Man & Van Waste Collection
It sounds cheap and cheerful but for many jobs we have nowadays all you need is a reliable man, or woman, with a van. If you have a fridge to move or you want some garden rubbish taking down to the tip, it can save you a lot of time and is often cheaper than a normal waste disposal service. The industry has got a lot more professional in recent times, especially since new laws came in about handling things like waste. But you still need to be careful that you choose the right contractor who is actually registered to carry out the waste disposal work that you want.
The Legal Aspects of Waste Carrying
Not just anyone can jump in their van and decide to get rid of peoples’ rubbish. All waste carriers now have to be registered and provide the appropriate paperwork whether they are a sole trader or have a whole fleet of vans. They also can’t send waste to the local council recycling centre by pretending it is their own household waste, something that a number of contractors have tried to do in the past and which councils are now cracking down on. That’s why many limit the permits for taking waste in this way to a recycling centre for a van or trailer.
The Benefits of Man & Van
- It usually costs less to hire a man and van than it does, say, to hire a skip. A man and van may cost about £100 for a load while skip hire can cost anything from £130 to £300 depending on the size.
- It’s good for small but awkward loads like garden waste, old furniture and fridges or clear outs.
- The man & van, if they are doing their job properly will either repurpose, recycle or safely dispose of your waste.
- You don’t have your rubbish clogging up your garden or spilling out onto the street and it goes straight into the van.
- A man & van is often more convenient and ready to provide his or her service when you most need it. They usually operate in a local area and can handle removals and deliveries as well as waste disposal.
- It’s a good choice for a one off disposal job and probably gives less hassle than other waste disposal services that may want you to enter into a contract.
There are actually companies nowadays that offer a man & van service where they employ people in local areas who can get to your property more easily. These are usually good for general waste disposal as they normally have all the licences and paperwork you need to have for this kind of job.
Disadvantages of Man & Van
The main disadvantage of a man and van waste disposal service is that you may not be sure of their credentials. Some unscrupulous contractors will take your rubbish and then dispose of it in a field somewhere to save on some money (the fees they have to pay to be a registered waste disposal service).
While you may not think that this causes you a problem, if you have hired a contractor who has later been found guilty of fly tipping your waste, then you may well be liable for prosecution yourself. This is even more of a likelihood if you are a commercial enterprise as the onus is on you to show a duty of care when it comes to all forms of waste disposal.
Choosing the Right Man & Van
Obviously with the possible pitfalls of hiring a man with a van, you need to check their credentials carefully. Any waste that is picked up by a professional carrier has to be done so by someone who is registered.
If you are a business, then you will need to dispose of your commercial waste in a safe and legal fashion and you will have to produce an audit trail – that means your contractor will need to provide you with a transfer note and the relevant documentation relating to the load.
If you are a homeowner you need to be equally careful about who you choose to handle your waste. It’s a lot better to select someone with the right credentials and pay a little extra than opt for the best cash deal when you are not quite sure where your waste is being disposed.
Questions to ask about your man & van team are:
- What kind of insurance do they have? Liability and goods in transit are needed.
- Are they a registered waste disposal service? Check on the Government registration site.
- Where are they planning to dispose of your waste? It needs again to be registered waste handler.
- Does their website have a landline contact number and address? Beware any service that doesn’t provide a way to contact the owner or provider.
There are plenty of reputable man & van teams out there and it is a thriving industry which is continuing to grow. But contractors do need to comply with the current waste disposal legislation and so do you as a customer, whether you are a home owner or a business.
Find out more about general waste classification.