washing machine disposal

Handling Washing Machine Disposable Effectively

It can be considered a daunting task when you need to dispose of your old washing machine, but luckily Staffordshire Skip Hire are here to help.

Washing machines are classed as hazardous waste, meaning they need extra attention when it comes to getting rid of them. Whether it is broken, outdated or you are just ready for something new, your washing machine will need disposing of responsibly.

Unfortunately, if your washing machine is broken, you can’t just throw it in a skip. They are extremely heavy machines plus it is classed as a hazardous item meaning it will need to be handled in an eco-friendly way. Although extra attention is required, this should be simple disposal which is both responsible and cost-effective.

In this blog, we will share two different disposal options for you, no matter your reason for getting a new washer.

2 Ways to Dispose of Your Washing Machine

Recycling Centre – Recycling centres are the easiest way to dispose of an old washing machine, just check in advance that they will accept them.

Recycle Now is a great resource which can locate your nearest and compliant centre.

Council Collection – Your local council can save you time and effort when it comes to getting rid of your old washing machine. Most local councils offer a collection and removal service for residents, you will just need to check your machine will be accepted for collection. While this is a cost-effective solution, you could find yourself at the end of a long waiting list.

If you are happy to wait for availability this could your option, but if your waste is more urgent you may need to reconsider.

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If you have any questions about washing machine disposal, please contact Staffordshire Skip Hire today. We are Stoke on Trent’s leading skip hire providers.

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Your Guide to Recycling WEEE

WEEE is an abbreviation of waste electrical and electronic equipment, which covers a wide range of products that you are likely to throw out or replace regularly.

Many people know to seperate paper, bottles and garden waste from their regular rubbish, but some items still find their way into the wrong bins. With a lot of items unable to go into specific bins, the best solution is hiring a skip from Staffordshire Skip Hire.

We are proud to offer cost-effective skips in a number of sizes to ensure you get the best skip for your requirements.

If you live in an area without ample parking, or on a narrow road, a smaller skip is perfect to help you to remove general rubbish that cannot be recycled. WEEE has become one of the most difficult, and increasingly common waste streams to recycle.

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Explained

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment can include items such as –

  • Laptops and Personal Computers
  • Mobile Phones
  • Tablet Computers
  • Wiring and Plugs
  • TVs and Monitors
  • Mp3 Players and Sound Equipment
  • Batteries
  • Fluorescent or Incandescent Light Bulbs or LEDs
  • DVD, Video or CD Players or Free View Boxes

All of these items are recyclable but you simply cannot put them in a standard recycling bin.

Anything electrical, whether it needs a connection to the main electrical circuit or batteries can be classified as WEEE. This category of waste continues to grow at an exponential rate all across Europe.

As the recycling system for WEEE is still quite ineffective and has not been introduced for standard household recycling bins, industry statistics revealed more than three-quarters of WEEE still end up landfill sites.

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If you need a skip for your waste electrical and electronic equipment, please do not hesitate to contact Staffordshire Skip Hire today.

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Do I Need a Permit to Hire a Skip?

If you decided to make the most of a reliable skip hire service, but don’t have space on your property for a skip, you will need to place it on the road, pavement or another property that is council-owned.

If this is the case, you will need to apply for a skip permit from your local authority according to the Highways Act 1980: section 139 road traffic regulations act, 1984.

How Do I Get a Skip Permit?

Skip permits allow you to put a skip on a council-owned property, including roads, for as long as the permit is active. Typically these permits last around a month and can be obtained through your local council.

Staffordshire Skip Hire recommend allowing at least 48 hours for your application to be submitted, processed and approved although it can sometimes take longer.

Restrictions, Fines and Penalties Explained

If your skip will be placed in a busy traffic area, you may need to position traffic cones on the approach side of the skip. This ensures that traffic will pass safely around your skip. During the night if the weather is bad, your skip should be marked with amber flashing lights. These lights will be attached to the corners of the skip and will be very useful in preventing accidents in periods of low visibility.

If the skip is on the road without permission from your local authority, you are actually committing an offence. You could be fined up to £200, or in more serious cases you could be taken to court and fined up to £1000!

Talk to the Skip Hire Specialists

If you have any questions about skip hire permits, please do not hesitate to contact Staffordshire Skip Hire today.

We are Stoke on Trent’s leading supplier of skips for hire plus grab lorry and digger hire.