Had a clear-out at home and have rubbish you now want to get rid of? Or perhaps your company is moving office and there is old furniture that needs scrapping? Should you hire a skip or head to the tip?
Can I use the tip?
Local Councils run your local Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC, or tip), and as the name suggests, these are for household waste only. That can be from day-to-day activity or a one-off DIY project but doesn’t include rubbish left over by builders hired to make home improvements or renovations.
In those circumstances, the tradesperson has a legal responsibility to arrange for the waste to be taken away. They can’t just leave debris in your garden, for instance, and expect you to deal with it.
Meanwhile, any waste generated by commercial activity counts as business waste, including that from construction, demolition, industry, or agriculture. Business owners must register as a waste carrier if they prefer to dispose of their own waste regularly at a licensed commercial facility.
Alternatively, they can request a collection by a company like Fresh Start or hire a skip.