12 February 2021
‘Man and Van’ Rubbish Removal: How to Save Money
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When you are considering a waste clearance, it’s worth taking the time to look at which rubbish removals service will be the most cost-effective solution for you. The ‘Man and Van’ clearance service is Clearabee’s most popular service due to its rapid reaction, flexible and environmentally-friendly collections. But is it also the most cost-effective?
Throughout this series, we’ll share with you some tips and tricks on how to make the most of our rubbish removal services, starting with ‘Man and Van’ and where you may be able to save yourselves some money.
‘Man and Van’ Clearances Scale in Price
Much like skip hire, the general rule with ‘Man and Van’ waste clearances is that the larger the volume of waste that is collected, the better value you get for your money. The call-out charge and the cost of transportation are the costliest aspect of ‘Man and Van’ clearances so once that initial charge has been paid out, the price doesn’t increase dramatically when the volume of waste goes up.
For example, the cost to remove 1 cubic yard of waste (which we equate to the size of 2 small domestic washing machines for ease) costs £84.99 to remove responsibly with Clearabee. But the volume of waste can be doubled without doubling the cost as 2 cubic yards of waste only costs £109.99 to clear. That’s just a difference of £25.
You can take a look at the pricing for more waste on our dedicated ‘Man and Van’ rubbish removal page but if you’re looking for rubbish removals then it makes more sense with more waste. If you’re organising a shed clearance, then perhaps see if there are items you can dispose of from your garage too, in order to save you booking a separate collection further down the line.
Clearabee’s Waste Calculator
Clearabee’s Waste Calculator is a useful tool for working out how much rubbish you want removing ahead of time in order to make sure you are getting the most out of your collection. If you are working to a budget you can add and remove items from your virtual basket to make sure you don’t exceed the money you’ve set aside.
You can select items from your garden, home or office before selecting your location and receiving your quoted price. For example, if you select a two-seater sofa, a single bed and a double wardrobe for collection in the Birmingham area, the waste calculator presents you with a couple of options so you are able to choose the most cost-effective one.
In this case, hiring a 6-yard skip will cost £210.24 whilst the ‘Man and Van’ removal service will cost £184.99 for the same collection. In this instance, not only is the ‘Man and Van’ option more cost-effective, but the cost also includes reasonable labour whereas you will have to fill the skip yourself.
What’s more, with any of Clearabee’s waste removal services, you not only receive a cost-effective service but you can be confident that you are satisfying your Duty of Care and having your rubbish removed responsibly.
The Cost of Fly-Tipping
Unfortunately, there are many unregistered and irresponsible rubbish removals companies who will be happy to undercut reputable companies, before taking your money and dumping your rubbish illegally. This not only has a detrimental impact on the environment, but could end up coming back to punish you, the customer.
Whereas these irresponsible companies may be cheaper, when the rubbish is reported it can be traced back, with the original producer of the rubbish able to be fined up to £50,000 or a 12-month prison sentence if convicted by a Magistrates Court. A Crown Court will deal with more serious cases and may issue an unlimited fine, 5 years imprisonment and may also charge for court costs and compensation.
Even on a smaller scale, local authorities can now issue fixed penalties of anywhere between £150 and £400 and the customer can even be fined £400 for using an unlicensed waste carrier who goes on to dump your waste illegally. In short, it’s not worth taking a chance.
Clearabee, on the other hand, are registered waste carriers and we supply a digital Waste Transfer Note once your waste has reached the local approved and audited Waste Transfer Station. This note details the waste that has been collected from you, the license details of the vehicle used and a description of what has been collected and where it has been transported to. This note satisfies your Duty of Care and proves that you have practiced due diligence. This means that you’re not contributing to the fly-tipping problem and that you can have complete confidence in Clearabee.
‘Man and Van’ clearances with Clearabee
We’re the UK’s largest clearance company, with 221,845 jobs completed in 2020 alone. We are the most-reviewed such service on Trustpilot, with a 5-Star ‘Excellent’ rating and over 10,000 reviews to our name.
We previously mentioned how environmentally friendly our rubbish clearances are. Since 2018, we have planted two UK forests, totaling 19,674 trees which are expected to offset 1,886 tonnes of carbon. This, along with the ultra-light chassis vehicles that we use for our clearances, help to make our services completely carbon-neutral.
Due to our 124 locations nationwide, our journeys are, on average, under 15 miles each and we divert from landfill over 95% of all the waste that we collect, which means that with Clearabee, you’re helping to keep the planet green.
Removing rubbish. It’s what we do.
All prices featured in the above article were accurate at the time of publishing.