Ideal for busy construction sites, grab hire makes for an economical waste management solution for a wide range of industries. Whether you’re the site manager for a vast development, or a business owner wanting to remove large amounts of accumulated material in one go, hiring a grab lorry can fast-track your waste disposal and minimise delays.
ETM Recycling are leaders in waste management and recycling, passionate about helping businesses of all scales deal with their waste more effectively. Our mission is to reduce dependence on landfill by providing certified waste removal solutions that are cost-effective, convenient and reliable.
To help you decide if this is the right service for you, our recycling experts have put together a short blog encompassing everything you need to know about grab hire.
What is a Grab Lorry?
A grab wagon or lorry is essentially a large vehicle with an open container at the back that can self-load or ‘grab’ waste material. It does this using a bucket and hydraulic arm. This means manual labour is minimised and the lorry can be loaded and ready to leave in little more than 20 minutes. They are particularly well suited to businesses that produce high levels of heavy waste, such as construction sites.
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How Much Does Grab Hire Cost?
Grab lorries are a cost-effective alternative to skips, and are ideal, convenient solutions for any business watching its margins. The exact price for grab hire will depend upon several factors such as volume and type of waste as well as the site location.
For a more accurate picture, feel free to get in touch with the ETM team. We have years of expertise in different kinds of waste removal and can provide a no-obligation custom quote, tailored to your situation.
How Much Waste Can Grab Lorries Carry?
On average, grab lorries can take between 16-18 tonnes of waste in one go.
What Types of Waste Do Grab Lorries Take?
A wide range of materials can be removed using grab hire. Below, we list some of the most common types of waste that can be disposed of using a grab lorry.
- Construction aggregate
- Clean concrete and bricks
- Earth, soil and topsoil
- Green waste
- General waste
- Mixed recycling
A notable exception here is hazardous waste. This needs separate, specialist handling and must be managed according to the relevant legislation and waste policy regulations. Luckily, ETM have years of experience dealing with hazardous materials, so get in touch and we can tailor our service to suit your requirements.
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Advantages of Grab Hire
Their size and loading speeds means there are many reasons you might want to consider using a grab lorry for your waste removal. Here are some of the key benefits:
Cheaper and More Convenient Than Skips
Grab lorries can take a good few skips worth of waste away in one go, making them much more efficient if you need to clear a site quickly. With multiple skips, multiple removals and the relevant permits to consider, costs can rapidly stack up. Grab lorries are an affordable alternative.
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Good for Sites with Limited Access
The self-loading abilities of a grab truck means it makes a great solution for small sites that cannot accommodate skips or those in hard-to-access locations. Using its 5-6 metre extendable hydraulic arm, the grab lorry can pick-up material from restricted areas and even reach over obstacles.
Less Manual Labour Required
As we have already touched on, the grab lorry can load waste independently, meaning an excavator is not needed and you can reserve staff-time for more productive activities. All you need to do is hire the grab and sort the waste into skip bags or clear piles ready to be loaded. The lorry takes care of the rest!
Quick and Efficient
Unlike skips, grab lorries are vehicles so there are no delays between loading and removal – as soon as all the waste is on board, the lorry can head off. In fact, it can take as little as 20 minutes from loading to leaving your site. This minimises disruption and makes them perfect for busy industrial sites or building projects where time is of the essence.
Flexible and Efficient Grab Hire in Bristol and Bath
If you need help figuring out the most effective waste removal service for you, contact ETM. We strive to educate people on sustainability best-practices and offer leading waste management solutions across Bristol, Bath and beyond. Our aim is to help businesses of all sectors to work towards zero-waste-to-landfill. With a modern fleet of grab vehicles ready for deployment wherever they are needed, we can take the worry out of waste, and help you achieve impressive environmental credentials.
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