How to Get Rid of Japanese Knotweed

Japanese knotweed was originally brought to Britain as an ornamental garden plant but has since been classified as an invasive non-native species. It is now seen as one of the most difficult weeds to deal with. The plant is tightly regulated with legislation in place to keep it controlled. It can cause a huge problem for homeowners and gardeners, but with our guide you can properly remove it from your garden.

How to identify Japanese Knotweed

Japanese knotweed is a perennial weed, meaning it will lie dormant over the winter but regrow every summer. It grows in bamboo-like canes, with purple spots. Light green, heart-shaped leaves about 14cm long grow from the stems. These are then followed by creamy-white flowers in late summer or early autumn.

It’s important to identify your plant correctly. Japanese knotweed can be similar in appearance to other plants, such as Russian vine and Himalayan honeysuckle. Some of these other plants can be difficult to deal with but aren’t as invasive and won’t need as robust methods for removal.

What’s the problem with Japanese Knotweed?

Japanese knotweed can sprout from very small sections, growing rapidly and spreading relentlessly. The roots can grow to 1m deep making it very difficult to excavate.

The plant can grow through cracks in brickwork and pipes and can even damage roads. It’s important to control Japanese knotweed as soon as possible as it can even damage the foundations of your home. Homeowners are legally obliged to disclose if Japanese knotweed is present on the property when selling their home. It can seriously affect the value and can impact whether a buyer is able to get a mortgage. So, it’s important to get it properly removed if you are planning on selling you home.

Whilst it’s not illegal to have Japanese knotweed in your garden, it is an offence to allow it to grow in the wild – whether through fly-tipping or letting the plant escape the limits of your property. The plant can cause problems in your garden as it will out-compete all nearby plants. It’s especially important to not let it grow in the wild as it can harm the natural ecosystem. If you notice that Japanese knotweed has been dumped illegally in the wild, you should contact The Environment Agency.

How to remove Japanese knotweed from your garden

If you have a small, manageable clump of knotweed, it may be possible to control the plant yourself. It usually takes around three to four seasons to properly remove Japanese Knotweed without professional help. If you have a large batch of Japanese knotweed, you may prefer to use a professional contractor. They may be able to eliminate the weed in one to two seasons.

If you want to manage the weed yourself, you’ll start by cutting down the canes. The weed will not be able to regrow from cut canes, so cut as many as you can, as close to the ground as possible. Remove the cut pieces but note that you can’t put these in compost or any household or garden waste bins. Japanese knotweed is classed as ‘controlled waste’, so you will either have to burn it or take it to a licensed landfill. A garden waste professional will be able to assist with this.

The most effective way to then eradicate Japanese knotweed is to use a glyphosate-based weedkiller as soon as you’ve cut the canes. Make sure to only apply this to the weeds, as the chemicals will damage any vegetation it touches. Then wait seven days before attempting to pull the weeds – this allows time for the weedkiller to penetrate to the roots. After seven days, you can remove as much of the plant that’s left as possible, taking care to dig out the roots with a pitchfork if they aren’t too deep. Again, remember to dispose of the plant properly and not in your household bins.

Cutting and treating the weed just once will not kill it completely. You should then mow over the plants every week to attempt to weaken the Japanese knotweed. You’’ll then need to continue to apply the glyphosate-based weedkiller twice a year, in late spring and early autumn. The regrowth of the knotweed will look quite different to the normal plant, but it is essential that this is continuously treated.

Make sure to follow the instructions of your weedkiller carefully to minimise risks to yourself, pets and wildlife.

Five Great Ways to Reduce Your Office Waste

As we evolve, so does the conscious notion of sustainability and our effort to help the environment. Society is becoming more aware of the damage we have caused to our atmosphere through pollution, plastics, and other unnecessary waste. Over the last ten years, the phrase ‘eco-friendly’ has revolutionised the way we live our day to day lives as we continue to learn about how we can protect the planet. With the global population predicted to skyrocket over the next 50 years, people have to make an effort to reduce the amount of waste created and increase the number of goods that can be recycled.
Now that the idea of a ‘green’ way of living as entered into everyday conversation, you may be wondering how you can make your mark and improve your environmental record. Doing your part at home is excellent, but how is your office tackling the situation? Working together in the workplace to reduce office waste is crucial for the decrease in unnecessary wastage. Below Away With It outlines five great ways to reduce your office waste.

1. Print Smarter

Endless paper trails and record-keeping define the way businesses used to operate. However, with the increased role of technology in the past 20 years, having a digital document storage system is much more effective for your business and significantly reduces the amount of waste you are creating. If printing is needed, make sure your co-workers set their printing defaults to print double-sided. This will reduce paper costs and waste by 50 percent.

2. Reusable Bottles

Rather than your employees and co-workers buying plastic water bottles, supply your office with reusable water bottles. Not only will this reduce plastic waste in the office, but it is also a gift to your employees. The simplest gift of appreciation can make employees feel valued, as well as knowing that the company is working towards a green environment.

3. Offer Rewards for Recycling

Encouraging employees to get into a habit of recycling can be hard. Creating a recycling incentive program for employees makes recycling fun and at the forefront of employees’ minds. Setting targets within the business for employees is a rule of thumb, why not set goals for recycling within the office to create more of incentive to recycle. Return on investment will offset the costs of the incentive scheme due to the potential savings through recycling.

4. Create an Upcycle Station

Introducing an upcycle station in the office for unwanted office furniture, supplies, mobile phones, computers, file folders, staplers, etc. If an employee needs anything for work that could potentially be upcycled, you can direct them towards the upcycle station before ordering the required item. Most of the time, old office supplies can be upcycled and used by existing employees. Not only will this reduce office waste, but it is also cost-effective for the business.

5. E-Sign Contracts

Rather than using paper contracts for any deals and agreements, promote the use of e-sign contracts. Not only will this reduce office waste and save paper, but it also means you can keep all your legal documents in one place on your shared digital system. E-sign documents are also useful in the current coronavirus pandemic, due to the restrictions of face-to-face meetings, e-sign contracts give businesses an easy way to get contracts signed quickly and efficiently.

Reducing your office waste is the first step to becoming more of an environmentally friendly and sustainable business. By using the above tips, you can start to regard your company as having a ‘go green’ value, which is an attractive value in companies within the current climate. Away With It are here to help you with all of your office clearance needs if you have any questions please contact us.

Chairs and household clutter

The Experts Guide to What You Can and Can’t Put in a Skip

Whether you’re moving house, just having a clear out or disposing of garden waste, hiring a skip is often the easiest and most affordable way to remove large quantities of rubbish from your home.  

Skip hire is convenient and flexible and there are a range of skip sizes that you can have delivered to your location. Once you’re done the skip will be taken away by the skip hire company and taken to landfill.  

Sounds simple, right? It is but it’s important to understand that not everything can be put in a skip. There are limitations to what can be disposed of in a skip because some waste can be hazardous to the environment.  

Your skip provider will generally provide you with a list of things which cannot be put in the skip but we advise you check out our guide below before requesting your skip hire quote.  


What can you put in a skip?

The good news is that most of the things you probably want to dispose of will be in this list.

Skips can be filled with a variety of items such as:  

  • Soil and rubble
  • Tiles and bricks
  • Wood
  • Plastics
  • Cardboard and paper
  • Textiles
  • Clothing items
  • Furniture
  • Astro Turf, carpet, underlay and rubber matting
  • General garden waste
  • Baths, sinks and toilets
  • General household junk (books, toys, garden tools)
  • Metal items (bikes, beds etc.)


What can’t you put in a skip?

There are certain items that are restricted because they are considered hazardous. These should be disposed of appropriately at your local council run Household Waste Recycling Centre. 

The following items can NOT be put in a skip: 

  • Asbestos
  • Gas cylinders
  • Medical and chemical waste
  • Fuel
  • Tyres

If what you want to dispose of doesn’t feature on either of these lists, it’s best to contact a skip hire company ahead of booking to ensure that your needs can be catered to.  


How much can you put in a skip?

There are weight limits when it comes to skip hire but the restrictions are rarely an issue. The limits depend on the size of the skip you choose and the skip company providing the service.  

The restriction that you should be more aware of is the height. Most skips have the expressions ‘Level Loads only’ written on the side of the skip. meaning you should not fill your skip above the height of its sides.  

If you exceed this height the skip lorry driver can refuse to collect the skip or ask you to empty out the additional items before taking it. Overloaded skips are dangerous to transport and therefore the height restrictions should be taken seriously.  

Away With It provide professional and cost-effective skip hire in Essex with efficient and timely delivery and collection.  

If you have any other questions about skip hire, don’t hesitate to get in touch


Man weeding his garden

How to Keep Yourself Busy in The Garden During Lockdown

We may have to stay home for the foreseeable future but with all the lovely weather we’ve been having over the past few weeks it means there’s no better time to make the most of your garden.

This is the perfect opportunity to get green-fingered and enjoy your outside space but where to start?

Here are a few ways you can get the most out of your garden during the Coronavirus lockdown:

Start a vegetable garden

With an abundance of free time, why not keep yourself busy by starting that vegetable garden you’ve always wanted. Build yourself a raised bed that will make growing vegetables much easier, then fill it with topsoil and then all that’s left to do it start planting.

Have a clear-out

If your garden is looking overgrown from the winter months or is cluttered with stuff, Spring couldn’t be a better time to clear your garden ready for the summer. Grab your wheelbarrow and rake and turn your garden jungle into a lush green oasis.

If you need any assistance with garden waste removal, get in touch.

Renovate your lawn

Spring is the best season to give your lawn a refresh and with plenty of time on your hands you can renew and re-seed your lawn and have it looking the best it’s ever looked.

Once you’ve weeded the lawn, it’s time to prepare the soil mix in soil conditioner such as manure or seaweed and controlled-release fertilizer in order to stimulate root system development. Then you can sow the lawn, pack the soil and water it.

It’s vital that during the first few weeks the lawn is watered well. If you correctly sow your lawn, then you’ll have beautiful looking grass in no time.

Trimming, pruning and weeding

Make your garden picture perfect by pruning your roses and shrubs that have finished their winter-blooming and weeding those unwanted plants.

This is the ideal time to carry out weeding as with lots of free time you can carry out the weeding by hand which means you can avoid using chemicals and herbicides, also the soft moist soil makes them easy to pull out.

Create a wildlife oasis

If you want to attract more wildlife to your garden then a pond is one of the best ways to do that. It creates the perfect habitat for birds, amphibians, mammals and aquatic insects. Don’t get us wrong it’s not an easy task, it will require a lot of labour-intensive work but the result will be worth it.

There are plenty of online retailers that sell pond plants and pond liner so you should be able to source everything you need.

Give the greenhouse a clean

This is something we all put off, there just never seems to be a good time to do it. Well, perhaps it’s now. Grab your scrubbing brush and hosepipe and give that greenhouse a good clean. Not only will this pass some time and tick a chore off the list but it will also bring more light to the seedlings growing inside and remove harmful pests and pathogens.

There are oodles of ways to keep yourself occupied in the garden so if you’re feeling bored grab your shears and get to work.

Not sure what to do with your garden waste? Check out our garden clearance services.

Garden waste removal bags in garden

Why Garden Waste Removal is Essential for Homeowners?

Your garden can often be last on your list of priorities and we don’t blame you. Garden maintenance can be a tiresome job and the weather can often get in the way and before you know it your garden is overgrown and full of leaves, flowers, grass, weeds and other waste.

This can make it a daunting task when it comes to finally clearing it and therefore garden waste collection is essential. When there’s loads of junk piled up it’s time to act.

Why is garden rubbish clearance so important?

Clearing garden waste is not only important so that you can have a spectacular space to admire and lounge in but disposing of your garden waste properly is also of great importance for the following reasons:

  • decreases the chance of disease and disease-carrying rodents mingling in your garden
  • the waste dumped in landfills can have a negative effect on the environment
  • government agencies all over the world are enforcing environmentally friendly laws for the proper removal of rubbish

Why might you need garden waste removal?

  • if you are putting your property on the market
  • if you want your garden to become an entertaining space
  • if you have your trees and bushes preened regularly
  • if you’re a tenant preparing for an inspection
  • if you just want to keep your garden looking neat and tidy

How to get rid of your garden waste?

If your garden waste is piled up high and you’re not sure how to even attempt to tackle it, don’t panic, there are solutions.

  • hire a skip
  • create a compost
  • call on the professionals

Hire a skip

If you have a large amount of garden waste that needs disposing of, hiring a skip could be an idea as it will save you multiple trips back and forth to your local tip. Instead, once you’ve filled your tip it will be collected and disposed of by the skip hire company when requested.

Create a compost heap

If you want an alternative way of disposing of your rubbish, a way that will benefit you, your garden and the environment you can start to build a compost pile.

With all the waste plant matter you can create a compost pile that you can then use to fertilise your garden. Cut or break large sticks and branches into smaller pieces, use a shovel to add topsoil to the materials you have put in the compost pile and mix all the contents thoroughly, adding water to make it moist. Continue to add more garden waste to the compost weekly and you can then use it as a natural fertiliser for your garden plants.

Employ the professionals

If you haven’t got time to tackle it yourself or just want quick and efficient removal of the waste then it’s time to employ a professional garden waste removal team.

They will clear all your unwanted items; from old garden furniture, branches, bushes and leaves to grass and turf and you won’t need to lift a finger. If they’re a good team they’ll also sweep and rake up after themselves leaving your garden neat and tidy.

Just make sure that you check for a licensed operator and always consider the following before enlisting their services:

  • do your research
  • the services they provide
  • ensure they charge reasonable rates
  • make sure there are no hidden costs
  • compare prices with other companies

Recycling: fun ideas to get your children interested

Recycling is important and one of the best ways to have a positive impact in the world we live in. We must act fast as the amount of waste we are creating is increasing all the time. This is due to many factors, such as an increase in wealth meaning people are buying more products and therefore creating more waste. The population is increasing all over the world so more people create more waste. People’s lifestyles are also changing; people are eating out more in fast food chains and in turn creating more waste.

recycling bins

Waste and rubbish has such a major negative impact on our world and natural environment. Harmful chemicals and greenhouse gases are released from all our rubbish that is sent to landfill sites. Recycling helps to reduce the pollution caused by this waste. Habitat destruction and global warming are just some of the effects caused by deforestation. Recycling reduces the need for raw material so the rainforest can be preserved. A huge amount of energy is used when making products from raw material. Recycling requires much less energy and therefore helps to preserve natural resources.

So now we know how important it is to recycle, what better way to make it a part of our everyday life by involving our younger generation? Remembering what and when to recycle can sometimes be difficult so it’s really all about getting into a routine.   Getting children involved early means that recycling becomes a way of life for them. Here are a few tips on how to keep children interested in recycling.

Do It Yourself

If you are not taking the time to recycle yourself then why would your children? Set a good example and make an effort to sort, recycle or reuse in front of your little ones so they can see it in their everyday life. Never make it seem like a chore, as they will be less likely to want to do it.

Keep it Simple

Set up all your recycling bins where young children can see them and in places where children can easily reach them. An early exposure to recycling will increase their curiosity and will also make it seem less like a chore and more like everyday life.

Having Fun

Playing a game about recycling can be more fun than you think, the combination of colours, shapes and textures of materials can be a challenge that can be interesting and enjoyable, whilst having the benefits of learning a variety of things in the process. Children as young as three years old can enjoy the fun, so maybe create a game where you can match the correct material to the relevant bin – for example: cardboard/paper to the cardboard/paper bin and food waste to the food waste bin.

Give them a treat

Why not reward your child when they do a good job, like making the bed, putting their clothes in the wash bin, it’s good to encourage and reward your child when they participate in recycling. All children love a treat so why not reward them with an ice cream or gold star for them to put in their good behaviour book, they will learn from this and learn from it as a positive approach to life skills.

Create Your Own Recycling Bins

Kids love to be creative and enjoy painting and colouring in. So why not get them to decorate your recycling bins with their own personal touch? Kid’s will see the importance of segregating waste and reducing mixed waste to landfill – plus spending a rainy day doing something creative and fun can be good entertainment and keep them busy.

Trip to the recycling centre

A trip down to your local recycling centre is a great way to get your kids interested in the way recycling works. Show them around the facility and where each separate waste material goes. Why not get them to ask questions and this will ignite their enthusiasm and interest in keeping green and doing something positive to save their planet. Reading books and watching documentaries can be a good way to enhance their interest in the subject.

Don’t forget, for everything you can’t re-use or recycle there’s always Away With It. Contact us today for a competitive waste removal quote and convenient same day service for all your house clearance and garden waste removal needs.






Christmas junk recycling and re-use tips

Christmas junk

Christmas junk is a perennial problem. Recycling is important all year round, but at Christmas, there always seems to be more waste around than at any other time of year. So here are some handy tips to help you do your bit for the environment and have some fun with the kids by recycling and re-using as much of your Christmas junk as possible.

Use Your Christmas Junk for Crafts

There are always items lying around the house that can be turned into Christmas crafts instead of buying new.  You can use plastic bottles, metal cans or pieces of scrap paper and it can all be turned into that unique Christmas decoration that no one else has!  For example, you could make a miniature Christmas tree out of old wine corks or pieces of home décor out of old Christmas cards!

How to reuse Christmas wrapping paper

  • Like newspaper, wrapping paper is great for cleaning windows and leaving them streak-free!
  • Children can cut out the fun and festive figures on wrapping paper and use them to decorate an old notebook or school book.

Christmas Cards

  • Save any pretty Christmas cards and cut out the designs to use as gift tags for next year.
  • Cut the longer strips along Christmas cards so they can be used as handy bookmarks.

Make The Most Of Food Leftovers

Leftover turkey

  • It’s the day after Boxing Day, and all everyone has been eating is Christmas dinners!  Why not try spicing up your leftover turkey and making a curry for a change.
  • Smaller bits of turkey could also be put into a risotto as a tasty alternative to chicken.
  • Or try some of these delicious recipes from BBC Good Food.

Preserve That Christmas Tree Smell

  • Once Christmas is over, strip the needles from their branches and put them into pots to use as a natural Christmas pine smell!

And For Everything Else…

However, not everything can be reused or recycled so for anything else, Away With It are here to help.  We provide cost-effective Essex house clearance and waste removal services in the Essex and London areas. Our reliable two-man waste removal team can clear all your unwanted or leftover Christmas items.  We take all the old toys that have now been replaced by new ones, old clothes, Christmas trees, in fact, we are experts in junk removal.

Don’t forget, not only do we remove all your junk with our house clearance service, but we also offer garden clearance, garage clearance, loft clearance, and shed clearance making sure your entire house is clutter-free for Christmas!  88% of all the items we take are recycled meaning that less goes to landfill, our contribution to recycling for Christmas and all year round!

How to find a reliable builders rubbish removal service in your local area

It was only a decade or so ago that we saw many business owners dump rubbish outside their premises and on street curbs, waiting to be collected by local bin collectors and treasure seekers. As times have changed, so has the process of waste disposal. With rising pollution levels and growing recycling concerns, it is now more important than ever before to dispose of unwanted items with licensed builder’s rubbish removal. Numerous companies around the UK will offer these services, which will not only prevent you from getting fined for fly-tipping but also, will relieve you of the hassle associated with transporting bulky items. So how do you go about finding a reliable builders rubbish removal service in your local area?

What Businesses Require Rubbish Removal?

Commercial waste collection is a service that is much higher in demand than domestic waste collection, because businesses tend to accumulate more waste than homeowners. Premises that are used mainly for business or trade purposes will become dangerous when industrial and agricultural waste gathers. All business owners are expected to organise for the collection of waste as a duty of care. Failure to do so could result in legal action being taken against the company so to sum up, every business requires rubbish removal! Smaller shops can consider their rubbish as municipal waste, which will be dealt with by local authorities.

Types of Accepted Materials

Not all materials will be accepted by rubbish removal specialists, particularly hazardous waste, such as asbestos and pesticides. It’s wise to learn about what is accepted and what is not to avoid delays and additional charges when waste collection day comes. The most frequently accepted materials include:

  • Glass
  • Paper and cardboard
  • Textiles
  • Clothes
  • Plastics
  • Biodegradable waste
  • Metals

Understanding what waste you are producing at your business is important, due to the fact that it has a serious impact on the environment. Check out the Renewable Energy Association‘s website to find out what rubbish removal companies are members.

Free Estimates and Costs

Set aside some time to compare the cost of commercial waste collection services ahead of hiring a company. Price will be affected by a few factors, such as where you are located, how much waste needs to be collected and the type of rubbish. The majority of rubbish removal and recycling companies will provide their customers with free estimates and the more specific you are when describing what needs to be done, the more accurate you can expect this estimate to be. Greenhouse gases, also known as GHG’s, will be produced when waste is disposed of, which is why rates will increase based on volume.

Does the Company Offer Recycling Services?

This is a question you really need to ask the rubbish removal company because if they don’t take unwanted items and materials to a waste management facility, your carbon footprint will grow. How, you ask? Well, materials that are not recycled will be dumped on landfills, resulting in rising pollution levels. When recycling services are offered you can gain peace of mind that energy is being saved, because recycling eliminates the need to use raw natural resources for the manufacturing of everyday things.

Loading and Unloading Business Waste

If you were to load and unload waste without professional assistance, you may be required to obtain a permit. Waste management, collection and disposal can cause a public health and safety hazard, and will only be permitted for 40 minutes on single and double yellow lines. This is why it is advisable to hire professional help. Waste can be collected at a destination that is suitable for you when you pay for rubbish removal services, so there is no need to worry about potential business disruptions.

Why you should only ever use a licensed company for your builders waste removal

Does your business produce a lot of waste? If you work in the building industry, chances are your organisation will generate a lot of rubbish that if not disposed of properly, could contribute to climate change, health and safety hazards, and pollution. These aren’t the only dangers associated with waste build-up though because when materials are left to pile up curbside, you could be left facing penalties and fines, which could tarnish your company’s reputation. It is your responsibility to deal with waste as a duty of care, whether it is produced as a result of demolition, agricultural work or construction-related activities. The good news is that there are many builder’s waste removal companies out there willing to help.

Specialists in this industry can reduce the workload on your behalf by loading, unloading and recycling waste. In fact, you won’t even have to lift a finger. However, a permit is usually required to treat, store and dispose of materials. Because of this, it is crucial that you find a company that is licensed to perform waste removal from your building premises.

Avoiding Waste Crime

A lot of people aren’t aware of the fact that there is something known as ‘waste crime’, and this type of criminality is on the rise. When you consider the fact that waste has a negative impact on the environment, it’s not surprising that it is now considered a criminal offence to dump waste illegally and contribute to landfill leachate. Penalties for waste crime will vary but typically, The Department of the Environment will get involved and will issue a fine to whoever has committed the crime. By working with a licensed builders waste removal company, you can steer clear of fixed penalties and keep your building business in good standing.

Maximum Recycling Benefits

It would take a lot of effort to recycle on your own, particularly if you are busy dealing with building projects. Waste removal specialists that hold a license understand this and will work hard to transfer waste from your premises, to a facility where it can be sorted for recycling. So much waste is produced in the UK that it would fill the Royal Albert Hall in London every two hours! Despite this, up to 80 percent of the contents of most bins can be composted or recycled, meaning that the builders waste you generate can be reused, thus reducing the need for the world’s precious natural resources.

Health and Safety

A waste removal specialist who holds a license can be trusted to adhere to strict health and safety standards when collecting, recycling and disposing of waste. Health and safety is extremely important in the waste and recycling industries. You can guarantee that a licensed waste collector will wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to your building premises, such as eye protection, protective gloves and high-visibility work wear.

Key areas of concern are:

  • Musculoskeletal injury
  • Slips and falls
  • Glass related injuries

Proper Sorting and Storage

As a builder who is constantly working on construction jobs of all sizes, you may lack the time to properly sort and store materials in their rightful piles for recycling. While this will be required of people who have waste collected by local authorities, it won’t be required of you if you hire a rubbish collector with a license. Relevant legislation and organisational procedures will be put in place by the crew you hire for the job and all sorting in compliance with the building site operation’s legislative requirements. Hazards will be identified by the team and separated from recyclable materials,before the relevant data and information is recorded.

House clearance: your questions answered

Waste generation is an ever-growing problem around the United Kingdom, with over 200 million tonnes being produced back in 2012. If each and every one of us on this planet learns how to bin rubbish properly, precious resources and materials can be conserved, health hazards avoided and landfill leachate reduced. A lot of homeowners aren’t aware of the fact that they could be fined for fly-tipping following a clear-out. In fact, you could be up to £5,000 out of pocket if you don’t dispose of waste correctly! For this reason, it is worth hiring help from a house clearance company.

Despite the fact that house clearance professionals will take the control and get everything sorted on your behalf, it’s essential that you enlighten yourself about these services, so that you know what you are paying for. Prior to handing over your money for waste management assistance, read the following frequently asked questions to make an informed decision.

Should I Hire An Insured Company?

The answer to this question is an almighty yes! Unless the people you work with are insured to transfer waste away from your premises, you will be facing many risks. Public liability insurance protects you, as well as the house and garage clearance specialists, in the event that claims are made against you for property damage or injuries. You could end up dealing with exorbitant fees unless you work with an insured company, so ask to see proof of insurance before waste removal commences.

Why Do I Need to Find Registered Waste Carriers?

Finding waste carriers who are registered is just as important as finding waste carriers who hold insurance. A garage and house clearance worker will need to be registered with the local Environment Agency in order to legally collect and move waste, whether it is bricks, rubble or glass bottles. Registration requirements will vary based on location, so get in touch with your local government agency for advice.

What Does House Clearance Involve?

As soon as you contact the company you wish to work with, you will need to tell them where you want the waste to be collected from and when. Once they have an available slot they will arrive at your destination and safely remove waste within 2-3 hours. If the clearance is expected to be fairly big, the house clearance specialists will likely use trucks to shift the waste.

Where Does the Waste Go?

You will be doing your bit for the environment when you collaborate with a registered waste removal company, because they will take the contents of your house or garage to a Waste and Recycling Management site. Here, it will be sorted into piles and if it has reusable or recyclable potential, it will be transformed into something new. In many cases, items will be donated to charities and rescue centres, so you can feel good about having a clear out.

Will I Have to Pay Any Additional Fees?

Some hazardous items and materials will need to be moved and disposed of with extra care, therefore labour costs might rise slightly. Examples of waste items that cost more to remove from a house or garage include:

  • Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFLs)
  • Oils
  • Asbestos
  • Pesticides
  • Mattresses
  • Car batteries

Is Accident and Injury Insurance Important?

This form of insurance is essential, because who knows when a mishap might occur? You wouldn’t want to be left footing hospital bills, therefore you shouldn’t cut corners and hire house clearance workers who don’t have accident and injury insurance coverage. This insurance will cover everything, from minor injuries to loss of sight.


Away With It is a licensed and insured waste carrier, providing Essex house clearance services across the Essex and London areas. Contact us to see how we can help with your house clearance needs today.