What to do with
Where can I recycle? »
Bricks, building rubble, plasterboard and wood are not collected as part of your council’s household recycling scheme; however you can usually take them to your local household waste and recycling centre.
If you have building materials you need to get rid of, consider the following options:
Pass them on...
- Go online to sites like Freecycle and Freegle to give it away for free;
- Try advertising your surplus building materials online at sites such as eBayand Gumtree.
Friends, family and local events
- Ask family and friends if they need them for any building projects they have planned;
- Check locally - a community project near you may have a use for your building bits and pieces;
- Advertise in local papers, shop windows or on community noticeboards.
- local recycling centre. There are restrictions on how plasterboard is disposed of and this does vary across the country - so check with your council first;
- You will need to provide your own transport. Contact the recycling centre to find out the opening hours which can vary for cars and vans;
- If you are taking the building rubble in a van, check with the recycling centre whether you need any permission or ID to do so.
What else can I do?
- Alternatively you can arrange for a skip to be delivered to your home to dispose of your building materials by a licensed waste disposal company.
Can it be reused?
- If you have certain items like doors, radiators, sinks, taps etc that are in good condition why not try swapping them or giving them away?
- Why not try making a homemade brick barbeque with any left over bricks and sand?
Can I do anything else with it?
- Builder’s wood of any quality or grade can be used for many things, including a must-have for a keen recycler or gardener – a compost bin;
- You could try selling your material to your local reclamation centre. Reclamation centres sell materials of all kinds – bricks, wood, fireplaces etc.