Spring seems to be the time when people finally take on those major DIY projects. Kitchens, bathrooms and other parts of the house or garden finally get that major makeover.
For any DIY project there are two rules that always seem to apply. First, it will turn out to be more complicated than you imagined. This is probably because you never know what you’ll be faced with until you start ripping stuff out.
Second, you will create more waste than you could possibly have envisaged. What you imagined would be a few quick trips to the local recycling centre rapidly turns into a major chore and distraction.
Time Well Spent?
Unless you live right next door to the recycling centre, each trip will probably take an hour out of your day (and out of your project). Gone are the days when you could turn up, throw everything into one big landfill skip and get on your way.
Quite rightly, everything now has to be carefully sorted and recycled where possible. If your waste includes soil or hard-core, including tiles, plasterboard (if your local centre even accepts it), rubble, sanitary ware and so on, you will probably have to pay. Somerset County Council currently charge for a sack of rubble and per sheet or sack of plasterboard, which you have to pay in advance.
It will probably also cost you a couple of quid in fuel with a cold engine for each visit. If you’re taking the waste in your car rather than a trailer, there’s also the mess and the potential damage to interior trim to consider. And I am sure we have all waited patiently in the queue to get in to the recycling centre in the first place when we would rather be doing something else with our time.
Or you Could Just Get a Skip
On the other hand you could pay to have a skip placed outside your home. All of the waste can be thrown in as soon as it’s created and then taken away. No need to sort it, we make sure that all of your waste is separated, and everything is either recycled or disposed of responsibly. Skips can come in much smaller sizes than people think, making it practical to fit on to the drive and out of the way.
There’s a third law that applies to many DIY projects. That’s the one that says homeowners who opt to dispose of their DIY waste themselves always end up thinking ‘Why didn’t we just get a skip?’