Kitchen & bathroom installation waste
Types of waste from an installation
Here are the 5 main categories of waste that can arise from an installation:
- Packaging waste – the material that is used to contain and protect the new units for purposes of delivery. In other words, cardboard boxes, plastic polystyrene & bubble wrap
- Offcuts from the new kitchen or bathroom - wood, sawdust, MDF, tiles and tubes. In other words, the ends of wood, tiles & plastic that aren't used
- Small Hazardous items - empty tubes, pots and cans of adhesive & silicone used in the construction and assembly
- Old kitchen/ bathroom - units or carcasses, bath, wall tiles, floor tiles, laminate flooring, sink, shower tray, taps, sink, toilet, and appliances (so-called WEEE which stands for waste electrical and electronic equipment) like an integrated fridge, cooker, dishwasher or extractor hood
- Waste from associated works carried out at the same time as the installation - rubble/ wall, flooring, windows & window frames.
- Reusable packaging items that should not be disposed of – items like the so-called ‘pizza boxes’ used to protect marble tops are designed to be used again and again, and so although they arise on jobs, wherever possible should be set aside to be returned to the manufacturer
How much waste is there?
The amount of waste from an installation will vary depending on the size of kitchen/bathroom being replaced and also whether the job is dry fit only (ie. no need to remove the existing kitchen/bathroom) or involves additional works.
As a rough guide a regular installation which involves removal of the old kitchen/bathroom at the same time as the waste from the dry fit (but excluding waste from any additional building works, like a new floor or kitchen extension), on average creates the following weight abd volume of waste:
- Kitchen - 600kg and 7 cubic yards (6 cubic metres)
- Bathroom - 450kg and 4 cubic yards (3 cubic metres)