Whether it’s a garden room, a home extension, a shed or a patio, building projects are always exciting. But they also always come with an annoying quandary: what to do with the building waste. From the soil removed for foundation excavation to rubble, old bricks, and roof tiles, every project brings waste. And it can be difficult to know what to do with it. Because while most tips will accept waste from DIY projects, they won’t take waste produced by a tradesperson. So, what can you do with builders’ waste?
Four Ways to Deal with Builders’ Waste
Choose your materials wisely
One of the best ways to reduce the amount of waste produced by a building project, is to plan carefully. CECA Scotland estimates that 13% of all raw materials purchased for construction projects are discarded unused. This not only means that you’re having to dispose of more waste than necessary. But that you’re potentially spending a lot more than you need to. So, plan your project properly. Choose your materials wisely. And only buy what you need.
Hire a skip
Skip hire is probably the most common way to handle construction waste. As long as you have somewhere convenient to site it (ideally away from cheeky opportunistic neighbours), skips are a really convenient way to deal with builders’ waste. You can hire various sized skips to suit your needs – from two to 14 yards. And you can hire them for the duration of your project – typically from seven days to three weeks.
Man and van hire
If you don’t have the room for a skip, or don’t anticipate that much waste, ‘man and van’ hire is a good alternative. It can also be cheaper than skip hire, with the added advantage of professional loading. And if you choose the right supplier, they’ll even sweep up before they leave. Saving you time and effort. Just be sure that you’re working with a reputable company that will dispose of your waste responsibly. For larger loads, consider booking a grab wagon.
Reuse, recycle, and freecycle
It’s easy to view all builders’ waste as rubbish. But there’s a lot of opportunity to reuse or recycle waste products. Excavated soil can be used in the garden. Old bricks can be repurposed as a pathway, wall, or garden feature. Concrete rubble can be crushed and used as hardcore. And don’t forget – one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. So, if you put those old tiles you have no use for on your local social media pages, you’ll reduce your waste and make someone else’s day. So, don’t be too quick to scrap the things you have no use for.
The way you dispose of your building waste will be dictated by your circumstances, the amount of waste you have, and the type of waste you have. Some materials, such as asbestos and other hazardous goods, will need to be disposed of by a licenced professional. If you have access to a van or truck, you may be able to take the waste to the tip yourself. But in most cases, working with a professional waste disposal company will save you time, effort, and money.
If you have a building project planned and are looking for the most cost-effective way to dispose of your builders’ waste, get in touch with Leeds Junk & Rubbish.