Monthly Archives: October 2014

Furniture You Can Easily Recycle This Autumn


When many of us consider recycling, items such as plastic and glass often come to mind. However, we can also make use of countless furniture items which we may want to replace with newer models. Thankfully, it is quite easy to recycle furniture before it winds up in the bin. So, what are some of the most common and easy methods to make the best use out of your older furniture?

Your furniture can be given to charitable organisations throughout the country. It will then be refurbished and sold on as second-hand materials to those in need or who do not have a flexible budget. However, it is important to recognise that items which are upholstered such as sofas and mattresses will need to have their safety tags intact. Otherwise, the centres will not be able to accept them.

Online Auctions
There are numerous online auction portals which are excellent ways to pass your furniture across. Even items in moderately fair condition will frequently be popular options; many hobbyists actually enjoy revamping older styles. You can either choose to auction the furniture off or it can be even passed along at no charge.

Physical Recycling
Of course, there may be pieces which are simply beyond repair. In this case, your only option may be to physically take them to a recycling centre. Keep in mind that if your furniture is made of wood and metal, these materials can naturally be used again in other products. So, it is a wise idea to contact the closest provider. If you are unsure if one is located nearby, visiting your local council will provide you with the relevant contact information. One of the advantages of employing the services of a recycling centre is that there is the possibility that your furniture will be picked up at your home; saving a great deal of time and aggravation.

So, it is clear to see that you have a number of options if you are considering recycling your furniture this autumn. This is a great way to extend the life of older furniture while simultaneously helping the environment.

5 Eco Friendly Decorations You Can Use During Halloween

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At Halloween, green inspires thoughts of Frankenstein, slime and other creepy things, but green also refers to the decision to celebrate in a way that protects the planet. With a little thought and creativity, there are many ways to add green to the traditional orange and black of Halloween.

Use LED Lights
Halloween lighting adds to the delightfully spooky atmosphere, and it also brightens walkways for the safety of small trick-or-treaters. With long-lasting, energy-efficient LED lights, you can create an orange glow on your haunted porch or a monstrous purple trail along your picket fence and still save on power consumption.

Make a Scary Scarecrow
There’s nothing like a spooky scarecrow lurking at the gate or hiding near the door to add to the creepiness of a dark Halloween night. Using old ragged clothes and a few bales of hay, you can stuff a headless creature to delightfully frighten those who dare to pass by. And after the holiday, the straw does double-duty as mulch in the garden.

DIY Goodie Bags
Reusable cotton pillow cases make excellent goodie bags for trick-or-treaters. With a selection of Halloween-themed foam stamps and fabric paints, your kids can create their own personalised treat bags. If you’ve got sewing skills, you can help to decorate with accenting trims, appliques or handles.

Make Your Own Costume
Vintage clothing and accessories can provide the details that add realism to a costume. Thrift shops are full of treasures such as beads, hats, belts and scarves that can be repurposed to save you money and turn a good costume into a great costume.

Bring on the Jack O’Lanterns
Pumpkins are Halloween. Decorate with a cluster of pumpkins at your doorway, a column of pumpkins ascending a staircase or a row of Jack O’Lanterns lining the pathway and glowing with LED tealights. Pumpkin seeds make a tasty toasted treat, and post-Halloween pumpkins are good for the compost.

With imagination, creativity and guidance from your green conscience, you can celebrate a monstrous Halloween and leave a small ecological footprint.


Your One Stop Guide to Working Out What Skip Size Will Suit You

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Deciding on the right skip size can be quite difficult as there are many different options out there. If you choose one that is too large, you will end up paying for unused space, and similarly, if you hire a skip that is too small, you will have to order a bigger one and pay more than you need to. The following guide will explain the different sizes available to help you pick the most suitable skip.

Skip sizes are referred to as cubic yards. 1 cubic yard is 3 foot and roughly the size of 2 dishwashers. 2 cubic yards is a mini skip that is mostly suitable for small domestic tasks. It has the capacity of holding up to 30 bin bags and you can find many reputable suppliers.
The 4 cubic yard skip is ideal for small kitchen units or bathroom clearance. This size skip can hold up to 40 bags, but there are smaller sizes too that will take care of any minor jobs.

The most popular size is 6 cubic yards which is also known as a midi skip. This is perfect for medium to large refurbishment tasks and can hold up to 60 bin bags.

An 8 cubic yards skip is a large one for heavier loads like construction rubble, office refits, and renovation projects. It can hold up to 80 bin bags.

The maxi skip is a 12 cubic yards container that is used for large house clearances. It can hold up to 100 bin bags but is not suitable for heavy concrete waste. Most councils won’t allow these skips to be placed on public roads so you can only put them in your own driveway, if you have the space.

There are also bigger skips that can hold up to 200 bin bags, but they are mostly used for large warehouse clearances. By using the above guide, you can easily decide which skip size is the most suitable one for your needs.