Self Build Advice – Disposing of Building Waste

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  • 6 years ago

When you self build, there are a lot of things to remember and organise. One of them is what to do with your construction waste.

This post is designed to help you with this facet of self-building. Here we give you of the different types of waste you will be generating when building a home and give you some tips for disposing of that waste.

Keep waste to a minimum

The first thing we have to say is that disposing of waste is time consuming and it costs money. Therefore, it makes sense to keep your waste levels to a minimum. It is also good for the environment.



Part of the planning process should be to identify the type of waste each job will generate and look for a way to use that waste elsewhere in the build. For example, keep some of the waste soil that is generated when your foundations are dug and use it for landscaping.

Recycle when you can

If you cannot easily recycle the waste for your build, someone else may be able to use your waste materials. These days many skip firms recycle much of the waste that they collect. Doing so makes good business sense and enables them to keep costs low.



You may also find people on Craigslist and recycling websites who want your waste materials and will pick them up. This can be a good solution, but bear in mind that sometimes private individuals can let you down. This can leave you with a huge pile of rubbish that you need to store until you can dispose of it and will have to move twice, so be cautious when using this disposal method.

Hazardous waste

Before you start a self-build or renovation you need to identify any hazardous materials that are in the building. Certain materials, like asbestos, have to be removed and disposed of by licensed firms. Attempting to do it yourself is not only illegal it is very dangerous.



You also need to bear in mind that certain types of rubbish like electrical goods and plasterboard cannot be put into skips. These kinds of waste have to be disposed of using alternative methods.

Finding the right skip

Skips are the best way to dispose of the vast majority of building waste. However, you need to bear the following in mind when ordering skips.


If you need multiple skips, the costs can soon add up. We suggest you use to find the best value skip hire in your area.


Many people underestimate the amount of waste that they will generate. For example, a kitchen or bathroom refurbishment will easily fill a 4 cubic yard skip. Our advice is to speak to your skip company about the amount of waste the work you are planning will generate.

Somewhere to put the skip

Before hiring a skip, you need to work out where you are going to put it. Sounds obvious, but many people forget to leave accessible space for a skip. If the skip has to be left on the road or in a public space, you are going to need permission and maybe a licence, which you will need to arrange well in advance.

Following these tips should help to ensure that your building waste does not become an issue that slows down the progress of your next building project.