Why Hire A Skip For The Summer

The summer is an ideal time to tackle some of the jobs that have been accumulating around your home and garden. All too often, though, we procrastinate and delay. One of the most common reasons for not getting on with that major DIY project or garden redesign is down to worries about what to do with the inevitable debris and rubbish. With local authorities rightly cracking down on how much refuse can be taken to a municipal dump, it can be difficult to think of an alternative. This is where a skip can really help. Delivered to your door at a date of your choosing, it will be taken away again at the end of an agreed period of time and you won’t have to think any more about what happens to its contents.

Why not consider a skip to help with one of the following projects?

Garden Maintenance
Perhaps you have old or rotting decking that you’d like to replace. That can mean a lot of wood to dispose of but a skip will make the job far easier. Mending fencing, particularly if there are fence posts to be disposed of, is another task where a skip can come in handy.

Sheds, Outhouses and Garages
It’s all too easy for sheds, outhouses and garages to become repositories for all those items that “might come in handy one day” or that no-one is quite ready to throw away. The arrival of better weather is a good time to tackle the issue head-on and sort out what you really need to keep and what you can get rid of.

DIY Projects And Home Renovations
Even the smallest bathroom refit tends to generate a fair amount of rubble and disposing of it can be tricky if you’re relying on a car. Larger projects create larger rubbish disposal problems. A skip is the obvious solution.

What Size Skip?
A good skip company will have a variety of differently sized skips for customers to choose. The smallest are ideal for small or medium-sized garden clearances. Larger gardens or kitchen or bathroom refits might call for a slightly bigger skip. Bigger projects, such as an entire house renovation or a large landscaping project might necessitate an even more capacious skip. Some skips come with a drop door, which allows the user to wheel their rubbish straight inside. If you’re unsure what size or type of skip is right for you, talk to your local skip company. Their advice is likely to depend on the type and size of project.

Is There Anything That Can’t Go In A Skip?
Yes, just as there are some items that cannot be disposed of in your general household refuse or at the tip, there are certain things that must not go in a skip. Your skip hire company can provide more detailed and specific advice but prohibited items include batteries, paint and paint tins, oil, petrol, diesel, asbestos, solvents, fridges and freezers, televisions and computer screens, air conditioning units and any hazardous or toxic material.

Recycling Tips This Summer

With summer comes longer warmer days, picnics, barbecues and ice cream. It is the best time to relax and take a well-deserved break from the stresses of work or school. With all the extra cold drinks and trips out it is also a time where we need to be extra conscious about our impact on the environment. We have collected several tips to bear in mind so that you can minimise your environmental impact.

Go Green with Barbecues

Barbecues have the potential to produce a lot of waste particularly if you buy one of the disposable ones. The best thing to do here is to make sure you recycle everything that was used and buy things with a view to recycling them later. Make sure to keep all paper, card, cardboard, glass and plastic until you can reach a recycling point. Also, try to avoid buying any more than you need and preparing only what you know will be eaten.

Plan Your Picnics

If you want to go for a picnic a little extra planning and forethought can go a long way to helping minimise waste. Use plastic plates that can be taken home instead of paper ones and avoid disposable cutlery. When buying things like fruit, buy fresh fruit that comes loose and do not purchase anything that comes in some form of wrapping. Also, do your best to source your food locally as this will help cut down on carbon emissions caused by transportation. Anything being brought from home can be stored in reusable Tupperware and clingfilm should be avoided entirely.

Grow Your Own Food

The extra sunlight and warmth is good for plants as well as people. It is actually possible to replant several kinds of leftovers and have them grow. Some things that do particularly well are celery, hot peppers, garlic, chives, leafy greens and herbs. Anything that cannot be replanted can be turned into compost and help with the growth of everything else.

Getting Rid of Clothing

Summer is a great time to invest in a new wardrobe of light clothing in a new range of colours especially if you like to keep on top of fashion. Instead of holding on to old things you may never wear again or will only wear infrequently you can give them away to a charitable organisation or a clothing bank. Anything that guarantees that someone will get use out of them instead of letting them rot at the back of a wardrobe.

Keep Batteries in Mind

If you are doing any travelling or camping this summer then it is quite likely that you will be using some kind of battery powered device. If you have access to a solar-powered battery charger this is an ideal way to save on emissions. The next best thing is any kind of rechargeable battery. Finally, if you must use disposable batteries make sure you take them to a dedicated recycling centre for disposal and do not throw them away.

Take Advantage of the Sun to Exercise

Exercising has multiple benefits for physical and mental health as well as the environment. If possible walking, running or cycling somewhere is much better for the environment than driving or even taking public transport. It is also a great way of exploring the local countryside in ways you might not see otherwise. These exercise trips can be fun in of themselves rather than just a means of transportation and are a great group activity with family or friends.

 

Spring Cleaning and Recycling

Out With The Old

It’s been a particularly long winter and as we tentatively emerge from hibernation to the welcome rays of sunlight streaming through the windows, one thing becomes very clear; and it’s not the windows…the days are growing longer, providing renewed energy for blowing away the cobwebs, having a good clear-out and Spring clean!

We all have a tendency to accumulate more stuff than we really need and Spring is the perfect time for a good clear out as well as considering ways to accumulate less stuff in the future.

Here are a few of the things we tend to inadvertently collect and some tips for reducing them.

Plastic Bags: Getting into the habit of always keeping a bag or two with you will not only limit your plastic consumption but save you a few pennies in the process. Cotton tote bags can be rolled neatly to fit in handbags or pockets and a good supply of bags can be stored in the boot of your car.

Clothing: Charity shops can be great for picking up some bargains and unwanted clothes can be donated back for a good cause. A good rule of thumb is if you haven’t worn it in 12 months, with the occasional exception, bag it! Charities often post bags for donations which will be collected but they can also be saved and used at your convenience either for the next collection or you can deliver them yourself.

Glass Bottles and Jars: These can be recycled either through council collection or local bottle banks but can also be used at home for storing ingredients which looks nice and saves space. They may also be sold or donated.
Junk Mail: Switching bank statements etc. to electronic is a good way to reduce clutter. For pesky take-away menu’s and the like you can try putting a sign on the door but to really put a stop to pointless papers pouring through your letter box there are several effective ways to stop it.

Freecycling

In addition to recycling at home or local centres, there are lots of selling sites, if you want to make a few pennies, such as eBay, Gumtree or local pages on social media. There are also a number of free sharing sites which can be very handy; freecycle being one with plenty of local groups. Others include: MySkip, Freegle, LetsAllShare. You may be surprised at some of the unwanted items that people will happily collect from your doorstep; Gardeners requiring plastic bottles for cloches, for example. Crafters seeking cardboard tubes etc. and there is often a demand for furniture in almost any condition. After all, there is much truth in the old saying “one mans Junk is another mans treasure” and if you don’t need it, someone else probably does.

Hiring a Skip is the Best Option for Your Garden Waste

Hiring a skip to get rid of your garden waste has so many benefits. You will only begin to appreciate these benefits when you compare this method with the other options.

A man and van service
Compared to a man and van service, hiring a skip saves you time, effort and expense. A man and van service will charge you twice for the service. First, you’ll have to pay labour costs and then for the amount of waste you have to remove. Hiring a skip is less expensive and hassle free. The skip is dropped right in front of your door and then picked up once you are done.

Using your green bin
You will have to put in a lot of time and effort if you choose to use your green bin. The green bins appear to be getting smaller every year, which implies that there is less room to accommodate your garden waste. Besides, some council areas now pick up green waste fortnightly. Large amounts of green waste would have accumulated before the next pick up, which means more work and more hassle. Hiring a skip enables you get rid of your garden waste on your own schedule.

Some skip bins are equipped with a unique rear hinged door which facilitates access into the bin. This enables you to trolley your waste into the bin effortlessly. In addition, hiring a skip is more efficient, as it enables you dispose of all your green waste in one go. Skip bins are available in various sizes and there are skip bins that are large enough to accommodate whatever green waste material you may have accumulated in a single collection.

Using a garden fire
Most U.K Councils allow the use of garden fires for getting rid of garden waste but there are downsides to this option. Grass, rubble and green foliage will not burn and you dare not use an accelerant to facilitate the process. Much smoke is generated by garden waste and you may be fined if the smoke reaches a road and puts traffic at risk.

Besides, the smoke can cause pollution and put people’s health at risk. The smoke may constitute a nuisance in the neighbourhood, especially if the bonfires are too frequent. Hiring a skip service is not only eco-friendly, it allows you to dispose your waste responsibly. Your garden waste will be disposed of by trained professionals at appropriate waste depots.

Ordering a garden waste skip is more affordable, efficient and more environmentally friendly than any other option. This option is cleaner and it can be used on a wait and load basis if required. When next you need to get rid of garden waste, consider hiring a skip to do the job.