The proper clearance of rubble is a public responsibility. Dumping is illegal and rubble and refuse need to be disposed of conscientiously. This is for the sake of the environment and the reputation of the industries that produce rubble. Certain building materials can be reused which should not become a missed opportunity. Hazardous waste should be disposed of properly so it does not end up harming the local people in the area or its fauna and flora.


All waste must be analysed and classified by the South African National Standard in accordance with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). This must be done within 180 days of the waste’s production. If it is treated afterwards it needs to be classified again.


This is waste that does not contain hazardous chemicals and compounds and therefore a rubble removal service can remove it in one fell swoop. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Construction site clearance
  • Tree felling
  • Garden waste

If you employ a company to remove rubble from a construction site you do not have to worry about dumping fines and charges. The company will handle all of this for you.


According to Acting Director of Hazardous Waste Management for Environmental Affairs Dr. Shauna Costley, there are certain types of waste that don’t need classification because they are instantly recognisable as hazardous waste. This includes:

  • Asbestos
  • PCB (polychlorinated biphenyl)
  • Spoilt products
  • Laboratory waste
  • Medical waste

If you fail to remove this waste responsibly you will be liable for a heavy fine or even a prison charge.


Building waste can usually be repurposed as sand and aggregate so that nothing goes to waste. Make use of a site clearance and/or rubble removal service that promises the longest lifetime for your building material waste.

By identifying waste and having it classified you can ensure that it is disposed of in compliance with South African waste removal laws. It also affords materials a lengthy lifecycle where uncontaminated materials are reused.

Keep building South Africa up and clean up after yourself – or pay someone else to do it for you!