What to do with DIY waste
Planning a DIY project?
Have a peek at these tips on how to reuse or recycle as much DIY waste as possible.
Bricks, building rubble and soil
These can be advertised on sites such as Preloved, Freegle, Freecycle, Gumtree or Facebook pages.
People often use these materials for garden renovations such as rockeries or landscaping. You may be surprised at the amount of people that want to take them off your hands!
Appliances such as fridges, freezers or cookers can be taken to your local furniture reuse group where they will be refurbished and either donated or sold on.
You could also try advertising unwanted appliances on sites such as Preloved, Freegle, Freecycle or Gumtree.
If you have lots of garden waste, why not try composting it at home? Composting is natures way of recycling and will produce nutrient rich compost which is great for your garden. Have a look here to find a handy guide on composting and here for information on reduced priced compost bins.
Ensure your furniture is reused by taking it to your local furniture reuse group where it will be restored and either donated or sold on. Some reuse groups may collect your unwanted furniture for free.
Furniture can also be advertised on sites like Gumtree, Preloved, Freegle or Freecycle or donated to some charity shops.
Check to see if any local community groups may accept donations of paint.
Broken power tools? Visit your local Repair Café!
Check to see if any local community groups or a Library of Things may accept donations of your unwanted but working power tools.
If you have wood leftover from recent DIY projects you can try advertising on sites such as Gumtree, Freegle, Freecycle and Preloved. People sometimes need wood for their own DIY projects and will often collect it from your house.
Recycling materials from household DIY
Reuse is the best option. However, if you need to take any DIY material to your local Household Waste Recycling Centres charges and limits may apply – please click here for more information.