Planning for a home DIY project is very exciting, especially when your visions are clear and you can’t wait to see the finished product. But, whether you are planning to finally rip out that old kitchen or your garden is having a makeover, there will be lots of rubbish left behind that you have to prepare for and dispose of correctly.
Shockingly, the UK generated 222.2 million tonnes of total waste in 2018, with England responsible for 84% of the UK total, making it essential that we all make more responsible choices when dealing with our waste, especially with DIY projects.
Fast Skips, who provide Skip Hire in the UK, know how much waste is produced from DIY projects and regularly speak with customers who are looking for advice on it. They provide skips and other waste management services daily across the UK so now want to share their knowledge with 4 of their top tips for people completing DIY projects to help plan and dispose of rubbish correctly and efficiently.
1. Know Your Different Waste Types
As every DIY project is different, it means you will produce different waste types depending on the materials you are using and throwing away. Making a plan in advance of what materials you will need to dispose of, including timber, concrete and garden waste will allow you to then select the best disposal method.
Because every DIY project is different, there is no one rule that fits all for the rubbish you will accumulate. Therefore, knowing what different waste types your project will produce is crucial for knowing how you will dispose of it and how much it will cost you to do so.
If you are planning to hire a skip for your DIY project, knowing your waste types will go a long way in helping you choose what size skip you will need to hire. Certain wastes can only go in certain sized skips, which is due to the weight and whether the waggon can collect it safely.
Some waste types such as paint and lightbulbs that are regularly found in DIY waste cannot go into skips as they are hazardous waste, this is why planning in advance will help you to then research the best disposal methods for your waste and save you money and potential time constraints.
2. Know The Size Of Your Project
After working out what waste types your DIY project will produce, you will then need to measure the size of the DIY project to know how much of the waste you will need to dispose of. Working this out will help towards estimating costs and the time it will take you to dispose of your waste types.
If you choose to hire help to remove your rubbish or have chosen to hire a skip, you will need to let them know the size of rubbish you have to dispose of. If you don’t know what size skip you need, telling the company as much information as possible about your waste will help them recommend the best skip size for your needs.
3. Be Responsible
If you are not sure how to responsibly dispose of certain waste types, speak with a skip hire company or your local council, as they will be more than happy to advise you.
When you need to dispose of your rubbish throughout and at the end of your project, make sure you’re choosing the most responsible methods for each material. Unfortunately, fly-tipping rates are on the rise, especially in the UK, but there are lots of options available for disposing your waste responsibly.
For example, many councils offer a free collection service and waste management companies have a man with a van service that will come to your property and remove the rubbish for you. This is a great option if you’re worried about heavy lifting and do not have a car to go to the tip yourself.
Waste management companies, whether through man with a van or skip hire, will be able to properly recycle your waste and will have a waste carriers licence to transport it for you.
4. Choose A Reliable Waste Management Company
The 3 previous tips should be enough for you to plan your rubbish disposal for your DIY project. But if you do need assistance, make sure you choose a reliable waste management company to help you. Do your research of companies in the area, and ask to see their waste carriers licence before agreeing to work with them.
Although it is exciting to start a DIY project and you want to get started right away, it is always best to spend some time planning what will happen with your rubbish at the end and where you will take it. Making a plan will save you time and will give you a chance to research local waste management companies such as Fast Skips if you require skip hire.