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So what is site clearance? When property is vacated by tenants, or where the property may have stood unoccupied for many months, it is not unusual for a build-up of some pretty nasty waste to occur. This waste has to be removed by someone – a site clearance company - so that it is fit for purpose once again. Below is a list of my top five most gruesome materials and objects that are removed regularly from sites up and down the country.
Not to be messed with at any cost. According to the Health and Safety Executive, asbestos is the greatest single cause of work related deaths in the UK. Amazingly it was commonly used in many different products during 1950s onwards, as it was considered a great insulator and fire retardant. It also protects against corrosion, so was commonly associated with piping and boiler manufacture. It is sometimes known as the ‘hidden enemy’ because before 2000 it was impossible to know exactly where it was being used. Nowadays, asbestos is not used anywhere but the threat still persists with a legacy of undiscovered waste in old properties. When it is found, it has to be removed using protective clothing, to ensure that none of the carcinogenic fibres are inhaled.
There can be no worse sights than that of a collection of rusting oil containers polluting the countryside. Oil wastes and wastes of liquid fuels (except edible oils) are now regarded as “hazardous” as defined by the European Waste Catalogue (EWC) which classifies waste materials according to what they are and how they were produced. These have to be carefully removed and delivered to reprocessing plants, where a certain volume of material can be re-cycled.
Although not as deadly or hazardous like the previous two examples, it is still something quite gruesome that nobody really wants to tackle. Sites that have been empty for a while are usually the ones targeted by vagrants and squatters. When they are forced to abandon their temporary home, they often leave these ‘unwanted gifts’, which can also include pet corpses and clothing often soaked in urine.
Drug Use Equipment
The fourth point in my list is drug use equipment including needles and other sharp material used by drug addicts who carelessly discard these as soon as they have injected. The dangers of drug user equipment, with the associated risks of infection from blood-borne pathogens such as HIV or Hepatitis are well known. Site clearance operatives are required to safely remove these, and dispose of them through incineration.
Usually green waste becomes a problem when the site has been empty for a number of years, and nature has reclaimed the area. Not only does it become a breeding ground for pests including rats and other vermin, but it is also a warm and moist environment – perfect for the transmission of microbes as bio-aerosols. Perhaps the worst green waste problem is dealing with Japanese knotweed (Fallopia Japonica), which all gardeners will tell you is the most invasive plant in the UK. It has become so severe a problem, that it is now a criminal offence to plant the stuff!
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