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Removal of Construction Waste

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

Whether your construction project is small-scale domestic or large-scale commercial, hiring a skip is the only practical way of dealing with construction waste removal.

The best skip sizes for building and construction waste

Whilst skips for hire are available in a range of sizes, the most popular size is the aptly-named Builders Skip which, with a capacity of 8 cubic yards will accommodate up to 8 metric tonnes (8,000Kg) of construction waste including bricks, mortar, rubble, hardcore, paving stones and soil.

Although larger skips (such as the 12 cubic yard Maxi Skip) are available, these are not generally suitable for heavy construction waste removal due to maximum weight restrictions applicable to the combined weight of a full skip and the lorry needed to transport it.

Which skip providers to use for construction waste

Skip hire companies that deal with construction waste removal are plentiful, but in order to safeguard yourself when choosing a skip hire company you must ensure that they are licenced by the Environment Agency and an Approved Waste Carrier.

A professional and reputable skip hire company should be able to answer any questions you may have about construction waste removal, but prior to contacting them you may want to think about the number and size of skips you require and how long you’ll need them for.

You also need to consider the availability of access to your site by the skip delivery and collection lorry; these are large and heavy vehicles. If your skip or skips will not be sited entirely on private land, you will need to obtain a skip permit from your local authority to cover the period that the skips will stand on the public highway.

Hiring a skip for construction waste removal is then simply a case of calling the skip hire company and giving them all of the necessary details. Your skip(s) should be delivered within a day and when full, should be collected within a day of you informing the company.

The importance of separating waste materials prior to collection

Historically, the bulk of construction waste materials has been taken away to landfill sites. As natural resources are becoming increasingly hard to source, however, recent regulatory changes have been introduced to encourage the recycling and re-use of building materials. In order to reduce the burden on landfill sites and to help ensure the ethical and appropriate re-use or disposal of your construction materials it is hugely beneficial to collect different types of waste such as brick, wood, metal and soil separately before construction waste removal is arranged.

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