How to deal with or dispose of solid waste, rubbish and water waste or sewage including a range of DIY waste projects

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Disposing of waste and getting waste out of your home is an essential service. In this section we deal with all aspects of waste removal, from waste water disposal and plumbing to remove foul water to disposing of kitchen waste. Also, find out how to unblock drains, sinks and toilets and which tools are best for this important, if unglamourous, job.

Cleaning U bends is an important DIY job

Cleaning U bends is an important DIY job

Disposing of Solid Waste and Rubbish

Your councils will arrange the collection of most rubbish or garbage from your home. They are responsible for organising rubbish collection of domestic waste typically weekly although in some areas this might less frequently. Find out when your local rubbish collection day:

The council must display the guidelines for collection and the time that you have to have your rubbish put out by. They will also give you information about what you should do if a collection is missed and you want to make a complaint. They will also indicate what they are able to collect and what they will not collect.

Be aware that there can be fines to putting your rubbish out too early.

Most councils will arrange the collection of large and bulky items for you get in touch with them (follow this link if you live in England or Wales or contact your council directly if you live elsewhere). There might be a charge levied by the council for this service.

Large electrical items will often be collected by the retailer so you should contact them first. They have to collect certain items by law, particularly if they are faulty.

Recycling of Rubbish and Waste

Many councils collect recycling. It is possible to find out when your council will arrange collection from viewing your local council or authorities website or contacting them directly.

Councils also collect rubbish. As with the above, it is possible to find collection times for your area either by contacting them directly or on their website.

It is also a good point to note that collection times normally vary around holiday seasons and bank holidays.

Dealing with Waste Water and Sewerage Issues

There are 34 privately own water companies that deliver water to and remove sewage and waste water to and from the 50 million establishment in the UK that need it, be they domestic homes or business and other establishments.

The water regulator, Ofwat, is responsible for monitoring the activities and performance of these companies. Before you start work on your waste water and sewerage project in is important to know where your responsibilities as a home owner lie and where those of the water company lies:

  • Home Owner: You are normally responsible for the drains carrying waste up to the boundary of your property and where they join the public sewerage system. If there is blockage the sewerage company will be able to advise, and there may be charges resulting from work carried out to unblock private drains.
  • Water or Sewerage Company: They have responsibility for all public drainage systems. These are mainly under roads and in public places. In some case they might cross private land and in these cases they will have right of access to carry out maintenance.

For further information our water systems and the responsibilities of water companies to provide fresh water see our water and water systems section.

If you need to make a complaint about any water supply of sewerage collection issue, visit the Ofwat website and submit your grievance.

This section covers all the aspects of disposing of household waste that you will need, be it solid waste, kitchen waste or rubbish to plumbing for removing waste or foul water and sewerage.