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Tips for Garden Clear-Outs

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Whether you are completely re-landscaping your garden, getting a patio extension or merely having a tidy, using a skip to remove your garden waste can be really helpful. Here, we share some of our top tips on how to approach a garden clear- out and how to make the most of your skip hire.

Decide which is the best size of the skip

Before starting your garden clear out, decide on what exactly needs to be done. This will give you an idea of what type of waste you will be producing but also how much. Once you know this, it will give you a better idea of which skip size is best. Smaller skips such as 4-yard, 6-yard or 8-yard are perfect for general garden clear-outs. By this, we mean cutting back hedges, clearing away weeds or digging up some turf for new flower beds etc. For more extension landscaping projects, you may want to consider hiring a 6-14 yard skip instead. Always go for a slightly larger skip than you predict you need, as you will be surprised how quickly the waste can build up.

Start composting

Although it requires a little bit of effort, composting can be really beneficial. Not only is compost great for your plants, but it will also reduce the amount of waste you are placing in your skip. It is a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to use your garden waste.

Separate your waste

Unfortunately, not all garden waste is easily recyclable. Bearing this in mind, try and separate as much of your waste as possible. Although the contents of your skip will be sorted after it has been collected, it is always a good idea to have it separate from the outset. Recyclable green waste includes grass, weeds, leaves and small twigs. Other items such as large branches, garden furniture, bricks, soil, plant pots and more will fall under the category of general waste. Green waste tends to cost significantly less to dispose of then general mixed waste, so it makes sense to separate the waste where possible.

Specify what your skip hire requirements are

When booking your skip, state what type of waste you will be disposing of. This will allow you to be given the best skip for your needs. Before placing anything in a skip, ensure you check that it is allowed to go in it. Although the majority of garden waste is not a problem, certain items commonly found in sheds such as paint tins etc are classed as hazardous materials and will need to be disposed of separately.

Reduce the bulkiness of garden waste

To make the most of your skip hire, try to reduce the space your garden waste takes up in your skip by cutting up bulky items such as branches. Place leaves, weeds and grass cuttings in bags at the bottom of the skip. Then place heavier items, such as garden furniture on top as this will compress the garden waste and create more space. Having this approach will help you fit your waste into a smaller skip.

Get selling

Before hiring your skip, think about the different types of waste you are planning on getting rid of. Once your skip arrives, it can be tempting to just throw everything into it for convenience. However, you could be missing out on opportunities. Some items may be perfect for selling, allowing you to earn some extra money. Alternatively, some items will be perfect for upcycling. It just takes a bit of creativity and advance planning.

Have a plan of action

Before you start, ensure you have a plan of action. You need to know how much time your garden clearance will take. If you have no idea, then start by clearing a small section of your garden. Time how long this takes and then multiply it until you have a rough idea of how much the rest of the garden will take. It is important to be realistic about your working pace. It is unachievable to expect you to complete a large project quickly. You will need to ensure you factor in enough breaks.

If you have decided to hire a skip to remove your waste, ensure you know where the skip will be stored. Many people have theirs in their front garden, but if this is where your project is taking place, you will need to find an alternative location. If this is the street, then permits will also need to be obtained.

As you start to spend more time in the garden, inevitably you will need to undertake a clear-out. No matter whether it’s a small spruce up or a larger project, hiring a skip to remove your garden waste can be a real time-saver. Not only will it help get the job done more efficiently and quickly, but it will also save tedious and messy trips transporting your garden waste to the local recycling centre. We have shared just some of our top tips to help you get started on your garden projects.

Tips for removing rubbish from DIY projects


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If you are undertaking a DIY project, there will inevitably be a lot of waste to dispose of. If you want to remove the hassle of getting this waste cleared, then hiring a skip is a great option. To help you tackle your DIY project, here are some top tips on how to ensure your DIY projects are done promptly, efficiently and with no lingering mess.

Consider what waste you will create

Before you start any project, always have in the back of your mind how you are going to get rid of the rubbish you create. The amount of waste a DIY project produces can vary significantly. If you are only redecorating one room, this will create substantially less waste than a complete kitchen refit. Knowing in advance roughly how much waste you will create can help you ensure you have the correct measures to remove this waste quickly.

Also, consider what type of waste you will create. DIY project waste can range from empty paint tins, old furniture to electrical items or even asbestos. When hiring a skip or heading to the tip, there are rules on what can and cannot be disposed on. Before starting your project, ensure you know the correct procedure on how to dispose of this waste.

Decide on the best waste disposal method

Once you know what waste the project will probably produce, decide on the best way to get rid of it. For the majority of materials, hiring a skip is usually the best method. This allows you to remove your waste in one go, knowing that it will be sorted at the other end, with anything that can be recycled separated and reused.

Of course, hiring a skip is not the only option. Many items can be disposed of at the local recycling centre. However, you will need to carefully factor in the potential mess the waste will cause in your car, how much fuel and time it will take to take several trips to the recycling centre and back and whether the items will fit in the car at all.

Decide on the skip size you need

Hiring a skip means that you don’t have to worry about trips to the recycling centre, or having the mess littering your property or garden. If you do leave your DIY rubbish in your garden for a long period of time, you can be putting yourself at risk of getting a fine for fly tipping, even if it is on your own land. This is something you should always consider before starting any major project.

As you know roughly how much waste your project will create, you can make an educated guess on what sized skip you will need. Always refer to a skip size guide before choosing to ensure that it will fit everything you need. Try and go slightly larger than you think as projects tend to create more waste than initially anticipated. On the other hand, don’t go for anything too big as it will be costly if you are not using the skip to its full potential.

Here is a rough guide on which skip sizes are suitable for which DIY projects

4 Yard Skip- Small domestic refurbishments, small garden clearances, small house clearances

6 Yard Skip- Domestic refurbishments, home clear-outs, office clear-outs

8 Yard Skip- Larger domestic projects, general construction, full office clear-outs, full home clear-outs, large garden clearances

12 Yard Skip- Larger DIY projects, Large renovations, Full office clear-outs, full house clear-outs

Decide on where the skip will be placed

Once you have decided on hiring a skip, you will need to plan where you are going to place it. Ideally, you would have it on your drive on in the front garden as this makes it quick to access and can help you speed up your projects. However, many do not have the space to place the skip on their land making the street the only option. This is fine, however, you just need to ensure the correct permits are obtained beforehand. Many skip- hire companies will help you with this.

Do you think the project will be done in a day? Then you may have another option. Wait and Load services allow you to have a skip temporarily to quickly load your rubbish and then it is immediately taken away from you. This is an ideal option for those who are doing smaller projects or do not have space for a skip to stay overnight. Choosing this option still saves you countless trips to the recycling centre whilst also avoiding any needs for permits.

What’s Next?

Renovating your home and undertaking DIY projects can be extremely rewarding. However, removing the waste created is never the fun part. These top tips are just some of the ways to ensure that your DIY projects remain stress-free. Knowing how to quickly get rid of the waste these projects create can really make a difference and help you progress more quickly as you do not have any rubbish in your way.

Top Tips For A House Spring Clean

House Spring CleanOnce Spring has sprung, it is the perfect time to attempt a big spring clean of your home. It can, however, be a daunting task to undertake. It is surprising how much clutter can accumulate over time. With many of the items being things we don’t’ realistically need or use in the home. Not sure where to start? Here, we share some top tips to help make spring cleaning a breeze.

Plan Your Time

Start by deciding when you are going to tackle the spring clean. If you don’t set aside a specific time, it will be a task that is constantly pushed back. If there are a lot of items to get rid of, start by hiring a skip, either for one day or longer. Once you have the skip booked, it will mean you must do the spring clean then and will give you focus. In addition to this, you should allocate a certain amount of time for each room. Don’t be too specific, you only need a rough guideline. Also, overestimate the time slightly as it can take a lot longer than you first anticipate, especially if you want to do a thorough job.

By planning your time effectively, you can make the massive task of a house clearance into a relatively stress-free and perhaps even enjoyable task. Although make sure you give yourself enough breaks.

Separate Your Stuff

Whilst you are making your way through the house, make yourself two main piles. Throw and Keep. By only have two piles, it makes the process simpler. If you have become a hoarder over the years, try to think about the last time you have used the item (and be honest with yourself!) If it has been more than a couple of years, then you more than likely do not need it.

Donate and Sell

Now you need to go through the throw pile and organise it. Decide how you are going to get rid of it. If you have items such as clothing that are still in good condition or have entertainment items such as books and games, then consider donating these to a local charity. Just ensure that what you are donating is in good enough condition to be of use to someone.

If you think someone else would definitely want some of your things, you could always try and sell it. There are many places online to sell you stuff with ease and it's a great way to earn money from items you weren’t even using. Finally, the majority of what is left over can be placed in a skip, which is also a great way of getting rid of bulkier items that you would struggle to fit in your car and take to the tip. Always check the list of items you are NOT allowed to place in a skip first. Once your skip has been taken away, your waste will be sorted to ensure what can be recycled, is.

Make the most of your skip

The joy of hiring a skip is that you have the peace of mind that you can place a mixture of items into the skip, and know that the waste will consequently be sorted and recycled where possible, which takes the guess work out for you.

A major drawback of undertaking a massive house-clean is having the space to place the items you no longer need. Keeping a skip on your driveway or outside your home on the street, gives you a convenient location to place your rubbish, allowing you to carry out the task in a much smoother and efficient manner. Seeing the rubbish build up can be an extremely rewarding feeling and help you feel like you are making good progress.

Team Up

If you are clearing out your home, your neighbours may be considering the same thing. It is worth asking them as you can then split the cost of the skip hire and get a larger size to accommodate everything you want to get rid of. Always hire a skip that is slightly bigger than what you think you need, just in case you end up with more rubbish that you first anticipated. You can then work together to move some of the bulkier items.

Make it a regular thing

Once you have sorted out your house, try not to let it get into the state it was before you started the Spring clean. By keeping the cleans regular, you can ensure you stay on top of it, and make the task easier each time.

To find out more about how we can help you with your waste disposal needs, please contact us on 0800 083 7807 or visit our website for further information.

Fast Fashion And What Can Be Done To Help Reduce Clothing Waste

Fast FashionThe fashion industry emits more carbon than international flights and maritime shipping combined, which is a staggering thought. Although some steps are being taken within the industry to try and lower this impact, the UK’s fashion habit continues to grow. With cheap clothing continuing to be readily available, people are changing their wardrobes regularly, with some choosing quantity over quality in order to keep up with the latest fashion trends and changing fashion seasons. Here, we discuss what the impact of this Fast Fashion is and what we can do to help clothing waste.

With fast fashion still happening, thousands of items of clothing are ending up at the landfill every few minutes. In addition to this, the water consumed whilst creating these garments is exponential, with almost 2000 gallons of water being used to make a single pair of jeans.

Unfortunately, it is not just the manufacturing and distribution of clothes that takes its toll on the environment. Washing some types of clothes has been proven to send bits of plastic into the ocean. It is these microplastics that can have severe effects to ecosystems and wildlife.

Despite this environmental impact, the fast fashion industry has grown, there are many things we can change about the way we shop to help limit this adverse impact.

Buy quality not quantity

It is surprising how few items of clothing you need to create an amazing capsule wardrobe. By wearing your clothes for longer, the carbon footprint can be lowered significantly.

Buy clothes to last

When deciding what to buy, choose items that you think will last. If they are high enough quality, they could even get handed down to future generations.

Shop in charity stores

Charity shops are a great place to find some real gems. By not buying new, you are automatically reducing the carbon footprint and helping to avoid clothes ending up in landfill sites.

Swap and Share

Get together with friends and organise a clothing exchange. Organise a party where each person brings a few items of clothing that they no longer want. Trade them with each other so that everyone ends up with a new item to take home without having to spend a penny.

Donate

Before sending your clothes to the landfill try and donate them instead. Donating to charities is a great way to give back to the community and allows you to organize your wardrobes and free up some space at the same time.

Repurpose Items

If you are undertaking DIY or messy jobs at home, keep your old clothes for this purpose. They can be great for house cleaning, painting and decorating.

Get Creative

If you are getting bored with your clothes, there is lots of inspiration online to help you turn a piece of clothing into something completely different and inject a new life into the piece.

Buy Sustainably

Wherever possible, avoid unsustainable supply chains.

Freshen up your look

Create a whole new look by simply adding different accessories as opposed to buying completely new outfits.

Organise your wardrobe

By keeping your wardrobe tidy and having all your clothes on display will make it easier to pick outfits and means you are less likely to go and buy items that you already own something similar but you had forgotten you had.

Although fast fashion has the benefit of making shopping for clothes extremely affordable, it comes at an environmental cost. With the high use of carbon, water and other resources, it also leads to colossal amounts of waste at the landfill. However, by making small changes to the way we approach to fashion and shopping, we can make and difference and help reduce the amount of clothing waste we have.

To find out more about how we can help you with your waste disposal needs, please contact us on 0800 083 7807 or visit our website for further information.

How to Recycle Electrical Items

Household Appliances and Electronic Devices

Ready to recycle electrical appliances?

Our homes are full of electrical items. From alarm clocks to mobile phones, irons, washing machines, lawnmowers, CD Players, gaming consoles, toasters and TVs. The list is endless.

However, we inevitably come to a point where the item is either broken, needs upgrading or just plain out of fashion. But what is the best way to dispose of electric items and is it possible to recycle them? Here we discuss the best options available.

What is the WEEE Directive?

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive was first introduced in 2007 and regulated the way manufacturers, importers and distributors in European countries recycle.

The directive is regularly updated in order to continue reducing the amount of waste from electronic equipment being incinerated or sent to landfill sites. For more information on the WEEE directive visit https://www.gov.uk

How to get the most from your electronic devices?

The most effective way to reduce the amount of electronic waste you are producing is to look after your appliance or device so that it can last as long as possible. Many appliances come with guidelines from the manufacturer. Give these a read as they regularly include a maintenance guide that will help extend the appliance's lifetime.

What Electrical Items Can Be Recycled?

If your item no longer works and you want to get rid of it in the safest and most responsible way then recycling is the best way to go. We currently do not recycle nearly as much electrical equipment than we could. These devices are made up of a variety of materials, many of which can easily be reused.

In some instances, you may not know if an item is recyclable. It is this lack of knowledge and understanding will end up stopping you from doing so.

An easy way to see if an electrical item is recyclable is to ask yourself the following questions. Does the item...
Use batteries?
Have a plug?
Use a charger?
Have a picture of a crossed-out wheelie bin on it? - This is the logo for WEEE.
How to Dispose of Electronic Items
Due to the WEEE directive, electrical items should not be placed in a skip as there are other options available to ensure the items are disposed of in the correct way. Some local councils can organize the collection of small electrical items, so you should contact them to see if they can help.

Another option is to take your electrical item to your local recycling centre as they have dedicated sections for these items.

As part of the WEEE Directive, all retailers need to provide customers with a method of disposing of their old electronic equipment, if they are supplying the customer with a new version of the same item. This is why many stores will offer a collection service or a take-back scheme. Always check with your retailer when purchasing a new electrical item. Be aware as some charges may apply.

Is Your Electrical Item Still Working?

There are many occasions where your electrical appliance still works but you still want to get rid of it. In those cases, you could consider reselling it as long as it still in good working condition. It is a great opportunity to not only reduce the waste you are creating but earn some money at the same time.

You can trade in electronic items in certain stores and receive some money in exchange or store credit.
Another option is donating the item. You will need to check however as some charity shops do accept electrical items. You should also ask friends and family in case they would like to take the items off your hand.

Other Ways to Reduce Electrical Waste

Although it is becoming increasingly easy for us to recycle our household electrical items, trying to reduce our waste in the first place will benefit the environment. Here are a few ways to do this:

Buy high-quality smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms that have long-life batteries
Use rechargeable batteries rather than disposable
Choose wind-up torches rather than battery
Buy tools that can share a battery rather than using individual batteries

There are many ways to correctly dispose of electrical waste and ensure you recycle electrical items where possible. To find out more about how we can help you with your waste disposal and recycling needs, please contact us on 0800 083 7807 or visit our website for further information.

Items NOT to put in a skip- Dangerous Items

no asbestos skip binHiring a skip is a convenient way of disposing of household waste. Although skips can accommodate a huge range of items, there are some materials and items that should never be placed in a skip. Here we give you more information about which items you should avoid putting in a skip and some alternative disposal methods.

Skip hire is cheap and convenient. Although much of the waste is recycled there are some items that require particular disposal methods. These are not the responsibility of skip hire. Hazardous items that could cause harm to others are not allowed to be placed in a skip.

Asbestos

Asbestos is harmful and cannot be recycled so it needs to be disposed of by specialist companies. Under no circumstances can you place asbestos in your skip. There are specialist companies you can contact instead to deal with this waste. Specialist companies know how to remove asbestos in the safest way and will dispose of it accordingly. It is illegal to recycle or reuse asbestos, so qualified people should be called to remove the substance and ensure it is being disposed of correctly. Visit https://www.gov.uk/asbestos-in-home to find out how to contact your local council to organize the disposal.

Batteries

You should not place any types of battery into a skip. They contain metals and chemicals that can be harmful and therefore need to be disposed of with care. There are many hazardous materials within a battery, including lead which can be extremely poisonous. Luckily, it is easy to recycle batteries as many supermarkets and DIY stores have containers for old batteries.

Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Fluorescent light bulbs contain mercury which is a harmful substance and therefore not suitable for skip waste. Contact your local council or recycling centre to find out the best place to dispose of them.

Fridges and Freezers

Some local councils will collect your fridge or freezer for free, so it is worth exploring this option. If this is not possible you might need to pay for a specialist collection or take it to your local recycling plant.

Gas Cylinders

Not all skip hire companies are licensed to take gas cylinders, therefore you should always check in advance. Your local recycling centres may be able to recycle them so it is worth contacting them to find out. It does not matter if the gas cylinder is full, half full or empty, you should avoid placing in a skip. In many cases, you can return gas cylinders to the place of purchase and they can reuse and refill them.

Medical Waste

It is understandable that medical waste should not be placed in a skip as it could increase the risk of spreading infection and increased contamination. Get in touch with your local council who can point you to a company that will dispose medical waste on your behalf.

Paint

Paint tins cannot be placed in a skip unless they are completely empty. Contact your local council if you have filled paint tins you need to dispose of. The same rules apply for other solvents, fuels, oils and bleach.

Tyres

Tyres also need to be disposed of separately to general waste. There are organisations that collect tyres. Alternatively, contact your local car garage to see if they can suggest a place that will take them. They may even be able to dispose of them for you.

If you do not adhere to these rules, the skip hire company could refuse to remove the skip from your property or apply an additional charge. If you are unsure about any item you want to dispose of in a skip, please contact us to ensure it is acceptable.

Skip hire is extremely convenient and practical however it is not a one-stop-shop for all of your waste. For legal or practical reasons, some materials are not suitable for skips and so you need to plan ahead and know the correct ways to dispose of your rubbish before choosing your skip size. By being aware of the correct way to dispose of items can help you avoid any additional charges and will also save you time.

To find out more about how we can help you with your waste disposal and recycling needs, please contact us on 0800 083 7807 or visit our website for further information.

9 Ways To Reduce Plastic In Your Beauty Routine

Plastic Free Beauty RegimeTo reduce the plastic we use in beauty routine is not as difficult as it sounds. So why do we focus on food products when we talk about recycling?


The amount of plastic waste we are putting into the oceans is at a catastrophic level. Although governments and large businesses are being asked to radically change, there are also some small changes we can all make. If more of us made these changes, the impact could be significant.

One area of our lives where plastic can be found in high-quantities is our beauty routines. From shampoo bottles to plastic razors and toothbrushes, there are many plastic elements to our beauty routine which cause plastic waste.

Here we discuss 9 ways to easily reduce plastic in your beauty routine.

1. Use recycled packaging

An easy switch to make is by choosing products packaged using recycled materials. Also, choose items that can be reused such as glass products. Buy reusable bottles and instead of buying plastic bottles, more and more people are offering refills.

2. Buy supersized Items

If the items you use are not available in recycled packaging, then buy the larger version. Not only will it work out cheaper for you in the long run, less plastic will be used. Larger bottles of shampoo are less convenient. However, they can be decanted into travel-sized reusable bottles for everyday use.

3. Stop using disposable razors

Invest in a safety razor instead. They look nicer, will last longer and are extremely effective.

4. Switch to a bamboo toothbrush

Unlike their plastic alternatives, bamboo toothbrushes will decompose in only 6 months. This makes them much more environmentally friendly than plastic disposable toothbrushes or electric toothbrush heads.

5. Buy items with no packaging at all

Avoid packaging altogether. Opt for items such as soap boars and solid shampoo bars which do not come in any plastic packaging. Shops such as Lush are offering customers a large range of “Naked” products. These green alternatives help cut back on plastic waste, making it easier for you to reduce plastic in your beauty routine.

6. Use recycling initiatives whereas possible

Some retailers are trialling recycling initiatives. Boots, among other retailers, are trialling a reverse vending machine. Customers are rewarded for bringing back their empty containers. If you have a scheme like this near you, make the most of it!

7. Avoid wipes and other single-use items

Standard makeup wipes, baby wipes and cotton pads are extremely convenient. However, they are not biodegradable so they end up adding to landfill waste. In addition to that, they can take up to a century to decompose. As these items are single-use, they are contributing to a significant amount of waste which will never biodegrade naturally. An alternative is to use a facecloth or buy reusable cotton pads which are machine-washable. Sheet masks should also be avoided as well. Konjac is a great alternative to cotton as it is made of natural materials and is eco-friendly.

8. Choose eco-friendly glitter

Many people incorporate glitter into their beauty routine. This is especially true at festival-goers. It is now possible to buy biodegradable glitter. This means that glitter is not something you need to completely remove from your beauty regime.

9. Recycle

Biochemist Brianne West, the founder of zero waste beauty brand, Ethique, said that “Every year, over 80-billion plastic bottles are disposed of from just shampoo and conditioner alone.” In addition to these, some plastics can take up to 500-years to naturally decompose. Taking these horrific statistics into consideration, being able to reduce our individual plastic waste is a great step in the right direction.
Although adopting a zero-waste strategy may not be possible yet, options are increasingly available to us to reduce plastic in our beauty routines. All we need to do is make some small changes to make a big impact.

To find out more about how we can help you with your waste disposal and recycling needs, please contact us on 0800 083 7807 or visit our website for further information.

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