Muck Away Services
Muck away is a broad term that covers a wide range of waste usually related to the construction industry. It can relate to soil, brick, concrete and other debris that are removed using machinery like a grab truck and large tipper lorries. There are numerous companies that operate a muck away service for the building sector. This can also involve testing facilities if the quality of the soil being removed is under question and needs to be checked for contaminants.
Muck away is most used when the soil is stripped back as during an excavation or reduced level dig. It is a specialist service that requires the right equipment and a good deal of experience.
For large sites containing different kinds of waste, muck away is also the perfect solution. This could be areas where there is mini landfill that has to be transported elsewhere. Other kinds of waste where you might want to hire a licenced muck away service are:
- Clean, inert waste: This is any bulky waste that has no hazardous substances in it and can be reasonably considered safe but is usually of one kind, for example soil. When it is taken away it is not likely to change in any way and become hazardous to the surroundings.
- Toxic or hazardous waste: Not all soil or rubble is considered inert or safe. Building waste, for example, may contain dangerous asbestos and soil, when tested, can be shown to contain toxic substances.
- Non-hazardous waste includes the collection of different waste products that is not considered harmful to the environment or people.
- Spoil and waste from site clearances can be anything that is brought up from a site that is being excavated and can include sludge and dredging waste.
- Green waste is another form of muck away that includes items such as garden and agricultural off cuttings and natural debris including leaves. Muck away services are generally hired for large site clearances of green waste.
Muck away services are generally employed for commercial, agricultural and industrial waste clearance and clients include businesses, utility firms, builders and contractors, landscapers and local authorities to name just a few. All these services should operate as licensed waste carriers and need to comply with local and national legislation to make sure that anything they remove is disposed of safely and securely.
Most muck away services will work hard to reduce as much as possible the amount of waste that is sent to landfill. For example, when handling hard-core, bricks and concrete, many companies nowadays will use crushers to create aggregate which can then be used in building and for road works. Green waste can be used to create compost that can then be sold in large quantities to fertiliser companies. Soil and spoil can be processed and returned to the land. The companies work to the waste hierarchy for making sure that we reuse and recycle more than we send to landfill sites.
Sending Waste to Landfill WAC Testing
Some muck away services also offer WAC Testing which stands for Waste Acceptance Criteria. This basically looks at how waste will behave when it is actually buried in landfill if it has to end up here. It does not determine whether the waste is hazardous or not but shows what leachate could be formed when water passes over it. This type of testing is only needed if you are having your waste sent to landfill and is part of the duty of care that businesses and muck away services need to comply with to prevent harm to the environment.
Finding a Muck Away Service
As a specialised service that deals mainly with the construction trade, muck away services can be found in practically every town and city. To find one in your area simply search our contractor database.