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Quick Tips for Hiring Skips

Skip HireWhether you are doing some DIY, having some building or renovation work done, or just having a big clear out, hiring a skip is a great way of disposing of a large amount of rubbish and waste.

However, if you have never hired a skip before or if you have experienced problems with hiring a skip before, you could find this to be quite a daunting task.

Whether you are a beginner or an expert in skip hire, the following tips can help to ensure that you are disposing of your waste correctly and responsibly, that the process is as effortless and problem-free as possible, and that you get the most out of hiring a skip.

Book Your Skip in Plenty of Time

If you know when you will need your skip, it is a good idea to book it as far in advance as possible to increase your chances of getting one when you need it for. If you leave it too late, you may not be able to get one in time, or you may have to get a skip that is not practical or cost-effective.

Be Smart When Loading Your Skip

To make the most of your skip, you should load the biggest, bulkiest, and heavier items at the bottom, then load smaller, lighter items towards the top. This will help to ensure that you get as much waste in your skip as possible.

Do Not Overload Your Skip

There are strict regulations regarding how much waste you can put in a skip. If stacked too high, with waste reaching over the top of the skip, the skip is at risk of becoming unbalanced when it comes to lifting it onto the trucks. Not only is this dangerous, but it is also illegal. So, you must take care to not overload your skip.

Get a Licence

If you want to leave your skip on the road, rather than private land such as a driveway, garden, or building site, you will need to obtain a license before hiring a skip. It can take up to seven days to get a permit from your council, so you must get in touch with your local council as soon as possible to arrange this in time.

Some skip hire companies may sort out permits for you, so it is worth checking whether this is something that a company offers before booking your skip hire and applying for a permit. Here at LSPS, we can apply to your local council for a permit and complete all the necessary paperwork on your behalf.

Do Not Put Hazardous Waste in Your Skip

Any hazardous waste cannot be disposed of in a skip. Some of the most common items that cannot be put in a skip include asbestos, batteries, clinical or medical waste, electrical appliances and equipment, liquids, paint or cans of paint, and tyres.

If prohibited items are found in your skip upon emptying, the restricted items are likely to be returned to you, and you may be required to pay an extra charge.

Protect Your Surface

Skips can potentially cause damage to gardens and driveways, particularly those made with soft tarmac or block paving, if placed directly on the surface. To reduce the risk of damage, place scaffolding planks or large pieces of wood down for the skip to rest on.

Select the Right Size Skip

The best way of ensuring that your skip does not become overloaded is to get the right size skip for the job.

Ensuring that you get the right size skip for your requirements will mean you do not end up overpaying for a skip that you are not going to fill, as well as preventing you from needing to hire a second skip should it not be big enough to hold all your waste.

Two-yard mini skips are ideal for most homeowners looking to get rid of household waste. Whereas an eight-yard maxi skip with a drop-down door for easy loading is typically used by builders. Larger 20-yard and 40-yard roll-on, roll-off skips are also available for bigger projects.

If you are unsure what size skip would be the most cost-effective and adequate size for your waste disposal, take a look at this skip size guide or consult an expert.

Our team at LSPS is experienced in supplying skips for all kinds of waste disposal, from small domestic jobs to large commercial projects. If you have any queries regarding skip hire or require assistance in choosing the ideal skip for you, please get in touch with us today via 0800 083 7807 or

Reasons to Hire a Skip in Winter

Winter SkipWinter is the perfect time to clear out your home in preparation for spring. Although winter is not typically recognised as a time of year for having a big clear out, there are actually many benefits to hiring a skip during the winter months.

Post-Christmas Clear Out

At Christmas time, homes tend to become more cluttered, and people have the tendency to fill their cupboards, garages, sheds, and attics with items that are not to be seen or used for a long time.
You should resist the urge to do this and instead hire a skip to dispose of all your unwanted and unused items, along with the excess amounts of rubbish that accumulates over the festive period.

Post-DIY Clean Up

If you have completed home improvement projects during the warmer months, you are likely to have accumulated a lot of rubbish, such as old carpet, tiles, wallpaper, and other decorating supplies. Instead of letting this rubbish take up valuable space or having to make several trips to the local skip, hire a skip to dispose of it all at home.

Boost Your Mood

As the days get shorter, colder, and gloomier, it is common for people to begin to feel uninspired and unmotivated. Taking time to have a thorough clean can boost your mood and make you feel better.
Your mind mimics the physical space that you live in; a cluttered house equals a cluttered mind, and a tidy house equals a tidy mind.

Wardrobe Clear Out

Winter is a great time to sort through your wardrobe and get rid of the clothes you have not worn all year, or that are looking a little bit worse for wear, so you have a streamlined wardrobe ready for the new year.

You may want to hand down or donate clothing that is still wearable, but for items that have been ruined during DIY projects, have holes in, or are otherwise damaged, having a skip is also useful for disposing of unwanted clothing.


When it is cold outside, you are likely to be more hesitant to go outside or to take trips to and from your local skip with a car full of rubbish. Having a skip outside means you can avoid having to venture out into the cold as much.

As you will be spending more time inside, it is the perfect time to have a clear out. Resist putting it off until springtime, as then when the warmer days return, you can go out and enjoy the nice weather rather than spending your days cleaning.


Hiring a skip is an eco-friendly option as it means you are making reduced car journeys to dispose of waste and ensures that your waste is disposed of responsibly.

Here at LSPS, we offer a complete waste disposal management solution, by operating an on-site waste transfer station and are committed to recycling to lessen the pressure on landfill sites. This means that there is no need to separate your waste and you can put all your waste into one skip, saving you time and money.

LSPS is a family-run business that is experienced in supplying skips for both domestic and commercial projects. If you are interested in hiring a skip this winter, get in touch with us via 0800 083 7807 or to discuss your requirements, or click here to order your skip using our easy-to-use online booking system.

How to Minimise Christmas Waste

LSPS- Christmas WasteChristmas is often the most indulgent time of the year. A lot of us go all out on decorations, presents and food this time of year. Although it is a wonderful time of the year to treat ourselves and the ones we love, it inevitably means that we are creating a lot of waste. Here we discuss how to minimise Christmas waste

Plan ahead

One of the best ways to minimise Christmas waste is by planning ahead. Always have plenty of bags with you to avoid having to buy additional ones in shops. Have a thorough list of what you need to avoid buying what you don't need. It's common to forget what you already have in your home in terms of Christmas decorations, wrapping paper, Christmas cards, etc. Before you buy anything new, do a stocktake of what you already own to avoid unnecessary or duplicate purchases. Stick to your list at all times and try to avoid impulse purchases.

Reuse Christmas wrapping 

When it comes to choosing Christmas wrapping, stick to plainer options that are recyclable. Consider an alternative to the traditional wrapping paper. Could you perhaps wrap a present in a nice scarf or use a newspaper? There are plenty of options that help minimise waste. Always reuse gift bags and ribbons each year as well to reduce waste as well as save money.

Recycle old Christmas cards

It’s sometimes a shame to get rid of your Christmas cards at the end of the season. Why not reuse them? Keep special Christmas cards from close friends and family in a scrapbook. Alternatively, keep the cards you love the design of and use them to create gift tags for next year. Just make sure you remember you have done this to avoid buying new ones unnecessarily next December.

Don’t be wasteful with your food

One of the simplest ways to reduce your waste is by choosing food that comes loose such as fruit and veg rather than opting for the same items covered in plastic packaging. 

Try and stick to only the food you think you will actually eat. This time of year we normally end up with tons of unopened food or leftovers that can be extremely wasteful. Plan ahead and ensure you have ways to use these leftovers up. For example, make a turkey curry with the leftovers from your Christmas day meat. It reduces your food waste and tastes delicious.

Check ahead with your guests

If you are the host this year, ensure your guests know what exactly they are expected to bring food-wise. If you do not plan this in advance you could end up with duplicates of dishes and way too much food to eat which will just end up going to waste. 

Don’t use disposable cutlery 

If possible, avoid disposable cutlery, plates, and napkins wherever possible. Material napkins often look nicer and last for years. Disposable cutlery and plates are ideal when you are expecting a few guests, however, they create a huge amount of waste. Instead, ask if you can borrow cutlery and plates that you need from your guests.

Donate or sell items 

Once Christmas Day is over and all the presents are opened, people tend to want to get rid of older items to make way for their new gifts. Before you throw anything away, ensure you no longer have any use for it. See if you can upcycle it, donate it to a local charity, give it to a friend or family member, or sell it. If all of these options have been tried, then you can perhaps hire a skip to get rid of all the old items you no longer need in one go.

Make your own Christmas decorations 

A homemade Christmas decoration can mean so much more and also means you are not creating as much waste as there will be no packaging. There are many tutorials to help you get started. If you are tired of your old Christmas baubles, think about giving them a makeover rather than simply throwing them away. Traditional round baubles for example can have a crocheted or knitted cover created or be covered in fabric which can give them a whole new lease of life.

Dispose of your waste correctly 

Despite us being able to significantly reduce our waste, we will still create some waste that we cannot avoid. The waste we do create during this time must be disposed of correctly. Always check your local council and local recycling centre so that you fully understand the best way to dispose of your Christmas waste such as your wrapping paper, plastic packaging, and Christmas tree.

If you are a large household you may even want to hire a skip in order to get rid of your waste. This has the benefit of getting rid of your waste in one go and reassures you that as much as possible will be correctly recycled to avoid landfill.

Minimising Christmas waste doesn’t mean that we can't enjoy the festive season in the same way. The methods above are just small, simple changes that we can all be making. Collectively, we can all minimise our waste meaning we can enjoy the festive season, even more, knowing that we are not causing the environment as much damage as we have perhaps done in previous years.

How to have an eco-friendly Christmas

LSPS- Eco Friendly ChristmasA lot of us are becoming more conscious of how eco-friendly our home is and during the Christmas season it can sometimes be difficult to be environmentally friendly in all aspects of Christmas preparation. However, it is possible - all it takes is some preparation and planning ahead. Here we share how to have an eco-friendly Christmas.

Avoid pointless stocking fillers and presents
It is common for people to panic shop and end up buying items that people will not have much use for or simply buy things for the sake of it. This is not the best way to shop as it leads to huge amounts of waste. What is the point of buying something generic that the recipient will not get a lot of use out of and in reality will probably just keep hidden in a drawer? Plan your presents carefully in advance to ensure you buy them something they need or will definitely use.

Buy things that are made to last as well. Think quality over quantity to ensure you are reducing waste as much as possible. Try and avoid presents that come with large quantities of plastic packaging. 

The greener the tree the better!

Consider carefully where your Christmas tree is coming from if you buy real trees. When Christmas tree shopping, search for the FSC certified logo. This symbol helps ensure that the tree has been grown in a sustainable way which doesn’t cause environmental damage. For additional reassurance, aim to get one that is also certified by the Soil Association. This means that the tree is guaranteed to be pesticide-free and organic. 

Although real Christmas trees have a significantly lower carbon footprint than artificial trees, many of us opt for an artificial one for many reasons. The downside to artificial trees is that they involve a huge amount of plastic and energy consumption during manufacturing. When buying your tree, always aim to buy one that will last you as many years as possible. If you notice your tree is damaged when you are retrieving it from the garage or attic, buy a new stand or head to a DIY store to fix a branch rather than a whole new tree if possible. 

Go green with your gift wrapping 

The wrapping paper options we now have are seemingly endless. However, a problem with a lot of wrapping paper is that they are made with mixes of materials that are almost impossible to recycle. Not all local councils accept wrapping paper so you must check your local rules before the season begins. Also, aim to avoid glittery paper and opt for plainer kraft paper instead. You can still make your presents look beautiful with more simple paper, then accessorise it with string, holly sprigs, or even dried orange peel. 

Shopping for sustainable wrapping paper is luckily becoming easier each year. More and more retailers are banning glitter from their gift wrap and Christmas cards which is brilliant news.

Have a reusable advent calendar

Why not invest in a reusable advent calendar rather than buying a new one each year? They look beautiful and the design options are endless. The joy of a reusable advent calendar is that you can personalise the treats and switch them up each year. 

Use LED lights

When choosing your Christmas lights, go for LED lights where possible. They are 80% more efficient than traditional lights, making them an obvious choice when aiming to be more environmentally friendly. They can sometimes be more expensive but tend to last longer which is another benefit.

Be careful with Christmas cards

Similar to wrapping paper, a lot of Christmas cards are covered in glittery designs which means they cannot be recycled. Choose Christmas cards that can be recycled or better yet are made from recycled paper. Whilst it is lovely to send and receive Christmas cards, they can contribute to a large amount of Christmas waste once the season is over. Consider sending ecards instead. If you do want to send physical Christmas cards, send them as early as possible to ensure they are on display for the longest possible time. Before you throw away the cards you have received, see if you can turn any of them into gift tags for next year.

Choose sustainable decorations 

One of the best parts of Christmas is decorating the house. Turning our homes into winter wonderlands is so much fun, especially as the cold, dark nights draw in. Instead of opting for glittery decorations made of plastic, try and choose more sustainable materials such as wood. An even better option is to forage for your own decorations. Head to your local woodlands and see if there are any pine cones of pieces of holly you can take. Just ensure you always follow the foraging rules and that you are taking from the correct areas and are leaving enough for everyone else and wildlife to enjoy.

Make your own wreath

Not only is it more sustainable to create your own wreath, but it’s also a lot of fun and a great chance to be creative. Head outdoors and collect foliage and berries. Finish with orange slices, cinnamon sticks, and ribbons for the perfect festive wreath. If you are not sure where to start, there are plenty of tutorials online with step by step instructions.

Be sustainable with your crackers

Crackers are a Christmas staple but a lot of the crackers can not be recycled and also contain small plastic toys that no one wants. Swap the novelty gifts for something your family and friends will actually want. Choose crackers that can be recycled whenever you can. Alternatively, you can buy reusable crackers. Not only can you place your own personalised gifts in them, but you can also enjoy them year after year.

Source your festive food sustainably 

Where possible, buy your Christmas food from local stores. Going to your local butcher for your meat reduces your carbon footprint significantly, shows your support for a local company, and also means you know where your meat is coming from. 

Christmastime often involves huge amounts of waste due to the increased amount of products and food we buy. Making small changes and becoming more eco-conscious in all aspects of our Christmas preparations and celebrations means that it is now easier to have an eco-friendly Christmas.

Recycling Mistakes You Might Be Making

Recycling mistakes you might be makingWith horrific amounts of plastic in our oceans and the dangers this entails, we are all becoming increasingly aware of our need to reduce plastic waste and recycle as much as we can. Many of us now have recycling initiatives at our place of work and increase our recycling at home. However, despite our best intentions, we may not be recycled correctly. Here are some common recycling mistakes you might be making.  

Thinking all plastic can be recycled 

Although a lot of plastic can be recycled, not all types can. Whilst some people place all their plastic in recycling and hope for the best, certain types cannot be recycled for various reasons. We should all be aware of these types so that we try and avoid buying items in this packaging, to begin with. For example, black and dark plastic is extremely difficult to recycle. The type of pigments used to form the dark colour makes it difficult for automated recycling materials to sort and identify. As there is no easy way to fix this, black plastic tends not to be recyclable.  

Certain plastic containers cannot be recycled either such as yoghurt pots or takeaway containers. This is often due to the mixture of materials used to make the packaging. Try and reuse your takeaway containers or avoid this type of plastic where possible.  

Not recycling aerosols or cleaning products 

In opposition to the previous point, sometimes people assume items are not recyclable and place them in their normal waste bin. For example, deodorant cans and aerosols are commonly thought not to be recyclable when in fact they are. Just ensure they are empty before you place in the recycling. The same goes for bleach and cleaning products. Many of us think because bleach and other cleaners are potentially toxic to the environment, the bottles will contaminate the recycling process. As long as the bottles are cleaned and emptied thoroughly, this shouldn’t be an issue.  

Recycling dirty items  

Although a lot of packaging can be recycled, it does depend on the quality of the material. It is important that the containers and packaging do not have any food stains or food left in them when you place them in the recycling bin. A common example is a takeaway pizza box. Although the box can be easily recycled because its made from cardboard if there are pizza grease stains on it, recycling cannot happen. The same goes for dirty tin cans or plastic containers. Just ensure your rubbish is in a clean enough state before you place it in the recycling bin. 

Placing recycling items in a plastic bag  

A lot of people place their recycling in a plastic bag before they take it outside to the main bin. Although this is convenient, it causes more harm than good. Empty the bags into the bin but don’t place the plastic bags in it as well. Although you can, of course, store them in a plastic bag to keep them organised in your home, the items should be loose in the main recycling bin. 

Recycling plastic bags  

This leads on from the previous point. Although plastic bags can be recycled, they are often not accepted by many councils. You should instead cut down on the amount of plastic bags you use. The ones you do have, make sure you keep reusing them to make them last the longest time possible.  

Recycling wet newspaper 

Although the newspaper can be recycled, the same is not true for wet newspaper. You cannot always predict the weather and the newspaper may accidentally become wet. However, if it does happen remove it from the recycling bin and place it in your compost bin instead. 

Not separating glass 

This mistake depends on your local recycling rules. In some areas of the country, people have a separate bin for their glass items. You must have a thorough understanding of which items go in which bin to maximise your recycling efforts 

Recycling Christmas lights and hoses 

Although made from plastic, Christmas lights and garden hoses can cause a problem. They can easily become tangled around other items and even equipment and machinery at recycling centres. This can cause serious, costly damage. 

Recycling scrap metal  

When tidying out their house, shed or garage, many people come across a lot of materials they no longer need, including bulkier items such as scrap metal. Although scrap metal can be recycled, these items should be placed in a skip or taken to a recycling centre, not just placed in your recycling bin at home. 

Recycling old clothing  

It is great to make use of old clothing rather than simply throwing it away and it ends up in landfill. However, clothing cannot be recycled. Instead, donate it by taking it to a local charity shop or charity collection bin that many supermarkets now have. 

Recycling bubble wrap  

Bubble wrap is often placed in the recycling bin because it is plastic. However, it shouldn’t be. Instead, reuse the bubble wrap for your next house move or see if anyone else needs it. 

Recycling crisp packets  

Crisp packets are often made from a mixture of materials and it is because of this that they often cannot be recycled. Although you may automatically assume they should be recycled, ensure they end up in your general waste bin. 

It can be easy to be green and recycling, on the whole, is a simple task. However, the list above shows just some of the common mistakes being made when it comes to recycling. As long as these are avoided, the levels of recycling that can be achieved could increase significantly which is always great news. 

How long does our waste take to break down?

How long does out waste take to break downWe are now more aware than ever that we need to get rid of our waste in the most responsible way as possible. This is important as there are many materials that take years, decades, or even centuries to decompose. Here, we answer the question “how long does our waste take to break down?" 

Under a year  

Train tickets 

Cotton gloves  





Up to 5 Years 


Wool clothing  

Up to 15 years 


Painted board  


Between 20 and 100 years 

Leather (25-40 years) 

Nylon clothes (25-40 years) 

Tin cans (up to 50 years) 

Foamed plastic cups (up to 50 years) 

Rubber-soled boots (50-80 years) 

Up to 500 years 

Batteries (up to 100 years) 

Batteries are one of the most dangerous items to be left in a landfill. As the thin metal casing will decompose in approximately 100 years, the heavy metals inside will be left exposed. Unfortunately, these metals will never decompose and are toxic.  

Aluminium cans (200 years) 

Sanitary pads (at least 500 years) 

plastic bags (at least 500 years) 

plastic bottles (up to 450 years) 

Over 500 years 

Glass bottles (up to 2 million years) 



It is important to note that although glass bottles can take a staggering 2 million years to naturally decompose, they are easy to recycle due to the fact that they are mostly made out of sand.  

Food Waste  

It is reasonable to believe that because food waste comes from the ground, it should decompose quickly. However, this is not actually the case. Different food items decay at different rates. Whilst something like a banana peel may take up to a month to decay, orange peels can take six months. Surprisingly lettuce leaves that are in landfills can stay up to a quarter of a century before they decompose completely. This is another reason why food waste should also be kept to an absolute minimum. 

Although this list is not comprehensive, it is a scary concept to consider the fact that a lot of the rubbish we personally create in our lifetime could still be around centuries after. However, it is not all doom and gloom. There are many little changes we can all make to our everyday routines that can help reduce the amount of waste we produce. From cutting back on plastic in our beauty routines, to using reusable coffee cups, avoiding plastic bags for shopping, and keeping our clothes for longer. 

Some of the figures shared above are truly shocking. They highlight the vital need to reduce using these materials where possible and if we do use them, check to see if they can be recycled first. Hiring a skip is an efficient way to ensure as much as your waste is being recycled as possible.  

Garden Maintenance Tips for Autumn

LSPS Garden Maintenance TipsThe Autumn months are the perfect time to get your garden in order. No matter what size garden you have, the amount of rubbish that can build up can be surprising. You can quickly end up having more waste than your wheelie bin can handle and this is when you should consider hiring a skip. Doing so now and tidying up your garden means that your garden will be sorted for the Winter months and ready for Spring. Here are some gardening maintenance tips for Autumn.

Keep on top of Autumn leaves 

Although not all trees shed their leaves, the majority do and you can quickly find your garden overwhelmed by them. Although keeping some of them to one side can help create important habitats for wildlife to shelter in during the cold winter months, the rest can be bagged when they are dry and thrown away into a garden waste skip. The same applies to branches. Although you can keep some around your garden for wildlife, you may have too many and need them to be removed.

Next, you should look at your flower beds. If you have flowers that have died and will not return next year, have these removed to keep your flower beds neat and provide you room to plant some more bulbs for next Spring. As there are usually restrictions on the amount of soil you can place in domestic wheelie bins, hiring a skip can be a great option. 

Trim hedges

As you get into Autumn, it is time to think about trimming hedges to keep growth under control. Depending on the size of your garden, this can be a mammoth task. Before you start, you must know where you are going to place your waste. Also, you must check for birds' nests before you start. It is illegal to disturb nests until the chicks have grown up and flown away from the nest. 


Autumn is also the perfect time to get landscaping jobs done ready for you to enjoy next year. Before the weather takes a turn for the worst, you can try and sort out the patio, raised beds, or any other projects you have been putting off doing. Having a skip at hand is perfect to help you get these jobs completed quickly and efficiently, leaving you with no mess to clear up.

Tidy out the shed

Now the Summer is over, a lot of the garden furniture will have to be covered and stored away. This is often in the shed or the garage. Before you store everything away, take the time to tidy out your shed and garages. They gather unwanted items and rubbish quickly, sometimes taking up valuable space that you now need. With gardening jobs minimal for the next few months, you will be grateful in Spring that you have taken the time to sort everything out now. Anything you no longer need, find an alternative home. If that fails, your skip will be at hand to help you dispose of the waste.

Fix your fencing 

If you notice there are weak areas of your fence, it is always a good idea to get them fixed before the colder, windier weather arrives. Fences can often end up damaged or even blown away, making the job even bigger and also leaving your property insecure. By dealing with it now, you can ensure you have sturdy fencing before Winter arrives.

The jobs discussed above show how hiring a skip for your garden needs can be a worthy seasonal investment. Whilst the weather is still mild enough to spend outside, it’s the perfect time to organise your garden and finish any jobs you were intending to do during the Summer. Before hiring your skip, ensure you check for any restrictions. If you know what you are intending to throw away, check with the skip hire company that they accept all of those materials. 

The negative effects of fly-tipping

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Because we pay council tax, we receive the benefit of a regular, free rubbish collection service. Although this is perfect for our everyday waste, there will inevitably be times where our waste exceeds the capacity of our regular household bins and we need to find an alternative way to remove this waste. Despite there being many methods to do this, some, unfortunately, turn to the unethical option of fly-tipping instead. Here, we discuss the negative effects of fly-tipping.

What is fly-tipping?

The term fly tipping refers to the practice of illegally dumping your waste. Rather than taking the rubbish to the tip or hiring a skip or professional waste disposal company, some people dump their rubbish where they hope it cannot be traced back to them, or wherever they seem fit. This can sometimes be on the street, in neighbour’s gardens, or in the countryside.

Not only is this behaviour rude and unsightly, but the effects can also be long term and disastrous.

The negative effects of fly-tipping

•    Some people believe fly-tipping is the only answer as it's free. However, this isn't technically true. Although the fly-tipper doesn’t directly pay anything to get rid of the rubbish, someone has to pay for it. The local authorities and councils are those that end up footing the bill. To raise the required funds, this could end up in an increase in council tax. Not only is this frustrating for the majority of people who dispose of their rubbish legally, but it also puts unnecessary financial pressure on local authorities and means that the designated funds do not go towards other projects that can benefit the community.

•    Fly-tipping makes areas look unsightly and this can have a huge impact on the surrounding area. In some cases, it has been shown to devalue the price of houses surrounding the fly-tipping hotspots. 

•    It is illegal and therefore if anyone is actively caught doing it they can end up with a fine or even a prison sentence.

•    It impacts wildlife, especially as a lot of fly-tipping occurs in the countryside. It is common for wildlife to be severely impacted by fly-tipping. Household waste can contain many toxic ingredients and harmful plastics that can be fatal to wildlife if ingested.

•    These toxic ingredients can also harm people, especially children if they accidentally ingest something.

•    The health impact can become widespread as well, which some people do not take into consideration. Toxic substances can sink into the earth which can stop plants growing in the nearby area and also impact nearby creatures and ecosystems.

•    If the waste disposed of through fly-tipping is general household rubbish such as rotting food, this over time can attract rats, flies and other undesirable creatures that the local neighbourhood will not like having close to their homes

Fly-tipping is a criminal act that affects many people. With so many easy waste disposal options nowadays, there is no reason fly-tipping should still be happening at the rate it is. Although it is only the minority of people that turn to fly-tipping as a viable option, people must understand the true damage fly-tipping can cause - both environmentally and financially. If you ever have waste to get rid of that is bulky then invest in hiring a skip. There are many sizes available to meet your needs and you do not even need to have space to store the skip. If you have nowhere for the skip to go, there are wait and load services as well to get around this. Alternatively, there are waste management companies that can come and pick up specific items you are struggling to dispose of. 

Skip Hire Guide for Beginners

thumbnail (1)Hiring a skip can be relatively daunting if it is something you have never done before. Here is our skip hire guide for beginners. 

Be careful what you put in a skip 

Many people believe that anything can be placed in a skip and although that would be extremely convenient, it is not the case. Although you can place the majority of materials in a skip, here are some that you must definitely avoid:

•    Asbestos 
•    Batteries
•    Medical Waste
•    Toxic materials 
•    Fridge / Freezers
•    Tyres 
•    Plasterboard
•    Gas canisters
•    Electrical Equipment 
•    Paint Cans 

If you are in any doubt, ensure you ask if you are concerned about any of the items you are wanting to use the skip for. All of the items listed above have their own specific ways of disposal. If you are found with any of these prohibited items in your skip, you could end up being charged and have the items returned to you.

Skip Sizes 

Skip sizes vary and it can be confusing to understand exactly what size you need. The larger the skip you hire, the cheaper it is per cubic metre of waste. However, there is no point hiring a large skip if you know you don’t have a lot of waste. Visualise how much waste you have and make a decision from there. It is worth getting the size up to make sure you have sufficient space. Not only is this more value per cubic metre, in reality, but you may also find more waste that you hadn't taken into consideration.

Skip Hire Prices

There are no standard prices for skip hire and they will inevitably vary due to several factors, including the type of skip you need, how long you need it for and where you are geographically located. In addition to this, if you do not have the space to have a skip on your property, you will need to factor in the additional cost of obtaining a permit to have it on the roadside. 

Skip permits

A skip permit or a skip licence need to be obtained if you are placing the skip on a public road instead of your own property. Not only will you need to pay a small fee to get one, but you must also allow a few additional days for the skip permit to be sorted. Luckily, most skip hire companies will organise this on your behalf and make all the arrangements. You must also consider whether the skip will be located on single yellow lines or in a pay and display bay as you may need a parking suspension in addition to the permit.

Wait and load skips 

Wait and load services are often available to customers and are perfect for those that need their waste removed quickly or simply do not have any space to place the skip overnight. Your skip will be delivered, you will need to load it, then the skip is immediately taken away.

Can I have help loading the skip?

Many skip hires do not include labour costs. It is imperative that you have organised the ability for someone to help you load the skip if necessary. You must ensure that you are loading the skip safely at all times and never attempt to lift items that are too heavy. If you do not have anyone to help you and you have a lot of bulky items to move then a man and van clearance service may be a better fit for you.

How long can I keep the skip? 

You can often determine how long you require the skip for. However, it normally covers 1 or 2 weeks. You can organise to have it collected before then if you need to. If you need the skip longer than this, you may have an additional charge. If you need to change the time frame for whatever reason, ensure you provide your skip hire provider plenty of notice to make the arrangements. 


Skips are usually delivered in large lorries, so you need to ensure they will be able to access your location in order to drop the skip off. If you are concerned with access, inform your skip hire company in advance to try and sort out an alternative.


Skips can hold a lot of weight as even the mini skips, which are 2 yards, can usually hold up to 2 tonnes. Although it is rare that households will exceed this amount, always check if you are concerned about going over the weight limit.


An issue can often occur by people overloading skips, not in terms of weight but in height. Your skip will have a fill line on the inside which you should not exceed. If you do there is a chance your skip will not be taken away as it is now a safety hazard. If you overload it, there is a significant risk of items falling out when the skip is in transit.

Driveway Damage 

Some people are concerned that a skip will cause damage to their driveway. Skips are heavy when they are empty, let along when they are full. You can have the skip placed on scaffolding planks if you have them. If you are concerned about damage, discuss with your skip hire provider first who can guide you according to what material your driveway or skip location is made from.


At LSPS, we ensure that the waste we collect is sorted sufficiently and have as much waste recycled as possible. 

Hopefully, these tips will help make the process of hiring a skip that much easier. It can take some planning to ensure you have the space to have a skip and order the correct one, however, once you have one delivered, you can load it in your own time and avoid the hassle of several trips to the tip.

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. 

Guide to Recycling Plastics

PlasticsWe are all aware of the damage plastics can have on the environment and that we should be recycling wherever possible. However, with so many different rules regarding the best way to recycle and reuse and also so many different types of plastic, the whole thing can be extremely confusing and overwhelming. Here is our definitive guide to recycling plastics  .

What are plastics?

To start off with, we want to understand exactly what is meant by the term plastic, as it covers a myriad of things. The properties of plastic mean that they can be moulded into practically anything, from forks to straws to cars. Although all of these are classed under the umbrella term of plastic, there are in fact many different types. Here we describe some of the different types.

•    Epoxy resin filler is a type of plastic that becomes hard after only a few minutes and can be placed into wood that has rotted away
•    D30 is a soft plastic that hardens once it has been suddenly hit. This type of plastic is often used for sports equipment as it can provide added protection 
•    Fibreglass is a combination of plastic and glass and is often used for constructing methods of transport such as boats or cars

Plastics are formed from polymers which are compounds made from combining monomers. Depending on the different monomers chosen, different plastics are created which all have their own specific properties. Plastics also act differently when they are heated. Thermoplastics (such as water bottles and plastic toys) soften and bend when heated, whereas others, known as thermosets, will never soften (for example, epoxy resin and polyurethane).

In order to properly recycle plastic, a person must have an understanding of what type of plastic it is. Plastics need to be placed with others of their kind before they are recycled. 

You may not even realise that some items contain plastic. For example, the material tights are made from, Nylon, is in fact a plastic, but isn't what usually springs to mind when you imagine plastic.

Why is plastic problematic

Although some plastics can be recycled, overall plastic is a huge problem because they are as a whole synthetic. Since they do not naturally form in nature, animals and other forms of life have not yet adapted to them being in their environment. The disposable nature of many plastics means that they often end up in our landscapes and oceans, causing significant damage to our wildlife. 

Some plastic can also be extremely toxic when they are heated. Certain chemicals can be exuded from the plastic which can end up in the air or going into the ground, which can bring significant health issues.

Why is recycling plastic important?

As it can take up to 1,000 years for plastic to degrade, landfills cannot cope with plastics. Therefore, it is imperative that plastic is recycled whenever possible. By recycling plastics we are conserving energy as new plastic is not being created from scratch, we are avoiding plastic ending up in our natural environments, we are limiting pollution and also reducing greenhouse gases.

These are merely a few of the benefits to recycling plastics so it is a no brainer that everyone should be doing their part. However, unfortunately, it is not always simple. We regularly check items to see if they are recyclable but the symbols can often be confusing. This can lead people to assume the product is not recyclable when in fact it is. Alternatively, it can lead people to automatically assume it is recyclable when it isn't, which can then contaminate the rest of the recycling. 

How we can recycle at home 

Reuse plastic containers
Before throwing anything away, see if you can use it again. Plastic containers make great storage and saves you buying some new containers.

Save plastic bottles to use in the garden 
They can make great watering cans

Squash plastic bottles down 
Before placing plastic bottles in the bin, squash them down. Not only does this mean you can fit more in your recycling bin, but it also makes it easier to sort at the recycling plant if the plastics are lying flat.

Remove any food
Rinse out items before placing them in the recycling bin. 

Have recycling bins around the house 
Do not limit yourself to only having a recycling bin in the kitchen. A lot of waste from bathrooms and home offices can also be recycled. However, many people simply place all the items in the nearest bin and may not think about recycling.

Whilst a plastic-free world is not attainable at the moment as plastics have many positive uses, it is important for us to understand that not all plastics are the same. They need to be treated differently and if we can all do our part at home and at work, we can slowly make recycling second nature.

How online retailers can minimise waste

photo-1592500305715-aa0a73023178Over the past few years, there has been a dramatic increase in people shopping online. This shift from traditional retail shopping in a physical location to e-commerce is continuing to grow and become the main type of retail for many people. Although online shopping can be more convenient for people, unfortunately, it can create more waste, mainly due to excess packaging. Consumers are aware of this and becoming increasingly eco-conscious when choosing which brands they buy from. 
Here we discuss how online retailers can minimise waste
What are the benefits for retailers minimising their waste

Minimising the waste their company produces does not only benefit the environment. There are many other benefits as well. For example, ensuring the customer knows you have made a conscious effort to reduce waste will help promote your brand and reputation. In addition to this, using less packaging will also cost your business less money in the long run. If a brand takes it time to produce the perfect packaging for their products, they can also use this as a brand-building exercise. For example, branded packaging is more likely to get shared on social media, meaning that your packaging can also act as a form of advertising and can lead to valuable user-generated content. 

Always use recyclable material 

This may seem obvious and is something the majority of online retailers are already doing however brands should consider every element of their packaging and make as many of these elements recyclable or biodegradable. Although cardboard is easy to recycle, ensure any plastic can be recycled and try and avoid polystyrene. Despite polystyrene technically being able to be recycled, in many cases, they have to be disposed of separately which causes an inconvenience to customers. If they place in the normal bin it will inevitably end up at the landfill, whereas if its placed in the household recycling bin it can, in fact, slow down the recycling process. 

Think about the size of the packaging 

Where possible, have the packaging fit to the size of the product. Not only does this help produce left household waste to your customers, but it will also save the business money and lower emissions at the same time. If made to measure packaging is not possible, aim for as close a fit as you can. If customers are ordering something small, try and ensure the packaging can fit through a letterbox. This can help improve the customer experience as it means their products can easily be delivered safely without them needing to be home to receive the parcel. 
When shipping costs are calculated, they are based on dimensional weight. This makes it in the businesses’ interest to ensure their packaging is kept to a minimum.

Consider the contents of the packaging 

It is not only the outer layer of packaging a business must consider. What other types of packaging will the customer receive? Some companies are now using more sustainable materials such as bamboo-based materials instead of plastic and polystyrene. 
In addition to this, can you brand the packaging in any way? As discussed earlier, branded packaging can help improve the customer experience. People are likely to share their purchase on social media if the packaging is as exciting and high quality and the product they have purchased. They are also more likely to recommend your brand to friends and family if they have had a great online shopping experience with them. The online shopping experience doesn’t end once a customer checks out. The product and packaging are just as vital. 

Have a retail waste audit

On a regular basis, carry out a retail waste audit. You can even hire someone to undertake this for you if you are a big company. The audit will involve making a list of all the types of waste, and measure the amount of waste. From there, a plan can be put in place to reduce the amount of waste created. 

Make recycling easy for the customer 

Every business should be recycling. However, they also have a responsibility to ensure their packaging can easily be recycled as well. Make it clear on the packaging that it can be recycled to encourage your customers to do so.

Donate damaged products 

Waste from online retailers does not just come in the form of packaging. It is inevitable that some of their products may end up being slightly damaged and not a high enough standard to send to customers. When this happens, businesses should consider ways to ensure these damaged items do not just get thrown away. Could they be donated to a charity shop? Sold at a discount on your store? Or give them away to members of staff? Any of these options is better than them immediately ending up at a landfill.

Implement an effective inventory management system 

If your products are perishable, it is vital you have a robust inventory management system in place. Having one will ensure more of your products are sold before they reach the end of their sellable life. If the stock is managed correctly, less waste will be created.

Train your staff 

All members of your staff need the training to ensure they understand the importance of reducing waste and giving them the tools to be able to carry out their jobs with a waste-free mindset. Have training sessions so all staff knows your policy. Incorporating ways to significantly reduce waste should become an integral part of your business's culture and therefore your employees much be advocates of this.

Waste is inevitable, however eco-friendly eCommerce is certainly achievable. By taking these steps for how online retailers can minimise waste, businesses will reap the benefits of not only environmental gains but also financial ones.  Customers are also left happy as they have less waste to get rid of and have a great perception of that brand in the future. The steps described above may take a bit of time to implement but they are not difficult things to incorporate into the day to day operations of the business. Therefore, it will not take long for a business to see the difference they are making.

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. 

What to look for in a waste removal company

depositphotos_75951419-stock-photo-loaded-dumpsterWhen you have a lot of rubbish to dispose of, hiring a skip may be the best solution. Not only is it a convenient way to remove a large amount of waste in one go, but it also helps avoid fly-tipping. Before you choose which option to go for,  It is always important to consider the following factors when choosing a skip hire company. Here is what to look for in a waste removal company.

Consider what you need to get rid of

Before hiring anyone, consider what the waste is you need to dispose of. Although skips can house a range of items, there are certain products or materials that cannot be placed in the skip. Although there are some overarching rules across the industry, each skip hire company can be different. So it is imperative you check the skip hire company will accept the items you need to throw away.

Ensure they have the right size

If you are doing a Spring clean, undertaking a complete house renovation, or clearing out an office, you must ensure the skip hire company has a skip big enough for your needs. Always go for a slightly bigger size than you anticipate to ensure all your rubbish can be disposed of at the same time and reduce the need for multiple skip hires.

What are their recycling policies

It is possible to contact your skip hire company and find out what their recycling policy is. The impact waste has on the environment, is increasingly concerning and everyone should be playing their part. Whenever possible, a skip hire company should be recycling their products. This is to ensure that the amount of waste that ends up at the landfill is always kept to the absolute minimum.

What is the time frame?

How long do you need the skip for? Check with the skip hire company what time frames they offer. If you are starting a large project, ensure you can keep the skip for a long enough time. Alternatively, if you have the rubbish already collected, check to see if they offer a wait and load service. This can be a convenient and quick option as your waste is quickly collected and taken away immediately. 

Look at reviews

When searching for a skip hire company, it can be beneficial to read reviews before you pick one. This will allow you to read the experience of other clients and this can help you see if they are the right company for your needs. 

These are just 5 factors that you should consider before choosing your skip hire company. You need to ensure you are happy with your choice and that your requirements can be met. Doing so will ensure all your waste will easily be taken care of for you in a convenient, quick way.

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. 

How to create a zero- waste home

zero wasteAlthough more and more people are recycling, many homeowners want to create a zero-waste home. Minimising the amount of waste they are producing wherever possible and this goes further than just recycling. Create a zero waste home (or as close to zero as possible) means that your home is as environmentally friendly as possible. 

Here, we discuss some of the things homeowners can put into practice to make their homes as close to zero waste as possible. 

What is a zero-waste home?

What we mean my zero waste is a set of principles and a philosophy that individuals follow to try and prevent waste as much as possible. Some waste is inevitable, however, there are some practical things you can do to help this prevention and stop as much of your rubbish from ending up at landfills, being incinerated or thrown in the ocean as possible.

To begin, you will need to evaluate your current wastefulness and identify the key areas you should focus on.

How to create a zero-waste home 

Eat fresh food
Where possible try and buy fresh fruit and vegetables. This is a great way to reduce the packaging which often is not easily recyclable. It also helps provide you and your family with nutritious meals if they are homemade. If you can, try and buy items in bulk if you have the space to store it. Doing this not only reducing the amount of packaging again, but it also can be a cost-effective way of buying food. 

Be considerate when buying cleaning supplies
Before stocking up on your cleaning supplies, try and use products that are not harmful to the environment and full of dangerous chemicals. There are also more brands that are providing eco refills of their products. Keep the original cleaning bottles and buy the refills. These refills also tend to fit more of the product in, saving packaging. Once you buy the refill just use the original bottle.

There are many cleaners that you use around your home that you could find a more environmentally friendly alternative. For example, you can use a mixture of household items such as vinegar, bicarbonate of soda, and lemons. These are items you tend to already have in the house and saves you having to buy other cleaners.

Stop Junk Mail 
Whenever you receive junk mail, check to see if there is an option to unsubscribe with the sender. Over time, you should hopefully see the amount of junk mail you receive in the post diminish

Declutter your home and wherever possible, donate your items to local charities, or sell them online. You will be left with only items that you believe are of use whilst letting other people enjoy the items you no longer want.

Head to the shops with a plan 
Before going to shops, try and have a list with you and stick to it. If you go to the shops without a plan, you will be more likely to buy more than you actually need. This, in turn, will leave you with more packaging and waste to deal with.

Avoid disposable items 
When you have a disposable item, see if there is a reusable option instead. Although these will tend to be more expensive, they will be better value for money over the long run as you get more uses from the same item. From bottles to shopping bags, makeup cotton pads, razors, and more, there are plenty of options.

Buying a compost bin can really help reduce your waste. It is the perfect location for you to place shredded paper, lawn clipping, and vegetable peelings to name a few. It can be surprising how much waste you can place in your composter instead, over time providing you with rich, fertile compost for your garden. Invest in as large a composter as you can. The larger it is, the more likely you are to use it freely.

Get rid of your waste in a clever way 
It is impossible to have no waste at all in your home. However, there are ways you can get rid of your waste in the best way possible. Using a skip hire, for example, can help you with your waste. Check with the company you are using first to check what their services are. Most skip companies will sort out your waste for you to ensure as much of it as possible will be recycled. This is in an attempt to reduce the amount of waste that will end up at a landfill. Having a skip company do this takes some of the pressure off you at sorting out your rubbish and disposing of it correctly which can sometimes be extremely time-consuming.

14 Things you probably didn’t know you could recycle

LSPS RecyclingOver recent years, as a society, we have become more aware of sustainability and as a result, our recycling rates have increased. People know the usual items that can be recycled such as plastic, paper, plastic bottles etc however, there is a range of surprising things you probably didn’t know you could recycle. Here, we discuss some of these lesser-known recycled products.

Thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of inhalers are casually thrown away once they are finished with. Many pharmacies will in fact accept these and get them recycled. Check with your local pharmacy first to see if they will take them from you.

Bottle Corks
Recycled corks can be used for a range of items including flooring, sports equipment or insulation among others.

Crayons can easily be recycled and reused in the comfort of your own home. When you have small pieces of crayon left, melt them down into moulds to reincarnate them into brand new crayons. You can mix the colours up for a fun, multi-coloured crayon that the kids will love using.

This is one you may not realise but tights can be recycled and repurposed into a range of other products.

VHS Tapes
If you have any of these relics lying around your home (probably hidden in a corner of the attic) you can actually recycle them. They can be dismantled and the pieces reused.

Until recently batteries were an item that could not be recycled. However, ways have now be discovered to responsible recycle batteries due to the severe adverse impact they can have on the environment. There are many places that now accept batteries and will take them to be recycled such as supermarkets.

If you need a new prescription you may not know what to do with your old pair of glasses. If you return them to your opticians, many have a program in place where they send them to developing countries that are in dire need of them. This can also apply to sunglasses.

When it comes to replacing an old carpet in your home, don’t automatically throw it away. There are some companies that accept carpet and take it away for recycling to reduce the amount that ends up in the landfill. 

CDs and DVDs
Don’t throw your CDs and DVDs away once you have no need for them or if they are damaged. They can be recycled and repurposed into a myriad of other items.

Mobile phones
Old mobile phones can quickly start to build up at the back of drawers when you get an upgrade. Many people keep their old mobiles because they don’t know what else they can do with them. However, they can be recycled. Check your local recycling centre to see if they accept them.

Toothbrushes are one of the most common household items but consider recycling them rather than merely throwing them away. The plastic handle and the bristles can both be reused in a variety of ways

Fluorescent Light Bulbs 
It may be surprising that fluorescent light bulbs can be recycled but it's true. Some stores such as IKEA actively collect these bulbs for recycling so bear that in mind when you replace your bulbs in the future.

Sports Shoes
Sports shoes are made of a range of materials from plastic, cotton, nylon, metal and more. All sports shoes can be recycled so once you have no more need for them

Christmas Lights
Christmas Lights often end up in landfill once they start to lose their sparkle and no longer work. Rather than chucking them away in the rubbish, check your local recycling centre or online as some companies will accept your non-working lights and have them processed so that as much of the lights as possible can be recycled.

Although these items are recyclable, they may not be able to just be placed in your regular household bins. Once you realise what can be recycled, check what the best way to recycle the item is as they vary from product to product.

Recycling is an important part that we can all play to help protect the environment. So, next time you have a clear out of your house or taking the rubbish out to the bin, ensure you take a moment to ensure you are not missing out a chance to recycle and reduce your household waste. 
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. 

How to Tackle a Wardrobe Clear-out

Wardrobe ClearoutClearing out your wardrobe can be a daunting task, especially if you do not do it regularly. It is surprising how quickly rubbish can build up over the years. Here, we discuss how best to tackle a wardrobe clear-out, to make the task easier to finish, leaving you with a clutter-free wardrobe.  


Start by removing absolutely everything from your wardrobe. You may be shocked by how much stuff is crammed inside. You will not be able to successfully complete a clear out if you do not start with an empty wardrobe. Once everything has been taken out, give the inside of your wardrobe a quick clean. 

Make a recycling pile  

Start by separating the items you want to keep with those that you do not. Make sure you are brutal with this. If you have forgotten you owned it or haven't worn/used something for months, then it is probably a sign it is not worth keeping. Once you have a not wanted pile, organise this into what can be recycled and what can’t be. This is important as it will significantly reduce the amount of waste that will end up in a landfill. 

Send items to a clothing bank  

There are many clothing banks, especially at supermarkets. Donate what you think will be useful, ensuring you are not donating items that are of bad quality.  

Create a sell and swap pile  

From the remaining items, consider if there are any that you could potentially sell. A clear-out is an amazing opportunity to earn some extra money from the items you no longer want or need. Also, consider swapping items. Speak to your friends and organise a clothing swap party. This helps you get rid of your unwanted clothes and end up with something new that you will actually wear.  

Can you repair anything? 

You may stumble across items that are a bit worse for wear. Before you automatically go to chuck it away, ask yourself whether you can fix it? If the answer is no, can you use it for another function? This involves a bit of creative thinking but there any many ways to reuse unwanted items for a different purpose. 

Hire a skip  

Wardrobes do not just contain clothes. There is a myriad of waste and clutter that can end up being shoved into our wardrobes. Consider hiring a small skip when tackling your wardrobes. This is a great method of getting rid of all your rubbish in one go. The waste will be separated and recycled if possible, giving you peace of mind that you are reducing landfill waste as much as possible. It is also good if you do not have the time to separate the items into sell and donate piles. It also saves significant time on trips to the tip and recycling centres. 

Get organising  

Once you have gone through your “to throw” pile, you can get started on organising the stuff you are keeping. You should only have items that fit you well, that you wear regularly or recently and that you still like. There is no point keeping things for the sake of it. If you do not have a lot of wardrobe space, separate your clothes into Spring / Summer and Autumn / Winter. Place the out of season clothes at the back of the wardrobe or in vacuum-packed bags. This keeps the items you are not going to wear yet out of the way. Once the weather changes, swap them over. 

Keep on top of it  

Once you have done the clear-out it is important to keep on top of it. The first clear-out will always be the most time consuming and hard work. However, undertaking mini subsequent tidy ups will help ensure you do not need to repeat the process as much. 

It is important to tidy out your wardrobe on a regular basis. Not only is it a satisfying task once it is completed, but it also allows you to donate unwanted items, clear space and help keep the items left neat and improve their longevity. Here is a quick guide on how to achieve this and end up with a clean and tidy wardrobe.  

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. 

Easy Ways to Recycle at Home

Recycling at HomeIt can sometimes be overwhelming knowing what can and cannot be recycled, it can also be simple to make small changes that lead to a large decrease in household waste. Here, we share some easy ways to recycle at home. 

When gifting to others, avoid excess packaging and only use wrapping that can be recycled. There are also some inventive ways to wrap a present. For example, you can use a nice scarf to wrap it up as a beautiful, reusable alternative.

Reduce the amount of paper post you receive by going paperless. 

If you have a local milkman, why not try using them? Not only will you get fresh milk straight to your doorstep, but they will also remove the glass bottles for you and you know the materials are reusable so waste is kept a minimum. 

When buying electrical items for outdoors try and opt for solar options instead of battery ran.

Grow your own vegetables and fruit in your own garden. It doesn't matter if you only have a small garden or balcony as some fruit and plants can still grow well in containers or on windowsills. 

Compost when possible. Compost bins are a great place to store your garden waste, vegetable peelings, cardboard, shredded paper and more.

If you have unwanted paper, use it as shopping lists or notepads first until it is full. Alternatively, shred your paper and use the shredding for compost, or stuffing for hampers.  

Stop using cling film and buy reusable covers instead. They act the same as cling film but they are less fiddly to use and do not cause any waste. 

Before you throw anything away stop and think if you can donate it. Furniture can even be donated and sometimes collected from your house, making it an easy thing to do.

There are many everyday items that you can repurpose. For example, clean out old jam jars or candles to repurpose them as storing other items.

If you need to print anything, always double side print, whenever you can, to cut down on paper and ink used.

Pack your lunch in reusable containers rather than using film or tin foil.

When having a clear-out, consider hiring a skip as this can ensure as much as your waste is being recycled as possible.

In your weekly shop, use reusable bags to store your fruit and veg and opt for loose versions to cut down on packaging. 

When buying cleaning products and hand soap among other things, buy refills rather than new products as this is a great way to cut down on packaging. 

Little and often can make a huge impact. By all of us doing our little bit we can significantly recycle more and cut down on waste. These are just some of the ways we can reuse, recycle and reduce waste. 

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. 

Tips for Garden Clear-Outs

Garden Shed
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.


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

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.

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