Guide to disposing of building waste
Any building project – from small jobs such as knocking down a shed or a garden wall, to larger house renovations – will generate waste. Not just bricks or demolition rubble, but waste packaging and offcuts, old paint cans, stripped out fittings and excavated soil. Whether you’re a builder or a householder you’ll need to know how to dispose of building waste responsibly and efficiently.
Landfills across the country are filling up fast and it’s essential to minimise environmental impact by avoiding their use. Sometimes it’s unavoidable but there are limits on what you can tip, and how much you can tip free of charge. There are also some rules, for example any work carried out by building companies will be treated as commercial waste – and this would include earth and turf as well as building materials.
Reuse what you can
The best solution is to reuse everything possible. Bricks, tiles and paving slaps can be reused in smaller DIY projects, especially in the garden, such as landscaping, creating a path or building a barbeque. Old pallets can be repurposed as raised or vertical planters. Even chimney pots can be reused as planters.
Pass it on
Your neighbours or friends might be able to use things that you can’t. There are a number of apps, such as Gumtree, or Nextdoor, where you can advertise reusable materials. Alternatively, we can take rubble, bricks and concrete off your hands – free of charge. We are specialised in sorting and preparing building waste so it can be reused as filler in construction projects, or as hard-core for building roads.
Most packaging – glass, cardboard and plastic – can be recycled. It varies from region to region but most local authorities will have a facility for recycling some or all of it. They are charged a landfill tax so it’s in their interest to help you recycle as much as you can. Contact your local council to find out more.
You’ve got rid of everything possible, but there is likely to be something left over, so what next? This is when you will have to hire a skip. You’ll need to figure out the size required, book it and will probably need to obtain a permit from the council if it is to be on the road. You might even need to complete a waste transfer note for each load.
So before you start a project, think about what waste will be generated, and plan ahead. Let us know if you need some help! We’ll be happy to assist with any of the above. Getting organised will save you time and energy and make a potentially stressful time much easier.