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CHECK YOUR ELIGIBILITY

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CHECK YOUR ELIGIBILITY

With any building work or restoration there is likely to be waste materials in the process, so who is responsible for removal of them?

Your builder may have included it in their original quotation, plus they will already have a permit for disposal of larger amounts at recycling centres. Most insulation that has to be removed will become contaminated with wood, mortar and bitumen etc so it is best to let your tradesperson deal with it.

Any bricks that are waste can be recycled into aggregate if necessary, did you know that reclaimed bricks are worth more than bricks to be recycled? Your builder should be able to advise you on the best option.

As with glass (especially double glazed units that are intact after removal) these can be resold to new buyers at a reduced cost, use social media markets to find local buyers who can collect. Remember to give their exact dimensions and thickness.

Wood and timber has many uses after building work. Speak to garden centres first if they can recycle at for chippings if not contact your recycling centre.

Bricks, rubble, plasterboard and wood are not collected as household waste – if you are unable to take them to your recycling centre try using online sites like Freecycle or Freegle, or advertise on eBay or Gumtree. Alternatively ask family and friends if they need your waste first for future projects, or find a local community group that could benefit from any surplus building materials.

Be aware that not all recycling is free, some costs can be involved and permits needed for certain waste, especially mixed inert waste and hazardous materials such as asbestos, speak with your council office and recycling centre first.