Rubble Removal: Disposal of Bricks and Rubble
Rubble removal: how to dispose of bricks, rubble and DIY waste cheaply
Need to dispose of rubble and bricks after some home improvement or small construction work? Here's our guide on everything you need to know about rubble removal.
This guide covers the following:
- What is rubble?
- Main disposal options
- How much does rubble weigh?
- Can I take rubble to my local tip?
- Can you reuse rubble?
- Can you put bricks in a general waste skip?
- Can you put rubble in a hippo bag?
- Can you bury rubble in your garden?
- Will the council take away my rubble?
- How much does it cost to dispose of rubble?
1. What is rubble?
Rubble is broken fragments of construction and demolition waste. This includes stone, clay, bricks, cement, tiles, ceramics, sand, paving slabs and more.
2. Main disposal options
The main disposal methods for rubble are 1) get a waste carrier to remove it; 2) take it to the local tip; 3) hire a skip 4) use a hippo bag. If your rubble is still in good condition (i.e. bricks), there are also reuse options to explore. We discuss each option in more detail below.
3. How much does rubble weigh?
Rubble weighs roughly 30-50k per rubble bag and around 250kg per cubic yard. If you use a waste contractor to remove your rubble, the weight of your waste will affect the cost of collection, so it's important to take weight into consideration.
4. Can I take rubble to my local tip?
Yes, you can dispose of rubble at your local tip, also known as a civic amenity site or HWRC (Household Waste Recycling Centre). However, rubble is a type of DIY/ construction waste, which is often charged for at tips. For example, Hampshire council charges for soil, rubble, plasterboard and asbestos at their HWRC. The charges for soil and rubble are £3 per part or whole standard rubble bag, and £3 per individual item (i.e. toilet bowl).
5. Can you reuse rubble?
Good quality bricks and tiles can definitely be reused as a means of rubble removal. Small amounts of bricks in particular are ideal for building small things in the garden like a barbecue or fire pit. Larger amounts might be of interest to builders and other DIY'ers.
Well known online places to try to reuse things include Freegle, Gumtree, Freecycle, Facebook Marketplace and NextDoor. But if you want it sorted quickly, without all the chit chat - then just post it on LoveJunk, marking it as reusable and making sure you take some very clear photos and describe the dimensions and numbers in as much detail as possible. The chances are you'll find a JunkLover in seconds.
6. Can you put bricks in a general waste skip?
Yes. You can put bricks and rubble in a general waste skip. General waste or mixed waste skips can be used to dispose of any type of non-hazardous waste. In other words, everything from rubble and bricks to furniture and flooring.
However, if you have a large amount of rubble for removal, then it might be better to order an Inert Waste Skip, rather than Mixed waste Skip. Inert Waste Skips are for inert waste only which is material that does not decompose (and therefore can be used again in the building process) like clay, cement, hardcore, sand, concrete and rubble.
Inert Skips are considerably cheaper than mixed waste skips. For example, a 6-yard mixed waste skip might cost £250, whereas an inert skip in the same region of the same size would only cost £180. This is because inert waste can be used in construction, so has resale value. But you must let the skip provider know in advance that you want one, otherwise, they will book it as a mixed waste skip and charge you at that rate.
7. Can you put rubble in a Hippo bag?
Yes, you can dispose of rubble and bricks using a Hippo bag, skip bag or Hippobag alternative. These bags are made of heavy-duty, strong material and the biggest are designed to hold up to 1.5 tonnes of waste.
8. Can you bury rubble in your garden?
You can bury rubble in your garden as a means of rubble removal, but there are a few things to consider before you do. Firstly, burying rubble could potentially pollute your soil and affect the quality of plants you decide to grow. There is a lot of debate in the gardening world as to whether or not you should bury rubble and how much effect it has on plants/soil - check out this gardening forum discussion as an example.
Secondly, it's much easier to bury it than dig it back up. So, if at any point you needed to dig it back up, it would take a lot of effort. Also, when it comes to selling your home (or not annoying your landlord!), future occupiers may not share your enthusiasm for lots of rubble and bricks under the flower beds or lawn!
9. Will the council take away my rubble?
No. In general, councils will not remove rubble. Rubble is DIY / builders waste which means that most councils exclude it from their council bulky waste collection service entirely. A few will collect small amounts of rubble but charge a supplement. Most, however, allow you to drop off small amounts at the local tip. For example, Surrey council don't accept rubble as part of their council's bulky waste collection service but allow you to take it to one of the local HWRCs.
10. How much does it cost to dispose of rubble?
Below are recent examples of rubble removal listings that were matched on the LoveJunk marketplace. Charges vary depending on the amount of waste, the labour required to remove it, location and how soon the waste needs to be collected.
To find out how much it would cost to dispose of your DIY waste removal via a local, licensed waste collector, go to https://www.lovejunk.com/bulky-waste-collection/