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How to Dispose of Bricks, Rubble & Building Waste

How to Dispose of Bricks, Rubble & Building Waste

Whether you’re doing a bit of home landscaping or taking on a commercial demolition project, the results are always the same: mess.

When it comes to any tasks of this nature, you’re bound to find yourself burdened with piles of bricks, rubble and building waste. Disposing of it all may seem like a mammoth task, but it can be made simple with the right services.

Discover how to dispose of your building waste in a safe, effective and cost-effective manner.

Should I dispose of my waste myself?

It is not recommended that you dispose of your waste yourself. In almost all cases, it is the least cost-effective method of disposal. Consider:

  • Landfill tax

If you dispose of your waste from a commercial project yourself, you’ll be expected to pay the landfill tax, which, as of April 2020, is £94.15 per tonne.

  • Petrol costs

You’ll need to travel with your waste, which would mean multiple trips if you have a large volume of waste. The cost of travel can quickly tally up, and end up costing you more than alternative disposal methods. It could also damage your car or, at the very least, create a mess in the vehicle you use to travel with your waste in.

Should I use skip hire?

We recommend skip hire as the best way to dispose of moderate amounts of building waste, ideal for domestic projects or small commercial projects.

The benefits of hiring a skip include:

  • A variety of sizes are available, meaning the cost is in proportion to the volume of waste you have
  • Removal and disposal is arranged by the skip hire company
  • You have up to 14 days to use a skip, and you can hire a second skip if required
  • Your waste is recovered and recycled at a dedicated recycling centre

Most of your building waste can be put in a skip, but some items are prohibited to protect the health of our staff. Make sure you understand which items are prohibited before you order the skip.

Prohibited building waste includes:

  • Asbestos
  • Plasterboard

Should I use grab hire?

Grab hire is the best way to dispose of large amounts of building waste, ideal for large commercial projects.

When you have too much waste to put in a skip, your best solution is to use a grab lorry. Our grab lorries have a ten-metre reach and take twice the load of a builders skip  — that’s up to 15 tonnes of material!

The benefits of using grab hire include:

  • Greater capacity.The lorry is loaded for you
  • You don’t need to worry about permits
  • Plasterboard can be collected
  • Your waste is recovered and recycled at a dedicated recycling centre

Please note that while you can dispose of plasterboard with grab hire lorries, asbestos is still prohibited.

Can bricks be recycled?

Yes, bricks can be recycled. And though it may be tempting to lug your bricks down to your local recycling centre, there’s a much easier way to save the planet.

At Smith Recycling, we recover and recycle as much waste as possible — including your bricks. Simply use our skip hire or grab hire services to dispose of your waste, and we’ll do the rest.


Smith Recycling is the leading provider of skip hire and grab hire in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire. We go the extra mile to help you dispose of your waste in a safe and cost-efficient manner. Choose from a range of skip sizes or alternative waste options, perfect for domestic and commercial projects at all scales. Whatever you pick, you can feel good knowing that we’ll recycle as much of your waste as we can.

Contact us to find out more.

Give us a call today on 01908 394 231


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