There are many Disposal Options available. Not everything needs to go in a skip.
There are also ways to reuse many scrap materials.
- Quite expensive (£160 for a 6 yard skip being common, although a discount may be available if you are only loading clean hardcore and top/sub soil)
- Skips on roads often require a local authority permit (although now uncommon, some local authorities may also insist on night lighting for them)
- Skips on private land are sometimes collected only after long delays, they use you as the storage depot
- Non-level loads may be surcharged
- Other people will fill your skip in many neighbourhoods
Prepaid Collectable Bag
- Folded flat bags available from shops. Phone a number to have them collect when full.
- Handy for small quantities, but too expensive for large loads
- Binbags generally much a cheaper option.
- Some garbage will fit binbags, and this is often the cheapest option for small jobs.
- Some large items (eg sofas) can be broken down for fun, just hand out assorted lethal weapons to the youngsters and bag up the remains the next day.
- Use rubble bags for heavier items
- Some LAs will have a limit on how many they will collect per property
- Imagination and a power saw can make a surprising number of things fit
- Sometimes using or hiring a car or van to take materials to the tip is a good option.
- Many tips will exclude anything they think is a commercial vehicle.
- May charge for users who do not have a residents permit
- Household rubbish is sometimes rejected on the grounds it could possibly be from a business activity
Freecycle, Craigslist etc
- Its sometimes surprising what people want and will collect.
- More effective in town than country.
- Local charities
- charities exporting old tools to the 3rd world, eg Tools for Self Reliance
- Not plastic
- A no-cost way to fill holes with non-toxic waste
- Hard building materials can be used as hardcore.
- Several types of garbage can be used as concrete aggregate. Examples include bricks, blocks, tiles, ash, stone, sand, glass.
- Bulky items like bricks best broken up first.
- Paper, cement, sand, lime, fibres, brick pieces, clay, plaster, plasterboard, expanded polystyrene, straw, and water based paints can all be included in papercrete, which makes building blocks, mortar and insulation.
- Making papercrete requires labour & equipment though.
Asbestos Removal Contractor
- Possibly the most expensive method of disposing of asbestos yet devised. Some tips take asbestos, double bag it first.
- Some skip hire firms will provide shrouded skips for low risk asbestos (e.g. asbestos cement) type products.
- Almost any non-expanding material can be put into the middle of concrete blocks to reduce cement use and dispose of it free.
- Beware of differential thermal coefficients.
Gypsum, plasterboard, plaster, paper, cardboard & lime can be included in composting.
- Bulky items need to be broken up first.
Plant waste, wood without nails, plasterboard, cardboard & paper without colour printing can be shredded and disposed of in the garden.
Hot water cylinder
- Copper is worth a good bit as scrap
- Occasionally cylinders are reused as preheat tanks