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 past several weeks have been particularly trying for everyone in our industry and I know everyone has been up against it.
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 from Soilfix 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. Smiths were consistent all day in servicing and on the day following the show the whole site was efficiently swept, meaning the fields are now able to be handed back for livestock usage promptly. In addition to providing a great service, in today’s environmentally conscious world, 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. It was refreshing to work with a company that provided everything we needed and more to ensure the job was done to a high standard. It made a huge difference to the BMAD team to be able to not have to think twice about the waste knowing it was in competent hands. We look forward to working with them again”

Laura, Event Manager, BMAD Festival

“We recently switched our waste collections over to Smiths., having been let down numerous times by our previous contractor (one of the UK’s leading Waste Management companies).

Since switching, Smiths have collected exactly as agreed, without fail. The communication of changes in collection dates around Christmas and the New Year was much appreciated and helped us manage our operations effectively at a very busy trading period. The team at their Cardiff office are friendly, helpful and efficient too, and will adapt collections where possible to meet our needs. Overall Smiths provide good value”

Whitmore & Jackson

“Waste was a massive stress for us as festival organisers. We tried for a few years to manage the bin provision and refuse disposal ourselves to save money. We started using Smiths and it became clear these guys were experts. We now outsource all of site tidying and clean up to Smiths and it was the best thing we ever did. We have no worries and no hassle – we have an extremely clean festival using Smiths experience. Meaning we can focus on making our customers happy and concentrate on running a safe and fun event. 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. Our regional health and safety manager was also on site this morning and was very complimentary about the progress being made and the quality of the supervision on site”

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 from the individual picnic pitches as the area was extremely tidy for the next day’s events in the arena. In addition the regatta committee were told by one or two visitors what a good job was done”

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, their team works relentlessly throughout the day and well into the evening afterwards. We are committed to using as many local companies as we can and 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, as you are aware the project was of the utmost urgency and lets hope it is not required!  It goes without saying if you guys had not performed as you did there is no way the result would have been the same.

It was fantastic that the whole team went over and above my expectations allowing me to concentrate on my tasks and if not for your amazing response rates we would have been double or tripling up on our already impossible work loads.

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

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

“2019 was a bumper year for us which was a fabulous way to celebrate our 175th anniversary. More visitors obviously means more work for you & the team so thank you for all your hard work. 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 have been in the events industry for 20+ years and have employed various companies for site cleansing at my events. I was extremely impressed when Smiths started to work with us 3 years ago on ‘The Mountain Bike Gatcombe and Thunder Run’. The service was excellent from the start and continues to be so today. Your staff, without exception, are the nicest, most hard working group of people I have met. I can stage events at prestigious locations in the confidence that not only will the site be kept clean & tidy throughout the event but I know I can hand back a site to the landowner in the best possible condition. Thank you for your superb service I would certainly 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 and in particular Tim who has been a credit to your company. 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

It was our first time using Smiths for our festival, Dubs in the Middle and we are very impressed! Adam was extremely helpful with booking it all in. 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. Thank you all so much!!

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 

I’d like to express my gratitude to your employees, and also to say thank you for the amazing customer service I received during my recent skip hire.

I filled out the enquiry form online, received a call promptly from the Cardiff office, the lady I spoke to was very polite, great customer skills and very clear and concise, and explained the various options of the 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, especially in a street that isn’t the easiest to turn a large vehicle in. This experience has cemented my views about Smiths as a company and I always recommend them to friends and family due to the continued great service I have received.

Ross – Skip Hire Customer 

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 as NR Events’ first time as production, 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 and hope you have a great rest of the festival season and beyond.

NR Events Team


, Cheltenham Science Festival

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