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8 Reasons Never to Google ‘Rubbish Removal’

15 November 2019

The term ‘Rubbish Removal’ is searched in Google around 15,000 times every month in the UK according to the Adwords Keyword Planner Tool.  But, if you are looking to get rubbish removed, then our advice is DO NOT USE this search phrase – because you are very unlikely to get answers that will help.  Here are 8 reasons why Googling ‘rubbish removal’ is a bad idea and our recommendations for much more helpful search expressions to use.

  1. Type of rubbish
  2. Type of service
  3. Amount of waste
  4. Location of rubbish
  5. London rubbish removal & geography of your waste
  6. Budget
  7. Frequency of removal
  8. Householder or business

1.Type of Rubbish

The biggest issue with the phrase ‘rubbish removal’ is the word ‘rubbish’.  It’s just not specific enough.  Your most suitable solution or service provider will depend to a large extent on the type of rubbish you have.  For example, removing a load of demolition waste is clearly a very different challenge from arranging a weekly recycling collection of cardboard.

The former may require skips, grabber lorries or a wait & load solution, whereas the latter is likely to involve wheelie bins, bags or a compacter.  Rubbish is much too generic a term.  It just means stuff that is of no use to you.  But clearly not every waste contractor can get rid of every type of waste – just as you can’t walk into a shop (0ther than Amazon) and buy anything ever made!  Thus you have house clearance specialists that are different from asbestos removal companies etc.

So, always try to describe the type of rubbish you need removing in your Google search phrase.

Here are some of the many examples you might consider: bulky waste clearance; builders waste disposal; domestic refuse collection; trade waste collection; dry recyclable disposal; furniture removal; waste appliances; WEEE disposal; hazardous waste removal; fridge disposal; mattress removal; asbestos disposal; fly-tipped waste; house clearance; office clearance; garden waste removal; sofa disposal; DIY waste; household junk; confidential waste; biological waste; mixed general waste; and commercial bin waste.

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garden waste clearance by anyjunk rubbish removal company

2. Type of service

‘Removal’ implies someone coming to your property and removing the waste in one go, but do you actually need such a service?  Would something to contain the waste first while you fill it up yourself (like a skip, skip bag, wheelie bin or roll-on roll-off) be more appropriate?  Could you deliver the rubbish somewhere yourself – in which case the solution might be a lot cheaper?

Would it be helpful if someone gathered and then carried the waste from inside your property or back garden (often referred to as ‘rubbish clearance’) or simply collected it from outside the building (if so, ‘bulky waste collection‘ might be a better description)?  Do you require associated services prior to your rubbish being removed (e.g. does it have to be dismantled to get through a doorway; or does the waste need to be disposed of in a certain way, for example, you require confidential disposal)?

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3. Amount of waste

The amount of waste you have impacts what you can do with it.  Do you need to dispose of just a few bags of rubbish and an old chair, or do you have an entire site with multiple tonnes of builders waste or fly-tipped rubbish that needs removing?  Expressions like ‘site clearance rubbish’ might be more appropriate for the latter; whereas ‘junk removal’ might be better for the former.

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4. Location of rubbish

Where is the rubbish that you need to be removed located on the property?  Is it inside or outside?  Bear in mind many councils and certain waste contractors will only collect from outside a property, rather than come inside.  This may be down to cost, insurance risk minimisation, or DBS checks.  So, if you require rubbish removed from inside, consider adding the qualifier ‘internal’ or using expressions likeoffice clearance‘ or ‘house clearance’.

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household junk sofa collection and removal from outside property

5. London rubbish removal & Geography of your waste

Unless you are looking for a nationwide service (in which case it’s probably best to add ‘nationwide’ to your search anyway), it normally makes sense to add a geographic qualifier (e.g. ‘London rubbish removal’; ‘Exeter skip hire’).  That way, only organisations that serve your area should appear in search results.  There’s nothing more frustrating than finding the perfect solution but then discovering they are based on the other side of the country (or even in another country!). In London btw, given it’s so large, feel free to add even more detail – like ‘Fulham rubbish clearance’; ‘NW10 skip hire’, ‘Camden sofa disposal’, because Google will deliver results of operators that are nearest to that area.

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6. Budget

Are you only looking for a free service, or are you prepared to pay for your rubbish removal?  If you are looking for a free solution – then unless you are a householder and your council’s waste disposal services cover your needs – you’re better off adding the item you need to dispose of to your search term (plus your postcode or town).  For example, ‘free sofa removal Leicester’.

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7. Frequency of removal

Does your rubbish need to be removed as a one-off, or is it recurring?  Most waste contractors specialise in one or the other.  In other words, the best provider for scheduled trade waste is unlikely to be the best for ad hoc man & van rubbish clearance.  If you are looking for regular rubbish removal, good search phrases to consider (and add your geography too) are ‘trade waste collection’, ‘trade waste disposal’ or ‘commercial waste collection’.

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trade waste collection bricks stacked in a pile

8. Business or householder

If you are a householder, you can dump stuff at the council tip for free, have your domestic refuse collected for free and take advantage of the council’s subsidised bulky waste collection service.

On the other hand, if you are a trade or business, you will have to pay the council to dispose of your waste (or, depending on your council, be excluded altogether) or use private waste contractors instead.  If you are a business you also have a more onerous duty of care to ensure your waste is disposed of properly and that you follow the Waste Hierarchy.

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