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Muck Away

Construction sites across the UK encounter all sorts of waste during the groundwork or earthwork processes. Muck away (or muckaway) is an essential activity to get rid of all the waste types uncovered at this stage, so your construction project stays on track.

At Business Waste, we provide effective muck away services – including collection and disposal of such waste from sites anywhere in the UK. Nowadays, every company has to be environmentally conscious. We deal with all waste types and remove the stress of muck away by dealing with your waste according to relevant legislation and regulations.

Learn more about muck away and how to get rid of it safely and properly with Business Waste. For a free quote if you’re ready to use our muck away services today, contact us online or call 0800 211 8390.

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What is 
muck away?

Muck away (or muckaway) is the removal of waste and spoil created during the earth or groundwork process on a construction site. It’s also known as muck shift or cartaway, and often involves the removal of inert waste. Inert waste is any waste that is not chemically or biologically reactive and as a result, will not decompose.

Many types of materials classed as inert waste for muck away, with the most common examples including:

Some construction or demolition sites may also deal with hazardous and non-hazardous muck away:

  • Hazardous muck awayhazardous waste with properties that make it harmful to human health and the environment, such as chemical waste. Often this occurs when clearing a petrol station, for example.
  • Non-hazardous muck away – any other types of waste products unearthed during the groundwork process that aren’t hazardous or class as inert waste.
Muck away is the removal of waste and spoil from the groundwork process
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Skips and bins
for muck away

As most muck away is bulky and heavy waste, it needs strong and sturdy bins, skips, and containers to store it on your construction site before removal. Many of these are static bins that require professional lifting equipment to deliver and collect such large skips and containers from your construction site.

Skips and bins are available in various sizes and types to suit the kind of muck shift you’re dealing with. We can provide measurements for each skip so you can easily ensure there’s space on you site to place the right bin and for our licensed waste carriers to access your site for delivery and collection.

Explore some of common skips and bins used to store and remove muck away waste.

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  • Skips

    Skip sizes range from 2 to 12-yard skips suitable for holding varying amounts of muck away.

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  • Roll on roll offs

    Large static skips in different sizes that can store muck away weighing upwards of 12 tonnes.

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  • Rear end loaders

    Bigger than a front end loader, sizes range from storing 6,300 to 12,600 litres of waste.

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How does muck away 
waste collection work?

  1. Select your free bins

    It’s quick and easy to organise commercial waste collection for your business.

    Simply start by telling us the:

    • Type of waste you need removing
    • Size of bins you require
    • Number of bins you want

    We’ll provide you with a free quote.

  2. Arrange delivery

    When you’re happy with the type, number, and size of free bins, tell us when you need your bins delivering.

    Let us know about any access issues where you want the bins delivering – such as locked gates, access codes and times. We’ll get you up and running in no time.

  3. Fill up your bin

    After the free bins arrive at your chosen location, fill them up with the agreed waste type.

    Make sure you remain within any weight limits for the specific waste type and bin size.

  4. Get your business waste collected

    We’ll arrange waste collection at a time and frequency to suit you and the amount of waste you have.

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Most inert waste is produced from site clearances, demolition, and construction projects where earthworks are undertaken. Muck away is integral to groundworks companies as it allows them to get rid of the inert waste that takes up space on their sites, so they can progress with whatever project they’re working on.

Groundwork companies prepare sub-surfaces for the start of construction, as well as completing any essential demolition before further building work can begin. If you’re a groundworks company looking for a muck away partnership, Business Waste can help. We can deliver skips and containers for your groundworks operations to fill, then collect and dispose of it safely on a schedule that suits you.

Rubble, cement, and 
construction waste removal

Construction projects are renowned for producing large amounts of inert waste. No matter how big or small the task, there will be a sizeable amount of rubble, concrete, and/or cement waste that needs removing. Muck away is the perfect solution to ensure all construction waste is collected and disposed of properly and efficiently.

Our muck away service means any rubble waste you have consisting of bricks and stones can be quickly and easily removed from your construction site. Like concrete, set cement must be broken up before removal. If you have waste cement stored in one area, it makes it easy for our team to visit your site and remove it for disposal.

Concrete waste 

Concrete waste must be broken up before it’s removed and transported for disposal. Ideally you will break up any concrete waste before storing it in the skips and containers on your site. If you have heavy-duty machinery including a pneumatic drill, breaking up concrete shouldn’t be too difficult.

Once all the waste concrete you want to dispose of is broken up into manageable chunks and placed in relevant skips or containers, it can be collected for disposal. If you’ve pre-arranged a time for our team to visit your site, please ensure all waste is ready to go.

A licensed waste carrier in an appropriate vehicle will come to your site. Once we have all the necessary paperwork confirmed, we’ll remove the concrete waste. It’ll be taken to a nearby facility for proper concrete waste disposal. Rather than dumping waste concrete in landfill, we work to extend its life.

As it won’t degrade, the preferred method for concrete waste disposal is turning it into new aggregate materials. Waste concrete is normally crushed and broken down even further. Then as new aggregate it’s used for backfilling, foundations, and mixing into fresh concrete – creating materials essential for new construction projects.

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Topsoil removal

Stripping topsoil and adjusting land is necessary for some construction or landscaping projects. There’s likely to be excess soil from the earthworks and excavation that needs removing. It’s vital the site is properly cleared and graded, so uneven surfaces don’t adversely affect the construction process.

At Business Waste, we can provide topsoil removal for your organisation. We’ll come and collect your waste topsoil using one of our grab lorries or tipper trucks and deal with it according to waste guidelines and legislations.

If there’s a risk that your waste topsoil is contaminated, you must carry out a soil analysis report. This process can only be carried out by an ACAS approved company and you must provide the report before we can remove any topsoil.

We can provide topsoil removal for your organisation

Muck away cost

The price for muck away services vary depending on a few factors. These include the type of construction waste you need removing, how much muck shift waste there is, the size, type, and number of bins or skips you need, and the location of your construction or demolition site.

We make construction waste management simple and affordable for businesses across the UK. To find out the muck away cost of your inert waste, please contact our team by calling 0800 211 8390, fill in our free quote tool below, or contact us online and we’ll get back to you shortly with an estimation.

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Muck away 
waste collection

Our muck away services include collections of all sorts of construction, groundwork, rubble, concrete waste, and more from businesses anywhere in the UK. Thanks to our nationwide network we can send out licensed waste carriers to deliver the skips and bins you need, then arrange collections to suit you.

From countryside construction projects to inner-city demolition sites, we’ll help work out the best solution for your needs. Simply tell us the amount and type of waste you need removing and we can advise on the best bins, skips, and containers for muck shift and deliver them for free – you pay for collection.

It’s possible to have muck away waste collection as a one-off, or you can schedule collections on a daily, weekly, or fortnightly basis depending on your needs. We can easily adapt our services and tailor them to any specific needs of your project for smooth muck away removal.

Get a free quote for an estimation of the muck away cost for your business. Call 0800 211 8390 or contact us online today and we’ll offer a quick price based on your needs. You can also speak to our friendly and expert team to have any further questions answered about our muck away services.

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  • GROUNDS Where does muck away go?

    After collecting muck away for removal, it usually goes to an appropriate nearby facility for sorting and separating. Then, depending on the type of muck away waste, it may be broken down further, treated if needed, and turned into aggregate for reuse in further construction projects.

    Hazardous muck away waste will require treatment to remove the properties that can be harmful to human health and the environment before disposal. Muck away should not go to landfill as it doesn’t degrade.

  • GROUNDS What is non-hazardous muck away?

    Non-hazardous muck away is simply any construction waste from the groundwork process that doesn’t meet the definition for inert waste or have any hazardous properties. This can include soils, silt, and sludge that is not hazardous. These all require storage, removal, and disposal separate from inert and hazardous muck away waste.

  • GROUNDS What is muck shift?

    Muck shift is another term for muck away, which can be used interchangeably. It refers to the removal of large amounts of soil, rocks, and other materials during construction, demolition, and civil engineering works.

    Learn more about construction waste

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