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Glossary of Recycling and Waste Terms

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    Posted on 22nd March 2016 by Hintons

    From skip hire or site clearance to waste disposal or recycled building materials, there are a number of reasons why people choose to hire the expertise of recycling and waste management companies. That said, many are unfamiliar with the vocabulary used to describe the most common terms and phrases used in these industries, causing communication between the customer and the company to break down.

    This article will provide a glossary of the most common recycling and waste words, so you can fully understand the terminology used when contacting a professional yourself.

    A for Aggregates

    One of the most common terms used in the recycling and waste industries, aggregates are a granular material used in construction. This includes:

    • Sand
    • Gravel
    • Crushed stone
    • Slag
    • Recycled concrete
    • Geosynthetic aggregates

    Construction aggregates are typically used to:

    • Provide drainage
    • Fill gaps
    • Protect pipework
    • Provide hard surfaces (e.g. concrete)

    G for Grab Hire

    Grab hire provides an alternative to skip hire to collect and dispose of waste from both domestic and commercial sites, whatever the scale. After the waste is stacked in an accessible place on site, it is then collected by a specialist grab lorry and removed.

    G for Grab Lorry

    Grab lorries and trucks are ideally suited for moving large amounts of building, construction and garden waste. One of the main benefits of this specialist vehicle is accessibility, as it uses a hydraulic grab arm and bucket to collect and clear away large amounts of waste from otherwise unreachable areas.

    H for Hardcore

    As the name suggests, hardcore is a solid, hard material which is used as a filling or foundation in a building as it does not absorb water or deteriorate. This includes:

    I for Inert Waste

    Inert waste – such as sand and concrete – is a type of waste which does not:

    • Dissolve
    • Burn
    • Chemically or biologically react
    • Decompose or biodegrade

    When it comes to the waste disposal process, landfills are categorised into hazardous, non-hazardous and inert waste.

    M for Muck Away

    A muck away service is a convenient, efficient way of removing large quantities of inert materials from dig outs at construction sites. Inert muck away includes:

    • Brick
    • Concrete
    • Hardcore
    • Subsoil

    S for Skip

    Available in closed and open top form, a skip is a large waste container which holds waste and construction debris so it can be removed from a building, renovation or demolition site. Once filled with waste, the skip is then loaded onto a specialist lorry which transports the waste to the local landfill site.

    T for Tipper Trucks

    A tipper truck is a large specialist vehicle which is used to transport loose material in bulk – such as sand, gravel or dirt – for construction. The material is loaded into the large container attached to the truck and is then transported to the required destination. Once it has arrived here, the truck then uses hydraulic arms to raise and tip the container to unload the material.

    W for Waste Carrier Licence

    Any credible waste management company should have a Waste Carrier Licence to prove they are fully compliant with relevant regulations when handling waste. Those who

    handle waste as part of their business, are involved with the buying, selling or disposing of waste, or arrange for a third party to carry other people’s waste must register for a Waste Carrier Licence.

    Hinton’s Waste

    With years of experience within the waste industry, don’t hesitate to contact our expert team at Hinton’s Waste today to find out how we can help you dispose of your waste safely and responsibly. We promise a prompt, professional service to each and every customer, so for same day grab or skip hire throughout South and West London, simply get in touch today!


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