Using Decorative Aggregates

Reds, blues, purples and greens, or even classic Cotswold stone, decorative aggregates can add a splash of colour and life to any outdoor area of your home. So why not consider how you can bring these colours to life!

Garden Colour

In the garden, there are a number of ways that you can use decorative aggregates to spruce up the space!
Starting with an alternative to a patio, why not create your seating area, or even just the ground around a bench using coloured gravel. Making the space stand out from the rest of your garden!
These coloured aggregates make a great addition to your borders too. You might have an array of coloured flowers, bushes and shrubs in your border, and coloured gravel can help to make those colours pop! Another alternative available in our collection is decorative bark. This can help to reduce the growth of weeds in your soil and add to the appearance of your borders.

The Gravel Alternative

If you are not a big gardening fan, or find yourself having less and less time to spend keeping certain parts of your garden looking as attractive as you wish they would, you can always change things out for some coloured gravel. We have seen an increase of people digging up their front lawns or their front borders and replacing them with decorative aggregates, reducing the amount of care they need and increasing the curb appeal.

The Driveway

While many driveways are tarmac or paved, not all of us find this as attractive as a gravel driveway. So why not change the front of your home and add a splash of colour, or even opt for the classic Cotswold stone to keep it classy.
Not only do gravel driveways look great, but they are also a cheaper alternative that you can even do yourself! Creating a gravel driveway yourself is made easy with our digger hire and bulk decorative aggregates. Simply dig out your excess ground, lay a weed proof lining, and add your gravel.

Leftover Gravel

The wonderful thing about leftover decorative aggregates is that they can be used in a number of ways that means they will never go to waste. Outside the home, they can be used and pot toppers, to surround single plants to make them stand out and even in hanging baskets. Inside the home, you can also use them as plan toppers for your indoor plants and even if you give them a good clean, in your fish tank.

For more information about decorative aggregates from Staffordshire Skip Hire, please contact a member of our expert team today who will be happy to assist you.


Garden Clearance

Springtime is the perfect time of year to entirely revamp your garden. So why not hire yourself a skip and give yourself a couple of days to strip your garden back to basics, and have it perfect in time for a summer BBQ.

Types Of Garden Waste

When it comes to clearing out your garden, you will find that it might not be all green waste that you need to dispose of. So which types of waste from your garden can go into your skip?
Typically you will be disposing of green waste and soils. This includes grass cuttings, leaves, branches (or even trees) and dug up earth such as soils and mulch. These are all safe to be disposed of in the skip and will be separated appropriately at our nominated recycling facility where soil will be repurposed and greenery will be composted down and used in other ways.
You may also be disposing of old patios, so include slabs, bricks and even chunks of concrete. These too can go into the skip, and will be broken up for further use in concrete and alternative aggregates.
Around your garden, you will find a selection of different liquids. From water containers, to liquid fertiliser, weed killers and assorted other chemicals. Unfortunately, these cannot be disposed of in the skip due to contamination. You should also avoid these going into your drainage system. Please check out the label for the most appropriate disposal or contact your local garden centre for advice.

Reduce The Bulk

Garden waste can be somewhat bulky and take up large amounts of space in the skip. So how can you reduce the bulk and help you to get the most out of your skip? The answer is quite simply to cut things down. If you are disposing of old fence panels, to make the most of your skip, while keeping it below the fill level, break them up so that the majority of the bulk can sit on the bottom of the skip. You can then pile other oddly shaped waste on top of the flat panels. Similarly to the fence panels, if you are disposing of large branches or trees, cutting them down into smaller chunks can help you to fit them into the skip better. You may also wish to remove small branches and leave and put these into the skip separately to compact it down further.
If you are digging up large slabs of concrete, the smaller you can get these the better. Not only will it make it easier for you to lift into the skip, it will also mean that it can be fitted in around other waste.

For more information on hiring a skip for your garden clear out, get in touch with a member of our expert team today who will be more than happy to assist you. You can also check out our range of blogs for more information on how you can utilise skip hire for your home and business.


Spring Clear Outs

Every year people vow to do a spring clear out, but how often do we go all out and do a thorough clear out? What a better time to start doing that clear out while many of us are still in lockdown, and the kids have gone back to school?

Not So Yearly

We always start with the best intentions when it comes to our clear outs, but when was the last time you actually had a good old sort out?
By having a yearly clear out, usually in the spring, it gives you the opportunity to remove those things from the house that you no longer need or use. If you have young children, the time between Christmas and your spring clear out allows you to assess the toys that are no longer used, or may even have been broken, giving you more free space in your home. Remember some charity shops will take on the unbroken toys before they head for the skip.
If you keep up with your yearly clear outs, you might find that there are things that haven’t been touched since last year, is it time for them to go too?

Loft Clear Out

When it comes to our loft space, we only tend to go up there to retrieve Christmas decorations, or to put stuff up there out of the way. So if we keep putting stuff up there, how often do we get anything back down? Spend some time routing through your loft space, you’ll be amazed at some of the gems that you find, or even some of the rubbish that you have kept.
When doing a loft clear out, it can give you the chance to inspect your loft too. If you have any leaks you might find that your belongings are growing types of mould, this might be time to show them the skip.

Garden Tidy Up

If you haven’t already filled your skip with the unwanted waste from inside your house, why not take a wander into the garden. Spring is a great time to cut back all the dead parts of your plants, dig up any no longer thriving plants and remove all the general waste that your garden has collected over the year. From old plant cuttings, bits of broken garden furniture to old cracked pots, it’s time to say goodbye.

For more information on hiring the right skip for your clear out check out the range of skips, we offer across Stoke-On-Trent and the surrounding areas. You can also check out our blogs for a range of advice or hints and tips. Alternatively, contact a member of our expert team today who will be happy to assist you.


Your Guide to Recycling Scrap Metal

Staffordshire Skip Hire offer skip hire services for a number of different projects across our county, including large refurbishments.

These sort of tasks generate significant amounts of scrap metal, but do you know the best way to get rid of it responsibly? Read our latest blog to find out more.

Why Metal Recycling Is Important

All different types of metal are some of the most important resources on the planet, with stock starting to run low. This is why skip hire companies such as Staffordshire Skip Hire are constantly stressing the importance of recycling scrap metal. Here are three reasons why you should also recycle metal:

Help the Environment – Extracting, refining and producing metal is extremely damaging to the environment, releasing greenhouse gases and metal particles into local ecosystems. Recycling it means we can still enjoy metal supplies without harming the planet.

Save Energy – Energy prices seem to be going up year after year, but recycling metal can help prevent this. It takes plenty of energy to extract virgin ore from the ground and make it into useable material. By recycling one tonne of steel, greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced by up to 86%, according to industry statistics. Recycling one kilogram of aluminium can actually save enough energy to power a television for three days!

Create Jobs – Across Europe, the aim is to have recycling rates of 70% by 2030, which is just nine years away. Recycling metal is one of the labour-intensive processes, so by doing your bit you will be supporting the economy and the environment.

Get in Touch for More Information

If you have any questions about recycling scrap metal, please do not hesitate to contact Staffordshire Skip Hire today. Our dedicated team of customer service representatives will be more than happy to help. For more advice on our skip hire services, read some of our latest blogs.