Skip Hire Tips and Information

Skip Hire Tips and InformationHiring a skip is a great, easy way to get rid of your waste materials quickly and efficiently and this post is a general guide to some of the more common aspects of the skip hire process.

One of the first things that people consider when hiring one of our skips is what size they'll need to complete the task of getting rid of all their unwanted waste.

The very smallest size we provide is our 2 cubic yard skip, which is commonly referred to as a mini skip. These are mostly hired for minor domestic jobs such as a small garden clearance or a bathroom or kitchen refit.

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Heatwave health warning issued for Sussex and the South East

Sussex summer heatwave

Along with much of the country, Sussex is in the midst of a summer holiday heatwave for the next few days and perhaps even longer.

The Met Office issued a Level 2 heat health watch alert for Sussex and the South East in general as temperatures continue to soar.

The hot weather is expected to continue throughout today reaching 27 degress C and there is the very real possibility that it will continue right throughout the entire Bank Holiday weekend.

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Burgess Hill Household Waste Recycling Site Blaze

A recent fire at the Burgess Hill Household Waste Recycling Site is being treated as an accident.

Firefighters took around an hour and a half to put out the blaze which started at 8.15pm on August 4th but they stayed on site until around 3.30am to make sure the fire was fully extinguished.

The huge fire, which broke out in a corner of the 75 x 25 metre structure, took eleven fire crews to deal with it - Seven crews from West Sussex and one crew from East Sussex attended the inferno together with an aerial ladder platform, a water tender carrier and a command unit.

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Video emerges of a tipper truck fly tipping in a Blackpool street

The 250ft long trail of household rubbish was dumped in broad daylight and included a toilet, a mattress, a wheelie bin and even a bath. There was also an assortment of toys, bits of furniture and old wood.

Because the trail of rubbish was dumped right down the centre of the street in Chadfield Road, Blackpool, residents were unable to leave the road in their cars until the mess was cleaned up by the local council.

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Low cost skip hire from just £95,000!

Here's a story from the summer of 2012 that caught our eye. It tells the story of a battered old skip (with added neon lights) placed outside Brighton Town Hall.

This art installation has the incredibly creative title of “Skip” and is the work of British artist David Batchelor. It was displayed on the streets of Brighton in the summer of 2012 as part of the city's annual arts festival.

The intention of the installation was supposed to make people “stop and think” and apparently, it was also OK if you wanted to throw your own rubbish in it.

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How to buy shares in Hastings Pier

How to buy shares in Hastings PierBy Dr-Mx at the English language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

**We now have an updated 2019 article regarding Hastings Pier; read it here.

After closing to the public in 2008, Hastings Pier was destroyed by a huge fire in 2010. The future of the Pier was looking bleak until a compulsory purchase order implemented by Hastings Borough Council allowed the Hastings Pier Charity (HPC) to buy the Pier for £1 in August 2013.

A plan for redevelopment was submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund, who awarded a project grant of £11.4m towards the estimated £14.2m that was required to restore the pier to the former glory of its Victorian heyday.

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Mini Tornado Spotted On West Sussex Farm

A farmer in West Sussex has captured an amazing video of a mini tornado (known as a 'dust devil') on his farm in Rudgwick.

Tim Bargman was out collecting hay from his fields at Canfields Farm on the 18th of July when he spotted the small swirling phenomenon. 

He is quoted as saying:

“It was about lunch time, around 12ish or 1ish. I was just hay turning and I looked up and all this hay was coming towards me. “It must have been 25-30ft (wide) and went up in the sky 100 odd feet.” 

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Contents of entire house dumped in Birmingham car park

Following on from our recent story about a woman who was prosecuted for fly tipping in her own back garden in London, a story has surfaced in the papers today of what appeared to be the entire contents of a house fly tipped in a public car park in Boulton Road, Handsworth, Birmingham yesterday afternoon. 

Aside from a mountain of black bin liners, the terrible mess also included a bed (complete with mattress, blankets and pillows), a huge assortment of clothes and shoes and bits of old furniture.

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Lightbulb Moment

How one man's simple innovation for recycling plastic bottles helped some of the world's poorest communities.

In 2002 a Brazilian mechanic came up with a ridiculously simple way of reusing plastic bottles to help some of the world's poorest people light their homes.

In the city of Uberaba in the south of Brazil, Alfredo Moser had his “Light-bulb” moment during one of his country's many power cuts.

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Edible plastic beer can ring holders

Most people will have seen images of wildlife caught up in our discarded trash before. Sea-turtles, fish, sea-gulls and other wildlife caught up in plastic and other human-made rubbish that finds its way into our oceans.

Once entangled in plastic refuse, animals are unable to free themselves causing much unnecessary suffering and even restricting the animal's natural growth.

A well-publicised culprit is plastic beer holders. With millions produced every year, they are among the most abundant examples of plastic pollution and it's damaging effects on our sea-life.

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Londoner prosecuted for fly tipping in her own garden

Londoner prosecuted for fly tipping in her own garden

If you're thinking of renovating your house and are tempted to dump all the waste material in your garden, it may surprise you to know that you could potentially be prosecuted for fly-tipping; even on your own property.

A recent story has surfaced in the news about a Londoner who was ordered to pay more than £1,100 after refusing to clear up her own garden of an assortment of materials including old furniture, rubble, mattresses, wheelbarrows and even a gas boiler.

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How To Vote With Your Butt

 Since there's a lot of buzz around the subject of voting at the moment, we thought we'd put a playful spin on how the idea of voting has found its way into the waste management and recycling world with the shamelessly headline grabbing title "how to vote with your butt"!

As you can see from this picture, a new innovative scheme that's being trialled in London is aiming to clean up the streets of cigarette ends by turning the disposal of them into a bit of fun for smokers.

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PAYT - Pay As You Throw - Scheme to reduce landfill waste

PAYT- New Pay As You Throw scheme tried in Europe

A new acronym, PAYT has found its way into the world of waste management.

"Pay As You Throw" gives you an idea about what this new proposed incentive is about. In short, the aim of the new scheme is to entice us all to reduce the amount of waste we throw in our bins, and increase the amount of rubbish we recycle by paying us for it.

A report published on the Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling and Sustainable Resource Management (ACR+) website details how a number of areas in the European Union were used as case studies to gather data about this interesting subject.

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Recycling - How to cut a glass jar with just oil, water and a blade

Here's an interesting experiment you can try at home.  The video at the end of this post shows you how to cut a glass jar with just water, oil and a blade.

If you’ve got kids, then this may be a fun one to try with them - It’s a great way to make science a bit more interesting, whilst creating something that that they go on to use afterwards as well.

It will also teach them about the benefits of recycling old things that are going to be thrown away, into new things that they can use.

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How to clear up after an energy saving light bulb breakage

How to clean up broken energy saving light bulbs after a breakage

Most people don't realise the real hazard of breaking a modern day light bulb. The bulb you see in this picture is called a CFL (compact fluorescent lamp) and is often referred to as an energy saving light bulb; they are now extremely common in most households today.

If you hire one of our skips, one of things we don't allow you to put in it is any kind of light bulb. Aside from the dangers of the very thin glass used to make them, fluorescent bulbs also contain mercury, which is potentially dangerous if inhaled.

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Green Fatigue - Has the UK had enough of recycling?

apathy towards recycling on the increas across the UK

According to some recent research done by the BBC, the amount of waste produced by the average household has risen by around 60% in council areas across the UK, with 8 councils reporting an increase of 100KG per household over the last 3 years.

There is speculation that the UK's enthusiasm for recycling may be on the downturn with some believing that there is little overall long term benefit for the environment. It's been suggested that there is a growing apathy towards the whole idea coupled with a lack of routine and bad habits when it comes to recycling.

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Turn your denim jeans into a plant pot or hanging basket

jeans plant potAt Expert Skip Hire, we always love a good idea when it comes to recycling, and this one caught my eye today. Whilst this isn't the best quality picture, it certainly brought a smile to my face.

I can't say that I've ever considered using a discarded pair of denim jeans as a plant pot but whoever lives in this apartment obviously did.

I think it's safe to say that this will definitely catch the eye of passers by, and is a sure fire way to compete with any floral display your neighbours may have on show - certainly when it come to originality....

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Invention makes strong plastic strands from recycled bottles

A Russian inventor called Maxim Egorov has found an ingenious way of making extremely durable plastic strands of varying widths from old plastic drinking bottles. He has perfected the design so that his device can be easily used by just one person using one or both hands.

His design also benefits from being very small and extremely simple to use. With his invention there is now no need to cut a ribbon from plastic using scissors or a Stanley knife; You simply hold the device in one hand and pull on the strand with the other.

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Angus recycling centres in Scotland at risk of being axed

Angus, a region in Scotland with a population of around 108,000, is facing cuts in the number of recycling centres in the area. With five of their recycling sites in danger of being closed down, angry residents have voiced their concerns about a sharp increase in fly-tipping in the area and are staging a series of spontaneous protests to make their voices heard.

The local council are saying they need to slash their recycling budget by a quarter of a million pounds and as a result are proposing to close Brechin, Carnoustie, Forfar, Kirriemuir and Monifieth recycling centres.

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Plastic eating mushrooms could transform plastic recycling

As plastic is still a relatively new invention (around 150 years old) , it's still not clearly understood how long certain types of plastic take to fully biodegrade naturally. Generally speaking, many plastics will probably not break down for many hundreds of years or perhaps even thousands, and this is an increasing problem in the fast moving, disposable world we live in today. According to this article, the number of fish in our oceans will be outweighed by plastic waste over the next 35 years, and by 2050, it's expected that we’ll be producing over three times as much plastic as we did in 2014.

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Invention Turns Shredded Office Paper Into Toilet Rolls

 Whilst we're not planning on having one of these toilet paper making machines in our office anytime soon, we still think it's a novel invention and worth a mention here on the Expert Skip Hire blog page.

It may not be apparent from the picture, but this rather clever device turns used office paper into "ready to use" lavatory rolls.

In many large offices around the world, used sheets of A4 or other sized office stationery are either thrown straight into the bin, or shredded first and then collected for recycling. Not so if you have this machine in the workplace...

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