The average UK household produces over a tonne of waste every year, equating a total of 31 million tonnes produced across the county. While a lot of this is general household waste, such as packaging and food, a staggering 1.6 million tonnes of UK waste is made up of furniture and bulky items every year. It is inevitable that a household will have to part with these kinds of items every now and again, but the disposal of them can be a complicated matter.

Whether it’s preloved furniture and homeware, trimmings from a big garden clean up or leftover material from a building or renovation project, the recommended disposal method will depend on the type of waste. With the Environment Agency predicting that Britain could run out of landfill space over the next few years, it has never been more important to carefully consider how we manage the waste we accumulate in order to ensure it is handled as responsibly and sustainably as possible.

Getting rid of unwanted furniture

First and foremost, it’s a good idea to see whether or not homeware items can be recycled by donating them to local charities or by advertising them on sites such as Freecycle or Gumtree. Passing furniture items onto a new owner is an environmentally friendly way of managing their disposal. Often, the charity or interested individual will arrange the collection, meaning there is little fuss involved.

However, sometimes furniture is beyond repair and needs to be disposed of correctly. If it cannot be recycled, the local council should be able to collect and remove bulkier items. Most councils should offer services for things like washing machines, fridges, sofas and mattress removal for a fee.

Disposing of garden waste

A lot of local councils now provide homeowners with a brown bin, which is intended to handle garden waste, such as weeds, grass cuttings and trimmings from hedges. Additional brown bins can also be purchased from the council for a small charge, allowing people to responsibly dispose of larger amounts of garden products.

You can also start a compost heap at home to convert common waste into a high-quality soil fertiliser. This is a straightforward process which simply involves collecting compostable products into a pile in the garden. Items that can be added to a compost heap include: fruit waste, vegetable peelings, grass cuttings, plant trimmings, leaves and even teabags, along with paper and cardboard. It’s important to cover the compost heat with a waterproof sheet or collect it in a compost bin.

However, sometimes an outdoor project can lead to more complicated garden waste removal requirements if the amount of waste exceeds the size of an average brown bin or is not suitable for a compost heap. If this is the case, then local waste centres should be able to accommodate sizeable garden waste deposits. Anyone thinking of taking garden waste to their local tip should ensure they have received the appropriate permit before doing so. These permits can be easily obtained by contacting the local council and are designed to ensure that businesses don’t take advantage of the waste sites as a way of avoiding disposal costs.

Hiring a skip

One of the most popular rubbish collection methods is to hire a skip. It is often a simple and hassle-free way of handling heavy-duty rubbish clearance for everything from garden waste to old homewares. A customer simply has to tell the skip hire company what type of waste they will be disposing into the skip, wait for delivery and then fill it up. After a pre-arranged period of time, the company will then collect the skip and dispose of everything on the customer’s behalf.

In terms of rubbish removal, this is a very cost-effective way with various skip sizes available to suit each customer’s needs. Most skip companies will also ensure that all waste is dealt with professionally, so the customer doesn’t have to worry about permits and regulations.

While skip hire can be convenient, the customer is entirely responsible for cleaning out areas and filling the skip up themselves. This is sometimes not possible if a person has limited time or a physical restriction. Therefore, often the easiest way of dealing with large amounts of household waste is by hiring a professional waste removal service to take care of all the dirty work.

The benefits of professional waste removal services

People lead extremely busy day-to-day lives nowadays and the need to dispose of a lot of waste can be inconvenient. Thankfully, professional services are available to take care of it all, from clearing to collecting and disposing of in the correct manner. A lot of companies also offer recycling services, so customers can rest assured everything will be handled responsibly.

While contracting a professional service is often more expensive than skip hire, many people prefer it, as it saves them time and allows them to sit back, relax and feel Hoppy at home.

How Hoppy can help

At Hoppy, we’re dedicated to making home management simple and straightforward. That’s why we make it easy to find reliable local waste removal services in just a few clicks.

Simply enter a postcode and we’ll bring you recommendations for a variety of tradesman services in that area, from painting and plumbing to gardening and getting rid of rubbish. All hourly rates are clearly displayed, appointments can be made instantly, and all payments are taken securely online, so you don’t have to worry about searching for recommendations or negotiating quotes.

We work in partnership with Plentific, so all tradesperson services advertised through Hoppy are from Verified Plentific Pros. This means they have been rigorously checked to ensure they are experienced, trustworthy and able to deliver to the highest possible standards. It also means all our customers are backed by the Plentific Guarantee that if their tradesperson is unable to finish the project, we’ll arrange for another pro to step in and get the job done.

So, search for waste removal services today. After all, a clean home is a Hoppy one!

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