Building and Rubble Waste

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Historically, construction waste such as bricks, rubble, cement, plasterboard and other building waste is hard to dispose of, both for businesses and those completing smaller scale at-home DIY projects.  This is partly due to the weights and quantities involved; this type of waste tends to be heavy and difficult to transport, and many local household waste recycling centres have placed restrictions on the amount of building waste you can tip there.  Additionally, wastes such as plasterboard and cement need to be treated separately and carefully in order to ensure they remain inert and do not become hazardous.

According to the Environment Agency around 20 million tonnes of construction, demolition and excavation (CD&E) waste was sent to landfill in 2010. At the end of 2011 CD&E waste was the largest contributing waste type in illegal waste sites.  Here at HIPPO we know how important it is to plan for disposal before starting your project, so check out our helpful pointers below.


Firstly, remember that many building materials can be re-used.  Things like old bricks, tiles, ceramics, metal and other undamaged building materials can usually be given away or possibly even sold to someone who wants to use them.  Old bricks in good condition are particularly sought after, as they can be used for renovating buildings that are protected under conservation laws . You could even also use them to create an outdoor barbeque, raised paving or garden path.

Even broken materials such as concrete slabs, rubble, bricks and ceramics can be crushed and sold or given away as hardcore for building roads, coarse aggregate for concrete or as filler material in other construction projects. Soil can also often be cleaned and re-used. Find out more about soil disposal here.

Don’t forget as well that materials such as packaging, plastic, glass and cardboard are standard recyclables and can often be recycled through your local council recycling bins, dependant on quantities.


So you’ve planned what you think can be used or sold and considered what qualifies to be placed in your home recycling waste bin.  But you’re still likely to have too much mixed waste left over to take to the tip - what’s next?

At this stage you need to choose a suitable and legitimate waste solution for everything that you won’t be able to dispose of yourself.  The main waste solutions are to hire a skip or skip alternative, such as a HIPPOBAG.  To hire a skip you’ll need to decide on the size, book the delivery and collection dates, and most likely obtain a permit from your local council to place the skip on the road.

A HIPPOBAG is a convenient alternative with 3 different bag sizes so you can choose the right bag for the right job.  You can buy the bag in store or online and can keep it until you’re ready to use it.  When you’re ready fill the bag, call HIPPO and the bag will be collected within 5 working days.