What’s the easiest and cheapest way to responsibly dispose of DIY waste?
LoveJunk, the rubbish removal online marketplace, set out five great DIY waste disposal
1. Take a trip to the tip
One disposal method for DIY waste is taking it to your local Household Waste Recycling
Centre, otherwise known as ‘the tip’.
This is a great way to dispose of your DIY waste as it’s easy and the majority of tips don’t
charge for disposal.
However, not all tips accept DIY waste, some refuse large quantities and others charge for
the disposal. This is because under waste legislation, DIY waste is considered trade waste
even if it was generated at home. Therefore, the council isn’t responsible for providing free
It’s best to check online to see if your HWRC accepts DIY waste and if there are any charges.
2. Council bulky waste collection
Another option for getting rid of DIY waste is using your local council bulky waste collection
service. Each council has it’s own set of permitted and prohibited items – please be aware
that not all councils accept DIY waste and most charge for the removal.
The speed of the service varies by council and it entirely depends on how busy they are and
their capacity. Typical waiting times range from 1 week to 8 weeks. If you need the waste
to be removed quickly, the quickest way is to use a private waste contractor, such as a local
man and van company.
3. Skip hire
Skips are usually hired for messy, dirty junk making them perfect for DIY waste removal.
They’re ideal for waste generated over a couple of days, for example, removing your old
You can also hire different sized skips - the most popular is a builders skip which is 6 cubic
yards. Another advantage to skips is the price normally covers hire for 2 weeks, although
the skip company can often extend this for an additional cost.
Bear in mind that if you don’t have space to place your skip on a driveway, it’ll need to go on
the road which means you’ll need a skip permit. These cost extra but usually the skip hire
company sorts it out for you. You’ll also need a parking suspension if you’re placing the skip
on a single yellow line, parking bay or a pay and display bay.
4. Skip bag
You can also use a skip bag to dispose of DIY/builder’s waste, especially if you don’t think
you have enough waste to fill a skip. The bag needs to be filled prior to collection, then the
skip bag is collected either by a crane lorry or the bag can be emptied into a van. If your bag
is being collected by a crane lorry, you’ll need to place the bag close to the road, so the
crane has easy access.
A great thing about skip bags is you can purchase the bag and arrange collection for
whenever suits you best. However, if you need help with labour, a skip bag is not a good
idea as you’d have to do all the loading yourself.
5. Man & Van
Man and van rubbish removal is a cost effective and responsible way of getting rid of your
DIY waste. This service is usually cheaper than hiring a skip and it also includes the labour to
load the waste into the van from anywhere on your property.
There are weight restrictions and if you have large amounts of heavy waste such as bricks,
you’re probably better off hiring a skip.