Smiths Additional Waste Services

Additional Waste Services

Smiths Waste Management has a comprehensive fleet of vehicles and equipment to satisfy the waste management requirements of our customers

Ranging from 240 litre wheeled bins to 44 ton articulated lorries, Smiths has the capability to deliver the service that the customer requires.


If you produce high volumes of light industrial and commercial compactable waste streams, you may want to consider using a Smiths Compactor. A compactor, as the name suggests, compacts waste products down to less than half their original bulk.

The main advantage of a compactor is the reduction in waste volume which will inevitably reduce your transport movements compared to standard, traditional, permanently sited skips.

The key performance benefits that a compactor will offer are:

  • Portable compactors are all fully enclosed and more hygienic vessels
  • The volume of waste is reduced to a fraction of its original size
  • Smaller carbon footprint is achieved by fewer movements
  • All compactors are placed on a scheduled collection service
  • We provide you with full documentation to comply with all relevant legislations
  • We provide on site training, risk assessments and method statements
  • Compactors are specialist pieces of equipment and, as such should be used for the following types of waste only:
  • Food waste
  • General waste including paper / cardboard
  • Dry non-hazardous waste
  • Industrial and commercial waste
Grab Hire

Smiths 6-8 wheeled grab lorries offer the following features and benefits:

  • 16T payload for muck away, hardcore, concrete, soil, clay, green waste and other dry wastes
  • Able to deliver a variety of bagged and loose materials
  • An alternative to skips and machines
  • Able to deliver aggregates and soils out and take waste material back
  • Suitable for wait and load situations with 20-30 minute typical loading time
  • Suitable for the collection of 1T waste bags, including plasterboard bags
  • Waste carrier licence and disposed at licensed premises and recycled appropriate ensure a complete duty of care process.
  • Fully insured to operate on the public highway with an experience driver/ operator.
Hazardous Waste

Waste is considered as hazardous when one or more of its properties can be harmful to either individuals or to the environment. Smiths takes its responsibilities very seriously when handling and disposing of hazardous waste. All such products must not be disposed of in general waste containers. They must be separated and removed to specialist hazardous waste management sites. Smiths is licensed to handle and transport hazardous waste.

The list of products now classified as hazardous is comprehensive and varied. For more information on identifying hazardous products a document called the European Waste Catalogue is published through the Environment Agency.

Smiths Guide to Hazardous Waste


Smiths have long been recognised as experts in the field of asbestos removal and disposal. With our background in construction and demolition we have a team of experienced and trained staff who have the knowledge and the equipment to safely remove and dispose of your asbestos waste. Smiths can also provide various sizes of sealed containers for onward transfer to licensed disposal sites.

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

As a result of recent legislation, WEEE can no longer be disposed of in general waste streams. All WEEE must now be removed to an approved transfer station for recycling.

As a user of electrical and electronic equipment it is your responsibility to dispose of your WEEE in accordance with legislation. Smiths Waste Management can advise you and assist you with this task. We will bring to your attention all the relevant legislation and advise you on the implications of correct disposal.

WEEE includes the following items:

  • Freezers
  • Televisions
  • IT equipment
  • Laptops
  • Toasters
  • Kettles
  • Videos
  • DVD players
  • Air Conditioning Units

It is not limited to these products and our advisors can audit your business to identify your WEEE requirements and arrange for disposal.

Confidential Waste

Smiths Waste Management recognises the sensitivity and high priority of the destruction of confidential waste. We offer a range of services for this important area including shredding and complete destruction. Our confidential waste service includes the destruction of classified documents, data storage devices and magnetic tape.

Clinical Waste

Clinical waste is healthcare waste that may prove hazardous to those that may come into contact with it. There are stringent controls in place to ensure that clinical waste is managed safely and is recovered or disposed of without harming the environment or human health. The relevant legislation place those responsible for the generation of clinical waste under a duty of care to ensure that the waste is managed and disposed of safely and is only transferred to authorised operator.

Smiths Waste Management is authorised to collect all forms of clinical waste. Our experienced advisors are on hand to provide guidance on storage and disposal of clinical waste in a managed environment.

National Waste Collection

Smiths Waste Management offers a National waste collection service throughout the UK. Our network of accredited partner service providers has been built up over many years and offers a complete supply chain delivering an excellent seamless service nationwide.

The key benefits of Smiths National Waste Collection service are:

  • A single point of contact
  • Competitive price and best value
  • Total Waste Management reporting
  • If you are a multi-site operation requiring a truly national service then we are the right waste management company for you.
Scrap Metal

Smiths operates a Ferrous & Non Ferrous recycling facility at their Moreton Valence depot in Gloucester. It is a fully licensed and an accredited ELV Treatment Facility. A dedicated team with a wealth of experience are there to assist you from scrapping large farm equipment to simply recycling your old wheel barrow.

Top prices paid for all Ferrous & Non Ferrous scrap metal with immediate payment of either cheque or Bacs. Identification is required, photo card driving licence or passport together with a utility bill or document that has your address on.

We have a 50 ton digital weighbridge and digital scales on site to accurately weigh all grades of scrap. A static Lefort shear is used to process all Ferrous grades ready for re-sale directly to the UK Steel Mills or export.

Ferrous grades we purchase:

  • Demolition/ OA
  • Heavy Shearing
  • Light Iron
  • Basic

Non-Ferrous grades we purchase:

  • Clean Copper Tube
  • Bright Wire
  • Braziery
  • Brass Mixed
  • Electric Motors
  • Electric Cables
  • Aluminium
  • Stainless Steel
  • Lead Acid Batteries

These lists are not exhaustive.

Deliveries are welcome, we also offer a collection service from a Man & Van, Skips, Roro’s or Artic Bulkers.

Waste Bags

We know that it is not always convenient or cost effective to hire a skip for small loads or jobs. With this in mind Smiths has developed the ‘Waste Bag’ for just these occasions. Buy it from your local outlet and when it’s full just give us a call and arrange collection at a time convenient to you.

Waste bags are a practical alternative to skips for smaller waste loads and sites and domestic locations with limited access.

Smiths Waste Bags offer the following features and benefits:

  • Suitable for general household garage, shed, roof clearance and garden green waste
  • Ideal for limited volumes of single source waste such as plasterboard on building sites
  • The empty bag is very easy to obtain – can be purchased form builders merchants or telephone purchased from Smiths and delivered within 24 hours
Man with a Van

Man with a van is a flexible alternative to skips for smaller loads of mixed and single source waste from domestic and business locations. Smiths offer a range of vehicles including 3.5 tonne caged and boxed vehicles.

Man with a van offers the following features and benefits:

  • Flexibility offering full load, part load and or per item services
  • Able to operate in areas of limited access where a skip would not fit
  • Suitable for bulky loads such as timber, cardboard, windows, office waste, fly tipped waste, green waste, bagged waste, furniture, household and general waste
  • Tail-lift to aid loading and unloading of wheeled and bulky waste
  • Licensed to carry hazardous waste in waste drums, double bagged asbestos, plasterboard and electrical WEEE goods
  • Next day service
  • All waste is taken to licensed sites for recycling and or disposal

What our customers say

“The team you have managing all of our queries and requests have been fantastic. Very professional and quick to come back to us on all matters. And an a pleasure to deal with at all times”

Danielle, Procurement Manager

“What Smiths achieved in such challenging conditions and in such a short timeframe was outstanding”

David Martin, Commercial Manager, Stanford Industrial Concrete Flooring Ltd

“The team at Smiths have done a brilliant job, respected the site and a nice group of lads to deal with. I am grateful to everyone involved – Thank you”

Mr Carpenter, Domestic Customer

“Our remediation project carried out at Gloucester Quays in 2018 has recently won a 2019 Brownfield Briefing Award for best re-use of materials, which was great news – we wanted to say many thanks for all of Smiths’ work in providing demolition, operated plant, waste disposal and aggregate supplies to support the successful completion of this challenging project”

Steve Jackson, Director, Soilfix

“Smiths were the chosen contractor again at this year’s Moreton Show for our refuse requirements. There were 20,000 plus visitors at the event but you would not know this looking at how efficiently the rubbish was managed. In addition to providing a great service, the fact that none of our event waste ends up in landfill is also a big bonus”

Melissa Harrison, Event Organiser, Moreton Show

“The Smiths team provided the waste management services for 2019’s BMAD festival. We were incredibly impressed with the teams pre-planning and communication and on site they were dedicated, hard working and thorough. We look forward to working with them again”

Laura, Event Manager, BMAD Festival

“We recently switched our waste collections over to Smiths. Since switching, Smiths have collected exactly as agreed, without fail. The team are friendly, helpful and efficient too, and will adapt collections where possible to meet our needs. Overall Smiths provide good value”

Whitmore & Jackson

“I couldn’t recommend Smiths highly enough. They are a pleasure to deal with and seriously professional giving outstanding results at decent value”

Lee Martin, LakeFest

“We had a visit from our group safety inspector on site and achieved another excellent score. I just wanted to say thank you your team’s efforts to date.”

Dan Pascoe, Assistant Building Manager, Willmott Dixon Construction

“Smiths Event Waste Management were proactive by circulating throughout the picnic areas constantly removing rubbish as it was dropped. On Saturday the team must have worked through the night clearing rubbish as the area was extremely tidy for the next day’s events.”

Julian Coster, Event Organiser, Marlow Town Regatta

“I would highly recommend Smiths to any event or person. They are a fantastic team of people who thrive off of doing a fab job. They managed to keep Chatsworth Horse Trials clean at all times and were a lovely friendly bunch. Many thanks to all at Smiths”

Chatsworth Horse Trials

“The Cancer Research UK Race for Life at the Dudley went really well and the service provided was excellent. I’ve never had an event site so tidy”

Tracey Duffy, Area Event Manager

“Thank you for the work carried out this week. The Smiths team worked well and they were very helpful, it was a pleasure to work with such a good crew”

Cotswold Canal Trust

“We have been working with Smiths for seven years and as the event has grown so has the need for efficient and reliable waste management. Smiths have provided that service impeccably, are very easy to deal with. Smiths will always be our first choice for waste management”

Frampton Country Fair

“Just wanted to thank you and your team for the service I have received during the Bristol Nightingale Hospital project. It goes without saying if you guys had not performed as you did there is no way the result would have been the same.

I would happily and highly recommend Smiths to any prospective clients”

Darrell Pearce, For and on behalf of O’Neill & Brennan Logistics

“Our visitors were heard to comment that they were amazed how clean the showground was with no litter to be found! Well done Team Smiths!”

Nia Osbourne, USK Show

“I was extremely impressed when Smiths started to work with us 3 years ago. The service was excellent from the start and continues to be so today. Thank you for your superb service. I would have no hesitation to recommend Smiths as the first choice for any event organiser”

PVS Events Ltd

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Smiths for their co-operation with this project. Our thanks to all your employees who have worked on this project and have helped Barnwood Construction in producing a first class facility for Triumph”

Steve Dixon, Site Manager

“The team on site were all lovely who worked all weekend and even on a Sunday! Loved the bins themselves, lighter weight being plastic not metal so made my life easier moving them about the site. We will definitely be using these guys yearly now!”

Natalie Elliot, Dubs in the middle LTD

“The service from Smiths was as always well executed and this year seemed even more slick, with good communication between us throughout the weekend. The pace of clearance from the Smiths team kept ahead of the rate at which rubbish was being generated. We are very pleased.”

Nav Ali, Marlow Town Regatta Committee

“Thank you for the amazing customer service I received during my recent skip hire.

I also want to extend a special thank you to the skip delivery driver, outstanding service, really went above and beyond to deliver the skip safely and expertly. This experience has cemented my views about Smiths as a company and I always recommend them due to the continued great service I have received.”

Ross, Skip Hire Customer

“We have been working with you for many years now & wouldn’t even consider looking elsewhere after the amazing job that Adam & the team did again this year at USK Show. Our showground looked spotless all day & this is down to your hard work. Thank you for you continued support.”

“Overall, a superb and professional service from you. Each driver was courteous, considerate of our property when entering and exciting, but had enough good humour to make encountering and engaging with them enjoyable and memorable.”

Sarah, Transport customer

“Smiths of Gloucester are our tried and trusted refuse partner at the GT Bicycles Malverns Classic, the UK’s biggest mountain bike festival! We have used Smiths since we started back in 2018 and highly recommend them due to the fantastic personal service that we receive from Adam and his team as well as the very competitive pricing.”


“Smiths Waste are my favourite contractor for Lakefest music festival @ Eastnor Castle. We are renowned for a spotless arena, clean bins and handing the Deer Park back exactly as we find it.  In fact we don’t even give them a radio anymore as we know the job just gets done!”

“Thank you so much to team Smiths for yet another brilliant job done by you all!”

Upton Blues festival 2023

“From start to finish the team were professional, worked exceptionally hard and kept the site spotless – no other provider has ever come close!  We are delighted to have changed suppliers to Smith’s this year and look forward to a working partnership for years to come”.

James, Airshow Director 

“As new customers to your company, we were mightily impressed with the service you provided for us at our site thank you!”

Research Supervisor, AC Archaeology

“Just a quick note to pass on my thanks to your team that you’ve had working at Malvern Theatres. They have been great, courteous to members of the public. It’s been a pleasure to have them around and are a credit to your company.”

Matt, Malvern Theatres (Demolition project)

“The service you have provided to us has been excellent. Smiths skips have been extremely professional, the drivers are very polite and have helped us out of a few tight spots which has enabled our very tight schedule to finish on time. Overall, the service has been brilliant and we have no hesitation in using your company on further projects around the country.”

JC Construction, Cardiff

“The Trade Waste Department at Smith’s Gloucester are one of my favourite suppliers to deal with.

Always friendly, efficient and helpful as well as providing consistently competitive pricing, I can’t recommend them highly enough!”

Michelle Tarrant, Office Manager Local Pages (The Little Blue Book)

“We have worked with Smiths for a number of years now and have nothing but efficient and professional service.  We would have no hesitation in recommending them for events.”

Gail, Chatsworth Horse Trails

“Smiths provided an excellent waste management service during the festival, keeping the site clean throughout and bins emptied regularly. The site was left clean, litter-free and tidy afterwards, so all in all a 5* service.”

Lucy Smith, Adventurize Ltd

“After a successful Science Festival in Cheltenham, we wanted to say a huge thank you for being an integral part of how the festival came together to make an enjoyable experience for so many visitors.

We look forward to working with you again for future projects.”

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