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Why hire a skip to dispose of your garden waste?

why hire a skip to dispose of your garden wasteIf your garden is beginning to resemble the Amazon rainforest, or you’re planning an ambitious new landscape project then it might be wise to hire a skip to help you on your way. There are plenty of other options available to you but in our opinion, skips are the way to go, and here are a few reasons why.

When it comes to disposing of garden waste, some people believe that a garden fire is the way to go. Unfortunately, though, it’s not always a practical idea – or sometimes, even legal! While garden fires are allowed by some councils in the UK, there are strict guidelines to follow and getting it wrong can leave you with thousands of pounds worth of fines – much costlier than simply hiring a skip for the day. It’s not just the legality you have to consider but also the practicality. Often the waste from your garden such as grass, rubble and soil won’t burn at all.

One way to get rid of garden waste is to use the green bin provided by your council, however, your bin can fill up very quickly, particularly on larger garden projects, and with many councils only collecting garden waste a couple of times a month it can take you a very long time to get rid of your waste and begin to enjoy your garden again.

Another option that people go for when cleaning away garden waste is to drive their own green waste to the local tip. While this is a cost effective means of getting rid of garden waste, once again it’s not always practical as you may spend more time in the car and driving to and from the tip than actually working on your garden project. What’s more you also risk damage to your car as garden waste can scratch and soil your interior.

Here at LSPS we offer a fast and reliable skip hire service in Leicester and the surrounding towns and villages of Leicestershire with extremely competitive rates. We offer mini, midi, and maxi skips plus Roll On – Roll Off containers.

With our online booking system, you can have a skip arranged for delivery with just a few clicks of your mouse. Find out more here: https://booking.lspsskiphire.co.uk/ or alternatively contact us on freephone 08000 083 7807.

Common ways that waste is recycled

common ways that waste is recycledThe world is beginning to wake up to the importance of recycling at home. However, while many home owners are taking great steps in doing their bit with sorting through their waste to divide up things like paper, card and plastic not many of us are so sure as to what happens to that recycling. Here we will look at some of the common ways that household waste is reused.

Card and paper
Some recycling rules can leave even the most experienced of home recyclers scratching their heads, but card and paper is one type of waste that almost everyone knows can be easily recycled. Once it arrives at the recycling plant, paper is separated into types and grades. It is then washed with a soapy water which removes inks, film, glue and staples and is then mixed with water to create a ‘slurry’. This slurry is then spread using large rollers and is left to dry. It is then cut up and sent to retailers to be reused!

Glass
From jars of jam and curry to bottles of beer, glass bottles are a common item in our recycling bins. Once glass arrives at the treatment plant is sorted by the colour of glass and washed, it is then crushed and moulded under high temperatures to create new bottles and jars ready to be sold in shops.

Aluminium
Aluminium foils and cans can come from fizzy drinks, microwave meals, frozen foods and all manner of other products. Once aluminium arrives at the treatment plant is it sorted, cleaned and then melted which removes any previous coatings and leftover residues. It is then left to cool into large blocks called ingots. These ingots are then rolled out flat and reshaped into new packaging ready for the shelves.

Plastics
Globally we have a serious problem with plastics finding their way into the oceans and harming marine life, which is why it is absolutely essential that we not only reduce the amount of plastic we buy and use but also that we recycle it. Most plastics (other than those with unsafe chemicals like anti-freeze and bleach) can be recycled. Once they arrive at the processing plant they are cut, washed, dried and then repurposed into things like clothing, fences, furniture, packaging, bins and more.

Here at LSPS, recycling is of great importance to us and we help businesses and individuals all across Leicestershire to reduce the amount of their waste that ends up at landfill sites. Our Waste Transfer Station is open to traders and has an extensive range of state-of-the-art equipment.

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

Time To Tackle The Shed

clip_image002Here in the UK we are somewhat obsessed with sheds. Far more than just a place to store bikes, lawnmowers and tools, garden sheds around the UK vary greatly from your humble workshop and refugee for stressed Dads, right through to miniature offices and pubs complete with optics and beer kegs. There’s even a Shed Of The Year Contest and a subculture of people who refer to themselves as ‘Sheddies’.

However, if you have aspirations to create your own urban oasis and earn the title of ‘Sheddie’ then you’ll have to overcome the beginners’ hurdle – clearing out your shed. Here are a few tips to get you on your way.

Watch the weather
First of all, you need to pick the right day. Take a look at the weather forecast and find a day that will be sunny, or at least has only a small chance of rain. That way you can lay everything out on your grass or patio and not have to worry about anything getting soaked in the process.

Have a plan
Think about how you’re going to tackle the job. As you make your way into your shed you’ll no doubt come across plenty of items that you’d forgotten you owned (or borrowed) and it’s easy to get side-tracked. The best thing to do is to have clear objectives about what you want to achieve and tick things off as you move along.

Be ruthless
You need to be quite ruthless if you want to free up space in your shed. Each item should be looked upon with a critical gaze and you should ask questions like ‘does this work?’ and ‘will I use it?’ and if the answer is no you shouldn’t be afraid to chuck it out.

Don’t just move things around
It can be hard to part with items sometimes, and with enough time you can probably convince yourself that everything is worth keeping but if you really want to free up space then you can’t just move things about!

Have a good clean
Once you’ve got everything laid out on the grass and sorted into piles for keeping and piles for throwing away, your shed should be looking quite bare. Now is a good time to get your marigolds on and begin cleaning down your shed. It might even be a good opportunity to give it an extra lick of paint on the exterior too.

Planning a shed clearance and thinking of hiring a skip? With our online booking system, you can have a skip arranged for delivery with just a few clicks of your mouse. Find out more here: https://booking.lspsskiphire.co.uk/ or alternatively contact us on freephone 08000 083 7807.

How to avoid adding more waste to landfill sites

How to avoid adding more waste to landfill sitesA landfill, in simple terms, is basically a large hole in the ground that is filled with all kinds of rubbish leftover from our daily lives. Once a hole is full it is sealed, covered over and another hole is made. A large amount of our waste in the UK ends up in landfill and unfortunately has an overwhelmingly bad impact on our air and water as well as natural habitats and animals.

Here are a few easy steps you can take to cut down on the amount of waste that you end up sending to landfill.

Change your eating habits
In the supermarket age of convenience, it’s easy to over buy and under eat. Quite often we will take advantage of buy one get one free offers and other deals that leave us with shopping baskets and trolleys stacked high. However, a huge proportion of the food that we buy isn’t needed, and one of the biggest contributors to landfill is in fact food waste.

To combat this, you should plan out your weekly food shop based on the meals that you will actually eat and therefore avoid having to throw out items that go out of date. You should also try and adopt a diet with plenty of fruit and veg and avoid takeaways which is not only good for your health but can also help you cut down on packaging waste should you buy loose vegetables.

Change your shopping habits
Another purchasing change that has created havoc on our environment and fuels our landfill growth is the idea of ‘throw away fashion’. Today many budget retailers offer a broad range of clothing and footwear for far cheaper than was ever possible in the past. Because of this, many people will opt for short-term products that are of low quality, but also low cost so they can simply replace them when they wear out or break. However, when they do this, more often than not the old items are discarded and end up in landfill.

To tackle this problem, you should try and take a more long-term approach with purchases, perhaps saving up for good quality and hard-wearing products that might cost a little more but will last you far longer than cheap ones.

Avoid single use products
Single use plastics are a blight on the environment and are one of the hardest types of products to recycle. Not only should you adopt a reusable water bottle rather than buying throwaway ones, but you should also do an audit of what other single use plastics you have lying about the home such as cleaning products like bleach and surface cleaner. Of course, you want a lovely clean home, but by using natural products like vinegar which often comes in a recyclable glass bottle, or lemons which will naturally decay, you can clean your home effectively and without the need for hazardous chemicals.

Hire a skip!
If you’re having a big clear out or moving to a new house, then hiring a skip is the number one environmentally friendly way to dispose of your waste. Here at LSPS all of our skips are taken to our waste transfer site where materials are separated, and every effort is made to recycle, recycle, recycle, thus lessening the impact on the environment and helping to avoid the damage caused by landfill.

You can book yours using our online form in just a few clicks here, or alternatively you can contact us on freephone 0800 083 7807.

What does the law say about scrap metal for cash?

what does the law say about scrap metal for cashLike many different industries the scrap metal industry has rules and regulations to abide by. Here at LSPS we follow strictly all the key legislation surrounding the metal trade. Here we will explain some of the rules surrounding scrap metal and payment for scrap metal.

Paying for scrap metal

Whereas in the past recyclers would pay in cash for scrap metal, new legislation introduced in 2013 now means that metal must be paid for either electronically or by cheque. This is in an effort to provide a paper trail for any investigations by authorities into dealings. Traders who buy and sell scrap metal for cash now face £5,000 fines should they pay for goods in cash.

Metal theft costs the UK economy around £220 million a year and the theft of scrap metal has serious consequences not only for owners of private property but can also disrupt public amenities like railways, telecommunication networks and more. The new laws are helping to curb scrap metal theft.

The new laws mean that scrap metal dealers are required to verify the details of the seller at the point of sale documenting their name and address and keeping it on file and dealers must sign a national register. Trading without registering is a criminal offence. These new laws protect consumers as they link every sale with physical proof, which means stolen goods such as cars can be tracked down.

Here at LSPS we have years of experience in scrap metal and waste management. We are one of Leicestershire's largest independent ferrous and non-ferrous metal recyclers equipped with our own electronic 50 tonne weighbridge. We are keen to buy all grades of ferrous metals for recycling and offer extremely competitive prices.

To make sure our customers receive the fairest price possible our ferrous and non-ferrous metal rates are linked to the The Metal Bulletin - a trading and pricing system for the global metals industry. For the most up to date prices you can also call us on 0800 083 7807.

To find out more please contact LSPS today on 0800 083 7807 for competitive prices or alternatively simply visit us today with your scrap metal.

Do you have scrap metal lying around? Here are a few reasons to bring it to us!

do you have scrap metal lying aroundMuch has been made in recent years about the benefits of reducing or carbon footprints and while a great deal of noise is made around plastic and packaging recycling, car sharing and buying locally sourced produce, the benefits of scrap metal recycling are still off the radar for many people. Here we will look at a few of the benefits of recycling your scrap metal.

The benefits of metal recycling

A key reason to recycle your scrap metal is that it lessens the demand for raw materials. Mining often has a detrimental effect on the environment and can cause harmful impacts such as the release of toxic and radioactive chemicals contaminating soil and water tables, the formation of dangerous sinkholes and the disruption or destruction of habitats for local wildlife.

In terms of pollution, recycling is a better option than creating new products from metal as it lessens the demand for mining which causes damage to the environment along the way. Carbon emissions are one of the leading contributors to global warming and mining metals is a long process which takes up plenty of resources and leaving carbon emissions it its wake. By comparison, recycled aluminium uses 92% less energy than the mining, purifying and shaping involved in new metal creation, copper uses 90% less energy and steel 56% less energy.

There is also an economic motivation for recycling metal. The cost of extracting new metals is very high and is also time intensive. If more people recycle scrap metal, then the cost of producing metal products will be reduced which should eventually be passed on to consumers like you!

Recycling metal can be everything from making sure that you put aluminium cans in the right recycling bin through to bringing your ferrous and non-ferrous metals to a scrap metals recycler like LSPS.

Here at LSPS we have years of experience in scrap metal and waste management. We are one of Leicestershire's largest independent ferrous and non-ferrous metal recyclers equipped with our own electronic 50 tonne weighbridge. We are keen to buy all grades of ferrous metals for recycling and offer extremely competitive prices.

To make sure our customers receive the fairest price possible our ferrous and non-ferrous metal rates are linked to the The Metal Bulletin - a trading and pricing system for the global metals industry. For the most up to date prices you can also call us on 0800 083 7807.

To find out more please contact LSPS today on 0800 083 7807 for competitive prices or alternatively simply visit us today with your scrap metal.

4 reasons to hire a skip when moving house

4 reasons to hire a skip when moving houseIn a list of stressful life events, moving to a new house is without a doubt in most people’s top few picks. In fact, in a recent poll, two thirds of people said that moving house caused more anxiety than starting a new job, the breakdown of a relationship and the end of a marriage. However, here at LSPS we believe that the humble skip can help make things a lot easier – read on to find out why.

1 - A skip helps you banish junk

One aspect of moving which can be a real stress inducer is the physical aspect of moving all of your belongings. For many people, moving represents new beginnings and a chance to start a-fresh and so with that in mind they decide to have a mass clear out. From clothes that don’t fit, to old computer games and paperwork, there are a great deal of things that we keep promising ourselves that one day we’ll find a use for them. However, moving house is a good time to re-evaluate just how much you need (or don’t need) those items. By hiring a skip, you can easily unload your unwanted items without having to worry about what goes in the recycling bin and what goes in general waste and whether or not you’ll be able to find time to take your junk to the local tip.

2 – A skip helps you move into your new home quicker

After all the stress of finding a new property, you’ll likely be counting down the days until you can get moved in. However, if you have lots of junk to get rid of, and you need to clean your current home before you vacate then the actual day can really begin to drag on and it could be very late into the night before you’re finally able to shut that door. By hiring a skip in advance of your moving date, you can begin unloading waste from your home well in advance so that come moving day the whole process takes far less time.

3 – Skips can be the environmentally friendly option

If you’re conscious of the environment and want to cut down on your carbon footprint then hiring a skip should be high on your agenda. Whereas landfill ends up rotting, waste that goes to skips is taken to our waste transfer sites where every effort is made to recycle recyclable materials, lessening the impact on the environment.

4 – Hiring a skip can bring down costs in other ways

By taking a minimalist approach to your possessions and having a mass clear out you can drastically cut down on the number of things that you need to take to your new home. While this might be a gut-wrenching decision for your inner-hoarder, you may find that the decision helps you out in a big way. The less stuff you have to transport, the smaller a van you will need to hire, or the smaller a removal team will be required on the day.

Are you interested in hiring a skip for your moving day? You can book yours using our online form in just a few clicks here, or alternatively you can contact us on freephone 0800 083 7807.

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