How to Get Rid of Construction Waste

23 Jan 2023

Waste is an inevitable part of any construction project. From bricks to timber and pipes, as well as hazardous materials like asbestos, paints, and adhesives, construction sites tend to accumulate large quantities of heavy waste that can be hard to dispose of correctly. 

Whether you’re planning a small DIY project or managing a large-scale building site, construction waste needs to be managed properly, always ensuring to maintain compliance, minimising environmental impact, and reducing the demands on landfills. If not, you run the risk of accruing hefty fines for fly tipping or improper waste disposal, which not only impacts the environment but can also damage your company’s reputation.

Safe, correct, and eco-friendly construction waste disposal

At Kernow Mixers, looking after the environment and protecting the local area is the highest priority for our teams. We are a family-run business, established for over 50 years and our specialist muck shifting and waste disposal services are trusted by industrial and building companies across the local area. That’s because we strictly comply with all best practices when disposing of construction waste. From soils to debris and contaminated waste, each waste material we collect is taken to secure and safe disposal areas, under our strict duty of care.

When it comes to construction and building sites, a lot of waste can accumulate across the course of a project. Whether that’s adhesives, cement, soil, or drywall, waste material from building works is often heavy, bulky, and made up of varied materials. There are different types of waste which are often separated into four main groups – degradable, non-degradable, non-hazardous and hazardous waste and each type of waste has specific rules and restrictions regarding its proper and lawful disposal. 

Controlled waste and hazardous substances have the most rigid sets of guidelines controlling their disposal. Hazardous materials include lead, asbestos, batteries, chemicals, oils, pesticides, solvents, and equipment containing ozone-depleting substances. At Kernow Mixers, everything we do is in accordance with local environmental regulations. Whether you have inert or contaminated materials to move, we can arrange the safe, correct, and eco-friendly disposal of your soils, aggregates, and waste products. Our muck shifting and waste disposal services are available to building contractors, developers, and private individuals across Cornwall, for large-scale building projects, routine farming practices, and private landscaping and gardening projects.

Improve your business’s sustainability, productivity, cost-efficiency, and safety

In the UK, it’s a legal requirement to properly manage your building, demolition and excavation waste. If you’re managing a refurbishment, renovation, road works or site clearance, waste managers must follow the waste management hierarchy outlined in The Waste Regulations for England and Wales from 2011, which outlines the four-step process of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Dispose. Some steps are relatively straightforward. For example, doors and decorations can be reused in future jobs and materials like rubble and concrete can be recycled easily, thus improving your business’s sustainability, productivity, cost-efficiency, and safety.

For contaminated and hazardous construction waste, certain classifications and transfer notes are required. We are approved and experienced hauliers providing a reliable and efficient muck shifting service and have decades of experience in organising the removal and safe disposal of difficult material or surplus excavated materials from construction sites across Cornwall and the South West. All muck away services provided by the team at Kernow are provided in accordance with the latest UK environmental agency regulations and at competitive prices.

To get a quote or enquire about any of our bulk haulage contracting, muck shifting, tipping, or heavy haulage services, please get in touch with our Cornwall office. Simply give us a call, or send us an email – we will respond at the earliest opportunity, and will be happy to help.