Site clearance can include a number of different waste disposal activities including the removal of rubble and other demolition materials, fly tipping areas and the clearance of overgrown or contaminated land. It not only includes areas where rubbish is lying about but any location where the surroundings need to be cleared, for example removing vegetation from areas where there has been overgrowth or where space needs to be made to erect a building or other construction.
Site clearance can require a range of skills and is not just about taking away waste. It might involve gardening experts, demolition teams and hazardous waste professionals who will all have input. These are usually part of large undertakings where risk assessments and waste management plans have to be set up at the tender process. Heavy machinery such as diggers and other plant excavators may also be used, particularly in situations where the area is being made suitable for construction.
Building Site Clearances
Whether it’s preparing a site for construction or clearing away demolition waste, site clearances for building sites necessarily involve a huge amount of work and equipment. The removal and recycling of building waste after a demolition can involve a number of factors including transporting the waste to recycling facilities and sorting different materials – turning brick and concrete into aggregate for building projects or the separation of metals for reuse in manufacturing.
Tree Removal and Land Clearance
Land clearance is another large undertaking where heavy machinery is often needed. This could involve cutting down trees, removing vegetation and digging up tree trunks for later projects such as the building of a road, home or office. Land clearance companies are employed when there is a lot of dense vegetation which needs to be removed using excavators and bulldozers.
Areas that have a large amount of hazardous waste such as landfill could be prime areas for site clearances. It can also include construction sites where there is dangerous material like asbestos which needs to be handled carefully and disposed of according to current safety legislation. That may mean specialist teams wearing protective clothing operating in the area to make sure materials are handled securely.
Site clearance can also include treating areas where fly tipping has taken place. This is the illegal dumping of waste and can cause significant problems for councils who have to clear up the mess created. Last year over half a million fly tipping incidents were investigated and not all of them were the odd bits of furniture being dumped. Often, disreputable waste collectors will pick up from homes and offices and drop large truckloads of rubbish in isolated areas like parkland and the countryside. Fly tipping has increased in the last three years by 27% perhaps because of stricter regulations that means waste companies now have to be registered with the Environment Agency and comply with various directives.
The Changing Face of Site Clearance
It used to be that many site clearance companies simply sent their waste to landfill. Nowadays, there is more emphasis on recycling. For example, rubble can be turned into aggregate for building projects, vegetation from land clearances can be used for composting or for providing fuel pellets for combined heat and power boilers while other waste such as metal and glass can be sorted and the constituents repurposed for manufacturing.
Finding a Site Clearance Contractor
Most site clearance companies work on a relatively large scale and have heavy machinery that is designed to work on these big sites. There are also those, however, that deal with smaller site clearances and can provide a service for the domestic market. Much will depend on the area that you require to be cleared and what you want to do with the space – different services are required for an area that is to be built on rather than one that has been the victim of fly tipping.
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