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Things NOT To Do When Hiring a Skip

As soon as the time comes for some refurbishment, garden work or your annual clearout, the smartest homeowners will organise a skip from Staffordshire Skip Hire.

We are constantly amazed by some of the mistakes people will make when hiring one of our skips to help make their task easier and quicker. This is why we have put together a brief summary of the most common mistakes people make regarding skip usage.

3 Common Skip Hire Mistakes

1. Overfill Your Skip – One of the most common problems when undertaking refurbishment or building work, is overfilling your skip. With a wide range of skip sizes available, it is surprising how often people will go for a smaller size. If in doubt always go for a bigger skip!
It is much more cost-effective to hire a bigger skip than have to fork out for another skip for your excess waste. Remember to place heavier items on top of weaker items and ensure all flattened materials are put in first. If the waste rises over the lip of the skip, it is overfilled, which is actually illegal. You could be liable for prosecution plus you could damage other people’s vehicles or property in transit if the truck cannot lift the skip.

2. Put Your Skip in the Wrong Place – It is a much better solution to keep your skip on your private property if you have space. This will prevent congestion and avoid any damage to cars and oncoming traffic. A skip permit is required to place your waste solution on the main road, which is another cost that needs to be factored in. If you are placing heavy items in the skip, take into consideration whether the floor below the skip could up damaged because of placing the skip on the surface.

3. Put Wrong Items In – Avoid putting any items which could be hazardous into the skip, including televisions, radios, batteries, asbestos and tyres. These sort of items need to be disposed of by a specialist. Just make sure your skip hire is suitable for the materials that you are getting rid of.

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If you have any questions about hiring a skip from Staffordshire Skip Hire, please do not hesitate to contact us today.

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How Is Metal Recycled?

Houses are loaded full of metal, whether it is cans or saucepans plus large pieces in items such as bed frames and TV stands and the metal used in the construction of the building.

If you are looking to get rid of bulkier items during a total home renovation project you will need a skip from Staffordshire Skip Hire.

A lot of household waste can be recycled, but how exactly is metal recycled? We will explore this topic during this blog.

Explaining Metal Recycling

The most common metals found in homes are steel, aluminium and copper. Metal is needed for plenty of applications and luckily all of these common types can be easily recycled.

Steel and aluminium are recycled in much the same manner, with waste collected by a skip hire provider or your local council for smaller bits such as cans.

Each item is then transported to a recycling centre where it is cleaned and processed ready to be delivered to foundries all over the country. Steel is chopped up into smaller bits, whereas aluminium is shredded first as it makes it easier for each material to be melted down.

When the metal has been melted it is forged into ingots, or if it is being used to make new drinks cans it will be put into a machine which thinly spreads it into sheets. Once the material is processed it will be transported to factories that need it and turned into a wide range of different items.

Most people believe their old cans are turned into new ones, but recycled steel and aluminium is used to manufacture a number of items including –

  • Cars
  • Boats
  • Trains
  • Pots and Pans
  • Aeroplanes
  • Household appliances

Copper is used for wiring and piping and needs to be graded before it is recycled. The copper used for piping can be recycled straight away as it does not need to carry an electrical current. It can also be melted down and turned into ingots and sent to manufacturers who need it, much the same as steel and aluminium.

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If you have any more questions about recycling metal, please do not hesitate to contact Staffordshire Skip Hire today.

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Why Skip Hire is Crucial for Major Refurbishments

If you are looking to start a major refurbishment project, the best way to dispose of all of your waste is to hire a skip from Staffordshire Skip Hire.

This is the only way to dispose of all of your waste in a timely and efficient manner if you think your home needs sprucing up.

For this blog post, we are going to share five important points you will need to consider.

5 Important Factors for Major Refurbishments

A refurbishment can breathe new life into a stuffy old home or completely revamp commercial premises.

De-Clutter – Before you can really change a space, you need to be sure what you are working with. You will not be able to get accurate measurements with old bulky furniture and other items in your way. Having a de-clutter right across your property will help you to start with a blank canvas.

Hire a Skip – It may seem obvious that you will need a skip once you have completed your de-cluttering exercise. As a fully licensed waste carrier, Staffordshire Skip Hire can dispose of all of your rubbish safely and responsibly.

Set Your Budget – Refurbishments can run over time and budget but by setting a clear and realistic budget means it will not break the bank. One of the best ways to save money is to hire a skip, as this will save you loads of petrol money from multiple trips to the tip.

Get Help – If you are struggling with any part of your refurbishment, ask for help regarding the design or building work. Consult the services of a professional builder, architect or interior designer if you have any reservations about building work or DIY. We would recommend talking to them during the planning stages of the project.

Check Planning Permission – While this should be a given, some projects, especially major refurbishments may require planning permission from the local authority. Checking this beforehand will avoid any nasty legal complications.

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Here at Staffordshire Skip Hire, we have years of experience in the hiring of skips and the collection of waste. This is why you should get in touch if you need some help with a major refurbishment project.

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Remodelling Your Kitchen with Skip Hire

If you are considering giving your kitchen a revamp, you will need to consider hiring a skip from Staffordshire Skip Hire.

Remodelling your kitchen is a massive undertaking with plenty of waste generated, as there will be plenty of different construction materials used for cupboards, piping and kitchen worktops.

Why are Skips so Important for Kitchen Remodelling?

Here are the materials which mean you will need a skip for this project –

Wood – Wood makes up a lot of kitchen areas, including bulky cupboards that line your walls. Add to this your draws and shelves which are all quite difficult to remove when deciding to change your layout. Using a skip will allow you the opportunity to recycle as much of your wood as possible and dispose of the rest responsibly.

Metal – There is also plenty of big and bulky metal objects in kitchens that could need replacing. This includes old copper pipes plus your kitchen sink and drainage area. All of these items will need disposing of properly, which is why skips are the best solution.

Stone – Many kitchens use hard stones such as granite, or in more expensive properties marble is used for worktops and surfaces. If you are replacing these then expect plenty of rubble. Again a skip is the most effective method to get rid of high volumes of waste from a big kitchen remodelling project.

Please note that skip hire companies will not take away your kitchen appliances like fridges or freezers as they contain harmful CFC chemicals. For the rest of your kitchen remodelling project junk make Staffordshire Skip Hire your first call.

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For any type of home renovation project, Staffordshire Skip Hire have a skip waiting for you. Our skips start at 2 tonnes and go up to 12 cubic yard lidded skips for larger projects.

If you would like a no-obligation quote, please do not hesitate to contact us today.

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Prepare for Winter with Skip Hire

While winter does not officially start until 22nd December, for many of us that time feels like the middle of winter, not the beginning.

It is also the most special time of year with the Christmas festivities in full swing. This is why autumn is the best time to hire a skip and prepare for winter efficiently.

For our latest blog, Staffordshire Skip Hire is going to share five ways you can prepare for winter using a skip and give yourself a stress-free festive season with plenty of mulled wine or hot chocolate in front of the fire.

5 Winter Clearout Tips

Pre-Christmas Clearout – Even if you love Christmas, the winter season can feel cold, dark and wet at times, making it a good time to make your home as homely as possible. Having a pre-Christmas clear-out can make room for guests plus it clears space for Christmas decorations such as your tree which should take pride of place without being surrounded by clutter.

Hiring a skip will help dispose of visible clutter and you can also empty your drawers and cupboards of anything you don’t need anymore to free up storage space.

A Lean and Clean Wardrobe – Ditch those tatty old clothes and make room for a winter wardrobe selection, where each item has clear air to prevent it from getting damp and musty during storage. Bulky garments such as thick jumpers and cardigans can be vacuum-packed and stored away in the summer but will require more hanging space in winter.

We all hoard clothes we never wear and while some are perfectly fine for charity shop donations or hand-me-downs, some of the older ratty-looking garments are destined for the bin.

DIY Debris – The end of the year can come around pretty quickly leaving little time to finish off those DIY and decorating plans. Keep everything which can still be used in the next stage of your home improvement plans, but throw away empty paint cans, remnants of wood and other waste materials.

You may find renewed motivation to complete the remaining work, or alternatively, give yourself a blank canvas to pick things up again next year.

Don’t Forget About the Garden – Wet and windy weather can make gardening even more of a chore, but it is also important to maintain care for your outdoor spaces. You will need to be smart about what you keep, such as fallen leaves which can provide nutritious mulch for flowerbeds with grass clippings doing the same for your lawn.

If you are cutting back shrubs for the winter or removing weak and rotten branches from trees, skip hire is a great way to get rid of woody material that cannot be put in garden waste wheelie bins.

Seasonal Skip Hire is the Solution – Finally, while you may not have specific waste to get rid of, winter can still produce a lot of rubbish, especially from Christmas presents and the extra home festivities.

Hiring a skip from Staffordshire Skip Hire could be the best decision you will make, giving you plenty of room for household waste plus you will have somewhere to bin your Christmas tree in January.

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If you would like to know more about skip hire, please do not hesitate to get in touch today.

Staffordshire Skip Hire are the leading provider of skips for hire right across Stoke on Trent plus nearby areas such as Leek and Werrington.