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.


Spring Clear Outs

Every year people vow to do a spring clear out, but how often do we go all out and do a thorough clear out? What a better time to start doing that clear out while many of us are still in lockdown, and the kids have gone back to school?

Not So Yearly

We always start with the best intentions when it comes to our clear outs, but when was the last time you actually had a good old sort out?
By having a yearly clear out, usually in the spring, it gives you the opportunity to remove those things from the house that you no longer need or use. If you have young children, the time between Christmas and your spring clear out allows you to assess the toys that are no longer used, or may even have been broken, giving you more free space in your home. Remember some charity shops will take on the unbroken toys before they head for the skip.
If you keep up with your yearly clear outs, you might find that there are things that haven’t been touched since last year, is it time for them to go too?

Loft Clear Out

When it comes to our loft space, we only tend to go up there to retrieve Christmas decorations, or to put stuff up there out of the way. So if we keep putting stuff up there, how often do we get anything back down? Spend some time routing through your loft space, you’ll be amazed at some of the gems that you find, or even some of the rubbish that you have kept.
When doing a loft clear out, it can give you the chance to inspect your loft too. If you have any leaks you might find that your belongings are growing types of mould, this might be time to show them the skip.

Garden Tidy Up

If you haven’t already filled your skip with the unwanted waste from inside your house, why not take a wander into the garden. Spring is a great time to cut back all the dead parts of your plants, dig up any no longer thriving plants and remove all the general waste that your garden has collected over the year. From old plant cuttings, bits of broken garden furniture to old cracked pots, it’s time to say goodbye.

For more information on hiring the right skip for your clear out check out the range of skips, we offer across Stoke-On-Trent and the surrounding areas. You can also check out our blogs for a range of advice or hints and tips. Alternatively, contact a member of our expert team today who will be happy to assist 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.

Got any Questions? Contact Us Now

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.

Get in Touch for More Information

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.

Talk to the Skip Hire Specialists

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.

Get in Touch with the Skip Hire Specialists

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