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Get summer ready with Skip Hire

With the UK currently experiencing a heatwave, there has never been a better time to get those much-needed garden jobs done.

The perfect solution for getting rid of the waste generated is hiring a skip from Staffordshire Skip Hire. For our latest blog, we will talk you through potential tasks you could take on and why a skip is generally needed for all of them.

Sort out your garden decking

People looking to spruce up their garden will often look at installing decking as their first task. While decking can look spectacular, it can easily show up dirt marks and disrepair. Most of the time this can be offset with a power wash or a quick session of oiling and staining that will have it looking brand new.

Sometimes decking boards can get beyond repair, whether they have been worn away, rotted with damp, or riddled with insects. Getting rid of damaged boards requires a skip hire, as you could potentially have plenty of waste.

Trimming trees

Overhanging branches are not an issue most of the time, but there could become a time when they become annoying and potentially dangerous. Piles of pine needles, dead leaves, and other debris can be irritating to clean up but add to these fallen tree branches this becomes a more serious situation. Fallen branches have been known to break windows, damage property, and even injure people.

Hiring a skip for your garden waste is the most environmentally friendly option, as we take care of all of the waste responsibly.

Fixing up old fences

Similar to low-hanging branches, wood fences have the potential to be dangerous if not given proper attention. Broken nails and splintered wood can be eliminated quite quickly during a renovation. As with decking, you could find it much easier to use a skip to get rid of your waste.

Talk to the skip hire specialists

If you are considering a garden renovation project this summer, get in touch with Staffordshire Skip Hire to arrange a skip for your waste.

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So many reasons to work with Staffordshire Skip Hire

Waste is part and parcel of life on-site for tradespeople all over the country, whether you work in construction or similar trade. The work can generate large amounts of waste, from building rubble and bricks to wood and soil.

Some tradespeople will use a skip from Staffordshire Skip Hire for their project to ensure the process is as simple as possible.

Working with Staffordshire Skip Hire

Here are just some of the reasons to work with us –

Save time and get the best deal

When you are working across a number of different construction sites over the space of a year, it can be a lot of hassle to source a skip from a different supplier every time. Having to research suppliers when you move to a new site is time-consuming and means plenty more admin.

Staffordshire Skip Hire is able to offer you an instant quote over the phone or by filling in our inquiry form; taking the leg work out of the process for you.

Choose your skip size

While many skip suppliers offer one or two sizes of skip, Staffordshire Skip is able to offer a wide range of skips that range from 2 tonnes to 10 tonnes.

Our service is designed to give you a variety of choices, plus if you are unsure we can recommend the best size based on your requirements. This again is another time-saver, which saves you sitting in front of a computer and scrolling through Google.

Dispose of waste responsibly

We don’t just collect your waste, we also ensure that it is recycled efficiently which gives you peace of mind, knowing you are fulfilling your environmental obligations. According to industry statistics, a third of the waste found in landfills is generated from construction sites.

Our aim is to provide a green, ethical service that eliminates unnecessary waste.

Ready to hire your skip? Get in touch now

If you are now ready to hire a skip, contact Staffordshire Skip Hire today and we can recommend the best size for your construction site.

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How to safely remove your sofa

If you think it’s time to replace your sofa with a new and comfier style, it’s important to know how to dispose of the old one properly.

There are options available when it comes to sofa removal, such as having it collected or disposed of. For this blog, Staffordshire Skip Hire will talk you through each option in greater detail.

How to dispose of your sofa

While it may seem tricky to know where to start with disposing of your sofa, there are a number of options available, depending on how quickly or cheaply you want to be rid of it.

Donating – If you are feeling generous, you could always give it to charity, providing it is still in usable condition. Many charities also offer to collect donated sofas for free too.

Selling – Another option is selling your old sofa, either online or in the local newspaper. Before throwing it away, consider that someone else might be after a new place to relax after working all day.

Disposal – If your old sofa is not fit enough to be donated or sold, then disposing of it is the next best solution.

You could consider a man and van waste clearance service, who will take your sofa away and effectively takes its disposal out of your hands.

The Local Tip – A cheaper alternative to getting rid of your old sofa is taking it to the local tip. Most will accept old sofas, but we would always recommend you check they are a licensed facility first.

Once you have decided on the right choice for removing your old sofa, it is time to sit back and relax on your new one.

Get in touch with any questions

If you have any questions about sofa removal or need a skip for other home renovations, please do not hesitate to contact Staffordshire Skip Hire today.

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Asbestos Safety With Staffordshire Skip Hire

Asbestos was a widely used building material right up until the 1980s when it was discovered how harmful the fine fibres were when ingested. This means that any home or commercial property built before this time has the potential to have asbestos somewhere within the property. If you come across asbestos while undertaking any DIY, it’s important to call in professionals. That’s where we come in.

Signs Of Asbestos

When you are undertaking any DIY work on older buildings, it is imperative that you are aware of where it is possible that asbestos is present. A few places that asbestos was used includes:

  • Insulation
  • Interior wall paint
  • Ceilings
  • Wood stoves and fireplaces
  • Sheds and garages
  • Drywall
  • Home siding

The bad news is that you cannot tell that something contains asbestos unless it is put under a microscope. The tiny coloured fibres are too small to be seen by the naked eye, and it has no distinctive smell to be aware of.
While it is possible that you can collect samples of the material to be sent for testing, we highly recommend calling in a professional. They are trained in the best way to safely remove the sample without further disturbing the area.

Asbestos Removal

Due to the dangers of asbestos, it is important that it is removed and disposed of by trained professionals and should not be removed as part of your general DIY renovation.
When our team of experts attend to remove your asbestos (or potential asbestos) they will ensure that the space is adequately covered and the rest of the house is protected from debris or fibres. We complete the removal in a controlled manner to ensure minimal disruption.
Once removed from its location, we take any potential asbestos away with us to be disposed of at a dedicated disposal site to ensure minimal ecological impact.
All asbestos removal is undertaken with adequate PPE in place, however, it still poses risks to the health of the individuals carrying out the work. If we are working in your home, please take note of our precautions to help keep yourself and your families along with our team as safe as possible.

For more information on asbestos removal services from Staffordshire Skip Hire, please contact a member of our expert team today who will be happy to assist you. Check back to our latest news regularly for more information on the range of services that we offer.

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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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Garden Firepit? Get Your Logs And Coal

The range of household fuels that we offer here at Staffordshire Skip Hire isn’t just to warm the inside of your home in the midst of Winter. They are perfect for your fire pit in the garden this summer too.

The Firepit

When it comes to loading up our firepits this summer, there are a few things to consider before you just start burning everything you can find.
Every firepit is slightly different, some will be more durable, and will be able to withstand hotter fires that burn for longer, whereas others will have been designed to purely just burn logs and nothing else.
Many manufacturers will have this information on either packaging that comes with your fire pit or their own website. Always check this before your first use to ensure you are not harming your new fire pit.
If you do not have the appropriate information, please keep to just burning logs as these will burn at a lower temperature.
There are two main differences when it comes to firepits. Some have enclosed bases and others have open bases. Providing that the firepit can withstand the heat, both can be filled with coal as a base, however, an open base will allow the air to get under the coal and burn more effectively.
Using coal as a base means that your firepit will burn at a higher temperature and for longer. It will generally mean that you can start your fire early afternoon and continue to enjoy its effects into the evening (you may need to throw a few extra logs on in the meantime!).

Lighting Your Fire

As with your indoor fire, when it comes to lighting your firepit, you will want to use the best quality materials, which will increase the length of time the fire will burn and reduce the amount of smoke that it emits. For best results, use dry smokeless coals and where possible, kiln dried logs will also give you the best fire. Aim to build a small pyramid of kindling within your logs to get the best start. If you don’t have any firestarters, you can use knotted newspapers to give you the same start.

Fuel From Staffordshire Skip Hire

Here at Staffordshire Skip Hire, we have taken measures to ensure that we now only stock approved fuels following the introduction of new legislation from the UK government on the sale of wet logs and coal. This means that we can supply you with ready to go kiln dried logs and smokeless coals for your fire pit.
So whether you are opting for just a log fire, or a coal base, our products are of the highest quality. Allowing you to enjoy your fire, while falling within new government regulations.

For more information on the household fuels that we offer from Staffordshire Skip Hire, please contact a member of the team today who will be happy to discuss this with you. If you need to clear your garden out before you light your fire read our blog on Garden Clearance.

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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.