Site clearance is an important part of both construction and demolition service that takes place to remove accumulated waste from an area so that it’s free of hazardous materials. Site clearance involves many processes to make it effective and safe and this blog will explore what the processes are, and respond to issues such as what types of materials are removed, when is it necessary, the regulations needed for site clearance and what happens to the materials that are removed. DES Holdings are experts at all things demolition, including site clearance and can assist you with your general demolition needs. Contact us for a free, no-obligation quote today. What is site clearance? Site clearance refers to the process of removing any existing structures, debris, vegetation or other obstructions from a piece of land in preparation for a new construction project or after general demolition has taken place. For example, if you need general demolition for a commercial, residential or industrial building, professional contractors will proceed with site clearance to remove all debris and waste. If you need a service performed such as a , the service will also typically include the safe removal of the applications and fittings that are removed. What is removed during site clearance? As mentioned previously, unwanted waste materials, including debris, are removed from your site. Additionally, there are a number of other materials that can be removed and reused or recycled as part of the process of site clearance. These are removed to not only clear the site but to adhere to building regulations, health and safety laws, as well as environmental factors. The materials and waste that are removed during site clearance include: Demolition debris – This debris, or demolition waste, can be removed both before and after a demolition process has taken place. Some of this demolition waste can be removed by hand, however, heavier materials such as foundational debris will be removed using specialist equipment such as heavy goods vehicles. Vegetation and green waste – Trees, shrubbery, topsoil and other green materials can be removed to make way for a new construction project and to make way for other processes like land remediation. Surface souls – When new foundations need to be put in place, surface soils need to be removed to make way for new foundations to be safely installed. Harmful materials – Harmful materials are essential to remove and when identified, are typically removed before any construction or demolition will take place. Harmful materials such as asbestos can normally be identified during a site survey and must be removed by a professional removal specialist. What happens to the wasted materials? To follow eco-friendly procedures and abide by UK laws, many components of waste must be recycled and reused instead of being taken to landfill sites. There are many ways that demolition contractors manage waste depending on the variety of materials that are collected and cleared from a site. Some materials including concrete, metal, wood, glass and certain plastics can all be recycled and used for future construction work. For example, concrete can be broken down and recycled into new concrete. Glass from windows and mirrors can be recycled when removed, also and along with broken bricks can form hardcore for new construction. However, not everything can be recycled – certain types of waste including rubble and general debris, contaminated soil, stones and adhesives must be safely taken to a landfill to be properly disposed of. Most site clearance contractors will be able to complete this task, but others may need to hire a specialist removal service for example for the safe removal of asbestos-containing materials. How long does site clearance take to complete? Site clearance, or any demolition project, will always begin with a site survey to assess what demolition or construction project will need to be conducted, as well as to figure out what materials will need to be removed. Once site clearance can commence, the period which it will be completed in will depend on the nature of the site clearance, as well as the size of the site. A smaller site may only require a few days for the waste to be removed, whereas a larger site with more complex requirements can take up weeks and sometimes months before the whole process is fully complete. All your site clearance needs with DES Holdings Here at DES Holdings, we have over 30 years of experience in managing demolition projects and offer full, or single, waste clearance services which will begin with an initial site visit. Site clearance is a vital part of any demolition project, especially when if you suspect that your site has any hazardous materials such as asbestos, which must be removed immediately and safely. If you require a reliable, trustworthy and dedicated service for your demolition needs, don’t hesitate to contact DES Holdings today by calling us on 01527 521 457.