Man & van Rubbish Clearance is a cost-effective, simple and environmentally friendly way to remove the bulky waste, but sadly, it is never even considered by many individuals. Here is our final guide for 2020 on how it works and the key issues to ask when you use it.
1 – Description of Man & Van Rubbish Clearance
Man & van rubbish clearance is traditionally defined as a man & van crew loading and removing bulky waste from a property. The service involves gathering waste from anywhere on the property, loading it into a truck, sweeping away any loose material, and transporting it to an approved disposal facility. Charges shall be dependent on the amount of waste disposed of and shall cover the fees for labour, transport and disposal. The ‘wait & load’ service rendered by skip firms, which does not require any labour, should not be confused with man & van rubbish clearance. It is one of the many choices for garbage disposal that people can use.
2 – Who offers rubbish clearance for men and vanes?
The service is provided by a number of organisations. These include specialist man & truck trash clearing firms (of which AnyJunk is definitely our favourite!), one-man bands, skip hire firms, conventional house moving firms, charities, and the local council (who carry away garbage at the same time as the move).
Any council is obligated to give its citizens a subsidised collection service for bulky household products. Some give this for free, but most pay, and these charges have gradually increased in recent years. The service is typically confined to furniture, appliances, and other ‘junk’ households, rather than waste from builders and home renovation. This is because ‘trade waste’ is considered the latter and not something that should be subsidised by the council. Service levels tend to be fairly simple, so you often have to wait for an appointment for a week or so, and all products have to be put outside. It’s typically cheaper than a private service, however, so if you don’t care about the hassle, it’s probably worth searching the website of your local council to see what they give.
Private waste companies take the entire spectrum of bulky waste (rather than just household junk), but they are likely to pay more than the council, because, unlike council crews, their teams can collect from anywhere on the property (including upstairs because back garden). Plus, at much shorter notice, they will be accessible and offer narrow arrival times, so you don’t have to wait all day. One-man bands’ rates can be cheaper than larger, professional organizations. But if you go for a one-man band, always verify that they have a waste carrier licence and they are protected for waste disposal by their insurance.
Many organisations, such as the British Heart Foundation, provide a free collection service for high-quality, truly resalable items (which also means proper fire certification for sofas and upholstered furniture). So make sure to email them if there’s something decent you have. But for the things you know are actual garbage, please don’t waste your time or theirs.
3 – Waste types: what kinds of bulky waste can be eliminated?
Bulky waste implies any non-hazardous waste that can be safely collected by two individuals in the sense of human & van garbage clearance. This includes waste from contractors, fly-tipped waste, voluminous appliances (including household refrigerators), furniture, bric-a-brac, carpet, plasterboard, garden waste and household junk. Most companies will not withdraw the following dangerous products for waste licencing, health & safety and insurance reasons:
- Asbestos (read our guide on safe asbestos disposal)
- Batteries Batteries
- Medical or surgical waste, which involves syringes
- Tubes fluorescent
- Industrial refrigerators, freezers and modules for air conditioning
- Canisters of gas and bottles of gas
- Toxic & hazardous materials
- Gas, gasoline, diesel
- Paint & Paint Cans
- The Tires
4 – Weight limitations: do I have to think about how big the waste is?
Usually, man & van clearing companies do not like and are not ideally suited to employment with tonnes of very heavy demolition or excavation waste such as dirt, debris and cement (often called ‘inert waste’). This is because their vehicles for selection are usually light vehicles for products. Although cheaper and easier to operate than heavy goods vehicles, light goods vehicles must never weigh more than 3.5 tonnes by regulation. An empty LGV truck, crew and fuel weighs 2.0-2.5 tonnes, leaving 1.0-1.5 tonnes of waste capacity (this amount is called the ‘payload’ of the vehicle). If the waste is a combination of bulky materials, the payload is good, but not if it contains only inert waste. So, if you have tonnes of very heavy, thick demolition or excavation waste, you are likely to be better off hiring a skip.
5 – Styles & sizes of Van-what kinds are used and how large are they?
Vans differ significantly in size and form, much like cars. For bulky waste, the main types of vans and trucks used are:
Box Tipper-The most common bulky waste vehicle, a box or cage tipper (pictured above) has a solid or mesh box to hold the waste at the back and has a hydraulic tipper mechanism to spill out the contents when the van goes to the tip. This helps to minimise the time required for the crew to spend offloading waste. Instead of a heavy hand, the reason why the box is always a metal cage is to retain weight to a minimum and optimise payload. Usually, the volume of the box on a waste tipper truck is 10 cubic yards- 14 cubic yards.
At the rear, which stretches over the cab, a Luton vehicle has a large solid side box (often made of fibreglass to keep it light). This type of van has plenty of storage space and when people move homes, it is most commonly used by removal companies. It’s not good for waste because the sides are not very solid (so when heavy things are thrown in, they can get damaged) and the absence of tipper means when they get to the tip, the team has to handball everything. The size of a Luton can differ widely.
Flatbed lorry-flatbeds are trucks with very low or no sideboards with a flat bed at the end. They are built to hold heavy goods and are preferred by scaffolders, merchants and tool hire companies. They are not ideal for bulky waste because the low sides prevent you from safely piling loads of bulky objects (unless you are removing tonnes of very heavy inert waste).
6 – What labour is used in labour?
A key element of a man & van garbage clearance is labour. Clearing the waste from anywhere on the property and loading it into the van is included in the service and price. A sweep-up would usually also involve it. Although crews are often happy to break items down a little to make it easier for them to transport or take up less room in the truck, do not expect them to conduct major demolition or dismantling work ( e.g. sewing a sofa in half to pass through doors). Be prepared to pay extra for their time and effort if you require this additional service.
7 – Rates — how does pricing work and how much do I plan to pay?
The rubbish clearance rates are dependent on the amount of bulky waste disposed of and cover the fees for labour, transport and disposal. Amount in cubic yards or fractions of the truck is usually referred to. Note that trucks have different sizes if you’re comparing rates and someone quotes fractions of trucks, so cheaper does not necessarily equal better if it’s a bigger truck.
How wide is the box at the back is the crucial number to ask for (not how long is the truck or if it’s a 3.5 tonne or 7.5 tonne, this is all a jargon intended to bamboozle the uninformed!). Pictures of various sizes and rates can be seen in our Booking Funnel.
Notice that a few special products may incur a premium because they need to be disposed of differently from general waste, the most common being fridges, TVs and mattresses, and this costs the waste clearance company a bit more in disposal fees.
A total 14-yard truck clearance can cost about £360 (£300 ex VAT) and half a truck (i.e. 7 cubic yards) about £220 (£180 ex VAT) as a rough guide. The selection of a single piece of furniture could cost between £ 40 and £50.
FYI, the average national cost of a 6 cubic yard skip (if put on a lane, before including permit fees and parking suspensions) is about £226 (£188 ex VAT).
8 – Time & place of collection-do I have to be present when the garbage is collected?
If there is access to the junk and what materials are to be taken and what is to remain is clearly defined, then there is no need for you to be present. As long as there is entry, clearance firms can collect from anywhere on the property. In an open area, such as your front garden, you could leave the waste outside to allow for easy access if you can’t be present.
9 – Different collection size- what if the real collection size is different from the booked size?
If your collection size is greater or smaller than you requested, the collection crew should let you know the difference before they begin and charge or credit you. If the work ends up bigger than booked and you would like to cancel, AnyJunk gives customers the option of a refund.
10 – Can the crew move my things from one place to another for me by shifting other items?
It completely depends on the organisation as to whether they are prepared to move products for you or not. Generally, using a garbage company to transport your things is not a good idea, since the vans can be disgusting. In addition, the teams are used to transporting garbage instead of valuable objects, so they are not likely to take as much caution as a specialist removal agency. We suggest visiting the British Association of Removers if you need an A to B removal service.
11 – How to stop garbage messing up my drive or lawn? Dirty floor?
Before they leave, most businesses would give the region a comprehensive sweep up. However, if any of your waste ( e.g. debris, earth, broken tiles) is especially messy and you are worried about leaving it before collection on your lawn or driveway, we suggest placing it in debris bags or stacking it on a tarpaulin or ground sheet.
12 – What kind of licence is there?
A individual & van company or sole trader must be licenced with the Environment Agency or SEPA and have a valid waste carrier licence in order to remove the waste. They should also be insured to do the job, and we recommend that you ask for photo ID and DBS checks (which used to be known as CRB checks) if you allow the crew into your house.
13 – Paperwork: can I expect some paperwork for the processing of man & van waste?
When anyone removes the waste, the main paperwork is a waste transfer notice. This is a paper documenting the responsibility for the transfer of waste from one party to another. Strictly speaking, if the waste is obtained from a domestic property, then any sort of written confirmation is appropriate, but if the sort that removes the waste is an experienced and competent entity, as a matter of course, they should include a waste transfer notice. Alarm bells could start to ring if not!
14 – Where does the waste go? Treatment & recycling?
When collected, the waste will be taken to a licenced industrial waste transfer station, where it is either recycled, sent to waste-to – energy or landfilled, unless it is passed on for reuse. Learn more on the road to bulky waste.
15 – What to use and when not to use bulky waste for a man and a van?
Rubbish clearance for a man & truck is a perfect way to get rid of your home of a wide variety of bulky waste materials. From furniture , appliances and bric-a-brac to flooring, DIY waste and waste from builders, something too big for your landfill. The service is substantially cheaper in most cases than a skip and all the work is included, so you can simply just point and the waste will be removed from anywhere on the house.
Due to vehicle weight constraints and also the time it takes to load a tonne of that kind of loose, messy stuff, the main drawback of a man & van solution is its inability to manage large quantities of hard , dense waste such as soil and bricks. In these cases, we suggest instead hiring a skip because weight is less of a concern and it is also suitable for containment. Notice that if you have no room for a skip at your house, consider requesting a wait & load service from your skip provider instead.