Home renovation and development projects often result in a build-up of rubbish and waste that will need to be removed from your property. Even deciding to do a cleanout of your garage or shed, let alone the more used rooms in your house, can result in a pile of waste that needs to be cleared.
Our guide takes a closer look at rubbish removal and waste clearance, including how much a rubbish removal service is likely to cost, what will affect the cost of rubbish removal, how you can save money and the best way to find a rubbish removal company.
How Much Does Rubbish Removal and Waste Clearance Cost?
Rubbish removal and waste clearance prices will vary depending on where you are located in the UK and the amount and type of rubbish you have that needs to be cleared off your property.
Rubbish removal and waste clearance services are likely to charge either by the van load, in cubic yards or by the collected weight of the rubbish. The table below takes a look at estimated costs for rubbish removal by van load.
|Van Space (approximate weight in kg)||Time Loading||Price|
|Minimum load (100kg)||10 minutes||£50-£70|
|Quarter load (200kg-330kg)||20 minutes||£90-£100|
|Half load (500kg-700kg)||30-40 minutes||£150-£170|
|Three quarter load (800kg-900kg)||45-50 minutes||£200-£250|
|Full load (1,000kg-1,200kg)||60 minutes||£270-£290|
It depends on which waste removal service you choose to go for and how they price the amount of rubbish you have, as to what the final cost will be.
Most companies will also charge an additional £10-£15 if it takes their employees longer to load the rubbish into the van.
The estimated cost for rubbish removal of a minimum load (100kg) is £50-£70.
If you have a quarter load of rubbish (200kg-300kg) that needs removing, the estimated cost of this will be £90-£100.
A half load (500kg-700kg) for a rubbish removal van is estimated to cost £150-£170.
To load and remove a three-quarter load (800kg-900kg) of rubbish, the estimated cost is between £200-£250.
A full load (1,000kg-1,200kg) is estimated to cost between £270-£290.
You should also anticipate costs for the removal of specific items. For example, if you have a mattress, refrigerator or television set you are hoping to have removed, there could be individual costs for these items, ranging anywhere from £15-£50 depending on the company and their prices.
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What Affects the Cost of Removing Rubbish or Clearing Waste?
Many different factors could impact the final cost of removing rubbish or clearing waste. We take a look at the most common factors you should take into consideration below.
Quantity of Rubbish or Waste
The quantity of rubbish or waste is one of the most important factors that will play a role in determining the final cost of your rubbish or waste removal. If a company specifies that they charge per van load then it won’t always necessarily matter the weight of the rubbish or waste but the amount of it you have.
Take into account that more rubbish may mean more labourers need to come onsite to get it loaded into however many vans you’re requiring. This could also bump up the final cost of rubbish and waste removal.
A full van load (1,000kg-1,200kg) of rubbish or waste is estimated to cost between £270-£290.
If you’re unsure of how much rubbish or waste you have in line with the company policy, you can always ask if they would be willing to do a site assessment and offer you some guidance on the amount of rubbish you have and the price it will cost to remove it.
Type of Rubbish or Waste
This is another important factor to note before you hire any company to take away your rubbish or waste. There are a multitude of items that could be classified as rubbish or domestic items you could have in your home and no longer need, including mattresses, fridges, televisions, furniture, brickwork, building waste, garden waste and many more.
Some rubbish and waste removal services will have set prices for these items as they could be difficult to handle, manoeuvre or dispose of. The table below takes a look at common waste items and their estimated removal cost.
|Waste Item||Removal Cost|
A TV set is likely to cost between £15-£20 for removal.
An upright fridge is estimated to cost £25-£35 for removal.
A single mattress is estimated to cost £10-£15 for removal, with a double mattress estimated to cost £20-£25.
If your waste needs to be specially handled – it could be chemical waste, raw meat waste, oil or medical waste – then this will need to be handled by a specialist due to how it has to be disposed of.
Weight of Rubbish or Waste
If you’re looking to shift some heavy materials, such as bricks or construction debris, you will likely be charged due to the weight of the material rather than the volume.
The heavier your waste or rubbish is, the more expensive it’s likely to be. The waste or rubbish removal service may need to bring in specific trucks to efficiently dispose of the waste and the labour time required may be higher.
For heavier materials, you can expect the prices to be a little higher and should take this into account beforehand.
Independent Company vs National Chain
Whether or not you choose to hire an independent rubbish and waste removal service or national chain will have an impact on the final cost of the rubbish removal.
Independent companies are likely to charge higher prices than national chains for rubbish removal, particularly if they aren’t located near your property and will need to travel.
How Can I Save Money on Removing Rubbish or Clearing Waste From My House?
If you’re able-bodied or have friends or family members who are willing to help you out, you could consider driving to a tip to get rid of the waste yourself. This would potentially save you the cost of hiring a company to get rid of the waste on your behalf.
If you’re able to make sure that the rubbish you need removing is in an easy-to-get-to area this will also benefit you in terms of cost because it will reduce labour time.
It’s a good idea to compare quotes from both waste removal and skip hire companies and see which option works out best for you.
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Is It Cheaper to Hire a Skip or a Rubbish Removal Company?
This question largely depends on the type of rubbish you want to get rid of, the accessibility in your house and what personally works best for you.
Throughout the UK, skip hire costs range from £90 to £340 per week depending on the size of skip you hire and the amount of time you hire it for. This also costs a little more in London, where skip hire can cost anywhere from £130 to £390 per week depending on size.
There are also additional costs to hiring a skip that you should take into consideration, such as whether or not you will need to hire a permit.
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What’s Involved in Removing Rubbish or Clearing Waste?
Depending on the amount and weight of the rubbish or waste, the service will send along a set number of employees who will load the waste from your property into their vehicles and dispose of it for you.
If you live in flats or the waste is being stored on a higher floor – say, you’ve recently taken on a loft conversion, for example – than the ground floor, you should disclose this to the service before you set the date for the removal as it could incur extra costs, or they may refuse to take on the job due to the amount of labour and time needed that is involved.
Before the labourers come to collect your rubbish make sure that it is fully ready for collection and that any personal items have been removed or boxes and bags have already been sorted and gone through.
As the removal service will simply load and dispose of your rubbish you should make sure that any personal data is removed from electronic devices.
How Do I Find and Hire a Rubbish Removal or Waste Clearance Company?
We always recommend seeking recommendations from family, friends and neighbours. This way you can source recommendations from tradespeople you know you can trust.
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Ensuring the Professional Is the Right Fit
It’s a good idea to make sure you have a list of questions ready to verify that the service or company you are hoping to hire is the right fit for you:
- Ask them for a written quote and if they have a minimum charge.
- Ask if they are a licensed waste carrier. This is essential to prevent fly-tipping.
- Ask for their experience.
- If they and their tools are insured. This can protect you from lawsuits if they or your property is damaged when they come to your home.
Use this checklist to make sure you know the best steps to take when looking to hire a rubbish and waste removal company:
- Decide if there is any waste you can get rid of yourself if you are trying to cut costs.
- Compare the quotes for a waste and rubbish removal company and a skip hire and see which one works best for you.
- Use HouseholdQuotes to easily compare quotes and potentially save you 40% on your project quote.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
How Much Is One Cubic Yard?
Be aware that heavier materials, such as bricks, may be charged by their weight rather than the volume of material. This rise in cost is due to the method by which these types of materials need to be disposed of.