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Calling all waste removalists, gardeners and people in the know! 

Im actually a chippie but for the purposes of earning a few extra quid for what I thought would be simple work about 6 months ago I came across an app that allows every day householders to take a photo of some junk they have to get rid of and how much they want to pay and other users of the app can offer to do the job. Sounds simple right!? So I had a trailer and thought what the hell and off I went. I've made quite a bit of money doing this after getting a van /trailer permit for my local tip but now these are running out and I'm trying to figure out how I can make this work not just for me but for the fact I really belive in apps like these. 

Waste transfer is such a mine field in this country  Insurance, waste carrier license tipping fees and then actually trying to make money I question is it really possible? Apps like airtasker and tiptapp mean that people can earn a few quid for running around and getting rid of rubbish for people and users can have this type of work done if they can't be bothered or don't have a big enough vehicle but the councils, environmental agencies just seem to make it harder and harder for every day people to get rid of junk and give people more 'excuses' to sneak over to the local park in the middle of the night and dump their old mattress for the council to then have to pick up 3 months later. Surely, asking someone to take your rubbish to the tip for you is no different that asking your neighbour to help pick up your shopping or your work mate to give you a lift to work and maybe they give you 5 quid for petrol too. Is it not like the crap about uber and them not having insurance? Which seemed to get forgotten about after months of black cab strikes and protests.

I can also see potential for these type of apps being used by local councils to have those mattresses in the park collected for a small fee surely that would save them money  

So, anyway after a bit of a rant I'd really like to know about waste disposal. Where do waste carriers take their loads? Does it really cost £150 to dump 100kg of rubbish (as they charge up to a tonne)? I just can't see how these businesses can make money as they don't charge huge amounts. 

 

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Jimi

 

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  • its quite easy to get a licence from the EV our council will not take trade waste at househould sites even if its your own stuff you need a permit for a van or trailer and they have started charging for tyers, hardcore and soil 

    they are maby fly tipping (your local park) the council trade waste charge about 30 pound a ton plus weigh bridge fees plus vat then you have the cost of getting there after you have loaded the rubbish then you want a proffit

    i do not know if you are thinking of doing this or you want folk to go to the apps you have put in your post and encourige them to do it ?                    

    • Thanks for your reply... I don't have any affiliation to the apps mentioned other than I do get paid to pick up rubbish through them but I really do believe in what they offer both to myself and the advertiser and the potential it could offer for local councils and businesses.

      Honestly  I'm just really interested in where waste goes and how do people actually make money from it. You se so many videos of these fandango machines that churn out 1000's of tonnes of plastic for example but then you get to the recycling centre and they tell you they only take certain types of plastic.

      Anyways, all that aside.. I'm in London and I'm really interested in compiling a list of places around that I can take different types of waste or even just a landfill that I can drive up to chuck stuff in and then drive off

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    Be careful Jimi.

    You could turn up at the council household waste site only to be turned away and have to pay more than you are charging to get rid of the waste 

    Worse still you could be fined and have to pay to get rid of the waste, worse still your vehicle and trailer could be impounded for being paid to take waste to the local council household waste recycling centre.

    It might be a good idea to quit whilst you’re ahead.

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