Waste Stream Clarifications & Descriptions | Avon Material Supplies

Waste clarifications and descriptions

Using our fleet of vehicles and specialist waste containers we are able to collect and transport a wide range of waste types.

Common waste types

Waste types we commonly collect include; asbestos, general/mixed, household, commercial, industrial, construction, demolition, green/garden, inert, plasterboard and rubble. For descriptions of these waste types and more, including acceptable and non-accepted items, please see further below on this page.

In addition to the more standard forms of waste, we are also licensed to collect and transport certain types of hazardous waste. For help with hazardous waste, please call 01202 579579.

Certain waste types require special measures

Although we are able to assist with the management of all major types of waste, there are a few items that we can’t collect or that may require certain conditions to be met before a collection can occur.

Not sure if your waste item(s) can be collected?

For more information and to learn exactly what is and isn’t permitted in our various waste containers, please contact our friendly team on 01202 579579 who will be more than happy to help you.

Waste type descriptions

This description is used for mixed waste skips where the contents are derived from the construction or demolitions sectors. This would also include all ground workers and civil engineering companies.

Acceptable items (but not limited to):

  • Plastics
  • Wood
  • Metals
  • Cardboard/paper
  • Packaging
  • Plate glass
  • Hardcore
  • Soils
  • Inert

Non-acceptable items (but not limited to):

  • Asbestos
  • Plasterboard
  • Paints
  • Oils
  • Sealant tubes (full or part full)
  • All liquid waste
  • Contaminated spoils
  • Spill kits
  • Tyres

This description is used for mixed waste skips where the contents are derived from the commercial or industrial sectors. This means all warehouses, industrial units, factories, small/medium/large business, office blocks, shops, etc. may be associated with this waste type.

Acceptable items (but not limited to):

  • Plastics
  • Metal
  • Cardboard/paper
  • Packaging
  • Glass (bottle & plate)
  • Carpets/flooring

Non-acceptable items (but not limited to):

  • WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment)
  • Asbestos
  • Fridges/freezers
  • CRT, monitors, TVs (including flat screens)
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Paints
  • Tyres

This refers to waste that is kept separate at the source (i.e. the customer’s site) and is relevant to all the sectors that we deal with. They are pretty self-explanatory and should only contain the waste type that it says and should contain no hazardous waste items.

This refers to the portion of the waste stream that includes discarded wood products such as; whole trees, stumps, or pruned branches generated during street and park maintenance. It also features wood waste derived from lumbers, trims, shipping pallets, and other wood debris from construction and demolition sites.

Acceptable items (but not limited to):

  • Grade A, B & C wood
  • Ply
  • Untreated fence panels
  • Off cuts
  • Timber
  • MDF

Non-acceptable items (but not limited to):

  • Hazardous waste wood
  • Treated timber with hazardous substances
  • Telegraph poles
  • Railway sleepers
  • Some painted wood (if the paint is hazardous)
  • Treated fence panels

Green waste, also commonly referred to as garden waste, is any organic waste that can be composted and is biodegradable. Typically, it includes garden materials such as grass cuttings, leaves, twigs, weeds and flowers. Recycled green waste can be used for a wide range of services including agriculture, landscaping and biofuels.

Acceptable items (but not limited to):

  • Grass
  • Leaves
  • Weeds (non invasive)
  • Bushes
  • Small branches

Non-acceptable items (but not limited to):

  • Large branches
  • Logs
  • Tree trunks
  • Japanese knotweed
  • Invasive weeds
  • Roots

 

Although plasterboard isn’t classed as a hazardous waste it still needs to be managed and kept separate as gypsum is banned from landfill. Therefore, if it was present in our mixed waste streams then we couldn’t guarantee the above.

Acceptable items (but not limited to):

  • Plasterboard sheets, off cuts
  • Dried plaster
  • All gypsum waste

Non-acceptable items (but not limited to):

  • Anything which isn’t plasterboard or gypsum

Recyclable inert waste refers to waste which is neither chemically or biologically reactive and will not decompose. This has particular relevance to landfills as inert waste typically requires lower disposal fees than biodegradable waste or hazardous waste.

Acceptable items (but not limited to):

  • Soils
  • Sands
  • Hardcore
  • Concrete
  • Tarmac
  • Stones

Non-acceptable items (but not limited to):

  • Clay
  • Chalk

Inert materials are nonreactive, both biologically and chemically. This means that when inert waste is disposed of it takes a long time to decompose or doesn’t decompose at all. This type of waste will not pose a threat to the environment, animals or human health and will not endanger the quality of water.

Acceptable items (but not limited to):

  • Clay
  • Chalk

Non-acceptable items (but not limited to):

  • Anything which isn’t inert

 

 

Hardcore is mixed building rubble that mostly contains crushed bricks, blocks, tiles, concrete and ceramics that have been generated from demolition, crushing or inert processing activities.

Acceptable items (but not limited to):

  • Bricks
  • Hardcore
  • Large stone
  • Tarmac
  • Concrete

Non-acceptable items (but not limited to):

  • Clay
  • Chalk
  • Soil
  • Sand
  • Small stones

 

 

 

Asbestos is a naturally occurring material that is composed of millions of fibres, which bind together to create a light yet virtually indestructible material. Once it is mined from the ground, it is processed and developed into industrial materials used in buildings, vehicles and construction materials.

Acceptable items (but not limited to):

  • All types of common asbestos
  • Asbestos contaminated materials
  • Materials attached to asbestos which can’t be separated

Non-acceptable items (but not limited to):

  • Anything which isn’t asbestos

WEEE is electrical or electronic equipment that has come to the end of its ‘user life’. This refers to items that use electricity such as if they connect via a plug or battery. Items that are discarded contain a variety of materials, including glass, ceramics, plastics, metals and precious metals. Some are even hazardous (such as mercury and lead).

Acceptable items (but not limited to):

  • All electrical equipment which isn’t hazardous

Non-acceptable items (but not limited to):

  • Fridges/freezers – unless agreed!
  • CRT, monitors, TVs (including flat screens) – unless agreed!
  • Florescent tubes

 

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