Disposal Options

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There are many Disposal Options available. Not everything needs to go in a skip.

There are also ways to reuse many scrap materials.

Disposal methods


  • Convenient
  • 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

Wheelie bin

  • Imagination and a power saw can make a surprising number of things fit

Local Tip

  • 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

Scrap Merchant

Freecycle, Craigslist etc

  • Its sometimes surprising what people want and will collect.
  • More effective in town than country.



  • Wood
  • paper
  • Not plastic


  • A no-cost way to fill holes with non-toxic waste


  • Hard building materials can be used as hardcore.

Concrete aggregate

  • 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.


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.

Oil Tanks

Hot water cylinder

Still made from DHW Cylinder
  • Copper is worth a good bit as scrap
  • Occasionally cylinders are reused as preheat tanks

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