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How to get rid of rubble

Due to its weight, size and irregular shapes, construction and demolition waste, a.k.a rubble, is possibly the hardest type of waste to dispose of. It is also dirty and dusty, which can result in respiratory problems of all sorts (especially if there is asbestos) if you are not properly equipped, which adds to the overall toughness of the task. Many things can be considered construction waste such as:

  • Tiles
  • Roofing materials of all sorts
  • Soil and turf
  • Bricks
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Cement

This is a task that should not be underestimated, so roll up your sleeves and get ready. So whether you are working in construction, demolition, or just simply doing something on your own, it is absolutely crucial to plan getting rid of rubble as comprehensively as possible, so if you plan on taking up this endeavour by yourself, come along as we from Rainbow Rubbish Removals walk you through the whole process bit by bit.

Safety first

Just like any other disposal, this one is just as, if not more dangerous, so you should first make sure you are doing it in the safest way possible. To ensure you won’t get hurt, you will need some equipment, which includes:

  • A safety helmet
  • A pair of coated construction gloves
  • Safety goggles (optional, but you can never be too safe, right?)
  • A pair of steel toe cap safety boots if you accidentally drop something
  • Some old clothes

Now that you are properly geared up for the job, there is a very important thing that you need to figure out.

Is there asbestos among the rubble?

Asbestos is a material, which consists of many thin crystal fibres, that are all made of many very small fibrils, which can be released into the atmosphere. It is a very dangerous thing to be around since you can breathe in the tiny pieces (also called ‘asbestos dust’) and develop lots of lung diseases, among which lung cancer.

If you find asbestos in the construction waste, it should be taken to a licensed asbestos disposal facility. There are special associations, aimed particularly at disposing and transporting asbestos safely and quickly.

Decide what you want to do with the rubble

Disposing of rubble is unlike any other disposal activity because the waste is so varied in materials, size, weight and reusability that it’s hard to put everything in one category and get rid of all the waste in the same manner. If you want to do this properly you should know what your options are. They are as follows:

Reusable rubble

A large part of the construction waste can be reused in other DIY projects or it can also be resold. Lots of bricks, tiles and materials remain in good condition even after the process, so if you pick them out among the rubble, you can probably gather a good amount of reusable, good-to-go sticks and stones for you to use later.


Of course, as with all waste types, rubble makes no exception when it comes to recyclability. Among the construction waste are lots of packaging, plastic, cardboard and other materials, which can be recycled through local recycling bins or facilities, which is always a good thing to do. Each one of us should take responsibility and generate the least amount of pollution possible, especially with this type of waste, since it is usually in very large quantities.

Throw away

Even if you do both of the above-mentioned options, you will inevitably end up with a large amount of unusable, unrecyclable rubble. The only thing you can do with it is to get rid of it by sending it to a landfill. This, however, as well as the other options, require you to either carry all of the waste by yourself or…

Higher a skip

Now that you’ve decided what you are going to do with all the construction waste and you have it separated in different sections, it’s time to put your plan to work. In order to do that, you have to hire a skip, which adds more complications to the overall endeavour. For example, you will need to decide on a particular size, then find a company that offers the service, book a date for the delivery of the container, then book a date for the pickup and on top of that, most of the time, you will also have to get a permit from the local authorities, because a skip is a large metal container, which is immovable and usually gets dropped off on the street.

All in all, getting rid of rubble is a tough task that requires lots of preparation and planning, as well as physical strength to pull off. It also hides a variety of health risks, ranging from a minor injury to a terminal illness. You should be very careful when taking up a task of this magnitude, because compared to every other disposal activity, this one is by far the hardest. With all that said, it is up to you whether you want to take the risk of construction/demolition waste disposal by yourself or…

Call the pros

Yes, at this point it should come to no surprise that we also offer this service. Rainbow Rubbish Removals is at your disposal once more, armed with the required tools and professional experience. Our rubble and building waste removal service consists of a team of qualified professionals taking care of all the above-mentioned steps, including taking care of asbestos and loading up all your rubble into a van, taking it to the nearest recycling facility or landfill. All you need to do is give us a call or request your personal quote, describing your requirements and size of the site in as much detail as possible. We will contact you ASAP to arrange the date and time, making sure the service takes place at your convenience. So what are you waiting for? Contact us now and let us do our magic!


As you can see for yourself, disposing of rubble is not a very fun task and on top of that, it is a time-consuming one. That said, if you’ve decided that you don’t want to invest hours into this type of work, you can always book a rubbish removal expert in London to help you out. 

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