Category Archives: Home Improvements

Starting to Think About Clearing up Your Garden?

When you are considering a garden clearance, figuring out how you will clear all the waste can be a daunting task. Fortunately, skip hire companies like us, offer an affordable, hassle-free garden clearance service. Below are some tips and considerations that should think about when planning a garden waste collection.

Find out how long your garden will clearance take

You should have a rough idea of the duration the clearance will take before planning anything. Knowing the exact size of the task you’ll be dealing with is important to your planning, particularly if it’s an overgrown garden. You should give yourself ample time to finish the job at hand. Be realistic when it comes to your working pace. Taking on too much quickly is not a good idea as you will put pressure on yourself. You can measure out a small portion of your garden, then time how long it will take you to clear it. Multiply this time to get the time you will need to clear the rest of the garden.

Separate your waste types

The next step is to know how you’ll dispose of the loose pieces of grass produced when clearing. Separate the garden waste into two different types of waste: Green waste and general waste. Green waste is the waste that will come from your garden, including weeds, shrubs, bushes and grass. Most councils offer green waste collection for free, allowing you to save money as you will only need a small mini skip. General waste, on the other hand, consists of any item you have placed in your garden. This can include plant pots, old shed or old garden furniture. Identify items that you want to throw away, sell or keep to avoid disposing of something of value. Don’t place hazardous waste such as paint tins in a skip.

Reduce bulky waste volumes

Most waste removal companies will charge you based on the size of your garden waste and how much waste the skip will take to fill.  This will be an easy task once you have separated your green waste. You will be able to decrease the volume of your waste items, such as branches and hedge cuttings, much easier than large items. The bulkiness of the waste will also determine what waste service suits you, particularly the size of skip you need.

How to choose the right method of waste disposal

Once you have completed the aforementioned steps, choosing the right service will be easy. The options include:

Skip hire

If you will take more days to complete, then a skip is the best disposal option. It’s suitable for both general and green waste, and skips are available in a variety of sizes – from 4-yards to 12-yards – to suit your waste removal needs. Keep in mind that you will need space to put a skip on your property. If you will place the skip on a public road, you will need a permit.

Man and van rubbish clearance

Suitable for those looking for an urgent waste clearance option, man and van rubbish clearance is a cheaper alternative. This service includes labour, meaning that you will not have to load the waste yourself. Additionally, you don’t need a permit if you do not have space to put a skip.

Start your New Year right with the help of a Skip Hire

The New Year often comes with plenty of sales, leading to homes becoming overrun with wastes and clutter that needs to be dealt with. You don’t have to wait until spring to do a big clean, you can do it today!

In this article, we will look at what you should do if you want to order your home and the best way of dealing with the waste after clearing it out.

Planning your cleanout

When preparing to go to war, plans are not important, but planning is essential. Although planning a home clear-out cannot be compared with preparing for battle, dealing with the waste in your home can however feel like a battle. When you’re ready to clear your home, you should first get a rough idea of the waste you’ll have to deal with in each room. Below are some main rooms you need to plan for clearing out:

Living room: Your living room is often the main victim of clutter and requires special attention. It’s recommended that if you have a possession that doesn’t spark joy in your life, dispose of it.

The kitchen: If one of your family members is an aspiring chef, it’s more than likely that the festive season was a busy time for them. However, they don’t need three or four of each utensil. Therefore, you should remove the half-eaten chocolate and clutter in your kitchen and get it looking neat and tidy again!

Bathrooms: Teens know the pain of unwrapping many Lynx gift sets every year, usually having some leftover from the previous year… Only keep perfumes, soaps and creams that you know will get used and maybe recycle or regift the rest.

Bedrooms: Bedrooms are often a common spot where you can find a build-up of clutter and needs careful attention to ensure it looks shipshape. If you have small kids, they can cause your bedrooms to have a mountain of plastic. This is the right time to get rid of those old toys and packaging that you do not need.

How to deal with the waste

The amount of waste produced during the festive season and the confusion over dates of household waste collection may result in an increase in cases related to fly-tipping in the weeks after this annual festival. One of the easiest, most responsible ways of dealing with the waste produced by a post-Xmas clear out is hiring a skip.

The Skip Company has a variety of skips available suitable for dealing with a range of clutter. We are licensed and equipped to dispose of different types of waste and we adhere to a strict policy of waste management, which means we recycle 90 per cent of the waste we collect and sort different waste into their set containers. Proper waste management will save you money, time and effort as well as protect the environment.

How to Dispose of Paint

Assorted-color Paint BucketsAre you one of those people who have several paint cans stored away in your basement or garage? Worry not for you are not the only one. Many people find themselves in this situation after using paint during home renovations and most do not know what to do with what is left behind. The paint can end up causing damage to your interior décor when it spills or health issues when inhaled. Disposing of paint and paint cans is not a straightforward affair as you cannot pour it down the sink because it can block your drain or become an environmental hazard. In this article, you will get advice on how you can dispose of old paint and paint cans.

Donating

If you do not plan on reusing the paint again or have no more work for it, donating may be a wise idea. This will ensure that the product does not go to waste, and someone else also gets to renovate their home or complete a project that requires it – You can donate the paint to friends or family, charitable organisations or community groups.

Recycling Centers

Recycling centres will always know what to do with the paint without causing harm to the environment. If the paint is entirely out of use, take it to the recycling centre and they will be able to recycle it safely for you (Make sure to do it promptly as paint tends to harden when left in the tin unused for a long time).

Drying or Hardening the Paint

You can opt to leave the paint outside or in a well-ventilated room so that it can solidify. Once the paint has been hardened, you can dispose of it in the regular trash. However, oil-based or alkyd paints should not be left to dry as they emit dangerous fumes. Such paints should, therefore, be taken to the recycling centre.

Saving the Paint for Later

Some people may find it hard to throw the paint away or donate it. For such people, the only option would be to save the paint for later use. If you choose to keep the paint, make sure it is sealed correctly. Most paint brands can go up to 10 or 15 years without going bad.

Throw the Tins away

This can only be done when the tins are empty, and there is no paint left in them. If you still have paint in the tin, then you have to make sure you have eliminated it before disposing of the container. Paint cans cannot be thrown in a skip even when they are empty as they can still be hazardous to the environment. You can, however, recycle the cans.

Bottom Line

To avoid the hustles involved in figuring out what to do with leftover paint, it is always wise to make a reasonable estimation of how much paint you need to complete a particular project. This will help make sure that there is no leftover to fuss over.

Get Ready for Winter with a Skip Hire

As the leaves begin to fall and the cold nights start drawing in, it’s very tempting to close the door on all your unfinished home and garden projects and put them off until spring comes round again. This year, don’t let all your hard work go to waste and get rid of all your rubbish before winter sets in. Here are three good reasons to hire a skip this winter.
Ditch the DIY debris

If you’ve been busy over the summer months pursuing home improvement projects, chances are you’ve accumulated a considerable amount of rubbish along with them. From old paint cans to rolls of carpet and mismatched tiles, most of us will have piles of old decorating supplies gathering dust and taking up valuable space in garages, sheds, and attics. Instead of hauling it all to the local amenity site or recycling centre, save yourself time, money and a lot of hassle by hiring a skip. Whether you’ve done a full house renovation or just a couple of rooms, there will be a skip available to suit your needs.

Get rid of garden waste

If you took advantage of the warm weather this summer and got down to some serious garden maintenance, it is important to get rid of your green waste before the winter weather sets in. However, if the thought of loading your car up with smelly bin bags or shelling out for extra green bin collections fills you with dread, there is a practical and economical alternative. Hire a skip for your garden waste and get rid of it all in one go. Lawn and hedge clippings, tree branches, and dead leaves can all go in a garden skip, along with more heavy-duty rubbish like soil and turf. No mess, no fuss.

Clear the clutter for Christmas

There’s nothing worse than venturing into your attic or garage each year and hunting for the Christmas decorations among piles of broken household items and old unwanted toys and gifts. This year, get ahead for the holidays by clearing out your clutter and hire a skip to take it all away for you. Make good use of the extra storage space by using it to store winter essentials like road salt, snow shovels, and extra warm clothing. You’ll immediately feel the benefit of a tidy, clutter-free home and best of all, you’ll have a head start on next year’s resolutions!