Although this is the time of year when many of us start thinking about redecorating, redoing the kitchen, or reinvigorating the garden, DIY appears to be a dying art. Fewer people are doing their own repairs and renovations at home, and this has led to the decline of many DIY stores, such as Homebase and B&Q, which have been closing down many of their stores in recent months.
Doing your own home improvements can be a daunting prospect, particularly if you haven’t got much DIY experience, but most of us are more than capable of putting up a new shelf or painting a few walls. With a little expert advice from a handy friend or relative, or a few good tips off the internet, you can quickly learn how to complete most basic DIY jobs. Your first attempts might not be perfect, but they will be yours.
However, you can end up with a lot of old paint cans, broken-down plasterboard, and other odds and ends after a good DIY job. A lot of this apparent waste can be reused in other projects if you’ve been bitten by the DIY job, donated to charity, or sold on to someone else, but even so, there is often a lot of rubbish you will need to get rid of somehow. It is important to dispose of this waste safely, so make sure you check the labels or seek the advice of your local waste disposal centre if you aren’t sure how to get rid of a particular item safely. For example, paint needs to be taken to a disposal centre, not tipped down the drain or thrown in with your other rubbish.
Safer waste can be taken away with your usual rubbish or recycling, as long as it will fit in your bin, and larger items can be taken to your local household waste disposal site, but there are limits on how much you can dump there. If you have more than a boot full of waste, then you will need to hire a skip or to get a rubbish removals service to come and take your waste away for you.