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Spring Clean: Is It Time to Ditch Those Items You Don’t Use into a Skip?

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    Posted on 20th April 2017 by Hintons

    Spring has officially arrived! This April, the British Isles has finally enjoyed its first taste of summer sun once more after a drab, dreary winter, with the second weekend in the month topping out at a balmy 23 degrees celsius in some areas.

    If you’ve been having a lazy winter all snuggled up at home – or your business has yet to bounce back from the manic Christmas period – and you’ve accumulated a host of items you don’t really need, now’s the perfect time to have a clearout of your unwanted items. In doing just that, you’ll place yourself in the best position to enjoy and reap all the rewards spring and summer has to offer. But how, exactly, should you go about your spring clean?

    One of the best ways is to go through all of your items and ask ‘Have I used this item in the last year, or will I over the coming year?’ If the answer to that is a definite ‘No’, you should get rid of the item. You can either try selling your old items to make a quick quid, but if you have a mountain of items to jettison a skip is far more suitable.

    So, what common items should you look into throwing away in your skip?

    Books, CDs, DVDs

    Although vast swathes of books, CDs and DVDs lining your shelves can look amazing, they pose a serious problem if you plan to up sticks and move home or business. Quite often, people own these items but may never read, listen or watch them ever again. Think about that book your mother-in-law bought you for Christmas, for instance – honestly, are you ever going to read that?

    Charity shops are a good shout for these items, but if you have far, far too many lying around uselessly, be sure to send them packing in a skip.

    Old Gardening Furniture & Tools

    You shouldn’t limit your spring clean to just the indoors – remember to head outside and tidy up your garden, shed and garage, too.

    Any old and broken garden furniture – including deck chairs, decking, parasols and more – you should throw in your skip. Invest in new gardening equipment as well to truly bring your garden to life for the summer months.

    Soil & Rubble

    Then, when you begin revamping your garden, you may find yourself encumbered with large amounts of superfluous soil. But never fear, you’re allowed to dispose of any excess soil in your skip. Likewise, if you have any rubble lying around after knocking down an old stone wall, you can throw this in your skip, too.


    Heading back inside, if you have any dated wooden furniture in your home you may want to replace it for the new year. Wood of all kinds is suitable for skip disposal. You can also throw a variety of other furniture and furnishings in your skip, including sofas, cushions and duvets, as well as any metal- or plastic-based furniture.

    If you’re going to go all out on your home’s redesign, you could also change the fittings throughout your home and lob the old ones in your skip.

    WEEE Recycling Items – Prohibited in Your Skip

    But if you were to move onto old electrical appliances, unfortunately you can’t dispose of these in your skip. Your old TVs, computers, toasters, microwaves and any other electrical appliances you wish to throw out contain hazardous materials you must dispose of responsibly. Failure to do so could cause serious damage to the environment and you could incur heavy fines.

    Hinton’s Waste are able to offer a comprehensive WEEE recycling clearance service that’s separate to our skip services. Be sure to contact our friendly team today to find out more about it.

    A Range of Skip Sizes for Every Spring Clean Need

    Whether you need a mini skip to dispose of a handful of items, or a larger skip for a full clearout, Hinton’s Waste are here to help. Throughout Croydon and Sutton, there’s no one more capable of meeting your skip requirements than us. Feel free to contact our friendly team today for more information about our services.


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