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Will My HWRC Take My Old Loft Insulation Waste: A Comprehensive Guide

Whether your local household waste recycling centre (HWRC) will accept old loft insulation depends on several factors, including the type of insulation material and local regulations. Here are some general guidelines:

1. Type of Insulation

  • Mineral Wool (Rock Wool or Glass Wool): Many HWRCs will accept mineral wool insulation because it can be recycled. However, they may have specific requirements for how it should be packaged or prepared for disposal.

  • Fiberglass Insulation: Fiberglass insulation can also typically be accepted at HWRCs. It should be securely bagged to prevent fibers from becoming airborne during transport and disposal.

  • Cellulose Insulation: Some HWRCs may accept cellulose insulation, but this can vary depending on local facilities and their recycling capabilities.

  • Foam Board or Spray Foam Insulation: These types of insulation may have specific disposal requirements due to their composition and potential environmental impact. Check with your HWRC for guidance.

2. Local Regulations and Policies

  • Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs): If your old loft insulation contains asbestos, it requires special handling and disposal procedures. Not all HWRCs are equipped to handle ACMs, so you may need to contact specialized asbestos disposal services.

  • Quantity and Packaging: HWRCs often have limits on the quantity of waste they will accept per visit. Large quantities may require special arrangements or additional fees.

3. Preparation for Disposal

  • Packaging: Insulation materials should typically be double-bagged in heavy-duty plastic bags to contain dust and fibers during transport and disposal.

  • Health and Safety: When handling insulation, especially if it's old or damaged, wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, a mask, and safety goggles to protect against potential allergens or contaminants.

How to Confirm

To find out if your local HWRC accepts old loft insulation and to understand any specific requirements:

  • Contact Information: Look up your local council's waste management or recycling centre contact details online or in a local directory.

  • Speak to Staff: Call or visit the HWRC and speak to staff members who can provide information on accepted materials, disposal procedures, and any fees or limits that may apply.

  • Online Resources: Some councils provide detailed information on their websites regarding accepted waste types, recycling options, and disposal guidelines.

Alternative Disposal Options

If your local HWRC does not accept old loft insulation, or if it contains asbestos, consider alternative disposal options:

  • Specialist Waste Disposal Services: Contact licensed asbestos removal companies or hazardous waste disposal services that specialize in handling and disposing of insulation containing asbestos.

  • Private Waste Collection Services: Some private waste management companies offer disposal services for construction and demolition waste, including insulation materials.

By checking with your local HWRC and following proper disposal procedures, you can ensure that your old loft insulation is handled safely and responsibly, minimizing environmental impact and complying with local regulations.

Latest 5 star Google customer reviews
Peter Roberts
2 months ago

I highly recommend these guys who recently helped us clear and clean out our loft in Newcastle after we had rodents in. They removed old junk and the old insulation then cleaned up the rodent droppings and hoovered the loft out. They were very friendly, made sure no dust and dirt got into our home and cleaned up after themselves. We are elderly people so we couldn't do this but they did everything in half a day. We tried all over to get someone to do the works for us but these guys were the only ones to come out and give us a qoute. Would use again if we ever have another rodent problem.

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alan young
2 months ago

Great job by these guys.
Emptied all the old insulation out of our loft.
Would highly recommend.

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Jackie Marie Townsend
1 month ago

We used this company a couple of days ago and are really impressed with the overall service provided. The lads were here almost 4 and a half hours completely clearing the loft and cleaning it afterwards. They used coverings on the stairs and landing to keep the carpet clean. Our loft looks like a new loft now and we didn't realise just how big it is with all the rubbish removed. Great set of lads, would highly recommend this company. 👍

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Louise McInnes
1 month ago

Fantastic service by the team of lads that came to remove my old insulation. They also removed old wood that was there at a very reasonable price and made sure there was no mess. Turned up when they said they would, very polite and professional. Would definitely recommend.

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We remove all types of loft insulation


  • Mineral Wool
  • Loose
  • Fibreglass
  • Sheep's Wool
  • Blown-In
  • Vermiculite
  • Cellulose
  • Spray Foam
  • Rodent Infested Insulation
  • Water Damaged
  • Verminous
  • Hazardous
  • Pest Control Loft Cleaning
  • Rodent/Pest/Pigeon Feces


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Keeping your loft clean and organized is crucial for maintaining a healthy and efficient home environment. Our professional loft cleaning services are designed to address all your attic cleaning needs, ensuring a pristine and clutter-free space.

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Trust us to transform your loft into a clean, organized, and healthy space, enhancing the overall comfort and value of your home.