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Removal of construction waste

clip_image001Construction waste is defined as leftover materials resulting from building, repair or demolition of buildings or other structures, and as the majority of construction waste is a by-product of commercial building jobs the local councils do not class it as domestic waste, and therefore will not accept large quantities at the local recycling facilities.

Whether the construction project is a small domestic job, or a larger scale commercial job, hiring a skip is the only practical solution for the removal of construction waste.

Skip sizes for construction waste

Whilst a range of skip sizes are available, the most popular size is the Builders Skip. This has an 8 cubic yard capacity and will accommodate up to 8 metric tonnes (8,000 kg) of construction waste, including bricks, rubble, mortar, hardcore, paving stones and soil.

Whilst larger skips are available (up to 40 cubic yards), these are generally not so suitable for heavy commercial waste removal because of the maximum weight restrictions applicable to the combined weight of the full skip and the lorry needed to transport it.

Separating waste materials prior to collection

Historically, the majority of construction waste has been taken to landfill sites. However now, as natural resources are becoming increasingly harder to source, regulatory changes have been introduced to encourage recycling and the re-use of building materials. So it is encouraged to collect different types of waste such as brick, wood, metal and soil separately before removal is arranged.

For more information on hiring the right skip for your needs, then visit our guide: Hiring a skip, here are the ground rules.

Recycling facts in the UK

clip_image001We try to do our bit for recycling, and it’s widely accepted in the UK as a good thing, but surveys show that 9 out of 10 people say that they would recycle more if it were made easier. Here are some recycling facts that could help to encourage us to recycle more:

1. A tonne of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, 4,000KW of energy and 7,000 gallons of water.

2. Every person in the UK on average throws away their own body weight in rubbish every seven weeks.

3. On average, 16% of the money we spend on products pays for the packaging – which is ultimately thrown away.

4. The UK produces more than 434 million tonnes of waste each year. This rate of rubbish generation would fill the Albert Hall in London in less than two hours.

5. Glass takes up to 4,000 years to decompose in a landfill, yet can be recycled indefinitely.

6. Incinerating 10,000 tonnes of waste creates one job, 10,000 tonnes of waste that goes in landfill creates six jobs, but recycling the same amount of waste creates 36 jobs.

7. clip_image002As much as 50% of waste in an average dustbin could be composted.

8. £36,000,000 worth of aluminium cans are thrown away each year.

9. Each tonne of paper that’s recycled can power a three bedroom house for a whole year.

10. Gold can always be recycled because of its value; modern jewellery could contain gold that was mined back in prehistoric times.

11. With our wide range of charity shops in towns, Britain only recycled 2-4% of its clothing.

12. We bury 80% of our rubbish in landfill sites, Switzerland buries only 7%.


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