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Helping You With Your New Driveway

As the new year rolls around, and we start to consider the DIY tasks that we can undertake on our homes, one of the big tasks that many of us seem to put off is sorting out that driveway. With many of us opting to park on the curb outside, or even parking on cracked and broken concrete instead of a nice gravel driveway.
So why not make 2022 the year you put a stop to this and get your new drive underway, with a little help from Staffordshire Skip Hire.

Dig It Up

When it comes to creating yourself a new driveway the first step is to dig up the existing material to make way for your hardcore, liner and fresh gravel. While you can do this by hand with a space and a skip, why not consider digger hire instead?
Our range of diggers has a variety of sizes, enabling you to use the best one for your space. With our diggers, you have the option to hire additional fittings to help make light work of your groundwork, including tools to help you remove old existing concrete.

Take It Away

Skip Hire Longton is the most commonly used method of waste removal when people are undertaking DIY projects. However, as your driveway is on the front of your property, usually with easy road access, we highly recommend considering grab hire.
With skip hire, you have to consider where your skip will go, away from the drive you are working on. Which typically means paying for a council permit to have it on the road.
Grab hire allows you to pile up your waste, then out grab vehicles are able to come and move the waste, usually within 20 minutes, and without the need for a permit.
If you would like to use a skip for your waste, our skip hire Longton, is available in a range of sizes from a 2-tonne mini skip, right up to a 16-yard skip. If you are unsure which size you need, contact our expert team today who will be happy to advise you further based on the work required.

Get It Re-filled

Once you’ve used our diggers to remove excess ground and old driveways, and you’ve looked at skip hire in Stoke on Trent to take away your waste, who not let us help you refill the ground?
Laying a base for your new driveway is as easy as ordering our MOT type 1. This wonderful aggregate comes in a variety of sizes, enabling you to get the finish you need for your base layer.
For the finishing layer for your gravel driveway, we have a vast selection of aggregates that will look great on any driveway. For a traditional gravel drive, we have a selection of Cotswold stone and pea gravel. If you are looking for something with a little more colour, our green and red granite are very popular driveway aggregates, particularly on modern homes.
Take a look at our decorative aggregate page for the full collection. We also have prices listed on the page, but if you are looking to order in bulk, get in touch with us today and we will be happy to discuss the best price we can offer you.

Staffordshire Skip Hire

Here at Staffordshire Skip Hire, we are well known for our reliable and friendly skip services. However, we have many more services available that can help you to undertake a range of projects both around your home and for commercial projects. For more information, get in touch with a member of our team today who will be happy to assist you.

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RORO Skips Explained

Staffordshire Skip Hire are committed to providing practical, reliable, and affordable waste solutions for a wide range of clients.

Part of our portfolio is Roll On, Roll Off skips which can be used on commercial and industrial sites.

Our 40-yard skips cater for everything from home clearances to commercial waste, and using our RORO skips, saves reordering smaller skips to keep costs down and ensuring efficiency remains high. The opening rear doors allow ease of access whilst loading and holding between 360 and 380 bin bags full of waste.

What is a RORO Skip?

RORO (also known as Roll On, Roll Off skips) are ideal for construction and industrial organisations looking to dispose of a high volume of waste. This includes multi-storey clear-outs and ongoing manufacturing waste.

While they are occasionally hired by domestic clients, they are more suited to commercial and industrial sectors.

What are the benefits?

RORO Skips offer a number of benefits over traditional skips which allow you to store and dispose of large amounts of waste effectively and efficiently.

Thanks to their extra-large dimensions you will be able to cut down overall waste management costs, minimise on-site disruption with fewer collections and reduce your carbon footprint.

It is important to note that due to their size, you will need sufficient site access for the skip to be stored, delivered and picked up.

You will need plenty of space to site the skip and place waste under the project. It is essential to plan the workspace so the skip does not hinder people and general business practices.

Get in touch for more information

If you want to know more about Staffordshire Skip Hire’s RORO skip hire services, please contact us now. Our team of specialists will be more than happy to help.

We have served the community of Stoke on Trent and the surrounding areas with our skips, diggers and grabbers for over 20 years.

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What is a builder’s skip?

Whether you are landscaping your garden, relaying your driveway or clearing out your garage, you are no doubt wondering which type of skip is best for you.

There is a number of choices of skips and rules and restrictions for each different type. This is why Staffordshire Skip Hire has put together this post to tell you all about Builder’s Skips in closer detail.

What can be added to a Builder’s Skip?

Our 10 tonne Builder’s skip is one of the largest skips we offer, which can be positioned on the road with the relevant skip permit. They can be used for disposing of all manner of construction waste including bricks, concrete and rubble, bulky items such as tables, chairs, sofas, desks and wardrobes plus garden waste such as turf, soil and gravel. You can also use a skip to dispose of general household waste.

As with any skip, you should ensure that you do not fill it beyond the Level Load line. The line is there to make sure that loaded skips can be transported safely to a Waste Transfer Station with reduced risk to HGV drivers, site operatives and members of the general public.

If a skip is filled beyond the Level Load line, your skip may not be collected and you could be charged a Wasted Journey fee.

What can’t be added?

  • Anything exceeding the Level Load line
  • Waste electric and electronic equipment items
  • White goods such as fridges, freezers and dishwashers
  • Hazardous waste such as laptops, TV’s, lighting tubes
  • Paints, liquids, chemicals and solvents
  • Plasterboard/gypsum waste
  • Food waste

Need to know more? Contact us today

If you have any questions about Staffordshire Skip Hire’s range of Builder’s Skips, please do not hesitate to get in touch now. We are the leading provider of skip hire for customers right across Stoke on Trent and the surrounding areas.

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Everything you need to know about a 16-yard skip

Staffordshire Skip Hire‘s range of 16-yard skips can clear a substantial amount of waste from industrial and commercial sites.

This includes shop fittings and construction sites where light and bulky waste are produced plus they can also be used by domestic clients for large projects, including a complete house renovation.

A 16-yard skip is often referred to as a Maxi Skip, alongside the other larger skips in our portfolio, such as 8 cubic yard and 12 cubic yard skip.

What jobs are 16-yard skips suitable for?

Our 16-yard skips are popular amongst businesses for commercial clearances because they often have bulky waste that will not fit in smaller skips.

You can fit a lot of bulky items into this type of skip. 16-yard skip hire allows you to deal with all kinds of waste, such as furniture, large waste and large amounts of general waste.

This type of skip, if packed correctly is a cost-effective solution for any job.

What waste is unsuitable for this type of skip?

Skips of this size suffer from many of the same limitations that other skips must adhere to. Here are some of the waste types which can be placed in a 16-yard skip –

  • Waste Electrical Equipment & Electronics (WEEE)
  • Hazardous Materials (Including Asbestos & Plasterboard)
  • Gas Cylinders
  • Tyres
  • Chemicals
  • Aggregates such as Soil & Earth, Gravel, Loose Stones and Sand

This skip is also not suitable for heavy waste such as bricks, soil and clay.

Our skips require good site access or a permit for highway use. It can be very easy to underestimate the size of skip you need and in some instances consumers who don’t research first end up ordering 2 skips when a slightly bigger one would have worked fine.

Get in touch for more information

If you have any questions about any of the skips we have available here at Staffordshire Skip Hire, please do not hesitate to contact us now. Our team of specialists will be more than happy to help.

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Facts you didn’t know about skip hire

Skips are known as large open-topped waster containers designed to be removed by lorries, as opposed to being emptied by bin lorries.

While this is something you probably already know, Staffordshire Skip Hire will share a handful of other facts about skip you may not know.

What you didn’t know about skip hire

Where did the term skip come from?

The word ‘skip’ originally came from the old Scandinavian word ‘skeppa’ which means basket. The North Germanic people of the Early Middle Ages began an emigration in the 8th century bringing with them their language and culture. The word ‘Skeppa’ was absorbed into old English as the word ‘skep’ eventually became the term ‘skip’ we are familiar with today.

Why are skips the colour they are?

When skips started to become commercially available and popular, the UK Highways Act imposed regulations on skips stating that it should be visible in the dark and the colour that was regarded as the most easily visible in low light was yellow.
Today it is different with many skip companies choosing colours that more closely align with their businesses branding and they make their skips for visible with lights and cones.

Are there any restrictions on placing a skip?

Skips placed on a public highway must be licensed or permit and have the required safety lights and markings. Otherwise the skip provider could face fines of up £1000. To obtain this permit, you need to be an authorised skip hire contractor. This licence is obtained from the Local Highway Authority, as detailed under section 139 of the Highways Act 1980 and lasts for a maximum of 15 days.

Skips placed on private land do not have the same restrictions.

Why do skips exist?

Basically, convenience and cost. Let’s face it, it is much easier for people to simply fill up a large container and have someone else to take it away from the.
It is also often much more economical to a waste company that specialises in recycling such as Staffordshire Skip Hire to deal with your waste as we have the scale and facilities to effectively deal with it on a large scale.

When were skips first used in the UK?

Prior to 1960, some companies used carts or wagons that had the same function as skips. The introduction of builders skips as we know them now coincided with the widespread availability of portable machinery capable of lifting and shifting the weight.

Get in touch for more information

If you have any questions about skip hire, please do not hesitate to contact us today.

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How to maximise skip hire vehicle use

It may feel daunting if you have not hired a skip before, or you are already in the process of hiring one. Navigating the do’s and don’ts may seem straightforward but Staffordshire Skip Hire is here to help you maximise your skip hire vehicle.

Moving house or a shop renovation project could accumulate waste, bulky items such as sofas, fridges, and dusty insulation materials.

Whatever materials you need to dispose of, having a place to put it and ensure it’s recycled (if possible) effectively will give you peace of mind.

You will have more time to focus on the task at hand plus there are plenty of benefits of hiring a skip, some of which you may already know.

Choose the correct skip size

Thinking about how much waste you need to get rid of, is essential for choosing the right size skip. Picking the right size container can be tricky if you have not hired a skip before. Here at Staffordshire Skip Hire, we offer a wide range of different sizes to suit different customer’s requirements.

What you can and can’t put in skips

There are certain items that need to be disposed of elsewhere, such as a recycling centre that accept items that could include harmful chemicals.

Hazardous waste such as fluorescent bulbs contain mercury, batteries due to the possibility of lead inside, electrical equipment and appliances, solvents, and paints (unless the paint has solidified) cannot be put in a skip.

Another less obvious example is tyres and more specifically plasterboard which can release toxic gas when mixed with other materials.

Although there are some materials that should not be added to a skip, there are plenty of items that can, including –

  • Domestic waste
  • Gas cookers
  • Rubble
  • Construction waste
  • Non-electrical fittings
  • Solidified paint
  • Metal
  • Food and its packaging
  • Garden waste
  • Soil
  • Wood

Safely using skips

Making sure your skip is placed on a flat surface and the materials are distributed as evenly as possible to avoid accidents when it’s full. Place flat items down first and break up large items into smaller pieces. If you and someone else are able to lift larger items, load them in first and add lighter items last.

Our final bit of advice is to not overfill your skip.

Get in touch for more information

If you have any questions about hiring a skip from Staffordshire Skip Hire, please do not hesitate to contact us today. We are the leading provider of skip-hire vehicles across Stoke on Trent.

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Making the most of National Allotment Week

National Allotment Week is an annual event (which takes place between 9th-15th August) that allows budding gardeners to learn more about how allotments work and how they can get started.

For this blog, we will tell you all you need to know about this awareness week and how Staffordshire Skip Hire can support you.

Now it’s time to grab your spade and get stuck in!

National Allotment Week explained

Ran by The National Allotment Society, this engagement event first started in 2002. The main focus is to build unity in communities and promoting the growing and eating of fruit and vegetables to help maintain health and nutrition at home.

Each year, there is a different theme, with 2021’s being ‘Plotting for the Future’, allowing participants to celebrate allotments’ contribution to a sustainable future.

The NAS will host a virtual allotment show for avid allotment gardeners, where viewers can judge entries and prepare to enter next year.

The benefits of allotment gardening

There are several benefits of allotment gardening, from community building to improving health and wellbeing. Here are just some ways to get your fingers green and enhance your life.

Become more social – Allotments are a great place to meet like-minded people who enjoy gardening and sharing some wisdom.

There is also a big online community you can become part of. You will be able to share knowledge and tips whilst meeting new gardening friends you may have not met in real life.

Improve your health – Physical exercise benefits your health, with gardening a great way to keep fit. You will be doing a lot of bending and pulling while breaking up the soil and digging up roots, using muscles you may not have used in some time.

Vitamin D helps keep your muscles healthy and spending 15 minutes every day in the sun helps with this. When it comes to gardening, time can fly by, meaning you must protect your skin with sun cream and dress appropriately to protect yourself from the sun.

Clearing your allotment area

Your allotment plot may need a lot of clearing and preparation before you start growing.

This is where you could consider hiring a skip from Staffordshire Skip Hire. This way, you can avoid multiple trips to the tip to get rid of garden waste and get rid of it all in one place.

Get in touch with any questions

If you have any questions about allotments and getting rid of garden waste using skip hire, please do not hesitate to contact Staffordshire Skip Hire now.

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Do skip hire companies recycle?

If you have walked past a skip recently, you may have wondered what skip hire companies do with the waste materials? Also, do they recycle?

In this blog, Staffordshire Skip Hire will tell you what happens when our skips are taken away.

Knowing what waste management companies do with different types of waste may give you some inspiration on how to recycle and solutions for domestic and commercial scrap materials.

Working on a building project or clearing out your overgrown garden accumulates large amounts of waste plus people may not have the time to dispose of waste correctly.

Recycling explained for skip companies

Recycling is always the best solution to prevent large amounts of waste from ending up in landfill sites. Sadly, the amount of rubbish in landfills continues to grow with waste management companies looking to take waste to appropriate recycling facilities instead.

Hiring a skip is so much more than just getting rid of waste materials. Actions include collecting, sorting, and recycling the different types of waste. The extent of recycling often varies, depending on the individual skip hire company.

Here at Staffordshire Skip Hire, we are committed to maintaining the highest recycling rate to ensure very little waste ends up in landfills.

After collecting skips, waste management companies like us will separate the materials, garden waste, and scrap metal. We make sure that waste disposal is done ethically and as sustainable as possible.

Why is recycling important?

The percentage of household recycling in England has increased to around 45% in 2019/20. Hiring a skip helps to increase the amount of waste being sent to the correct recycling facility. Recycling companies manufacture products back into new products or packaging, which benefits our environment.

There is an increasing concern about fly-tipping, with rubbish being dumped on streets and public highways. This is why it can be useful to have a large space for accessible and sustainable waste disposal – like a skip.

Working with Staffordshire Skip Hire

As waste management specialists, we are proud to say we pride ourselves on recycling. We always try to take items to the right recycling facility so that items don’t end up in landfill sites.

We offer different sizes of skips depending on the amount of waste you may accumulate. If you need help with waste disposal or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us today.

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Does the waste hierarchy matter?

Whether you are a homeowner or business owner, you may have heard the term ‘waste hierarchy’ before. This concept is based on the idea that the best way to deal with waste is organising our priorities so we produce less in the first instance.

For this blog, Staffordshire Skip Hire will talk you through this in greater detail.

What is the waste hierarchy?

If you have ever thought about hiring a skip before, you may have heard of the waste hierarchy. This idea revolves around the notion of the most efficient use of resources – with its objectives aligning with the current EU Waste Framework Directive and how this affects our own waste legislation and regulations. Here are some of the core ideas –

Prevention and minimisation

This is the highest priority of the waste hierarchy. The simplest way to deal with waste is if there is less of it, using less material is the key to cutting down on waste. Plastic bags are a prime example, with the use of plastic drastically cut down in areas such as supermarkets.


Where cutting down on waste is not quite feasible, the next best thing is to reuse materials we already have. One example is reusing a plastic bag instead of purchasing new ones. Other examples include cardboard boxes, milk bottles, plastic water bottles and ink cartridges.


Anyone who has worked with Staffordshire Skip Hire before knows we are big fans of recycling. Recycling helps us to deal with existing waste but managing not to produce it in the first place is a preferable option.


The final option is to landfill, which is, of course, the least preferable option. Burying our waste is not the best idea and should be avoided at all costs.

Get in touch for more information

Efficiency and environmental friendliness are the main guiding principles of our work here at Staffordshire Skip Hire. We segregate everything we collect in our skips and use anything we can, only disposing of it as the final resort – which keeps in line with the waste hierarchy.

This means when you hire a skip from us, you can rest assured we will deal with your waste responsibly. Contact us now for more information or any questions you’ve got.

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Get summer ready with Skip Hire

With the UK currently experiencing a heatwave, there has never been a better time to get those much-needed garden jobs done.

The perfect solution for getting rid of the waste generated is hiring a skip from Staffordshire Skip Hire. For our latest blog, we will talk you through potential tasks you could take on and why a skip is generally needed for all of them.

Sort out your garden decking

People looking to spruce up their garden will often look at installing decking as their first task. While decking can look spectacular, it can easily show up dirt marks and disrepair. Most of the time this can be offset with a power wash or a quick session of oiling and staining that will have it looking brand new.

Sometimes decking boards can get beyond repair, whether they have been worn away, rotted with damp, or riddled with insects. Getting rid of damaged boards requires a skip hire, as you could potentially have plenty of waste.

Trimming trees

Overhanging branches are not an issue most of the time, but there could become a time when they become annoying and potentially dangerous. Piles of pine needles, dead leaves, and other debris can be irritating to clean up but add to these fallen tree branches this becomes a more serious situation. Fallen branches have been known to break windows, damage property, and even injure people.

Hiring a skip for your garden waste is the most environmentally friendly option, as we take care of all of the waste responsibly.

Fixing up old fences

Similar to low-hanging branches, wood fences have the potential to be dangerous if not given proper attention. Broken nails and splintered wood can be eliminated quite quickly during a renovation. As with decking, you could find it much easier to use a skip to get rid of your waste.

Talk to the skip hire specialists

If you are considering a garden renovation project this summer, get in touch with Staffordshire Skip Hire to arrange a skip for your waste.