A Handy Guide to What you Can and Can’t Dispose of in a Skip 

Skip hire is an excellent waste disposal solution, but no waste management system is a ‘catch all’, and there are certain items that should not be disposed of in a skip. 

As a general rule of thumb, waste can be split into two categories; hazardous and non-hazardous, and it’s actually illegal to mix the two forms of waste, so it’s important that you know what form of waste you need to dispose of, and act accordingly. 

If you’re unsure whether skip hire is the correct solution for your waste disposal, read on for our quick guide to what you can and can’t put in a skip…

What can you put in a skip 

Skips are suitable for a wide range of non-hazardous, household waste, including; wood, soil, rubble, garden waste, furniture, bricks, metal, plasterboard, carpet, and general household rubbish

What can’t you put in a skip 

Hazardous waste that cannot be disposed of in a skip includes; asbestos, which should be disposed of by a specialist contractor. Televisions, fridges and other household electrical items, which should be taken to your local recycling centre. Tyres and fluorescent tubes and lightbulbs should also be taken to your local recycling centre for disposal, and not placed in a skip. 

Batteries should not be placed in a skip, and instead should be disposed of in a battery bag requested from your local authority, or placed in battery banks that can often be found in supermarkets. 

If you need to dispose of gas cylinders, you should either return them to the company that they came from to be reused, or take them to your local recycling centre. Medical waste and chemicals and pesticides should never be disposed of in a skip, instead you should contact your local authority to arrange appropriate disposal. 

 

If you have any questions about what you can and can’t put in a skip, or wish to enquire about an item not listed in this blog, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Staffordshire Skip Hire, our team are on hand to advise you!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Everything You Need to Know About Loft Conversions

A loft conversion is one of the best ways to create more space in your home; creating another bedroom, a home office or even a gym!

Depending on the size of your loft, you could require a skip hire or large container to help with the waste generated. Here at Staffordshire Skip Hire, we have dealt with plenty of loft conversions which is why we have put together this list of things you need to know before starting this project.

The Key Points for Loft Conversions

Before undertaking a loft conversion, it is important to consider the following four points which will save you money, time and leave you with a beautiful new room in your home.

Get a Fixed Price – Before any works start you will need a fixed price from a contractor or builder’s firm. Unexpected work and a delayed/escalated timescale will hit you in the pocket. Making sure you have a fixed price in writing will help to mitigate any hidden costs and charges.

Hire a Skip – During the construction of your loft conversion, lots of waste, rubbish and building materials will be generated. Depending on the size of your space, you may require a small skip hire or if it is a larger space, you will obviously need a bigger skip. Items such as old furniture, bits of boarding and unwanted old possessions will need to be disposed of. This is where Staffordshire Skip Hire can help, by taking some of these materials away in one of our skips.

Understand Fire Regulations – This is one of the most crucial points to consider. Opening up your ceiling for a staircase can make the spread of fire more rapid. Ensure you have contacted your local authority or fire station to understand more about fire regulations before starting your loft conversion.

Check Planning Permission – Make sure you get planning permission before work starts. Check with your local council beforehand as you may not even need it but this will help avoid any unpleasant legal issues.

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If you are considering a loft conversion soon, please contact Staffordshire Skip Hire for all of your skip hire requirements.

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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!

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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.

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Things NOT To Do When Hiring a Skip

As soon as the time comes for some refurbishment, garden work or your annual clearout, the smartest homeowners will organise a skip from Staffordshire Skip Hire.

We are constantly amazed by some of the mistakes people will make when hiring one of our skips to help make their task easier and quicker. This is why we have put together a brief summary of the most common mistakes people make regarding skip usage.

3 Common Skip Hire Mistakes

1. Overfill Your Skip – One of the most common problems when undertaking refurbishment or building work, is overfilling your skip. With a wide range of skip sizes available, it is surprising how often people will go for a smaller size. If in doubt always go for a bigger skip!
It is much more cost-effective to hire a bigger skip than have to fork out for another skip for your excess waste. Remember to place heavier items on top of weaker items and ensure all flattened materials are put in first. If the waste rises over the lip of the skip, it is overfilled, which is actually illegal. You could be liable for prosecution plus you could damage other people’s vehicles or property in transit if the truck cannot lift the skip.

2. Put Your Skip in the Wrong Place – It is a much better solution to keep your skip on your private property if you have space. This will prevent congestion and avoid any damage to cars and oncoming traffic. A skip permit is required to place your waste solution on the main road, which is another cost that needs to be factored in. If you are placing heavy items in the skip, take into consideration whether the floor below the skip could up damaged because of placing the skip on the surface.

3. Put Wrong Items In – Avoid putting any items which could be hazardous into the skip, including televisions, radios, batteries, asbestos and tyres. These sort of items need to be disposed of by a specialist. Just make sure your skip hire is suitable for the materials that you are getting rid of.

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If you have any questions about hiring a skip from Staffordshire Skip Hire, please do not hesitate to contact us today.