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Do I Need a Skip to Dispose of My Old TV?

One of the most important household items is the television, so it is important to know how to dispose of an old one properly and if a skip hire company can help.

Technology is moving at a fast rate with brands creating new and improved models all the time, this means that older televisions are being disposed of more regularly than ever.

For this blog, Staffordshire Skip Hire will explain all the ways you can dispose of your old TV safely.

The Many Ways to Dispose of an Old TV

Old TV’s are part of the hazardous waste group which means it can have a large environmental impact if it is not disposed of properly. Rather than ending up in landfill, they require special attention to make sure they are not harming the planet.

Here are some ways you can get rid of an old television that is still working –

Donation – To prevent your old TV becoming unnecessary waste you could donate it to family, friends or to a charity that may have a collection service.

Retailer Exchange – A lot of retailers will offer customers the opportunity to part exchange their old TV for a newer model. This service ensures it is recycled correctly and is often run by brands looking to improve their environmental compliance and performance.

Re-Sale – Selling your old TV is another way to stop unnecessary waste and also earn some cash. Sites such as eBay, Gumtree and Facebook Marketplace all allow you to list old TV’s.

How to Dispose of Broken TV’s

If your old TV no longer functions, it needs to be classed as waste and disposed of correctly. Here are some options for getting rid of broken televisions –

Local Council – Most councils offer a collection service for old electricals such as TVs. It is always best to check with your local council if they offer this service and if there is a waiting list.

Council-Operated Transfer Station – Getting in touch with a local council operated waste transfer station or recycling centre is another option. Not every centre will accept old TVs, so it is worth checking in advance of taking them there. Once a waste transfer station has your old television you can guarantee it will be recycled in an environmentally friendly manner.

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If you have any more questions about how to dispose of your old television responsibly, please get in touch with Staffordshire Skip Hire.

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The Best Way to Load Your Skip

As part of our skip hire service, Staffordshire Skip Hire has supplied huge amounts of skips to all kinds of people.

We always like to see our skips return in great condition, which is why for this post we have put together a few steps on how to load skips safely.

Tackling Skip Loading Properly

We are fully aware that many of our customers have not been trained in how to fill a skip professionally. This type of training often comes from working on commercial sites, so in order to get things right, simply follow the six steps below –

Before the Skip is Dropped Off – Make sure that the area where the skip is being placed is free from rubbish and any other obstacles. This should be a flat, stable area with easy access for the driver to drop it off. Avoid areas of soggy, marshy ground as the container could sink.

Delivery Day – Keep pets and small children inside when your skip is being dropped off. Ensure you give clear instructions to the driver so the container can be placed where you want it. Finally, make sure everyone stays clear as the skip lorry reverses in.

After Delivery – Do not attempt to move your container once it has been placed on the ground. This can damage the skip plus your property. You could also make it inaccessible when it is time to be collected.

Load it Properly – Ensure you place heavier items at the bottom of your skip, then add lighter materials on top. This will help to avoid ‘subsidence’, meaning items moving around in a hazardous manner. When you are picking up objects, lift your legs and keep your back straight, which also helps avoid back injuries.

Hazardous Items – If you are unsure about adding any hazardous items such as solvents, batteries and oils, do not add them to your skip. These items require more specialised methods of collection and disposal.

Don’t Overfill – Containers have what is known as a ‘fill line’, which is the limit that skips can be filled up to safely. Overfilled skips are a safety hazard and it can be illegal to move them. Do not go past this line to avoid chaos with items falling out over the sides when being transported.

Get in Touch for More Information

If you have any more questions about loading skips, please do not hesitate to contact Staffordshire Skip Hire now.

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Where Can I Put a Skip?

Here at Staffordshire Skip Hire, we’re often asked where our clients can place their skip. Due to the variety of regulations that can apply to skip hire, this is an important consideration to have before making a booking. Therefore, we thought it would be a good idea to explore this FAQ for our latest blog.

Where Can My Skip Be Placed?

When you’re hiring a skip, there are a number of factors to take into consideration. One of these is the location on which the skip will be stored. If you find yourself looking at any of our skips for site use, particularly those above 12 Cubic Yards, you’ll need to ensure good site access. Not only this but if what’s being stored inside is expensive, it’s worth ensuring that the site is secure too.

Domestic projects tend to require people to think more carefully about where they can store their skip. For a start, it’s important to note that skips cannot be placed on pavements under any circumstances. When it comes to domestic projects, you have two options:

  • Private Land (Driveway or garden)
  • Public Road

For private land storage, the only concern you may have is whether the surface is appropriate for the skip. However, if you’re planning on placing the skip on a public road, there are some regulations that you will be expected to abide by. Your first port of call should be to acquire a permit.

When Do I Need a Permit for Skip Hire?

If you’re looking to store the skip on a public road, you will be expected to acquire a permit through the local council. Depending on your location, this could be Stoke-on-Trent Council, Staffordshire County Council or Cheshire County Council. If your skip is located on yellow lines or within a pay and display zone, you’ll need to acquire a parking suspension permit in advance of its arrival.

Once the permit has been secured, you will also be expected to follow the regulations set out by the local authority.

This states that:

  • Skips should not be placed anywhere that blocks a driveway, pavement or other access to properties
  • Skips must not be placed over manhole covers or other utility access points
  • You must not position your skip within 15 metres of a junction
  • Skips must be placed length-ways, running parallel to the pavement

There are also requirements that state skips must have a certain amount of lighting and traffic cones around them to ensure they’re visible during the night.

Can a Skip Damage my Property?

Another factor to consider when hiring a skip, particularly those of a larger size and weight is the surface that they’ll be placed upon. This is particularly important if the skip will be placed on private land. Block paved driveways, soft-tarmac driveways or the grass in your garden can all be damaged.

Here at Staffordshire Skip Hire, we will do everything possible to avoid any damage. It’s always worth discussing the surface the skip will be standing on with our experienced team. They will then be able to advise on the right skip and location for your project.

Get in Touch with Staffordshire Skip Hire

Here at Staffordshire Skip Hire, our team works hard to give you the best advice and stress-free service. As a part of this, our experienced and friendly team will ensure that all of the specified requirements are met in advance of dropping off your skip. We can also apply for the permit on your behalf if you’re placing it on the road. In fact, some councils prefer to deal directly with the skip hire company.

If you have any questions regarding our range of skip hire or other services, please contact us. Alternatively, if you feel prepared to make a booking, you can do so using our online booking form. With a range of commercial and domestic skip solutions, you’re guaranteed to find the right skip for your project.

Here at Staffordshire Skip Hire, we offer the cheapest local hire services across Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire and Cheshire. Whether you’re working on a site in Longton or domestically in Leek, we’ve got you covered. For a full list of our areas covered can be found on our website. For more information, FAQs, news and tips, you can also check out our blog.

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The Best Way to Clear Out a House

Houses of all sizes contain plenty of clutter and objects that do not get used, taking up valuable space.

Old furniture, toys, tools and much more will sit around gathering dust and take up valuable room. If you have decided to clear out your house in 2021, have you consider skip hire from Staffordshire Skip Hire to make it an easier task?

4 Way To De-Clutter Your Home

Here are four of the most efficient ways to de-clutter and help your home look fresh once again –

Hire a Skip – Houses, especially, those with garages and attics can be absolutely stuffed with items that need to be thrown away or recycled. Often there can be too much waste to carry to a recycling centre, no matter the size of your car. Hiring a skip from Staffordshire Skip Hire means you will not have to make multiple journeys to your tip. The added bonus is that we recycle as much of your waste as possible which lowers the environmental impact of your waste.

Make an Inventory – If you are having the ultimate house clearout, it is best to make an inventory of items that you definitely do not want to throw away. This means you can avoid getting rid of precious family heirlooms, valuable objects or any other item of sentimental value.

Ask for Help – Spring cleaning can often be achieved by one person, but cleaning out every room in your house is not. By getting a friend or family member to give you a hand, you will be able to cover more rooms quickly, cutting your workload in half. If you decide to hire a skip for the waste, Staffordshire Skip Hire can arrange a collection at a time that suits you, meaning you can put your feet up after a hard day of cleaning.

Clean Out Your Garage and Attic – As we have mentioned earlier, these two locations are often filled with items that you no longer use. Cleaning up these spaces will free up much-needed space for items you may not use every single day.

Talk to the Skip Hire Specialists

If you are considering a house clearance this year, get in touch with Staffordshire Skip Hire for the most cost-effective skip hire on the market.