lorries can help you move your waste quickly and responsibly. 

Grab lorries hold more than a skip

If you’re looking to move large amounts of waste off site, you may also be interested to know that a grab lorry can hold three times more waste than a traditional skip. 

This means our grab lorries are not only more cost effective, but they can help you move tonnes of waste with no disruption to your site. 

At AJ Grab Hire you can hire one of our grab lorries in as little as 24 hours notice, meaning you can have your waste collected the very next day.

Compared to a skip, this means you’re not waiting around for hours for your waste to be moved, or letting tonnes of rubbish pile up on the site, compromising health and safety. 

Grab lorries come in different sizes 

It’s a common misconception that grab lorries only come in one-size – huge! 

But at AJ grab Hire our fleet includes 8-wheel grab lorries, and 4-wheel grab lorries; meaning that you can find a grab hire lorry to suit your project. 

As our 8-wheel grab lorries can move up to 16 tonnes, these vehicles are often used for much larger construction or engineering projects. 

Due to our 4-wheel grab lorry moving up to 10 tonnes, this vehicle is mostly used for smaller projects such as landscaping projects, or private builds such as extensions or home builds. 

A grab lorry can hold anything 

16 tonnes is hard to think of in terms of waste – but our grab lorries can move 16 tonnes of anything. We collect muck, rubbish, hardcore, green waste and timber.

As a certified waste remover by the Environment Agency, your waste is managed responsibly and ethical to ensure very little waste is added into landfill. 

For your next project, contact our team at AJ Grab Hire to help you move your waste efficiently. 

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

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

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