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How to Cut the Cost of Bulky Rubbish Removal in Glasgow

Can it be reused?

Ask yourself if it’s in reasonable condition, clean and in working order before sending anything to the dump. The answer is usually ‘yes’ if it’s in good condition. It’s easiest and greenest to post it outside your home with a sticker that says “PLEASE TAKE ME” if you’re feeling generous and live somewhere with a lot of footfall.

If you wish, you can donate it to a charity that will send a van to pick it up at your home. You can find a charity near you by checking out the Furniture Donation Network or the Reuse Network—but remember, they’re not free rubbish removal services and do need quality items to sell.

You can also use eBay or Gumtree to earn some money. The drawbacks are the time and effort involved, as well as the somewhat scary aspect of having random buyers come to your home to collect. But if you feel confident, have time, and enjoy taking photos, try it!

It’s even possible to upcycle your item—sometimes all it needs is a new coat of paint. You can find a lot of inspiration on the internet, like this upcycling guide for beginners.

2. Hire a house clearance company rather than a junk removal service.

It is important to note that a rubbish clearance company makes most of its money by reselling the stuff they collect, rather than charging people to have it taken away. Basically, rubbish clearance companies remove your waste for you. A house clearance company might charge very little or even pay you to clear your junk if they see enough resale value to cover their costs.

It may be worth getting a local house clearance company to give you a quote if you believe you have some gems amongst your junk.

3.Take it to your nearest civic amenity site.

You can definitely dispose of bulky waste for the lowest price if you have a vehicle and can load up your stuff and drive it to your local tip. If you show that you are a local resident and don’t use a commercial vehicle to deliver your waste, most tips will not charge you anything to take it.

By the way, don’t forget that most councils either prohibit or charge for receiving commercial and trade waste, so think twice before hiring a van to take your old kitchen to the dump.

4. Use your council’s bulky household waste collection service.

If you cannot put bulky household items in your bin, your council is legally required to provide a subsidised home collection service to residents (not businesses). Typically, the service only includes household goods such as furniture, mattresses, carpet, appliances, and bric-a-brac, but excludes builders’ waste and DIY waste. Although it is not always free, it is usually cheaper than hiring a private rubbish removal company.

Here are the cost guides covering council-by-council bulky waste collection services in England if you would like to know how much your local council charges. If you live in Glasgow and want a more detailed list, we have written down how much each Scottish council charges to get rid of a fridge, mattress, sofa, or a combination of all three.

Among the downsides of council collections are the limitations on what can and cannot be collected, as well as the lack of slick service levels. You may have to wait a week or so to schedule a collection, and most councils only pick up from outside the property or charge a considerable premium to pick up from inside. But as they say, you pay your money and you take your choice.

5. Break down the waste before it’s collected.

In most cases, skip rental companies and rubbish clearance companies charge based on the weight of the junk collected. In order to save space in the van or skip, it’s always worth dismantling items, especially light furniture, if you have the energy and time. Also, rubbish clearance companies don’t do a lot of breaking down for you, so keep that in mind. IKEA chests of drawers may collapse if you give them a nudge, but they aren’t demolition crews.

Hence, if you think something can be reduced in size, it is recommended that you disassemble it yourself before the rubbish removal crew arrives.

6. Request that your kitchen fitter remove the waste for free.

When planning your new kitchen installation, home improvement, or repair work, you often overlook the importance of waste removal. It is not uncommon for contractors to leave the customer to arrange and pay for the waste or to add the cost to the bill if they are asked to do so. We recommend raising the cost of waste disposal before signing a contract with your kitchen company.

You’ll be surprised at how many will include waste disposal costs in your contract.

7. Share the problem with a neighbour or two.

If you order in bulk, you save money. Waste disposal is no different. For example, if you only have half a skip’s worth of rubbish, splitting the cost of a larger skip with a neighbour or two is more cost-effective than hiring a small skip or a small man and van collection.

Every home, even the cleanest, has junk hidden away that they’ve been meaning to throw away!

Use skips for the heavy stuff and use man and van rubbish clearance for bulkier, lighter waste.

You can usually dispose of heavy, mucky waste such as soil and rubble more cost-effectively by using a skip. Skips are also useful for containing this type of waste as you accumulate it.

For general bulky waste, man & van rubbish clearance is typically 10%–30% cheaper than skips (even before you consider skip permits and parking suspensions, which are required for skips when placed on public highways).

If the circumstances allow, you might want to consider dividing your waste between these two options.

Get in touch with us if you are looking for a reliable Glasgow garden clearance company.

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