We were caught by an interesting article on the Independent website from October 1994, portraying the demise of the rag-and-bone men. The article catches up with four “survivors” of the trade in London. Back in in 1994 the article told of the changes in regulation from Europe requiring stricter regulation on waste and that rag-and-bone men should comply with the then London Waste Regulation Authority rules (the London Waste Regulation Authority ran from 1986 – 1996) and get or give a receipt on every transaction of metal. This required 5 copies and the writing was really on the wall for this traditional family based industry.
Times change and the world of waste moves on, despite being an industry what nobody wants or needs but has to deal with and comes at a cost. What was once perceived to be standard practice and acceptable from the 1940’s, through the 60’s, 70’s and into the 90’s and beyond is now defunct. This is a good thing as standards of environmental impact and health and safety are higher. Yet there are still companies and individuals who flaunt the law to cut corners and make money out of scrap. Some would say that they are following on in the ethos of the old rag-and-bone men, who were simply making their way in the world and providing for their families by doing away with our unwanted scrap.
Arguably the addition of better regulation, taxation and licensing has improved the quality of the waste industry. Scrap metal was often deemed as a way for some more scrupulous individuals to supplement their income with scrap obtained through theft. An example of this is the spate of drain and manhole cover thefts throughout the UK over the past 10 years, this also joined a spate of waste stripping from the nations railway lines. The cost of which is often not appreciated and what seems to be a faceless crime is indeed a direct cost to the UK taxpayer. Not to mention the threat of injury from exposed drains and delays through transport disruption.
What the industry is doing about theft
Metal theft has prompted a response from the industry and particularly the BMRA (British Metals Recycling Association) to feature Metal Theft news (https://www.recyclemetals.org/rules-regulations/metal-theft-reports.html). Which is regularly updated to feature information on notable scrap metal thefts across the UK. Recently they have reported:
Looking through the reports from this year it is clear that despite legislation there are still markets for illegally obtained waste metal. These reports are useful for scrap metal merchants to identify the source of illegal or reported thefts so they do not find themselves handling stolen goods.
Health and safety, Waste and Recycling Industry
Tragic figures reported in this months Skip & Waste Hire Magazine from the HSE included 39 fatalities and 11 members of the public were killed because of activity in the waste and recycling sector. Not to mention the number of Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Regulation and licensing have helped focus the attention on quality of service and safety in the waste and recycling industry and clearly there is more to be done. That said the HSE offers free advice to operators on their website (http://www.hse.gov.uk/waste/index.htm).
For the most part if you are simply looking for a domestic skip (or commercial RORO) with guaranteed service anywhere in the UK, then we have coverage in your locality. All our operators are fully licensed. We are proud to work with the finest skip, waste and recycling companies in the country. This takes the selection process out of your hands, so you know that your waste (be it domestic or commercial) is being handled in the most professional manner possible. For a free no obligation quote to cover your waste disposal needs. Contact our team on 0844 686 9342 or (mobile friendly) 0330 111 0055 – Lines are open Monday to Friday and you get to speak to one of our friendly advisers who can help you.
Working Against Commercial Fly-tipping
For the year 2016/17 local authorities in England have reported that fly-tipping has increased 7% from the previous year. That’s around a million incidents. A third of which is reported to be commercial non domestic waste.
A report from the Department for Environment & Rural Affairs explains that the most common size category for fly-tipping incidents is equivalent to a ‘small van load’ which totalled 33% of total incident.
The cost to the taxpayer is in the region of £58 million to clean up the Fly-Tipping incidents in England.
All business is legally responsible for their waste, from the date the waste is produced, recycled or disposed of, and all storage and handling stages. Business has a duty of care to ensure that all waste is disposed of correctly.
That involves a business ensuring the following:
· The correct employment of registered waste business to collect, recycle, recover or dispose of waste in England;
· register to transport its own waste in England;
· keep to the restrictions if waste is moved between countries.
Commercial organisations and trades can face unlimited fine if waste ends up fly-tipped and it cannot prove it took reasonable steps to prevent it.
Failure to produce acceptable documentation or Waste Information Notes when asked by the Council or the Environment Agency is an offence, for which Fixed Penalty Fines of £300 can be issued.
At TopSkip’s we reduce the risk and ensure that all our suppliers operate accordingly. All waste is disposed of in a legal and licenced manner. Only registered waste carriers will carry your business waste. This ensures that your trade / commercial waste is disposed of correctly, and does not end up fly-tipped.
Department for Environment and Rural Affairs Statistics for fly-tipping UK 16/17 (PDF)
Report incidents of Fly-Tipping here England: https://www.gov.uk/report-flytipping
Report Incidents of Fly-Tipping in Scotland: http://dumbdumpers.org/
Northern Ireland information on Fly-Tipping: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/fly-tipping-what-you-can-do Northern Ireland
Keep Britain Tidy Campaign and the Law http://www.keepbritaintidy.org/fly-tippingandthelaw/2315
Keep Britain Tidy Smart Phone App http://www.keepbritaintidy.org/tidyapp/1723
The decorations are down, the mince pies have all been eaten and all the fireworks have lit up the sky. It’s now 2017 and you’re probably thinking about a big clear out. There’s nothing quite like the sorting you do, in a new year – it seems to be much more brutal than your average spring clean. There might still be boxes lying around from Christmas presents or maybe your kids got so many presents, you need to get rid of some old ones they don’t use anymore.
Here at TopSkips, we think: if you haven’t used it in over a year, you probably don’t need it.
But why is a big declutter so important?
Did you know that humans work and think better in organised spaces? Seeing mess and clutter at home or work can slow down how fast we work and how efficiently we work. Studies show that a messy workspaces means that the human brain has to expand even further and, subconsciously, focus on more things – both cognitively and visually. This clogs up your mind and decreases how well you perform.
The science behind how clutter and mess leads to stress and anxiety was said by Havas Worldwide, which stated that the more stuff we have, the more depressed we tend to feel. So therefore having too much clutter in your home or office, can have an impact on your psychological health. Also, the cleaning and sorting process is said to reduce stress and anxiety – so it’s a win-win!
After all – tidy home, tidy mind!
When hiring a skip, there are certain things you need to be aware of. Firstly, what you can put in your skip. Skips are used for non-hazardous waste, like household items, green waste and building debris. Also, there is usually a line on the inside of the skip which is telling you where you can fill it up to – it can be very dangerous to overfill a skip.
If your skip is being placed on placed on public land, it will require a permit. To avoid being stuck with a nasty fine, TopSkips can sort you out with a permit – just let us know!
We have everything from 2 yard skips to 40 yard RORO’s. Of course, if you’re just having a clear out, at home, you won’t need a skip as large as a 40 yarder, but if you’re not sure on the exact size would be appropriate for where it is being placed and how much debris and waste you have to put in, our expert team can point you in the right direction!
The most wonderful time of the year is in full swing! The trees are up, the lights are on and the list of ‘things to do’ is getting longer by the day. As the days get shorter, sorting out everything in time for the big day can dampen your Christmas spirit – and here at TopSkips, we don’t want that to happen!
With all the presents you’re buying, the parties you’ve been invited to and the Christmas dinner that needs organising, having a sort out is probably the last thing you want to deal with. But at this time of year, there’s lots to clear out!
Here are a few ways TopSkips can help you get organised around the Christmas period:
Whether you’re sorting out an office in time for the New Year, or making some room in your home for the pile of presents on the big day, we can provide you with the right size skip for you. We have high availability on everything from a 2yard to a 40yard RORO, so you’re bound to find what you need.
After Christmas, there’s toy packaging all over the place, gift wrap and lots of accumulated waste. Instead of making numerous trips to the local tip, hiring a skip can be much easier. We dispose of the waste for you. Also, we recycle between 70%-90% of the rubble and debris that gets put in our skips. So you’re helping the environment by using us too!
So say you and your neighbours all decorated your homes with real Christmas trees this year. Instead of all of you making trips to the local tip, how about you all pitch in and hire a skip for the street? It would be far more convenient for you all, saving so much more time and effort.
Here at TopSkips, we want to make your Christmas as stress-free as possible, so you can focus on spending time with the family and eating too many mince pies. For more information on hiring a skip this Christmas, for all your clear-out and clear-up needs, give our expert elves a call on 0844 686 9342.
Remember when we told you about skip swimming pools? Well we’ve discovered something even better: a wedding skip. That’s right – someone has converted a skip into a wedding carriage. It’s hardly the most glamourous of transportation, but Cinderella did travel via glorified pumpkin. Whatever floats your boat, after all.
source: daily mail
It was transformed by the groom, Nick Kearns, who had promised it to his future wife. It took him two weeks to put together, and they made sure it complied with the health and safety regulations of the road. I wonder what they Googled to check that!
The skip took the couple to and from Swindon’s registry office, and was decorated with blue glitter, bells, lights, curtains and even had a roof. So as far as giant garbage bins go, it’s pretty snazzy.
The bride, Noreen, said ‘He always calls me his princess and he wanted to make me a princess’s carriage out of a skip.’ And we’re pretty sure Cinderella said the exact same thing.
source: daily mail
If you’re looking for a skip then you’ve come to the right place. Here at Top Skips, we have a wide range of products for events, construction sites and private use. We have a full list of what you can put in a skip on our website. Want more information? Give our friendly and expert team a call on 0844 686 9342 today!
Just when you think things can’t get stranger, we’re swimming in the garbage.
Of course, when it comes to hiring skips, there are certain rules and regulations on what you can and can’t put in a skip. But, I suppose, if you own a skip – why not turn it into a swimming pool during the summer months?
It all began with Oliver Bishop-Young, an English artist, who had a load of skips and transformed them into miniature skate parks and swimming pools. While, at first, the British didn’t really see the appeal of this, the Americans dived in and embraced the bizarreness of it all. And now, apparently, swimming in dumpsters is quite popular over in The Big Apple.
If you think that’s impressive, an architect from the USA, Stefan Beese completely transformed a skip into a fulling functioning family pool for his family. Costing him around $7,000 to do so, and said he wanted to carry out the task for the surprise aspect. And it certainly is surprising. Taking bin-diving to a whole new level.
[Source: Facebook/ Stefan Beese/ Dumpster Dive Delux]
Skips in general aren’t very waterproof and this is probably down to the fact they aren’t actually for water. But if the works of Bishop-Young and Beese have inspired you to make your own skip pool, make sure you coat and cushion the inside so the water doesn’t seep out. Don’t just jump straight in at the deep end. We also don’t recommend adding a diving board – even if you have a 40yard roll on roll off; it’s probably not the best idea.
Have a read of What to put in a skip. At Top Skips, we have all types of skips you may require from two cubic yard mini skips to twelve cubic yard maxi skips. We’re also nationwide, so wherever you are in the UK – we can sort a skip out for you.
Across the UK, fly-tipping is getting worse. Apparently, councils are spending £67m to clean up the public land and are prosecuting anyone they catch.
What is fly-tipping?
Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste. It is deposited onto a site where the land is without a license to accept waste. It can be anything from a bin bag, to tires, to mattresses. It’s been reported that items such as televisions and sofas are being left on roads.
What actions are in place?
Councils across England now have the power to fine people up to £400 for the ‘smaller’ offences, such as the fly-tipping of bin bags. Of course, this is dependent on evidence. Moreover, for larger offences, one can be fined up to £50,000 or serve up to five years imprisonment.
There has been a new force in place which includes the attempt to name and shame said litterers and fly-tippers. Although it may sound ideal to publically announce the offenders to humiliate them out of offending again and scaremonger others not follow suit, the issue of cost to keep a constant eye on them is high. There’s been ideas of capturing people based on DNA testing, but this could cost just as much as we spend on clean-ups.
What does fly-tipping mean for us?
As much as we are being rightly threatened with fines and prison sentences, littering and fly-tipping remains on the rise. The result of this has impacted taxpayers into forking out £700m-£850m, per year, just for tidying up the affected areas.
Where gets hit the most?
Well, according the statistics, the boroughs of London are responsible for seven of the ten worse affected areas for litter and fly-tipping. The worse area of all is Newham with a massive 216,000 cases in 2014-15.
What can you do?
If you see fly-tippers or any other waste related crime, it can be reported on the official Government website. According to them, here are the things you should be looking out for:
– People running a waste site without a permit;
– Large scale illegal dumping;
– Incorrectly labelled waste; and
– Illegally exportation of waste.
Here at TopSkips, we make hiring skips quick, simple and affordable. It’s our job to make your life easier by doing all the hard work so you don’t have to. Avoid a hefty fine and do it the right way – give our expert team a call on 0844 686 9342 today!
Skip hire firms are faced with a huge problem throughout Blackpool as a new rival council service is coming to town. Earlier this week, Blackpool council announced that they are introducing a new scheme which will be a low-cost service for all the public to use.
Blackpool council see this as great potential to tackle their big problem on fly-tipping. The new scheme has been designed with the intentions that the general public will be involved with occasional clean up days in different areas of Blackpool.
Local skip hire companies in Blackpool have not took this lightly at all since their businesses are at potential risk of a total wipe-out. Amy cross, cabinet member for the environment at Blackpool Council said that their new scheme is now being considered in place of the skip hire plan and added that after the council trialled the scheme for just a short three months – they’re not satisfied that it was tackling fly-tipping so they will no longer be hiring skips to members of the public.
To add more outrage to local firms, the council now have a great relationship with various private skip firms that didn’t exist previously. Blackpool Council knows that not all of members of the public can afford skip hire services hence why fly-tipping is a huge problem in Blackpool. Therefore the new scheme is seen as a benefit to the ‘public interest’ because it will provide a skip delivered by various private skip hires which residents will be able to dump waste in it.
Update: The scheme was mothballed due to lack of local demand.
For more information please visit: blackpoolgazette.co.uk/news/community/council-bins-skip-scheme/
Hackney council previously set out an extensive advertising and education campaign throughout the London Borough warning residents that if they do not recycle properly, they could face a hefty fine of up to £1,000.
Hackney’s recycle scheme mirrors the same scheme that Barnet have put into place. Barnet residents have been recycling efficiently and Barnet council said they have yet not fined anyone, and they hope to keep it that way, maybe everyone has turned to using skip hire in London? It definitely has a lot to say about the community itself as everybody is clearly concerned about the environment and what surroundings they are living in.
Hackney council has already sent informational postcards and leaflets to the residents about how failing to use their green boxes for glass, can and paper recycling could affect them financially. At the moment the council has only enrolled the scheme out to street-level housing excluding flats and apartments at the moment until a suitable scheme for that housing is found.
Hackney residents have two official warnings before they’re visited by an officer. The first warning consists of leaving postcards for those residents that have not put out their green boxes. After 4-6 weeks, if the resident hasn’t still followed the postcard guidelines, then a letter will be sent reminding them that it’s compulsory for them to use their green box. If still failing to meet the new scheme, then an officer will make a visit to the resident to find out why their recycling scheme isn’t being used and if they still refuse to join the scheme then a fine could be handed out.
For normal street-level housing this trial will consist of 6 months. If the trial is successful, then all street level housing will be considered and possible compulsory schemes will be put into place for its high rise buildings. According to Hackney council, 45% of the 92,000 households come under this banner so it definitely will be considered as it’s nearly half of the households in the borough.
If you are looking for an laternative recycling method in the London areas, have you considered local skip hire services. Skip Hire in London can be a great way to recycle those unwanted posessions. Just simply give us a quick phone call or fill in our contact form.
This is a short and simple explanation of the size and useage of the 2 cubic yard Mini Skip Hire available for hire across the UK from Topskips.com.
This is the 2 cubic yard mini skip. As you can see it is about 2 foot 6 inches high, 4 foot long and 3 foot wide and this is the smallest skip we do and is mainly used for small household and garden jobs.
Whilst this skip is not the biggest it does save you having to load your vehicle and try and dispose of your waste at a local tip. The skip will be delivered and collected by an authorised, licensed waste disposal company.
Book this skip online or call our friendly skip hire experts on UK: 0844 686 9342 Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.30pm