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Everything You Need to Know About Roll on Roll Offs

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Typical skips are sometimes not big enough to handle large volumes of waste. The largest skips go up to 12 cubic yards, which is inadequate for large projects. This is where roll-on roll-off containers come in. Roll-on roll-off containers are used to store and transport waste.

Roll-on roll-off containers come in larger sizes than typical skips such as 15 cubic yards, 20 cubic yards, 25 cubic yards, 30 cubic yards, 35 cubic yards, 40 cubic yards, 50 cubic yards, and 60 cubic yards.

Roll-on roll-off containers, also known as Ro-Ro, are ideal for large personal jobs, commercial projects, shop fittings, clearance jobs, and large-scale construction operations. Ro-Ro containers are ideal for the disposal of large volumes of light but bulky weights. The largest roll-on roll-off containers, however, can be used to dispose heavier waste.

Roll-on roll-off containers can be used for the following:

Recyclable material
Heavy construction and demolition waste
Dry non-hazardous waste
Industrial and commercial waste
Window frames and wood waste
Large volumes of bulky waste that cannot be easily compacted


Because of their large sizes, the use of roll-on roll-off containers is usually restricted to off-road locations. If you need to buy a roll-on roll-off container, you should consider the following factors:

The Type of Roll-Off Hoist That Your Truck Has

A roll-off hoist system is found on the roll-off truck and is used to lift roll-on roll-off containers into the truck for transportation. Most roll-off trucks either have Hook-Lift hoist system, or a Roll-Off hoist.

Type of Roll-On Roll-Off Container

The right size of roll-on roll-off container depends on the kind of waste and how much weight your truck is capable of hauling. If you intend to haul heavy material such as metal or glass shaving, it’s generally advisable to use smaller containers to avoid overloading your truck. If, however, you need to dispose lighter waste such as wood shavings, you can use larger containers. The build of the roll-on roll off container will depend on what it is used for. Containers used to dispose waste in large construction sites require to be sturdily built with thicker steel walls than standard containers.

The Capacity of the Roll-Off Truck

Your roll-off truck comes with a user guide that defines the recommended roll-on roll-off container capacity depending on the axle capacity, frame construction, engine, and hoist capacities of the truck. Make sure that you stay within the stipulated limits to avoid damaging your roll-off truck.

If Roll on Roll offs sound like they’re for you visit our RoRo page.

5 Ways to Help Your Home Save Energy This Summer

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Regardless if you’re hiring a skip, buying new clothes or picking up a multi bag of delicious crisps, we all love a bargain. Saving money on your energy bills is no exception and surprisingly easy to do within the summer months. Here are a few key ways to save you money, ready for that next bag of crisps.

Switch off and save

Some appliances leech energy even when they’re in standby mode; your television, games consoles and computers may use a quarter of the electricity that would be used if they were switched on. Instead of using ‘standby’, simply switch the item off and unplug it. Much cheaper.

Wrap it up

There’s no sense in paying to heat water if you’re just going to let it stand and cool. Insulate any storage tanks and water pipes to preserve the heat and avoid the additional cost of having to heat it all over again.


Dry naturally

Although we can’t always rely on good weather when we want it, summer is a the safest time to brave hanging your washing out to dry instead of using the tumble dryer. Remember though, if you’re unlucky enough not to live in the Bahamas you’ll always have to keep an eye out for those rain clouds we all know so well. The last thing you want at the end of your day is soggy socks.

Light up responsibly

Eco-friendly lights can save money over time when compared to old-fashioned incandescent bulbs. Replace your old lights with LED or CFL low-energy bulbs and see the difference when the bills come in. Remember, as it’s summer you’ll need to have your lights on for less time as the evenings continue to brighten up your home. Don’t turn on your lights when you don’t need to!

Make the house work for you

When the weather’s too hot, we can be tempted to turn on fans or air-conditioning units, just as when it’s cold, we reach for the heater switch. This sounds like common sense, but rather than cooling the house artificially, use a combination of open windows to allow a flow of air and curtains or blinds to block out the sun’s glare.

With a little effort and forethought, you can not only cut your energy bills, but you can help to make a difference to the environment. If we all do our part, we can protect our resources and enjoy a healthier planet.

Is a Pond Right For Your Garden?

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It is extremely straightforward to create a simple pond in your garden. A pond can turn into an area of beauty to be admired by friends and family.

Before you create an area of natural beauty in your garden, it is important that the following points are considered:

– The view of the potential pond from every angle of the garden. Envisage where the pond will be and walk around the garden to make sure it will be suitable.

– The specificity of the pond. Will it be created using a liner or a preformed pool?

– The actual size and depth of the pond you intend to build. Garden pond 2

– The species of plants you wish to go in your pond area. Different species require different depths of water in order to grow.

– Avoid any sheltered or shady areas, especially near to or next to deciduous trees.

– Discuss ideas with a professional if you are planning on landscaping your pond or you are opting for a complicated design. You may want to seek advice if you require to wire up a water pump using electricity.

– Consider the cost of the project you are about to undertake. Make sure the project doesn’t break the bank!

– Look at friend’s or relative’s pond to get ideas and discuss how they had their pond installed.

Making an Ideal Pond

Marking out – Make sure the perimeter of the pond is clearly laid and marked out. You can accomplish this by using string, wire or by simply letting sand run through your fingertips to create a clear border.

Take away all turf from the intended area and place it somewhere neatly, so that it will not hinder the pond making process.

Digging: Dig out the area with a strong spade to the depth of the primary shelf. Blot the area of the shelf with string, wire or by using sand.Garden pond 1

Hollow out the centre of the pond and add in any additional shelves if necessary. Alternatively, keep digging until your intended depth has been met. Make sure each shelf is level.

Keeping Wildlife Involved: Place the dug out soil to a safe area of the garden. Check the edges of the pond, making sure that all original specifications have been adhered to. It is ideal to leave one edge of the pond as a gentle slope so garden animals such as hedgehogs can climb out if they inadvertently fall in.

Although a pond can be a fantastic addition to most gardens, actually getting one dug in can create a massive amount of mess. Make sure to have a skip at the ready so it doesn’t look like a giant mole has been making themselves at home in your garden.