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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.

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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.

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

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How The Pandemic Has Changed The Way We Look At Waste

Here in the UK we are very much known as a throwaway nation, much like the USA. With many items being single-use, and then ending up at a landfill. The Covid-19 pandemic has very much impacted the amount of waste that households are currently producing. We have seen a rise in the amount of general household waste, and a decrease in the use of recycling. The start of the pandemic also saw a great decline in skip hire, which we can safely say is no longer the case. So how has the pandemic affected how we dispose of our waste, and how can we improve this moving forward.

Single-Use In The Pandemic

The use of single-use items in the pandemic has vastly increased. This is mainly to help reduce the level of infection and reduce the risk of spreading. This means that there is very little that we can do about the number of masks and gloves that people are using, especially as they play a vital part in keeping our NHS safe from the virus. However, what about the single-use items that you may use around the home and office.
There are single-use items that we can look to reduce in our day to day life in order to bring the level of waste back to pre-covid levels. Look at swapping out those plastic bottles of water that you are drinking daily for a refillable bottle. This can reduce plastic waste that ends up in the landfill, along with recycling where possible. If your office currently does not have recycling facilities, look at championing this and getting it in place moving forward.

Food Waste

Throughout the pandemic, a number of councils stopped collecting food waste bins, with many still yet to start again. This means that food waste has been put into the general household waste, to eventually end up at the landfill. Where possible, why not invest in a compost bin. This can then turn into a great source of nutrition for your plants in the garden.

Skip Hire

As we mentioned, the start of the pandemic saw a vast decrease in the use of skip hire. This has unfortunately meant that the waste we normally see, that gets recycled, has been entering the general waste and arriving at landfill sites by the truckload.
We are glad to see that this is no longer the case and skip hire is booming more than ever. This allows the team here at Staffordshire Skip Hire to play their part in combating the level of waste and recycle where possible.

Moving Forward

Pre-pandemic, we saw the nation making great strides in reducing the waste that we produce. Sadly, the pandemic has put us right back where we started. Moving forward, we would like to encourage our customers to recycle wherever they possibly can, reduce the level of food waste that their household produces, and for the bigger projects, hire a skip and let us worry about the recycling!

For more information on where your waste goes when you put it in the skip read our blog: Where Does My Waste Go?. You can also get in touch with a member of our expert team today who will be happy to assist you with booking your skip hire.

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From Plain Space To Entertainment Central

Here at Staffordshire Skip Hire, we have seen an increase in customers getting their garden and driveway ready to entertain guests as we come out of lockdown. From extending the driveway to fit more cars, to creating a grand entertainment area in the garden, there are a number of services that we offer that will make the whole project that much easier.

Skip Hire

With every regeneration project, there will always be an abundance of waste. Whether this is excess rubbish, waste ground, tearing out old drives and patios, or those bushes that are currently in the way. Hiring a skip in advance can help you to move the waste in one fell swoop to get it out of the way.
If you don’t have a driveway space that your skip can sit on while you are working around it, you can request permission from the council to have it placed on the road. This will give you the full range of movement to work on your land without having to work around the skip. Please ensure that you have permission before we arrive with the skip. If you are unsure, please contact your local council for more information.
When undertaking larger projects, we recommend that you size up from the skip you think you need. You may find that you end up with more waste than you initially thought, of it may not compact as well as expected. It can help to save you money in the long run as it can stop you from needing a second skip.
If you are working in the height of summer, please check out our blog on Summer Skip Hire Tips.

Machine Hire

At Staffordshire Skip Hire we have a range of machines that will make light work of digging out your space to lay your new driveway or patio. This includes mini diggers (who wants to shovel out ground in the sun?) and mini excavators. Please visit our Digger Hire for a full list of the machines that we have to offer, or contact us to discuss your project and the best machines for the job. Or head over to our blog on Revamp Your Garden With Ease With Machine Hire.

Aggregates To Suit

Depending on how you are looking to finish your driveway or patio, you may need to invest in a selection of aggregates. We have a range of both builders aggregates and decorative aggregates available for both collection and local delivery.
If you are laying yourself a slabbed patio, you may need to consider the aggregates that you have underneath rather than straight onto soil. Depending on your ground will depend on which is best for you. Contact our team if you are unsure which works best for you.
The quickest and easiest (and sometimes cheapest) way to expand your driveway and patio is to have a selection of decorative aggregates as your final finish. We stock a range including plum slate, red granite and Cotswold stone, which make for an attractive driveway or patio.
Check out our blog on Using Decorative Gravel.

For more information on skip hire, digger hire or our collection of aggregates, please get in touch today and our expert team will be happy to assist you. You can also check back to our latest news for more ideas on how our services can help you.

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Summer Skip Hire Tips

When it comes to hiring a skip, many people view summer as the ideal time to get clearing out that garden, ready to transform it into an amazing place to entertain friends and family. But there are a few things you need to consider before hiring a skip in the height of summer.

The Heat

Brits are a nation of sun lovers, even though some of us should stay as far out of the sun as possible, so we thrive on being out in the sun and soaking up those rays. This even includes some hard labour in the garden. But is this always a good idea? Probably not.
Clearing out your garden in the beating sun is hard work. If you aren’t careful it can lead to dehydration, sunburn and even sunstroke. So here are a few tips on clearing out your garden this summer.
Hire The Skip Last – typically we recommend hiring a skip before commencing work, to save having to make two moves with your waste. However, in the height of summer, we are saying the opposite. If you have the space to pile up your waste, we suggest that you complete the work over a number of days in small bursts. This will help to avoid long periods in the sun.
Fill The Skip At Dawn/Dusk – as you will have already piled your waste together, it makes it easier to fill your skip in one go. We recommend doing this at either end of the day, before it gets too hot or after it starts to cool down. Again, helping to reduce exhaustion.

All At Once

There are a number of us who may not have the luxury of being able to spread the work out over a few days. This means that even in the height of the sun a number of our customers will be working hard to clear the garden and fill the skip all at once. If this sounds like you, here are a few tips that might help you:
Set Up A Shelter – where possible, set up some form of shelter to help shade you from the heavy sun, and where you can, work under this. This will help to reduce the time you spend in direct sunlight.
Drink Plenty – clearing your garden can be hard work, as can filling a skip. So remember to drink plenty of water to help you avoid dehydration.
Avoid Heavy Lifting – where you can, cut things in smaller sections, this will help to reduce the weight that you are lifting into the skip
Break Up The Day – while you may have a lot to undertake in one short space of time, taking regular breaks and getting out of the sun will allow you to cool down and stay healthy.

Skip hire in Stoke On Trent is proving to be quite popular this summer, so if you are looking for a skip in the near future, we recommend getting in touch as soon as possible to help secure your booking on the date you require.
You can check out our latest news for more ideas on how you can use a skip this summer.

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Safely Clearing Out Your Loft

Clearouts are a great time to sift through the stuff that we have collected in our home. Removing the rubbish, the unwanted and the unused. And for the most part, anything we decide to keep ends up in the loft. Out of sight, out of mind. So what happens when we decide that it is time to clear out the loft?

Safety First

When it comes to our loft, many of us are using precariously balanced ladders, and an abundance of upper body strength to get through the hatch. This can mean that safety is thrown to the wind.
If you are clearing out your loft, extra care needs to be taken in order to avoid injury and potential damage in your home. We recommend that you utilise two people to move things up and down your ladders. Along with investing in a good quality ladder that is long enough to get into the loft space.
You will also need to consider how you will be transporting items from the loft and down the ladders. To decrease the risk of injury and falling, consider lowering items down in some form of collection item, such as a garden bucket, or a holdall. If necessary, these can be attached or rope or straps to be lowered right down. Please avoid throwing items down the ladders as this can move your ladders and they can become unstable.

Where To Start

Each of us has a different way of pilling stuff into our lofts, some of us have boarded the space so we can cram more in, others have popped a board or two down to avoid the insulation, then we have the extremes, the completely kitted out space and the throw caution to the wind and put everything on the insulation. Depending on how you have your loft, will depend on how you can work through everything.
We recommend that you create yourself a space towards one end, and work through it, putting stuff to keep into that space and moving along. This will help you to work through it without forgetting where you have been or doubling the work. You can then load any unwanted goods into your container to be lowered down.

To The Skip

When it comes to loading your unwanted items in the skip, remember to keep your eyes out for the few things that shouldn’t be placed into your skip. Check out our handy guide on what you can and can’t put in the skip.
Positioning larger and heavier items in the skip first will help you to fully utilise the space as you can place your smaller items in the gaps. We appreciate that this might not always be the case when you are working from one side of the loft to the other. There are a couple of ways that you can work around this.
Create a sorting space – either use the floor of a room in your house, or pop a sheet down near to your skip. You can then place the smaller and less bulky items here until the larger items are in the skip and you can load over them.
Create a small item side – if you know you only have a few larger items to dispose of, you can load the one side of your skip with the smaller items until your larger items are in place.
Cherry-pick larger items – If your loft space, if larger enough to enable you to remove the larger items first safely, you can cherry-pick the larger items first to create a base layer in the skip.

Choosing The Right Skip

Choosing the right skip for a loft clearance can be somewhat tricky. You never know how much you will be removing to know how much space you will need. If you can have a sort out before ordering you will have a better idea, however, we know that the limited space means that this isn’t always possible.
Consider how large your loft space, and roughly how much you are hoping to dispose of, you can then discuss this with a member of our team who has a good understanding of how much you can safely fit into a skip. Remember, ordering a slightly larger skip than you think you need is better than having to hire a second skip. Commonly, people will find things in the house and garden to fill the skip.

For more information on hiring the right skip for your loft clear out, please get in touch with a member of our expert team today who will be happy to assist you. Remember to check out our blogs regularly for more ideas and information.

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Preparing For A Skip

You might think that hiring a skip is as easy as giving us a call, and your skip will arrive. However, there are a number of considerations that you will need to make before the arrival of your skip. Some considerations will be to make it easier for you, some are legal requirements and others will be for us to deliver and collect.

Where Will Your Skip Live?

Whether you are having your skip for as little as a day, or if it is there long term, or until the end of your project, you will need to consider where your skip will sit during its stay. Usual locations for a skip include your driveway, your front garden or even the road.
While you may have a lovely location picked out for you skip that is completely clear and even, you will also need to consider whether our skip lorry will be able to access the area. Narrow streets with multiple parked cars can prove to be somewhat of an issue when it comes to navigating our lorries to your home.
Aside from on-road obstacles, please also be aware of any low trees, narrow bridges and even low hanging cables.
If you are concerned about access to your home please contact a member of the team and discuss this with us and we will help where we can.

Do You Need A Permit?

If space on your property is an issue, or the skip is needed for waste from work on the front of your house, you might find that you need to have your skip left on the road. This will mean that you require a permit for it to be legal. You will need to check this with your local council. Check out our blog on permits for more information.

Should I Notify Neighbours?

Depending on the work that you are undertaking, a gentle notification can be seen as a polite gesture with or without the addition of a skip.
When it comes to notifying them of the skip, you may want to make them aware if it has the potential to impact them in any way. For example, if you share a driveway space, sometimes doors will be opened across the property line, making them aware may allow them to make other arrangements. Similarly, if your skip will be on the road as this may impact them on the approach or departure from their home.

Hiring The Skip

When it comes to the hiring of the skip, making sure that you have chosen the right size skip is a big consideration. Remember that hiring a skip that is too big will be more economical for you than one that is too small then requiring a second skip. If you are unsure what size skip you require, you can always contact our team to discuss your waste and we will be happy to advise your further.

For more information on preparing for the arrival of your skip, please contact a member of our friendly team today who are on hand to help. Check back to our blogs regularly for more ideas and information.

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Revamp Your Garden With Ease With Machine Hire

Whether you have moved into a new home, or you have just simply neglected your garden, summer is a great time to get the revamp underway.
Looking out across your wilderness, you might be thinking would it be easier to just call someone in to do all the groundwork for you, but thanks to Staffordshire Skip Hire you can now hire your own machinery to help you get the job done!

Digger Hire

Hearing the words digger hire might have you thinking that the machines won’t actually fit into your garden. We are pleased to say that we also have mini and micro diggers in the fleet, making it far easier to get the machines into your residential garden!
Hiring a digger can make larger garden clearances a much easier process than digging everything out by hand. We also have a range of attachments available for our diggers that will enable you to make easy work of a selection of tasks. Discuss with our team how you will be using the digger and we can make recommendations to any additions you may find useful (and maybe even some hints and tips to see you through).

Mini diggers are great for a wide range of garden jobs, but they shine through for certain tasks such as:

  • Breaking down small constructions
  • Digging holes and trenches
  • Excavating ponds
  • Levelling out landscapes
  • Removing tree stumps
  • Repairing sewage lines
  • Installing a pool or hot tub
  • Ploughing snow in preparation for other work

Skip Hire

It might be great fun getting behind the controls of a mini digger for the day, but have you considered where you will be putting all the unwanted ground that you will be digging up? Hiring a skip after the initial dig will have you working twice as hard to move your waste. Consider hiring a skip at the same time as your machinery to make the removal of waste one simple step.
When it comes to deciding on the size of skip you require, we always recommend over-estimating. It’ll be much kinder on your pocket to hire a skip that is too large than to need a second skip. You will also be surprised at how quickly a skip fills up, especially with garden waste. Check out our blog on Garden Clearance for more information.

If you are unsure which machinery is best for your job, please contact a member of our expert team today who will be happy to assist you and make recommendations where possible. Check back to our blogs for a range of other ideas on how the Staffordshire Skip Hire team can assist you with your home and garden renovations.