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The Glasgow Man & Van Rubbish Clearance Guide

Man & Van Rubbish Clearance is a cost-effective, easy and eco-friendly way of disposing of your bulky waste in Glasgow, but surprisingly, many people never even consider it. Here is our ultimate 2022 guide to how it works and the key questions to consider when you use it.

Definition of Man and Van Rubbish Removal

As a general rule, man and van rubbish clearance involves loading and removing bulky waste from a property by a crew using a man and van. The service covers the collection of waste from anywhere on the property, loading it into a truck, cleaning up any loose material, and delivering it to a licensed disposal facility. There are labour, transport, and disposal charges included in the rates that are determined by the volume of waste removed. Moving house can sometimes be a hassle and a daunting task. Waste clearance services exist to help! Removal companies such as Man & Van Rubbish Clearance are also really good and can help you with this and more. They offer a one-stop service that includes labour, meaning the rubbish will be removed the same day.

What companies provide man and van rubbish clearance services?

The service is offered by a number of organisations. In addition to man-and-van rubbish removal firms (of which Cheaper than a Skip is our favourite), one-man bands, skip hire firms, traditional house moving companies (who also take away junk while moving), charities, and local councils, there are also skip hire firms.

Some councils offer bulky household items free of charge, but most charge – and the charges have steadily increased in recent years. Every council is required to provide subsidised collection services for bulky household items. As builders’ and home improvement waste is considered “trade waste charge – and the charges have steadily increased in recent years. Every council is required to provide subsidised collection services for bulky household items. As builders’ and home improvement waste is considered “trade waste,” the council is not obligated to subsidise it. The service is normally restricted to furniture, appliances, and other household junk. It is common to have to wait a week or more for an appointment and all items must be placed outside because service levels are pretty basic. It is usually cheaper than a private service, so if you don’t mind the inconvenience, it’s definitely worth checking your local council’s website.

A private waste company, despite being more expensive than the council, will take bulky waste (rather than just household junk) and, unlike council crews, they will take waste from any location in the home (including upstairs and the backyard). In addition, one-man bands are available at shorter notice and offer shorter arrival times, so you won’t have to wait all day long. Their prices may be lower than those of larger, more professional groups. Always check that a one-man band has a waste carrier’s licence and is insured to remove waste.

It is common for charities like the British Heart Foundation to offer a free collection service for items that are of good quality and genuinely resale-able (for sofas and upholstered furniture, this also means having a fire certification). So if you have anything decent, contact them. However, if you know it’s rubbish, don’t waste your or their time.

What bulky waste types can be removed?

Any non-hazardous waste that can comfortably be lifted by two people is considered bulky waste in the context of man and van rubbish clearance. It includes builders’ waste, fly-tipped waste, bulky appliances (including domestic fridges), furniture, bric-a-brac, carpet, plasterboard, garden waste, and household junk. For reasons of waste licensing, health and safety, and insurance, some hazardous items will not be removed:

  • The safe disposal of asbestos (read our guide)
  • The batteries
  • The disposal of clinical or medical waste, including syringes
  • Tubes emitting fluorescent light
  • refrigeration, freezing, and air conditioning units for commercial use.
  • Gas bottles and canisters
  • Toxic and hazardous materials
  • fuels such as oil, gasoline, and diesel.
  • Paint and paint cans
  • Tyres

Weight restrictions—do I need to worry about how heavy the waste is?

The man & van clearance companies usually don’t like and aren’t best suited to jobs involving a lot of demolition and excavation waste, such as soil, rubble, and cement (often referred to as inert waste). Typically, they collect the goods in light goods vehicles. By law, light goods vehicles must not weigh more than 3.5 tonnes, despite being cheaper and easier to operate than heavy goods vehicles. Generally, an empty LGV truck, crew, and fuel weigh 2.0–2.5 tonnes, leaving 1.0–1.5 tonnes for waste (called the “payload”). You might be better off hiring a skip if you have a lot of heavy, dense demolition or excavation waste, even if it contains mostly inert waste. That payload is fine if the waste is a mix of bulky and inert materials, but not if it contains mostly inert waste.

The types and sizes of vans used—what types and sizes are available?

In addition to vans, bulky waste trucks also come in a variety of sizes and types.

  • Usually used for bulky waste, the box tipper (pictured above) has a solid or mesh box at the back that contains the waste and a hydraulic tipper mechanism that pours out the contents when the van reaches its tip. In order to keep weight to a minimum and maximise payload, the box is often made of a metal cage rather than a solid side. This reduces the crew’s offloading time. Typically, waste tipper trucks have a box volume of 10 to 14 cubic yards.
  • A Luton vehicle has an oversized solid side box (often made from fibreglass to keep it light) which extends over the cab. This type of van is typically used by removal companies when moving homes, providing lots of storage space. Since the sides aren’t strong, they can get damaged when heavy items are thrown in, and there’s no tipper, so the team has to toss everything when they get to the tip. A Luton has a wide range of volumes.
  • Transit vans are popular with delivery companies and tradespeople because they are cheap, compact, and easy to drive. They have sliding doors at the sides and a rear door. They don’t have a tipping mechanism, so they take longer to empty than a tipper, but they’re built stronger with metal sides. When it comes to rubbish clearance, they are usually used by people who provide other services at the same time, like deliveries or trades. Other than slow offloading, their main issues with waste removal are low ceilings and also dust and grit from builders’ waste getting stuck in the sliding door mechanism. Transit van volume is 8 yards to 14 yards.
  • Flatbed lorry—flatbeds are trucks with a flat bed at the back with very low or no sideboards. They are designed to carry heavy items and are favoured by scaffolders, builders’ merchants, and tool hire businesses. They are not great for bulky waste (unless you are removing lots of very heavy inert waste) because the low sides prevent you from stacking lots of bulky items safely.What type of labour is included in the contract?

    An important aspect of man and van rubbish clearance is the labour component. The price and service include clearing the waste from anywhere in the property and loading it onto the van. A sweep-up is usually included as well. Although crews will often break things down a bit to make them easier to move or take up less space in the truck, do not expect them to undertake substantial demolition work or dismantling (e.g., sawing a sofa in half to fit through a door). You will have to pay more for this extra service if you want it.

What are the rates and how do they work?

Normally, rubbish clearance fees are based on the volume of bulky waste removed and include labour, transportation, and disposal fees. Volume is typically measured in cubic yards or fractions of a truck. Remember that trucks come in different sizes, so cheaper doesn’t always mean better if it’s a smaller truck when you’re comparing prices. You can see images of different sizes with prices in our booking funnel. What’s most important is the size of the box at the back (not the truck’s length or whether it’s 3.5 tonnes or 7.5 tons).

Several special items, like refrigerators, TVs, and mattresses, will need an extra fee because they can’t be thrown away with regular trash.

An average 14-yard truck clearance will cost around £360 (£300 ex VAT) and a 12-yard truck clearance will cost around £220 (£180 ex VAT). The cost of collecting individual furniture items is around £40-£50.

FYI, the national average cost of a 6-yard skip (before adding permit fees and parking suspensions if placed on a road) is around £226 (£188 ex VAT). When will the rubbish be collected?

You do not have to be present if the junk is easily accessible and it is clearly identified which materials need to be taken and what should remain. If there is access to the property, clearance companies can collect from anywhere. If you cannot be present, you can leave the waste outside in an accessible area, such as your front garden, so that it can be easily accessed. Different collection sizes—what if the collection size is different from what was booked?

Before beginning the collection, the collection crew should inform you if the collection size is larger or smaller than you ordered. Cheaper than a Skip offers customers the option of a refund if the job ends up larger than booked and you’d prefer to cancel. Can the crew move my stuff from one place to another for me?

Generally, it isn’t a good idea to use a rubbish company to move your stuff as the vans are often dirty. It totally depends on the firm as to whether they’re prepared to move items for you. Additionally, the teams are accustomed to moving rubbish rather than valuable items, so they won’t take as much care as a specialist removal company. A to B removal services are available from the British Association of Removers.

How do I keep garbage from littering my driveway or lawn?

Before they leave, most companies will clean the area thoroughly. The rubble bags, tarpaulins, or ground sheets are recommended if some of your waste is particularly messy (e.g., rubble, earth, broken tiles) and you don’t want to leave it on your lawn or driveway before the collection.

What kinds of licensing are there?

It is necessary for a man & van firm or sole trader to have a valid waste carrier licence and to be registered with the Environment Agency or SEPA. Whenever you allow a crew into your home, it is a good idea to request photo ID and a DBS check (formerly known as a CRB check) from them. In addition, they should be insured.

Should I expect any paperwork for the man and van waste collection?

The key paperwork when someone removes your waste is a waste transfer note. This is a document that records the responsibility for the waste being transferred from one party to another. In general, if the waste is being collected from a domestic property, any written confirmation is sufficient. However, if you are using an experienced and professional company to remove your waste, they will provide a waste transfer note. There should be alarm bells ringing if not!

In terms of disposal and recycling, where does the waste go?

Read more about bulky waste’s journey. After its collection, unless it is passed on for reuse, bulky waste is taken to a licenced commercial waste transfer station where it is recycled, sent to waste-to-energy, or landfilled.

When to use and when not to use a man and van for bulky waste?

With a man and van rubbish clearance service, you can get rid of a wide variety of bulky waste materials from your home. You can get rid of anything that is too large for your bin – furniture, appliances, flooring, DIY waste, and building waste. The service is usually significantly cheaper than a skip, and all labour is included, so all you need to do is point, and the waste will be picked up wherever it is on your property.

Due to vehicle weight restrictions and the length of time it takes to load a lot of loose, messy material, the main weakness of a man and van solution is that it is unable to handle large amounts of heavy, dense waste like soil and bricks. If this is the case, we recommend hiring a skip instead, since weight is less of an issue and it is also ideal for If you don’t have the space to store a skip outside your premises, speak to your provider about a wait and load option. With this, they will collect and deliver the skip when it’s convenient for you instead of waiting for you to be ready. containment. Note: if you don’t have space at your property for a skip, then consider requesting a wait & load service from your skip provider instead.

Get in touch with us if you are looking for a reliable Man and Van service in Glasgow.

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