Enclosed Skip, Worth It Or Not?

When it comes to hiring a skip, we know that there are a number of choices and it is easy to get lost among the choices. So when it comes to whether you require an enclosed skip, here are the common considerations that our customers make.

Weather Worries

When it comes to the winter, we have an increase in requests for enclosed skips. This is primarily because many believe that this will keep their waste drier, so as not to fill an already heavy skip with water.
Unfortunately, our enclosed skips will still allow an amount of water in, which may make this consideration null and void. However, it is important to note that our skips have holes in or near the base where any water collected will be able to escape so as not to fill the skip.
If you are concerned about your waste collecting water or getting wet (it is waste after all) we recommend that you pick yourselves up a cheap tarpaulin and tie that down.

Privacy Problems

While many of us have little privacy concerns when it comes to our waste, in some cases there will be a privacy concern. Whether this is to protect what is happening as part of the project or clearout, or for businesses to protect their privacy.
For this, enclosed skips are ideal. They can be secured and locked to ensure that privacy is maintained.

Business Bygones

We often find that enclosed skips are requested by businesses when they are refurbishing their offices. While this is predominantly the aforementioned privacy. However, it can also be a security factor.
Skips are often outside of a business’s premises, where they may not be behind a lockable gate. This means that they are open to tampering, including the potential for arson. While many businesses need not be concerned about this, unfortunately, there are those where this is a real concern. Investing in an enclosed skip can reduce this concern.

Longterm Layout

Our enclosed skips are often hired for long-term purposes, whether this is for a business, a long-term project or even by local authorities. If you are interested in a long-term skip placement, please contact the team today who will be more than happy to assist you.

If you would like to discuss enclosed skip hire in Stoke on Trent, please contact the team today who will be happy to assist you.


Post Summer Clear Outs

As the summer comes to a close, you find yourself retreating back indoors. Many of us here in Stoke on Trent have spent much of this dry summer living in the garden whenever we can. Pools sold out, BBQs sold out and we have spent more time in our garden than ever before. But now that it’s over, where does that leave us?

Retreating Indoors

Now that we have retreated indoors, or many of us have thanks to the heavy downpours that we have now seen, we take a look around and wonder how we can make our house look like a nice tidy home once again.
Does the shed or garage now look full, like even a pair of gardening gloves might not even fit? Or is there old or broken garden furniture still sitting on the patio? It’s time for a post-summer garden clear-out.

Out With The Old

When we get to the spring, and head back out into the garden, we usually find the spoils of last summer. Whether it is that furniture we previously mentioned, or overgrown and unloved trees, shrubs and hedgerows. It then takes us time to clear out before we can start to enjoy our garden once again.
However, why not prepare yourself for the spring by having a clearout before the winter hits? This means that any unwanted, old or broken garden furniture should be the first to go. Along with old garden toys that the kids (or pets) are no longer interested in.

Garden Revamp

Many of us wait until the spring before undertaking any bigger garden projects, such as chopping down trees, digging up shrubs, or even taking out hedgerows (we know how much work they are to upkeep). But why do we wait until the spring?
If you start by removing these bigger and bulkier jobs in the autumn, it allows you to start on getting your garden summer ready when spring rolls around!
As many of us keep out of the garden over the winter, it won’t be so bad having a little more mug or dirt on show than usual. As long as you don’t plan on bringing it indoors!
By clearing your garden out in the autumn, it allows you to take the winter to plan out your new garden, and as soon as the frosts have passed, you can get hands-on getting it all ready in time for summer!

Skip Hire Stoke On Trent

Of course, any garden clearance is going to leave you with waste. And not all of it will fit in that garden waste bin in time for them to pause over winter!
So it’s time to consider skip hire in Stoke on Trent. Whether you have a small garden, or you are taking out countless hedgerows, trees and concrete patios, we have skips in a range of sizes, ready to deliver to your doorstep.

If you are considering skip hire in Stoke on Trent, but are unsure as to what size skip you require, please contact the team today who will be happy to discuss your project with you. In some cases, we may recommend grab hire rather than skip hire. We will happily discuss this with you at the time.

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Maximising The Space In Your Skip

When it comes to hiring a skip, we typically recommend that you hire a skip a size up from what you think you need. This is primarily because you will always find more than you anticipated to go in the skip.

Bulky Items

Sometimes the whole reason we hire a skip is to get rid of bulky items. Think sofas, chairs, cupboards and even bathroom suites. However, if you are trying to get the most out of your skip, it will always be worth breaking everything down as much as you possibly can.
Breaking cupboards down so that they are simply flat panels will always work in your favour, and layering these at the base or sides of your skip will help them to take up as little room as possible.
With sofas, while we understand that these can be more difficult to break up, we still recommend getting them as broken up as possible. However, if they cannot be broken up, we recommend putting them in first. This enables you to pile the remainder of your waste on top.

Softer Items

You might be tempted to get all the heavier and bulky waste to the bottom of your skip. However, by popping your softer or crushable items at the bottom, the heavier items can crush them down, allowing you to make the most out of the space.

Plan Your Loading

Where possible, it is best to plan the loading of your skip. This includes taking the above into consideration, but also the other waste that you will be removing from your property.
We recommend any loose waste to go into the bottom of your skip (unless you have the above-mentioned) and any bagged waste on top where possible.
By planning your loading, you can dedicate sections or layers of the skip to specific waste, which can give you an indication of how much space you may have remaining at the end for any additional waste.

Items We Cannot Take

While we might be tempted to put everything we possibly can into the skip, unfortunately, we cannot accept certain items. Primarily we find fridges and freezers in our skips, these are amongst the items that we cannot take. This is due to the nature of the internal workings being considered a hazardous material.
Likewise, we cannot take any materials or substances that are considered hazardous. This includes chemicals, pesticides, asbestos, gas cylinders and medical waste. If you are unsure, please take a look at our page “What can you put in a skip?” or contact the team directly.

If you would like more advice on making the most out of your skip, or are unsure of the size you require, please contact the team today who will be happy to assist you. Skip hire in Stoke on Trent and the surrounding areas from Staffordshire Skip Hire is a cost-effective and hassle-free service. For more information please contact us today.


Skip Hire In Werrington For Garden Waste

In the height of summer, there’s nothing we brits love more than a good clearout. The sun might be blazing (as much as it does) and we’ll be in the mood to get stuff sorted. In this case, the garden.

August Garden Clearances

With the summer holidays well and truly upon us, and those with kids having time off to spend with them, what better time to get that garden under control?
The kids love being outdoors when the sun is shining, and giving them a way to help out is even better! So let’s grab them a pair of gardening gloves and get them working!

Getting The Kids To Help

Once the kids have their gloves on, there’s nothing stopping them from helping you rid the garden of all the excess waste. Of course, depending on the size of the kids will depend on how much help they can be, or where they can help.
For small children, we recommend that they aren’t too close to the skip itself as the metal body of our skips is the quickest way to a bruise or two. While bigger kids are a great way to get the skip loaded in a hurry!

Loading The Skip

When it comes to garden waste, we get a mixture of everything you can find in the garden. From giant tree roots to grass cuttings, hedge trimmings, old pots, broken-up fences, sheds and greenhouses. So when it comes to clearing your garden waste, consider the waste that you will be removing before throwing it all into the skip.
You might be tempted to put waste into the skip as you find it, however, by loading the skip in a specific order, you can increase the waste that you can fit, and make the most of your skip.
Loading softer cuttings and trimmings at the bottom of your skip allows for them to be compacted as more waste is loaded on top.
Bulkier items, such as your tree roots and panels will ideally be loaded on next as this allows for other waste to be entered into the skip around them to maximise the space.

Cooling Off

When it comes to working in the garden during the height of summer it’s not just the children who need to take time out of the sun. As you’re already in the garden, why not consider a padding pool? Keeping it in the shade helps the kids, and the adults take those all-important breaks while cooling off.
If the pools not for you, make sure to take regular shaded breaks with plenty of fluids.

For more information on skip hire in Stoke on Trent, including skip hire in Werrington, please contact a member of our friendly team today who will be happy to assist you.


Weather Worries With Your Skip

Here in the UK, we know that our weather is volatile. With highs this July hitting 38 and lows of 10 with heavy downpours we certainly don’t know when the right time to book your skip hire could be. So what are the main weather worries when hiring a skip?

Rain, Rain, Rain

When the rain pours, it certainly pours. The rain might put you off filling your skip, or even ordering your skip. However, the good news is that you shouldn’t let it stop you!
So the contents might get a little damp, unless you go for an enclosed skip, but your skip won’t be full of water. Luckily, all our skips have drains in to stop them from holding onto excess water.
As long as you don’t mind getting a little wet when you load your skip, particularly if you are doing renovations in the house, it’s a great time to be hiring a skip. Treat the cooling rain as a nice way to cool off after hard work!

Too Hot To Handle

Of course, on the other side of the weather, we have the sun. While the sunny weather is usually the time when we see more people ordering skips in a bid to clear out the garden and renovate the house a national amber or red warning for heat can certainly put people off.
For the summer weather, we would usually recommend ensuring your own health, taking regular breaks, drinking plenty of water and hiding out in the shade wherever possible. However, with the heat warning just behind us, and more expected over the course of the summer, we urge you to take extra precautions. Where possible, stay inside, or at least out of the sun, drink plenty and reduce any strenuous activity where possible. Even if this means not filling your skip for a day or two.

Adverse Weather

When it comes to adverse weather impacting your renovation, or clear-out, you want to make sure that you can get the most out of your skip hire in Stoke on Trent. Our skips are all available to extend the rental period (availability permitting). So if you need to delay, or keep hold of your skip hire in Werrington for longer than anticipated, simply get in touch today and we can discuss this with you.
If you have your skip booked in, but the forecast isn’t agreeing with your plans (you know when you are planning to clear your garden and the heavens open) get in touch today to discuss changing the dates to suit you.

If you would like to discuss skip hire in Stoke on Trent, please contact the team today who will be happy to assist you. Take a look at our grab hire and digger hire for your home and garden renovations.


Why Fly Tip When Skip Hire in Longton Is So Easy?

With over 1 million fly-tipping incidents each year in the UK, it’s easy to see why local councils are doing all they can in order to catch the culprits. Here in the West Midlands fly-tipping levels equates to 15 in every 1000. With skip hire so easy, why do so many people fly-tip?

Access To Waste Disposal Sites

There are many areas throughout the UK that have limited access to waste disposal sites, aka the local tip. This means that in these areas illegal dumping is rife. However, here in Stoke on Trent, our waste management site has excellent facilities and some of the best opening times and availability. They offer separate areas for each type of waste.

Excess Household Waste

With growing families throughout the area, it’s not surprising that there is an increase in general household waste for many of these homes. In many cases, a larger bin can be requested based on the number of people living in the property. You would need to contact your local council directly to discuss this.
A larger bin, while it takes a phone call, and in some areas, a small charge, will be much more convenient than dumping waste. And will also work out cheaper should you be caught fly-tipping.

Price Of Skips

For many, there is the concern that skips are an expensive method of waste disposal. And while we appreciate that this may detour some, the skip prices that we offer here at Staffordshire Skip Hire are as low as we can possibly keep them, making our services as accessible as possible for all.

Bogus Waste Removal

There has been an increase in the number of fake removal companies here in the area, with many fly-tipping sites the equivalent of a small van load. The vehicles used for fly-tipping tend to be unbranded vans, which can be a key red flag if you are having your waste removed by a company.
There are long-term fly-tipping individuals that are portraying themselves as legitimate businesses. However, they are causing the environment agency a number of issues with their fly-tipped waste.

Unfortunately, with the number of fly-tipping incidents on the rise, our council tax is being used to remove the waste, rather than improving the local area of Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire. Therefore if you report fly-tipping as soon as you notice it, it can be investigated and hopefully, the individuals can be apprehended.

Here at Staffordshire Skip Hire, we offer skip hire in Longton and the surrounding areas of Stoke on Trent. We offer a range of skips from mini skips to Ro-Ro skips and everything in between. If you are unsure which size skip you require, please contact our Longton skip hire company. We also offer next-day delivery in many cases.


Electronic Waste And Skips

Over the years we have seen an increase in electronic waste entering our skips. Unfortunately, the majority of electronic waste cannot be disposed of in our skips, but actually needs to be taken to a WEEE recycling centre to be disposed of appropriately. So why can we not accept electronic products?

Electronic Waste

Due to the nature of waste electrical and electronic products, they are considered to be hazardous waste. This includes any waste that can be considered a danger to both environmental and human health, should it be disposed of incorrectly.
In recent years there has been an increase in the clean-up of our environment. This coincides with the increase of electronic waste, such as we have become a more throwaway society. Meaning that while we are doing our part for the environment, many are throwing out electronic items that could be used elsewhere or the parts indeed recycled for further use (such as circuit boards).

What Is Considered Electronic Waste?

Formerly, everything which required a plug was considered to be an electronic item. However, with the increase in rechargeable or battery-powered electronic products, these now need to be taken into consideration.
According to HSE there are ten broad categories of WEEE currently outlined within the Regulations, namely:

  • Large household appliances – eg fridges, cookers, microwaves, washing machines and dishwashers
  • Small household appliances – eg vacuum cleaners, irons, toasters and clocks
  • IT and telecommunications equipment – eg personal computers, copying equipment, telephones and pocket calculators
  • Consumer equipment – eg radios, televisions, hi-fi equipment, camcorders and musical instruments
  • Lighting equipment – eg straight and compact fluorescent tubes and high-intensity discharge lamps
  • Electrical and electronic tools – eg drills, saws and sewing machines, electric lawnmowers
  • Toys, leisure and sports equipment – eg electric trains, games consoles and running machines
  • Medical devices – eg (non-infected) dialysis machines, analysers, medical freezers and cardiology equipment
  • Monitoring and control equipment – eg smoke detectors, thermostats and heating regulators
  • Automatic dispensers – eg hot drinks dispensers and money dispensers

This list is not exhaustive, if there are any items that you feel do not fall into this category, you can always contact us to discuss these on an individual basis and we will be happy to help.

Fridges and freezers have not been suitable for the skip for many years, while they are now covered under the WEEE directive, it was formerly due to the nature of the cooling devices that are used on them. This means that they still cannot be removed in a skip.

What Is WEEE?

The WEEE directive or waste electrical and electronic equipment is an EU-led directive to stop harmful waste from being disposed of inappropriately.
The requirement for this type of waste to be recycled separately allows for a selection to be reused elsewhere, and for the good that are at the end of their life to be broken down and recycled appropriately. This means that harmful waste is removed before being disposed of.
Read more about the WEEE directive.

Skip Hire Longton

While there is a list of things that cannot be removed in a skip, please see our page “What can you put in a skip“, you can still remove the majority of your household and garden waste.
Here at Staffordshire Skip Hire, we have a range of skips to hire across Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire. If you are unsure which size skip you require, our team have a wealth of experience in waste management to guide you to the most appropriate size, just contact us today.
From mini skips to RoRo skips we have a number for same-day or next-day delivery.


Local Services For Local People

Based in Stoke on Trent, the team here at Staffordshire Skip Hire take great pride in working closely with the local community and ensuring that we are on hand to support those that need our services at a time to suit them.
From skip hire in Leek, to skip hire in Werrington, where you’ll find our base, we’ve got you covered. Not to mention our fantastic range of machine hire services.

Skip Hire Stoke on Trent

Our skip services are available for hire across the whole of Stoke-on-Trent, and much of Staffordshire. No matter what size you need, we will do our best to have one available on the dates you require.
Are you unsure as to which size skip you require? Our friendly team of experts are on hand to help guide you to the right size. Get in touch today, to discuss what the skip is needed for, and we can guide you towards the perfect skip. We will always recommend that you size up from what you think you need, based on our experience, you will always find something to fill the skip with, whereas if you order one that is too small, you run the risk of the expense of another skip.

Machine Hire Longton

Machinery makes for light work of labour-intensive jobs. This is why digger hire is perfect for most exterior renovations! Whether you are simply digging yourself a new flowerbed, a fish pond or a new patio base, our diggers are labour and time-effective way to shift large amounts of dirt in no time.
Of course, you then need to remove any excess dirt from your property. While yes, you can choose skip hire Longton to remove the dirt, you could also consider grab hire. Providing you have a space to pile your waste, within 4 meters of adequate parking, our digger can remove a full load of waste in as little as 20 minutes.
Our grab hire lorries can hold up to 16 tonnes of waste, making them a more cost-effective waste removal solution than a skip that holds a similar amount of waste.

Aggregates Werrington

Skips and machinery aren’t all we have to offer here at Staffordshire Skip Hire, we also have a collection of decorative aggregates available for delivery across Stoke on Trent.
From stunning plum slate, to vibrant green and red granite and classic Cotswold stone we have a vast selection of aggregates

To discuss your requirements, please contact a member of the team today who will be happy to assist you.


Summer Garden Clear-outs In Werrington

Living in the Staffordshire Moorlands, we have the wonderful combination of fresh countryside air and the hustle and bustle of nearby city skylines. It might only be Hanley, but it’s what we have! So why not make the most of the country air, by getting out into the garden and creating your own serenity.

Skip Hire Werrington

If your garden looks a little more like a jungle right now, hiring a skip can help you to remove the excess waste from your garden, allowing you the space to turn it into your dream garden once again.
From digging up old trees and bushes to swapping out your old patio, our skips have got you covered. Anything from a small 3-tonne – to a 16-yard skip for bigger gardens (or jungles).

Saving Space

When filling a skip with garden waste, we often find that many people do not make full use of the skip, and rather leave an abundance of space where it has not been stocked well.
The most common issue is that the waste has not been cut down or compacted effectively enough. When cutting back, or down, trees and bushes, you will want to take the pieces as small as possible, or as many leaves off as possible in order to flatten them into the skip. While time-consuming, if you have a large garden, it’s cost-effective for your skip.

More Than A Skip

If your jungle is going to fill more than a standard skip, or indeed you have nowhere to store a skip, we have an alternative for you. Grab hire. As long as there is adequate parking to access your mound of waste within 4 meters, our gran hire machines can work over hedges and fences to clear away your garden. This works great for those that live in terrace properties with rear garden access across Stoke on Trent.
Our grab hire lorries are about to remove around 16 tonnes of waste in as little as 20 minutes, saving you hours of back-breaking work.

Longer Projects

Not everyone has the time to complete their garden project over a period of a day or two. Particularly not for the bigger projects. If this sounds like you, speak to the tea about skip hire in Werrington and how long you are able to keep hold of the skip. We are happy to discuss this on an individual basis, however, we are limited during busier times due to high demand.

Are you ready to tackle your jungle? Get in touch to book your skip today! Or talk to the team about our collection of decorative aggregates for when the waste is gone.


Should You Skip Or Tip?

If you are stuck between hiring a skip and taking a trip to the tip, what tips you over the edge in either direction? Is it the goods for disposal, or is it your mode of transport? If you’re having a hard time deciding which method of waste removal is right for you, we’re here to give you a few ideas as to which is right for your type of waste.

Household waste

The majority of domestic waste can be taken to your local tip. However, there are a number of factors to consider before deciding that this is the best course of action for yourself.
Firstly, you need to consider your mode of transport. If you drive a smaller, three-door car, can you fit, lift and shift all of your waste safely? Please remember manual handling is important even outside of the workplace. Or if you drive a van or pick-up truck, they may be considered a commercial vehicle and therefore not allowed to dispose of waste. Depending on your vehicle, you may find yourself making several trips to the tip taking up long periods of time.
The type of waste may also be a factor. If you have copious amounts of garden waste, you may not want to transport this loose in your vehicle, meaning that you would need to bag it all up. Then at the tip, they require garden waste to be loose, meaning that you will then need to empty the bags again. However, with a skip this waste can go directly in, meaning if you are clearing large areas of the garden you can save yourself time and effort then can be spent on the garden.
There are a number of electrical goods that cannot be disposed of within a skip. If this is the main focus on what you are getting rid of, this may mean a trip to the tip (where they have dedicated electronics disposal) or a call to your local council who may collect these for you (charges may apply). In particular, you cannot dispose of a fridge or freezer in a skip.
For information on what you can and cannot dispose of in a skip head over to our dedicated information page.

Commercial waste

Commercial waste is a grey area in terms of taking this to the tip. For example, commercial vehicles cannot enter most waste facilities unless arranged by prior agreement. This is due to the ruling around tipping commercial waste. However, if the waste is taken in a domestic vehicle, the question may not arise. If you are caught disposing of commercial waste in this way, you may risk fines and/or prosecution.
If you are wanting to dispose of commercial waste, we recommend a skip to avoid any potential issues that may arise with other methods of disposal. Here at Staffordshire Skip Hire, we have a wide variety of skip sizes, ensuring that any size waste can be catered for. Even if you only have a small amount of commercial waste, we have small 2-yard skips or builders-bulk-bag which allow your waste to be manoeuvrable.

Asbestos Waste

Asbestos cannot be disposed of in a standard skip or at your local tip or waste disposal site. Asbestos waste needs to be removed by trained and licensed professionals and disposed of by those professionals at a dedicated disposal site. If you have any concerns that you have disturbed asbestos or that any of your waste is asbestos, please contact a member of the team today.

If you have any questions or concerns please get in touch and a member of our dedicated team will be able to advise you.