Tips for a New Year clear out

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The New Year is the perfect time to think out with the old and in with the new. In terms of your home, that means having a good clear out and facing the new year with a more organised, fresh approach. Having a clear out? Here are some tips:

  1. Take your surplus stuff to the tip

Nowadays, it’s better known as a ‘reuse and recycle’ centre. Thankfully, much is saved from going into landfill and it can be a fascinating place to go. You never know what people are going to ‘leave behind’ as the Wombles so famously sang. Check your local centre’s opening hours, avoid busy weekend runs and remember to break things down into smaller pieces and separate materials to save you having to do this once you’re there.

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  1. Hire a skip

Whether you’re gutting your kitchen, having a major clear out or want to tidy the garden, a skip is a great solution. They come in a range of sizes so make sure you get one that fits your needs. A Swansea Skip Hire company like can help you choose the right one.

Decide where you’re going to position your skip. Placing one on a driveway or front garden is the easiest option. If you live in a restricted parking area and need to park your car elsewhere, you might need to amend your parking permit. If you need to place the skip on a road, you will need to get a road licence from your local council. You can do this yourself, it’s straightforward bit sometimes the skip company can do this for you. A skip placed on the road should have reflector and skip lights.

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  1. Scrap metal

If you have lots of old metals items lying around in your garden, shed or garage, you might not realise but some of it could hold some value. Local scrap metal dealers will pay for some items, which can be a nice little something to put aside for a rainy day treat. It’s a further option for saving space in your skip and if you don’t fancy a drive to the local tip.

  1. Hazardous waste

There are strict rules and regulations surrounding the disposal of any hazardous substances or materials. Most homes will have something that fits this description lying around in the garden or garage. Examples include batteries, chemicals, refrigerators and aerosols. Some of these can be disposed of at a recycling centre such as oils and batteries. Other items might have to be collected by professionals.


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