How To Dispose of Asbestos

How To Dispose of Asbestos

How to dispose of asbestos? a common questions asked by many homeowners. Asbestos was banned in the UK in 1999 and is classed as a hazardous waste. If you find asbestos in your property you must follow the guidelines set out by the Northern Ireland Environmental Agency to safely dispose of asbestos. Any buildings constructed before the year 2000 may contain asbestos.

Asbestos is responsible for approximately 5000 deaths in the UK, referred to as the silent killer.

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibre that was widely used in construction until the late 1990s. Asbestos contains microscopic “fibrils” that when released into the atmosphere and inhaled can cause mesothelioma, ovarian cancer, laryngeal cancer, COPD and other asbestos related diseases.

Asbestos fibres are smaller than a human hair

Where can you find asbestos? (corrugated roofing sheets, roof tiles, wallboards, ceiling tiles, soffits, gutters, soil pipes, floor tiles). If you’re concerned about asbestos in your home, call a professional asbestos removal company. Asbestos if untouched is completely harmless.

Professional Asbestos Disposal Service Northern Ireland

How To Dispose of Asbestos

Do not dispose of asbestos into your household bin. It is also illegal to bury asbestos. Can I take my asbestos to the local recycling centre? Unfortunately No, local recycling centres do not accept asbestos.

Asbestos must be disposed off at a licensed landfill site that is authorised to accept asbestos. There are two facilities for disposing of asbestos in Northern Ireland – Eastwoods and McQuillan.

Below is a step by step guide on how to safely remove asbestos. Remember too close your windows, keep any pets inside and avoid removing asbestos on a windy day.

1) For health and safety, always wear PPE. Use a P100 respirator mask, disposable overalls, gloves and safety glasses.

2) Fill a garden sprayer with 4 parts water and 1 part PVA sealer. Soak the asbestos with the diluted mixture. PVA mixed with water sticks to the asbestos controlling the amount of fibres released into the air while removing the asbestos.

3) It is a legal requirement that all asbestos once removed be double wrapped in thick 1000g plastic for disposal. Lay out two large sheets of thick plastic, one on top of the other. Place the asbestos into the centre of the plastic and wrap tightly, tapping the sides and ends of the plastic over the asbestos.

Asbestos Double Wrapped in Plastic

Asbestos double wrapped in heavy duty plastic

Before finally wrapping the last of the asbestos, sweep up any debris, remove your gloves, overalls and wrap everything in plastic ready for disposal.

If you have removed the asbestos yourself, without a contractor you can legally transport it without a permit to a waste transfer station and they will accept the asbestos for disposal. You will need to pay the gate fee and disposal charges which are determined by weight.  Entry onto the landfill site is not permitted unless your asbestos is double wrapped in heavy duty plastic.

Local Asbestos Removal

Alternatively contact Removerr on 0743 469 1809 for asbestos collection. We will submit the relevant paperwork to the NIEA and arrange a suitable date to collect your asbestos. We will then transport the asbestos to one of the two licensed landfill sites in Northern Ireland. After the asbestos has been processed, we will forward you a copy of the paperwork to show that the asbestos was disposed of safely.

If you require your asbestos to removed, wrapped and disposed off, give us a call for a FREE no obligation quotation. All our prices are inclusive and come with free consignment note. Please note paperwork must be submitted to the NIEA three days prior to any asbestos collection.

Areas we cover across Northern Ireland include: Belfast, Ballymena, Coleraine, Craigavon, Derry, Dungannon, Lisburn, Newry, and Omagh.

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How To Prepare For A House Clearance

How To Prepare For A House Clearance

Are you considering hiring the services of a house clearance company? Before you do, consider these important points. Removerr is a private waste management company based in Northern Ireland. We perform house clearances daily, below are our tips on how to prepare for a house clearance.

What Is A House Clearance Service?

A house clearance involves the removal and disposal of unwanted items from a property, (house, apartment, flat, studio). The reason you may need to hire the services of a house clearance company can vary.

Why You Need a House Clearance

  • Your tenants have vacated leaving a collection of furniture, clothing and general rubbish.
  • There has been a tragic death in your family and you are the legal executor tasked with preparing the house for sale.
  • Maybe your moving abroad and it’s unrealistic to ship all of your furniture and belongings.
  • Downsizing to a smaller property

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How To Prepare For A House Clearance

Below is our step by step guide on preparing a for a house clearance. Full house clearances can be stressful, emotional and exhausting depending on the circumstances. It’s a good idea to prioritise and focus on what’s important first.

If you are unable to remove furniture, personal belongings, sentimental items prior to the date of the house clearance. We recommend allocating a room where all of the items you wish to keep are placed. Alternatively place the smaller items into a box and use Post-it notes for any larger items you wish to keep.

How Do I Prepare For A House Clearance

Confidential documents organised into one area

Moving heavy items from one room into another may be unrealistic. We ask our customers to place Post-it notes on everything they wish keep. This simple tip helps us identify wanted items from unwanted items on the day of the house clearance.

Another helpful tip on how to prepare for a house clearance is to take a picture of any item you wish to keep. Forward the images (items to keep) to the house clearance company ahead of time.

For a successful, stress free house clearance, follow our Step by Step Guide below.

Step 1: Collect all Sentimental Items

Remove any sentimental items, anything with an emotion or memory attached, (photos, jewelry, gifts, furniture, clothing). Sentimental items can be small and overlooked during a house clearance. It’s best to remove these items or label them (keep).

We always endeavor to place any personal, sentimental or confidential documentation aside for family members.

Step 2: Donate to Local Charities

You many be able to donate certain items of furniture to your local charity. Always check ahead of time as most charitable organizations are very busy due to COVID and it may be several weeks before they can collect your items.

Step 3: Distributing Items Among Family Members

Before contacting a house clearance company to arrange your clearance, it’s generally a good idea to check with family first. Ensure that the only items left are unwanted items that require removal and disposal. House clearance prices are based on volume and weight, by donating and distributing you lower the volume, weight and cost.

Step 4: Sell or Auction Your Items

You may be able to sell or auction certain items prior to the house clearance, if you have the available time.

Removerr works closely with Laganside Auctions in Belfast and can move items to auction on your behalf if required. This may be useful if you live in another country and need to arrange a house clearance remotely.

Contact Removerr on 0743 469 1809 or email

Step 5: Secure Storage

You may require the removal of unwanted items, but also require that other items be temporarily stored. Check with the house clearance company to ensure they offer this service and where the storage facility is located.

Preparing For A House Clearance

Self storage crates

Step 6: Research Your Clearance Company

Before booking a house clearance company, do your research. If your waste is illegally tipped by an unlicensed company, you may receive a fine. Always check that the house clearance company has 1) Valid waste carriers license, 2) Public liability insurance, 3) Up to date website 4) Positive reviews.

Ask where the waste is going? commercial waste is prohibited from local recycling centres across Northern Ireland without a pass. Hire the services of a trusted house clearance company, we pay to dispose of waste and recycle up to 80% all of waste collected.

Do House Clearance Companies Clear Everything

This is a common question we get asked often, do you remove, (fridges, beds, wardrobes) etc. Below is a comprehensive list of the items we remove as part of our house clearance service.

Beds, Frames, Mattresses, Bedding, Wardrobes, Clothing, Chest of Drawers, Sofas, Tables, Chairs, Cupboard Contents, Washing Machines, Dishwashers, Cookers, Small Electrical Appliances, Computers, Printers, TV’s, Books, CD’s, Records, Carpets, Display Cabinets, Garden Furniture, Tools, Paint, Sheds, Bicycles, Oil Tanks, Asbestos.

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Need to book a house clearance? Contact Removerr on 0743 469 1809 or email

Areas we cover across Northern Ireland include: Bangor, Comber, Dundonald, Holywood, Donaghadee, Newtownards, Belfast, Craigavon, Banbridge, Downpatrick, Carrickfergus, Newtownabbey, Larne, Antrim, Lisburn, Ballymena, Dundonald, Castlereagh.

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How Do You Remove Heating Oil From A Tank

How Do You Remove Heating Oil From A Tank

Are you changing from oil to gas or replacing your old oil tank with a new one? If the answer is Yes, you may need to either remove or transfer your existing heating oil, (kerosene). How do you remove heating oil from a tank?

The main issue with replacing or disposing of a plastic domestic oil tank is the oil. What do I do with the heating oil left in the tank and how do I pump the oil out of the tank? I explain in more detail both scenarios below.

Heating Oil Kerosene

There are several options available for heating oil that is left in your tank, 1) Donate the oil to a neighbour, family member or friend who i’m sure would be very grateful. 2) Transfer the heating oil to your new tank 3) Dispose of the oil that is left.

Before you donate or transfer your heating oil, do you know how long the heating oil has been sitting in the tank. Kerosene has an expiration date, 18 months to 2 years before it naturally degrades.

Many new homeowners are left to deal with oil tanks full of heating oil, abandoned by the previous owners after a gas conversion. Please remember that heating oil is classed as a hazardous waste and poses a risk to human health if not disposed off correctly.

Heating oil that is contaminated with bacteria, fungus or water must be disposed off and not transferred.

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How Do You Remove Heating Oil From A Tank

To remove heating oil from your oil tank, you will need a fuel transfer pump and drums suitable for heating oil. You can purchase fuel transfer pumps online or check with your local hire store. Most fuel transfer pumps are portable and do not need an electric power supply. Instead you can attach them to a car or leisure battery to power the pump.

How Do You Remove Heating Oil From A Tank

12v Fuel transfer pump & 25 litre drums

How To Siphon Oil From a Tank

Using a fuel transfer pump is relatively simple. At one end is a filter that ensures no debris is transferred through the pump. On the other end is a trigger, similar to the type found at your local petrol station.

To start transferring heating oil, place the filter end into your oil tank until it reaches the bottom of the tank. Next place the trigger, either into a drum or your new oil tank. Connect the alligator clips to your battery, red goes to plus and black to minus.

Press the button on the pump to start the transfer of oil. A good quality fuel transfer pump can move up to 40 litres of heating oil per min.  If you transfer the oil into drums be careful as a 25 litre drum will fill up quickly. Be ready to depress the trigger and turn the pump off before moving the trigger to the next drum. Turn the pump back on and press the trigger to transfer the oil into the next drum.

At some point during the siphoning of oil, the pump will slow down as the tank empties. When the filter is not fully submerged in oil, the transfer of heating oil will slow considerably. Stop the pump and elevate the far end of the tank so that the remaining oil runs down towards the filter.

How To Pump Oil Out Of A Tank

Elevated domestic plastic oil tank

Let the heating oil settle for 5 mins after elevating one end of the tank. This will allow any dirt and debris to settle at the bottom before starting the pump to drain the remaining heating oil.

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How To Transfer Home Heating Oil From One Tank To Another

You have probably figured this out already while reading this article. Unless both your old oil tank and new tank are relatively close together, you will need to extend the hose on your fuel transfer pump.

Alternatively you will have to perform a double transfer. Siphon the heating oil out of your old tank into drums, then move the drums next to the new tank and start the transfer of oil from drums into the new tank. Doable yes, just time consuming and a bit of a pain.

Heating Oil Transfer Belfast, Northern Ireland

120 litres of heating oil

The image above is an example of heating oil that we transferred from an old oil tank into drums. Notice the discoloration and inconsistency in colour from one drum to the next. Although a fuel transfer pump does come with a filter, it will only remove large debris that would cause damage to the pump. Dirt and water sit at the bottom of your oil tank, when siphoning an oil tank all the contents are transferred into your new tank or drums.

Heating Oil Transfer Cost

If you consider the initial investment for the fuel transfer pump which can be anywhere between £150 to £300. Then you have the expense of drums £5 – £8 per 20 litres. If your only going to be transferring or draining your oil tank on the one occasion, it will end up costing a considerable amount of money.

Plus take into account your time, learning curve and general hassle of the whole process. Please note that if you wish to move heating oil from one property to another, the official route is to submit a prenotification informing the NIEA of your plans to move hazardous waste.

Oil Tank Draining Service

Are you replacing or disposing of an old oil tank? All oil tanks must be empty prior to moving, if you reside in Northern Ireland, give us a call on 0743 469 1809. We drain and remove oil tanks daily, If your claiming a grant under the affordable warmth scheme. We can provide you with the correct paperwork required to release payment. Read what others are saying about Removerr.


best way to dismantle an old shed

Best Way To Dismantle An Old Shed

Our company Removerr dismantle and remove garden sheds on a weekly basis. If your considering demolishing your shed yourself and would like to know the best way to dismantle an old shed, keep reading.

The average lifespan of a wooden shed in the UK is 10 – 15 years. Timber and our harsh wet climate are not a good mix. At some point you will need to dismantle, remove and possibly replace your old garden shed.

Dismantling a Garden Shed

Before I delve deeper into the best way to dismantle an old shed, I first must point out. Demolishing a shed can be dangerous, it’s a two man job, requires the use of power tools and at times working of steps or a ladder. If you’re inexperienced at DIY, use power tools infrequently, I would seriously consider hiring the services of a professional.

One in six people who have started a DIY project in the last year have injured themselves in the process, costing the NHS an estimated £222 million from accident and emergency visits.

Shed Removal Northern Ireland

Types of garden sheds we remove weekly

Taking Down a Wooden Shed

Plan ahead, you need to be aware of your surroundings. As this is most likely your own shed that you are dismantling, you should be already familiar with your own property.

Things to consider:

  • Heating oil tanks that are placed in close proximity to your shed
  • Do you have a power supply to the shed
  • Type of roof, felt, slate, tin, thatch
  • Type of base that your shed rests on
  • Neighbouring boundary fences, walls

Failure to plan the demolition of your shed could turn into a costly mistake that could have been avoided. Sharp sections of wood and nails can easily puncture a plastic oil tank resulting in an environmental disaster.

Below I will explain how we dismantle a garden shed taking into consideration the points above. If in doubt give us a call on 0743 469 1809 or email We remove wooden and metal shed across Northern Ireland.

Best Way To Dismantle An Old Shed

1) Remove all the sheds contents so that you have clear access to each corner of the shed.
2) Isolate any electrical supply going to the shed, the power supply will likely originate from your house.
3) Take out any glass, (windows, doors). Older garden sheds contain glass, modern sheds have plastic.
4) Look for an area with no obstructions, (fences, oil tanks, plants).

Where to begin with your demolition? most people start by removing the roof first, which requires steps. This immediately puts the user at risk of injury, keep your feet firmly on the ground.

Sheds are put together in sections starting with the base, (floor). Front section, back section, two sides and a roof. We are going to remove the front and back sections first, Why? Removing the front and back sections will destabilise the shed. A firm push to one of the sides and your shed will collapse, hence the need for a clear area for the shed to fall onto.

Dismantling a Garden Shed

Shed Removal Tools

To successfully remove the front and back sections of your shed you will need a medium sized wrecking bar, a hammer, impact driver, screw bits and a reciprocating saw with a metal and wood blade. Check the surrounding edges of each section, have they been fixed with nails, screws or bolts?

If nails have been used, you can easily pry the edges away from the roof, floor and sides using your crowbar and hammer. Screws will need to be removed, the same applies to bolts. If you have any difficulty removing any of the fixings, use your reciprocating saw with a metal blade.

If you don’t already own a reciprocating saw, I highly recommend purchasing one. They will cut through, screws, nails, bolts and wood like butter, we use them daily for demolition.

Shed Removal Tools, Reciprocating Saw

Reciprocating saw with metal blade

Once all fixings have been removed or pried apart, push the bottom of the frame next to the floor outwards. Then go to the outside of the shed and pull the front or back section away from the frame. Repeat the process on the other section, as I mentioned earlier this a job for two men.

Before you remove the final section, ensure your helper is stalising the shed. You don’t want your shed collapsing onto a neighbouring fence or an oil tank. Once the section has been removed and the area is clear, push the shed over in the direction intended.

The impact of the shed hitting the ground will pry apart the remaining fixings, leaving your shed in large manageable sections, ready for removal. There might still be a few fixings that you will need to either pry apart or cut with the reciprocating saw.

Best Way To Dismantle An Old Shed

Two of the largest sections of the shed are the roof and base (floor). Rather than attempt to maneuver these sections in one piece, I recommend cutting them down the centre with the reciprocating saw, the felt on the roof can be easily cut with a utility knife.

Your shed can now be loaded onto a trailer or into a van for disposal.

Garden Shed Demolition and Removal

Shed Removal Cost

The average size of a shed we remove in Northern Ireland is 8 x 6 and costs £195 to demolish and remove. If after reading this article you feel that you would prefer to hire the services of professionals to remove your old garden shed, contact Removerr today.

Areas we cover include: Bangor, Comber, Dundonald, Holywood, Donaghadee, Newtownards, Belfast, Craigavon, Banbridge, Downpatrick, Carrickfergus, Newtownabbey, Larne, Antrim, Lisburn, Ballymena, Dundonald, Castlereagh

Can You Remove Your Own Oil Tank

Can You Remove Your Own Oil Tank

A common question raised on many forums by homeowners,”Can You Remove Your Own Oil Tank”?

Homeowners all over the UK are switching to renewable heating sources to heat their homes. More homes are making the change from heating oil to gas in an effort to reduce carbon emissions and cut costs.

Plastic oil tanks have been a common feature of many homes for decades. They are used to store heating oil (kerosene) which powers our boilers and heats our homes. Due to climate change, fossil fuels are being phased out and oil boilers will no longer be installed into new homes by 2025.

If all homeowners changed to an alternative source of fuel to heat their homes other than heating oil. Where then do all the obsolete heating oil tanks go? and can you remove your own oil tank or do you need to call a professional.

How do I get rid of my oil tank?

Disposing of a domestic oil tank is not as simple as you may think. Due to new legislation passed by the Northern Ireland Environmental Agency on the 1st January 2020, all oil tanks and their contents (kerosene) are deemed as hazardous waste.

So what does this mean, can you remove your own oil tank? YES. Below I explain the steps and equipment required to safely remove your oil tank.

1. Heating oil removal

The first thing you must do is assess the level of heating oil remaining in the tank. Never try to remove an oil tank that still contains heating oil. The easiest way to evaluate the level of oil remaining is use a long stick or simply peer through the 4 inch fill point at the top of the tank.

100 litres of heating and below is a realistic amount of oil to remove on your own. If your oil tank is quarter full and the size of your tank is 1000 litres, you will have 250 litres remaining. At this point due to amount of heating oil left, I recommend calling a professional to remove this amount of oil.

For smaller amounts of heating oil, proceed as follows. The equipment you will need, 12v fuel transfer pump, 12v car battery, 20 litre plastic drums a reciprocating saw or a sharp hand saw.

Heating oil removal equipment

Drain as much heating oil out of your tank using the 12v fuel transfer pump. Once the tank is fairly empty and its weight has been greatly reduced, elevate one end so the remaining oil runs to the end of the tank. Continue to drain until all of the heating oil has been removed into drums.

You may be surprised by how much heating oil is left in the tank. Even when your boiler stops working, there can still be as much as 50 – 120 litres remaining below the outlet valve.

Heating Oil Disposal Northern Ireland

Heating oil left in tank after boiler stops working

Please note, you cannot dispose of heating oil at your local recycling centre.

2. Cutting a plastic oil tank

There are two main reasons for cutting your tank into sections, 1) If your working on your own, the shape, size and weight of your tank will make it unrealistic to move by yourself. Empty single skin oil tanks weigh on average 60kgs and bunded oil tanks 100kg.

2) The other reason for cutting your oil tank in half is disposal. Some council recycling centres allow plastic oil tanks, but they must be empty of oil and cut in half.

Cutting a plastic oil tank into manageable sections is made simple by using a reciprocating saw. We regularly cut tanks in half that have limited access for removal, it takes on average 2 minutes to cut a standard tank in half. You can use a hand saw to cut up a tank, it will be laborious, tiring and you will probably end up with a sore arm.

Can You Remove Your Own Oil tank

18v Reciprocating Saw w/ 240mm Wood Blade

3. Disposing of an oil tank

How and where to dispose of old heating oil tanks? As I mentioned earlier some council recycling centres in Northern Ireland allow oil tanks. The stipulation is that they must be empty of all traces of heating oil and cut in half. Before you set off with your cut up oil tank squeezed into your car, check with your local council first.

Oil tank cut into manageable pieces due to limited access

Alternatively if your local council do not accept oil tanks, give us a call on 0743 469 1809 and ask for Andrew. There is a charge for our oil tank removal service of £140 per tank. All tanks are disposed off legally following the guidelines of the Northern Ireland Environmental Agency.

Any company who is moving an oil tank must submit a prenotification to the NIEA. Submitting a prenotification informs the NIEA that on a certain date an oil tank will be moved from (your address) to a licensed waste facility for processing.

It is an offense to move hazardous waste without informing the NIEA of your intentions.

Can you remove your own oil tank? Yes and NO, you are as a homeowner obligated to follow the guidelines implemented by NIEA. On the other hand if you do remove your own oil tank you are far less likely to be fined.

Boiler Replacement Scheme

Did you know that you may eligible for grant to replace your old boiler and remove your old oil tank.

You may qualify for the boiler replacement scheme if you:

  • live in Northern Ireland
  • own and occupy your property as your main home
  • have a household gross income less than £40,000 per year
  • have a boiler which is at least 15 years old

Should you qualify, you will need to provide three pieces of paperwork 1) Waste carriers license, 2) Waste management facility license 3) Prenotification.

Removerr can provide all the relevant paperwork required by the housing executive for claiming a grant. If you have any questions or would like to book an oil tank removal, call us on 0743 469 1809 or email We cover all of Northern Ireland.

How Much Does Oil Tank Removal Cost

How Much Does Oil Tank Removal Cost

Removing a domestic oil tank is no longer a simple process due to new legislation. All oil tanks and their contents, (kerosene oil) are now deemed as hazardous waste. This has increased the price of removing an oil tank. So, how much does oil tank removal cost in Northern Ireland?

Oil Tank Removal

For the purposes of this article I am going to relate to domestic plastic oil tanks, above ground. The cost of removing oil tanks that are buried or constructed of steel dramatically increases. In most cases from my experience most households in Northern Ireland have plastic oil tanks 1000 – 2500 litres in capacity.

Based on my own research, the cost of removing an oil tank varies from £250 – £500. The cost to remove an oil tank increases substantially if there is heating oil present. Most large companies who offer the service, oil tank removal do not want to remove small amounts of heating oil. Anything less than 500 litres is not cost effective, some companies will, but they charge a premium rate for the service.

Removerr Oil Tank Removal Service: Call 0743 469 1809

Environmental Health Agency Northern Ireland

Did you know that all companies / individuals who remove oil tanks must be registered waste carriers with the Northern Ireland Environmental Agency. You can check any companies waste license here registered waste carriers transporters.

Prior to the removal of an oil tank a pre-notification must be submitted to the Northern Ireland Environmental Agency. A pre-notification states that on a certain date an oil tank will be lifted from (your address) and transferred to a licensed waste management facility for disposal.

The operator has 24 hours before the pre-notification expires, failing to apply for a pre-notification is breaking the law and subject to a fine and criminal proceedings. For more information on pre-notifications and related fees contact

How Much Does Oil Tank Removal Cost

There is good news if your looking for a trusted company to remove your old tank without costing the earth. We charge £250 for the removal of domestic oil tanks across Northern Ireland. Before contacting us, please read the guidelines below.

1) Oil tanks must be disconnected from boiler and empty of heating oil. Please note that when the boiler stops working does not mean the oil tank is empty. There will be 20 – 100 litres of heating oil left in the bottom depending on the size and shape of the oil tank.

2) Please inform us when placing an order if there are any obstructions that may hinder our efforts to remove your oil tank.

3) Prior to collection invoices must be paid before a collection order is raised.

4) We require the following information to book an oil tank removal, the address of the tank is to be collected from. Contact name and number and an email to send the invoice to.

For a fast efficient oil tank removal service call Removerr on 0743 469 1809 or email

Where Can I Dispose Of An Oil Tank?

Up until new legislation was passed deeming oil tanks and their contents as hazardous waste. Some local council recycling centres used to take old oil tanks as long as they were empty of heating oil and cut in half. This unfortunately is not the case anymore for most recycling centres within Northern Ireland.

The new legislation implemented by the Northern Ireland Environmental Agency, has in my opinion caused more of a problem, in relation to the disposal of domestic oil tanks.

To recap, all oil tanks have to be disposed of at a licensed waste management facility. A consignment note with a pre-notification must be submitted to the Northern Ireland Environmental Agency. Any company or individual removing oil tanks must hold a valid waste carriers license.

What If My Oil Tank Still Contains Oil?

As I mentioned earlier all tanks must empty of heating oil before removal. Our team will refuse to remove any oil tanks that have heating oil left in the bottom of the tank. There is also an additional call back charge to revisit your property to remove the tank once it has been emptied.

Small amounts of heating oil 20 – 100 litres are difficult to dispose off. Large companies do not want to handle such small amounts of oil and will decline any inquiries to do so.

Disposing of Heating Oil

How then do you remove the small amount of oil left in the bottom of my tank before removal. There are several options available for domestic householders.

1) If your converting from oil to gas ensure that your plumber drains your tank fully before you sign off on the job. They are obligated to do so according to the Northern Ireland Environmental Agency.

2) Elevate the tank at one end and drain the remaining oil into 20 litre drums using the outlet valve tap located at the bottom of the tank.

3) Cut the tank in half using a reciprocating saw, then pale the remaining oil out of the tank and pour into 20 litre drums through a fuel funnel.

Heating Oil Removal Service Northern Ireland

If for any reason you feel uncomfortable removing heating oil using any of the options above. We do offer a service where we can remove the heating from the tank prior to removal.

Related: How Do You Remove Heating Oil From A Tank

Heating oil once in drums could be donated to neighbors, friends or family members. I’m not recommending you do this, but I have heard of people advertising heating oil on facebook for free. I’m not sure of the legal implications on doing so, but a domestic customer is far less likely to be fined than a company.

I hope this article shed some light on how much does oil tank removal cost in Northern Ireland. If you have any questions or would like to book our oil tank removal service call Removerr on 0743 469 1809 or email