Are you planning on completing a DIY task in the new year? Whether you’re revamping your kitchen or putting the work in for a garden clearance, it is inevitable that there will be rubbish you’ll have to deal with.
Fast Skips, who provide Skip Hire in the UK, see first hand how much waste can be produced from DIY projects and want to remove the stress of knowing what to do with it.
As the UK generated 222.2 million tonnes of total waste in 2018, with England responsible for 84% of the UK total, it means it’s more important than ever to know how to be responsible with your waste.
Below are 4 top tips you can use to help make the rubbish removal process easier during your DIY project.
1. Work Out Your 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.
When planning your waste types, you may realise that a skip would be beneficial for disposing of the waste easily and hassle-free.
There are different sizes of skips available and some only allow certain types of waste due to weight restrictions.
You should speak with your skip hire company prior to booking and let them know your waste types, they will then be able to recommend the best skip or suggest an alternative disposal method.
For example, paint tins and lightbulbs cannot be put into a skip as they are classed as hazardous waste.
Knowing your restrictions on material disposal will help you save time and money during your DIY project.
2. Know the Size of Your Project
Once you know your waste types, it’s time to figure out the size of your project to help you calculate just how much waste you will be producing from the DIY project.
Knowing the size will go hand in hand with knowing your waste types as you’ll know how much waste you will need to dispose of, helping you to calculate potential costs and time scales.
This is also important for skip hire as you may end up purchasing a skip that is either too big or too small for your waste needs. If you can create an estimate, the skip hire company will be able to suggest the best skip for the size of waste.
3. Be Responsible
Disposing of your waste and knowing the best place to take it to can be stressful and time-consuming. However, this should not mean you skimp on disposing of your waste responsibly and sustainably.
Fly-tipping is a huge problem, especially in the UK, and there should be no excuse for this when there are lots of options available, such as skips, council tips, and a man with a van service.
If you are choosing to work with a third-party waste disposal company, make sure you check they are licensed and ask them to prove their waste carrier’s license to you.
It is the waste producer’s responsibility to make sure that the waste is disposed of correctly, so it will be you who deals with the consequences if the company is not licensed.
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.
4. Choose a Reliable Waste Management Company
Now that you know the size of your DIY project and the waste you’re going to produce, you should make plans for how you will dispose of it, and whether you will need the help of a waste management professional.
Fast Skips have two options available, skip hire and a man with a van service. A man with a van is the perfect option if you cannot lift and remove the waste yourself.
They will collect and dispose of the waste quickly and sustainably. This is also a great option if you do not have a driveway or appropriate access to have a skip on the road.
Before starting your DIY project, it is always best to plan in advance to be prepared for any potential delays and extra costs for the removal and disposal of your waste.
Also, do your research on the waste management and waste removal company you choose to work with and make sure they have a valid waste carriers license.