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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Are There Separate Skips For Domestic And Commercial Waste?

When it comes to hiring a skip for your home and business, you might be left wondering if there are different types of skips available for business or for domestic purposes. Here we can help you to decide on the best skips for your needs.

Difference In Skips

There is no requirement to have a specific type of skip for commercial or domestic waste. This means that our entire selection of skips is available for hire whether you are a large organisation, or a small flat clear out (we don’t recommend a 40-yard RoRo here though!).
When it comes to waste removal, we are still restricted as to the waste that we permit into our skips, regardless of the size of the skip, or whether it is commercial or domestic. If you are unsure as to whether your waste will be suitable, you can always contact our team who will be happy to assist you.

Commercial Waste

When you require a skip to remove your commercial waste, the main considerations that you will need to make is the size of your skip and the location of where it will be left on your property.
When it comes to the location of your skip, you will need to consider whether this sits on your property or on the road, in which case you will be required to have a permit from your local council.
If you decide to have the skip on your property, you will need to consider the impact that this might have on your business, for example, if you have customers attending the business, will this impact where they enter your business, where they park, or will you require fencing to partition off the area.
When it comes to the size of your skip, it entirely depends on the amount of waste that you are planning to remove. There is nothing to stop you from going as small as our 2-tonne mini skip, but you can also go for our 40-yard RoRo skip if you are doing a large scale overhaul. Always remember to overestimate your waste as having too large of a skip will work out cheaper for your business than having to hire a second skip if the first is not sufficient.

Domestic Waste

From home renovations to garden clear outs, hiring a skip for domestic purposes has many uses. As with commercial skips, you will also need to consider where the skip will be while it is with you. If you do not have the space on your property, a council permit will be required for on-road skips. If you are planning to have your skip on the property, ensure that the space you have allocated is ample and clear before the arrival of your skip. If you are having a drop door skip, remember to allow for this.
One thing to remember when it comes to hiring a skip for your domestic waste is the items that are prohibited, including white goods. So please speak to us if you are looking to remove items like fridges, freezers and washing machines.

Information on Skip Permits and Hazardous Waste can be found on our dedicated information page. Or you can contact a member of our expert team today who will be happy to assist you.
When it comes to selecting the right size skip, our team of experts are experienced in what can fit in each skip, so if you are unsure, please speak to our team who can guide you in the right direction.


Bathroom Revamp? Why Should You Hire A Skip

Home renovations can leave you with an abundance of waste that you can’t fit in your average household bin. Or that might be too big (or too much) to fit in the back of your car to head to the tip. This includes renovating your bathroom.

Bathroom Fixtures

When it comes to renovating your bathroom, there are usually three larger fixtures that you will need to dispose of. The toilet, sink and bath.
These items are far too big for your standard bin, and for many cars. In many instances, if you have them fitted by the company you purchased your new ones from, they will take away your old ones too. However, in a bid to save a few pennies, many of us opt to either fit them ourselves or call someone cheaper in to fit them. This means that we have to dispose of the old ourselves too.
The good news is that hiring a skip from Staffordshire Skip Hire means that you can dispose of all three items in one place, right in front of your home, without the hassle of moving things around too much, or waiting for them to be collected.

Bathroom Revamp

It is unusual to find someone who is swapping out their bathroom fixtures and not revamping the rest of the room at the same time. Especially as removing the fixtures can cause damage to the surrounding decoration, plaster and flooring.
When hiring a skip to remove all of your fixtures, you can ensure that you are hiring the appropriate size to also remove any further waste that your total revamp may require.
We recommend that you consider the size of the overall bathroom as you may need space for flooring, old plaster and anything else that you might be removing.

Selecting Your Skip

It is easy to underestimate the size of the skip that you require, especially when you are loading it with bulky items. There are a few things that you might want to consider when choosing your size. Firstly, consider a skip with a drop door, this will mean that you do not need to lift heavy and bulky items over the rim of your skip. (You may want to load the bulky items first to fill the skip effectively).
Consider a slightly larger skip than you originally thought, just to be on the safe side as you tend to find you have more waste than you anticipated. For a full bathroom suite, we recommend nothing smaller than our 5-tonne drop door due to the length of your bath.
For advice on selecting the most suitable size, please contact our team today who will be able to advise you based on your specific needs.

For more information on our skips, or to book your skip hire today, please contact a member of our friendly team who will be happy to help you. Check back to our latest news for more information.

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Where Does My Waste Go?

As more and more of us are recycling our general household waste, from separating your food waste, your glass, cardboard and even tins, you might be sceptical about which items from your skip are actually recycled. You will be glad to know that here at Staffordshire Skip Hire, we do all we can to ensure your waste heads to the right destination.

First Stop: Sorting

You may have thrown a complete variety of waste into your skip, from removing waste from a home renovation to digging up the jungle that should be a back garden. Everything is combined into one skip, meaning that its first stop after we collect it is the sorting facility.
This sorting facility will separate the waste in each skip to ensure that the correct waste can go to each recycling centre.

Household Waste

There are a number of waste items that end up in our skips that could be easily recycled in your home recycling bins. These will all get separated out at the sorting facility and despatched to the appropriate facility, where your home recycling will also go. The most common we see are glass and metals.
Glass – Glass is one of the most recycled materials here in the UK. Glass that arrives at the appropriate recycling facility will be ground and crushed, combined with raw materials, superheated and then formed into a new product.
Your recycled glass can be found in a range of widely products, and even some that we encounter in our everyday lives. Many drinks companies have begun to use recycled glass where they use glass bottles, a number of reusable glass bottles are also now made from recycled glass, alongside recycled glass countertops.

Metal – Alongside glass, the other most commonly recycled material is metal. Some types of metal, such as aluminium, is widely recycled in your household recycling. However, other metals aren’t usually discarded in our usual recycling, so find their way into our skips, where they will end up at the most appropriate recycling facility.
Aluminium is usually found in our homes in the form of drinks cans and food tins. While these can be popped in the usual recycling, we also welcome this form of metal. Once recycled aluminium is smelted into large blocks to then be reused, even ending up in the aerospace industry.
Equally as common is steel, including stainless steel. This commonly finds its way onto our front lawns to be collected by the scrap men. However, it also ends up in our skips to be appropriately sorted. Steel that is recycled can end up back in your life by way of a new bicycle frame, or even end up as train tracks.
Iron and copper are also found disposed of in our skips. This will be directed to the most appropriate facility as they are considered of higher scrap value.

Garden Waste

Clearing out your garden can leave you with an abundance of organic garden waste. Organic waste will compost regardless of the facility it ends up at, however, by ensuring that it ends up in the most appropriate facility, the composted materials can be re-used, and may even end up back in your garden when your purchase compost.
Where your compostable waste is mixed into other in-organic waste, it will be separated and checked to ensure that there is no contamination before being moved to a compost site.

For more information on the facilities where our waste ends up, please contact our team today. To book skip hire, please get in touch today, or head over to our skips to find the right size for your needs.


Garden Clearance

Springtime is the perfect time of year to entirely revamp your garden. So why not hire yourself a skip and give yourself a couple of days to strip your garden back to basics, and have it perfect in time for a summer BBQ.

Types Of Garden Waste

When it comes to clearing out your garden, you will find that it might not be all green waste that you need to dispose of. So which types of waste from your garden can go into your skip?
Typically you will be disposing of green waste and soils. This includes grass cuttings, leaves, branches (or even trees) and dug up earth such as soils and mulch. These are all safe to be disposed of in the skip and will be separated appropriately at our nominated recycling facility where soil will be repurposed and greenery will be composted down and used in other ways.
You may also be disposing of old patios, so include slabs, bricks and even chunks of concrete. These too can go into the skip, and will be broken up for further use in concrete and alternative aggregates.
Around your garden, you will find a selection of different liquids. From water containers, to liquid fertiliser, weed killers and assorted other chemicals. Unfortunately, these cannot be disposed of in the skip due to contamination. You should also avoid these going into your drainage system. Please check out the label for the most appropriate disposal or contact your local garden centre for advice.

Reduce The Bulk

Garden waste can be somewhat bulky and take up large amounts of space in the skip. So how can you reduce the bulk and help you to get the most out of your skip? The answer is quite simply to cut things down. If you are disposing of old fence panels, to make the most of your skip, while keeping it below the fill level, break them up so that the majority of the bulk can sit on the bottom of the skip. You can then pile other oddly shaped waste on top of the flat panels. Similarly to the fence panels, if you are disposing of large branches or trees, cutting them down into smaller chunks can help you to fit them into the skip better. You may also wish to remove small branches and leave and put these into the skip separately to compact it down further.
If you are digging up large slabs of concrete, the smaller you can get these the better. Not only will it make it easier for you to lift into the skip, it will also mean that it can be fitted in around other waste.

For more information on hiring a skip for your garden clear out, get in touch with a member of our expert team today who will be more than happy to assist you. You can also check out our range of blogs for more information on how you can utilise skip hire for your home and business.