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How Is Metal Recycled?

Houses are loaded full of metal, whether it is cans or saucepans plus large pieces in items such as bed frames and TV stands and the metal used in the construction of the building.

If you are looking to get rid of bulkier items during a total home renovation project you will need a skip from Staffordshire Skip Hire.

A lot of household waste can be recycled, but how exactly is metal recycled? We will explore this topic during this blog.

Explaining Metal Recycling

The most common metals found in homes are steel, aluminium and copper. Metal is needed for plenty of applications and luckily all of these common types can be easily recycled.

Steel and aluminium are recycled in much the same manner, with waste collected by a skip hire provider or your local council for smaller bits such as cans.

Each item is then transported to a recycling centre where it is cleaned and processed ready to be delivered to foundries all over the country. Steel is chopped up into smaller bits, whereas aluminium is shredded first as it makes it easier for each material to be melted down.

When the metal has been melted it is forged into ingots, or if it is being used to make new drinks cans it will be put into a machine which thinly spreads it into sheets. Once the material is processed it will be transported to factories that need it and turned into a wide range of different items.

Most people believe their old cans are turned into new ones, but recycled steel and aluminium is used to manufacture a number of items including –

  • Cars
  • Boats
  • Trains
  • Pots and Pans
  • Aeroplanes
  • Household appliances

Copper is used for wiring and piping and needs to be graded before it is recycled. The copper used for piping can be recycled straight away as it does not need to carry an electrical current. It can also be melted down and turned into ingots and sent to manufacturers who need it, much the same as steel and aluminium.

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If you have any more questions about recycling metal, please do not hesitate to contact Staffordshire Skip Hire today.

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Remodelling Your Kitchen with Skip Hire

If you are considering giving your kitchen a revamp, you will need to consider hiring a skip from Staffordshire Skip Hire.

Remodelling your kitchen is a massive undertaking with plenty of waste generated, as there will be plenty of different construction materials used for cupboards, piping and kitchen worktops.

Why are Skips so Important for Kitchen Remodelling?

Here are the materials which mean you will need a skip for this project –

Wood – Wood makes up a lot of kitchen areas, including bulky cupboards that line your walls. Add to this your draws and shelves which are all quite difficult to remove when deciding to change your layout. Using a skip will allow you the opportunity to recycle as much of your wood as possible and dispose of the rest responsibly.

Metal – There is also plenty of big and bulky metal objects in kitchens that could need replacing. This includes old copper pipes plus your kitchen sink and drainage area. All of these items will need disposing of properly, which is why skips are the best solution.

Stone – Many kitchens use hard stones such as granite, or in more expensive properties marble is used for worktops and surfaces. If you are replacing these then expect plenty of rubble. Again a skip is the most effective method to get rid of high volumes of waste from a big kitchen remodelling project.

Please note that skip hire companies will not take away your kitchen appliances like fridges or freezers as they contain harmful CFC chemicals. For the rest of your kitchen remodelling project junk make Staffordshire Skip Hire your first call.

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For any type of home renovation project, Staffordshire Skip Hire have a skip waiting for you. Our skips start at 2 tonnes and go up to 12 cubic yard lidded skips for larger projects.

If you would like a no-obligation quote, please do not hesitate to contact us today.

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Prepare for Winter with Skip Hire

While winter does not officially start until 22nd December, for many of us that time feels like the middle of winter, not the beginning.

It is also the most special time of year with the Christmas festivities in full swing. This is why autumn is the best time to hire a skip and prepare for winter efficiently.

For our latest blog, Staffordshire Skip Hire is going to share five ways you can prepare for winter using a skip and give yourself a stress-free festive season with plenty of mulled wine or hot chocolate in front of the fire.

5 Winter Clearout Tips

Pre-Christmas Clearout – Even if you love Christmas, the winter season can feel cold, dark and wet at times, making it a good time to make your home as homely as possible. Having a pre-Christmas clear-out can make room for guests plus it clears space for Christmas decorations such as your tree which should take pride of place without being surrounded by clutter.

Hiring a skip will help dispose of visible clutter and you can also empty your drawers and cupboards of anything you don’t need anymore to free up storage space.

A Lean and Clean Wardrobe – Ditch those tatty old clothes and make room for a winter wardrobe selection, where each item has clear air to prevent it from getting damp and musty during storage. Bulky garments such as thick jumpers and cardigans can be vacuum-packed and stored away in the summer but will require more hanging space in winter.

We all hoard clothes we never wear and while some are perfectly fine for charity shop donations or hand-me-downs, some of the older ratty-looking garments are destined for the bin.

DIY Debris – The end of the year can come around pretty quickly leaving little time to finish off those DIY and decorating plans. Keep everything which can still be used in the next stage of your home improvement plans, but throw away empty paint cans, remnants of wood and other waste materials.

You may find renewed motivation to complete the remaining work, or alternatively, give yourself a blank canvas to pick things up again next year.

Don’t Forget About the Garden – Wet and windy weather can make gardening even more of a chore, but it is also important to maintain care for your outdoor spaces. You will need to be smart about what you keep, such as fallen leaves which can provide nutritious mulch for flowerbeds with grass clippings doing the same for your lawn.

If you are cutting back shrubs for the winter or removing weak and rotten branches from trees, skip hire is a great way to get rid of woody material that cannot be put in garden waste wheelie bins.

Seasonal Skip Hire is the Solution – Finally, while you may not have specific waste to get rid of, winter can still produce a lot of rubbish, especially from Christmas presents and the extra home festivities.

Hiring a skip from Staffordshire Skip Hire could be the best decision you will make, giving you plenty of room for household waste plus you will have somewhere to bin your Christmas tree in January.

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Staffordshire Skip Hire are the leading provider of skips for hire right across Stoke on Trent plus nearby areas such as Leek and Werrington.

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Disposing of Mattresses with Staffordshire Skip Hire

While it feels like one of the great cliches of skip hire, that a mattress always ends up sticking out of the top of a skip, this can lead to major problems.

The majority of skip hire providers will charge extra to dispose of mattresses or simply refuse to collect them at all; especially if they exceed the fill level of the skip as this can be dangerous for transport.

So if your mattress has seen better days, what can you do to dispose of it safely? Here is a handy guide from Staffordshire Skip Hire to answer all of your questions in one place.

5 Options for Mattress Disposal

Collection from Skip Hire Provider – If you have hired a skip for a project such as a bedroom refurbishment, it is worth checking with your provider to ask if they could collect your mattress seperately.
It is not unusual for skip companies to arrange individual collection for awkward items such as fridge-freezers or mattresses. An extra fee will need to be paid in most cases, which can be factored into your overall budget for a bedroom redecoration.

Council Collection – Different local authorities have different rules regarding the collection of bulky items such as mattresses for removal and disposal. Staffordshire Skip Hire would recommend checking with your local council regarding these type of fees.
It is not as straightforward as counting a complete bed with the mattress as one item; as this could be classed as four, including the mattress the frame, headboard and the slats.

Give it Away – Your old mattress could be of use for someone else, especially if you are replacing it after the recommended seven years or sooner. There are people out there who sleep on mattresses that are decades old. If your mattress remains in decent condition, you could ask family or friends or even local Facebook groups and get someone to take it off your hands for free.

Take it to the Tip – Driving your old mattress to the tip is tricky but some people end up doing this as they do not have any alternatives. It is usually free to dispose of a mattress at the tip, but this takes time to get there plus extra effort finding a suitable van or another vehicle.

Recycling – Proper mattress recycling is very effective but unfortunately quite rare. A good recycling centre will extract its metal springs while recycling the padding for new uses such as carpet underlay.
Up to 95% of the mass of a mattress is recyclable but many are fly-tipped or in landfill sites. If you want to make sure yours does not end up like them, find a mattress recycler or speak to Staffordshire Skip Hire about safe disposal.

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If you have any questions about disposing of mattresses, please do not hesitate to contact Staffordshire Skip Hire today.

We are Staffordshire’s leading provider of skip for hire, plus we also offer digger and grab lorry hire.

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Choosing Between Skip Hire and the Tip

There are a number of ways to dispose of large amounts of waste whether it is from a house, construction or garden project.

One of the most common is taking it down your local tip, but have you considered hiring a skip from Staffordshire Skip Hire?

Skip hire offers a number of benefits including being a convenient waste solution for you.

Reasons to Choose Skip Hire

Here we have put together four reasons you should consider using a skip instead of the tip –

1. Convenience – Hiring a skip is particularly convenient if you are looking to get rid of a large amount of waste. Rather than loading up your car for repeated trips to the tip, you can simply throw it into a skip at the front of your property.

While tips are considered a cheaper option you need to take into consideration the cost of fuel for repeated trips to the tip plus the amount of time you will spend separating the waste into the correct sections. This process will be repeated a number of times and can end up costing you time and money.

2. Waste Quantity – The amount of waste you want to move is one of the most important factors to consider. For smaller projects, it is more economical to use the tip if it only requires one trip. However, if you have accumulated significant waste, then a skip is a smarter choice. For projects such as a refurbishment or significant construction work, it is much easier to hire a skip.

3. Different Types of Waste – When choosing between the tip or skip you should always consider what type of waste you are moving. Dirty, dusty and bad-smelling waste will seep into the upholstery of your car and lead to permanent damage. If you have spent the whole day with endless trips to the tip you want to recuperate and not cleaning your car.

You also run the risk of causing visible damage to your car, including holes and tears in the interior and scratches in the paintwork. Remember you do not need to seperate waste when using a skip.

4. Where to Position Your Skip – If you choose skip hire from Staffordshire Skip Hire you are able to have a waste solution available on your front lawn or driveway. If you do not have space on your lawn or driveway you will need to apply for a permit to station it on your street outside your home. We offer a diverse range of skips to ensure we have the model to suit your waste removal needs.

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What Happens to Waste When It’s Collected in a Skip?

If you have decided to hire a skip from Staffordshire Skip Hire, you may be wondering what happens to your waste once it is collected.

This is why we have put together this informative guide to your waste once it leaves your property for the final time.

Explain the Journey of Rubbish Once Collected

Individuals and businesses have a duty of care ensuring their waste is disposed of in a responsible way. This is still the case even after its left their home or business premises. If you do not abide by these regulations it could result in a £5000 fine and a criminal prosecution.

There are a number of different items that are placed in our containers and mixed together. Your skips first destination is a specialised facility where the different waste streams can be separated out and then they are sent their separate ways for processing.

What About Individual Materials?

Glass – Glass is one of the most easily recyclable materials which can be recycled over and over again. It is taken to a proper facility where it is crushed, mixed with raw materials then it is superheated in a furnace then turned back into a reusable glass which can be used for bottles and jars.

Metal – Metal is another material which is easily recycled, that is separated into two main types of aluminium and steel although iron and copper are also common.

Aluminium is used often in drink cans but needs to be put in recycling bins. When recycled these cans are often used again in aerospace and the motoring industry.

Steel is recycled and often more used for heavier duty purposes. Train tracks are often manufactured from repurposed scrap steel as well as being used for bicycle frames.

What About My Garden Waste?

Staffordshire Skip Hire frequently arranges skips for garden clearances and complete remodelling projects. This means our containers can carry away plenty of green waste.

Waste such as glass, plastics or metal can be taken to industrial-sized composting facilities. Now it is checked to see if any in-organic or contaminated material has been mixed in. If this is the case, it is removed and left to compost in huge heaps. This material is turned into fertiliser and soil conditioners in both the commercial and industrial sectors.
The basics of our skip hire service are that we carry away 95% of your waste to be recycled. Everything else will be handled by our fully licensed waste specialists and disposed of properly.

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If you are in need of skip hire for your next project do not hesitate to get in touch with Staffordshire Skip Hire now.

We are Stoke on Trent and surrounding areas such as Leek and Werrington’s leading suppliers of skips for hire.

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Can I Dispose of Paint Tins with a Skip?

If you have started renovating your home or office in the past few months, you may be wondering what is the best method to get rid of leftover paint tins.

Unlike other waste types, paint tins are classed as hazardous waste and thus require special treatment when it comes to their disposal.

In our latest blog, we will provide all the answers you need regarding paint tin recycling plus tips on disposing of them responsibly.

How to Dispose of the Paint

When you have finished your DIY project and are ready to throw out the leftovers, you will need to dispose of the excess paint from the old paint tins. There are a number of options available for getting rid of unused paint. Just make sure you do not pour it down the sink.

Pouring away unused paint blocks your sink plus it is a major environmental concern with its harmful chemicals in the paint potentially poisoning fish. You do have a number of options before you start looking at paint disposal companies which could also save you some money.

Here are some options to consider for unused paint –

Donate – Donating unused paint is a great option which can help someone finish off their DIY project plus you can get rid of your paint tins responsibly. Here are some areas you can donate your unwanted paint –

Family and Friends – You can always ask any family or friends if they are starting some DIY work soon and then your paint is not going to waste.

Charity and Community Groups – If you are donating unused paint to charity or a community group, you can start asking around for anyone who needs paint for a project near to you. This will save the charity or community group money on supplies too.

Household Waste Recycling Centres – If your unused paint is completely out of use it will need to be taken to a licensed recycling centre. Remember leftover paint will need to harden before it can be taken to a recycling facility.

Throwing out Empty Paint Tins

If you have used all your paint up or have disposed of the excess paint separately now it is time to get rid of the tins. It is a common myth that you can throw empty paint tins into your mixed recycling but this is not possible. Empty paint tins are still labelled as hazardous and require special care when throwing them out. This prevents harmful chemicals from ending up as landfill.

Can I Put Paint Tins in a Skip?

Old paint tins cannot be loaded into one of our skips as the paint itself is now banned from the landfill because of the hazardous chemicals. You need to treat paint tins with care when getting rid of them.

Can I Recycle Paint Tins?

Even with excess liquid paint, old paint tins can be recycled in most recycling centres all over the UK. Just make sure they are empty and give your local recycling centre a call to see if they accept paint tins.

Where Can Old Paint Tins be Taken?

As previously mentioned, old paint tins can be taken to your local recycling facility just make sure you specify whether the tin has any paint left inside as this may affect the facility collecting it.

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If you have any questions about the disposal of old paint cans or want to know more about our skip hire services get in touch today.

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Can I Use Skips for Garden Waste?

If you are looking to give your garden a bit of TLC, the best way to get rid of your waste is by using skip hire from Staffordshire Skip Hire.

This is the best way to dispose of garden waste in no time compared to waiting for your local council to pick up your green bin.

What Materials are Considered Garden Waste?

Here is a quick breakdown of materials that can be considered as garden waste –

  • Grass, weeds, shrubs, leaves, twigs and branch clippings
  • Lawn, turf, soil, slag, wood chip and bark
  • Bricks, slabs, rubble and hardcore materials
  • Garden furniture, plant pots or patio materials

Why Skip Hire is the Most Efficient for Garden Waste

1. The Most Cost-Effective Collection Service – It can always be tempting to hire a man with a van but remember this is twice the price. You will pay separate fees for the labour costs and the disposal of your garden waste (which is based on the amount).
Alternatively, skip hire from Staffordshire Skip Hire is charged at a much more reasonable rate for big garden waste clearances.

2. More Reliable than Council Bin Collection Service – If you are considering using your local council’s bin collection service there are many factors to consider, such as –

  • Picking the right day of the week
  • Choosing the right hour of the day
  • Positioning your bin on the footpath next to the curb
  • Ensure you are not blocking pedestrian pathways or vehicle access
  • Making sure your bin handle is facing your home
  • Bagging up all your loose rubbish
  • Not overloading your bin

3. Book Online – When you choose a skip hire from Staffordshire Skip Hire you can book with us online or by simply giving us a call and our operator can drop your skip right at your door plus we will pick it up once you are done. We will also ensure all of your garden waste will be recycled up to 100% of all its content.

4. Lower Carbon Footprint – Most councils in the UK still allow garden fires but have strict rules about this sort of activity. You can be charged thousands of pounds for unintentional violations.

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If you are looking to hire a skip to help transform the look of your garden, contact Staffordshire Skip Hire now.

We are the county’s leading skip provider, including areas such as Leek and Werrington.

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Lockdown DIY Using Skip Hire

The country has spent recent months in lockdown, which has sparked the creative juices of homeowners and builders alike.

During this time, Staffordshire Skip Hire have seen many different DIY projects taking place with a study from Aviva stating that 85% of adults in the UK have at least attempted some sort of DIY project.

One of the key items to complete these sort of projects is a skip from Staffordshire Skip Hire, as a safe and efficient way of dealing with all of your waste. We have heard about all kinds of projects such as back garden bars to new children’s play areas.

Here are a selection of DIY projects we have heard about that are worth shouting about –

Three Amazing Home DIY Projects from Lockdown

1. Back Garden Bar – A couple from Wilmslow were not quite ready to go back to the pub under the new guidelines, so they decided to bring the pub home instead!
With a budget of just £500, with all materials purchased through Facebook Marketplace, they added old beer pumps and a second-hand fridge to help create their very own beer garden.

2. Steam Train BBQ – A welder who has a love for DIY created his very own BBQ from parts of an old steam train using its scrap metal. While it can be tricky to find uses for old scrap metal, this is a great way to stop it being dumped at a recycling centre plus you get your own bespoke BBQ!
The welder even used the pipe of the train to filter out the smoke with the metal holding in the heat and doubling up as a rotisserie oven.

3. Home Gym – With all the gyms closed during lockdown people have been looking at different ways to maintain their fitness levels. A couple took this a step further by creating their own home gym with items from local DIY stores. They even took it a step further by sourcing their gym’s windows from their local scrapyard.

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If you have been inspired to take on your own DIY projects, contact the skip hire specialists at Staffordshire Skip Hire for the most cost-effective solutions in Stoke on Trent.

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The Ultimate Guide to Carpet Disposal

When you are having a new carpet fitted it is common practice to dispose of your old one.

Here at Staffordshire Skip Hire, we get regular calls about using our skip hire services for getting rid of carpets. This is why we have put together this comprehensive guide of all the ways you can dispose of a carpet.

9 Ways to Get Rid Of Your Old Carpet

Retailers – One easy way to dispose of your old carpet is to have it removed by the retailer that you purchased your new one from. Many carpet retailers with an offer this sort of service just make sure you clarify whether this includes uplifting your old one or simply collecting and disposing of.

Carpet Fitters – If your retailer does not offer a disposal service you can always ask your carpet fitter if they can remove it for an additional fee. You will need to ensure they have a waste carrier’s license from the Environment Agency as it is illegal for them to take it away without this.

Reuse – Old carpets can be repurposed for gardening, mats, animal bedding, offcuts or you could consider giving it to a friend. Having said this, new offcuts are more likely to be reusable as older carpets can sometimes be smelly and unpleasant.

Council Dump – If you are a householder, disposing of carpet at your local recycling centre is the most cost-effective option as most tips are completely free. The only downside if you have a vehicle is that it may require more than one trip to completely get rid of your old carpet.

Councils – Some councils do offer a bulky waste collection service, but you will need to check with your local council’s website first.

Skip Hire – Providing there is enough carpet to fill it, hiring a skip from Staffordshire Skip Hire is another way of getting rid of old flooring materials.

Man and Van Clearance – The obvious alternative to skip hire is using a man and van rubbish removal company.

Pulling Up Your Carpet – Before you can dispose of your carpet it will need to be lifted up from the floor. This requires a handful of tools but if you do not feel like getting your hands dirty you ask a carpet fitter to do this.

Landfill – Carpets contain complex fibres that can not be broken down in landfill as their process of biodegrading is slower and creates methane. We would strongly recommend not adding your old carpet to landfill.

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If you want to find out more about carpet disposal, please speak to Staffordshire Skip Hire today.

We are the leading supplier of skip for customers right across Stoke on Trent and the surrounding areas.