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The History of the Skip

Where did the skip get its name? The etymology of the skip is not entirely clear. Going back to the industrial revolution of the 18th Century, coal miners used baskets known as ‘skeps’ to hold the coal they collected. With coal mining production increasing, larger metal containers were constructed to maintain the levels of coal being produced. It is very likely that the ‘skip’ evolved from the ‘skep’, due to the resemblance between the coal mining carts and the metal skips used today. How and when was the skip first conceived? Fastforwarding to the 1920s, waste disposal systems consisted of horse-drawn…

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5 things you need to know before hiring a skip

If you’ve been considering hiring a skip, there are five things you should do or consider, before doing so. Our team at Thompson Fuel & Skip Hire are here to help you decide on the all important questions you should ask yourself, so that you not only get a good deal but so you’re able to complete the task at hand. For more information, please read below! What size skip do I need? There are a number of skip sizes including: 4, 6, 8, 12, 14, 16, 20 or 30 yards. Generally each yard = 10 bing bags, for example, 14…

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5 Things you can’t dispose of in a skip

Thompson Fuels want you to know more about your waste. Take a moment to familiarise yourself with everyday items you may be throwing away that, in fact, can’t be disposed of in a skip. This article will explain the legal and practical issues as well as the health hazards that you could be causing without even realising!   Number 5 – Car Tyres Got a spare tyre that you just don’t know how to get rid of?  Well, you may have recently acquired a skip that’s big enough to accommodate it, but this isn’t the way to go! Where you can…

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The difference between domestic skips and commercial skips

Are you planning a project but aren’t sure what type of skip to hire? With a range of skip sizes available, sometimes it can be hard to judge what’s best for your situation. Whether you’re a homeowner clearing out or refurbishing your home, or a commercial client undergoing a refit, having a skip on hand is a convenient way to store the produced waste, with the added bonus of it being removed from your premises at the end of the project. But what are the differences between domestic skips and commercial skips, and which is best suited for your needs? Your…

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6 Top Tips for Hiring a Skip

Whether you’re moving home or having the builders round, skips are a convenient and cost-effective way to manage the waste produced. But if it’s your first time making use of this service, you may not know what steps to take or what rules to adhere to. That’s why we’ve put together this simple guide to hiring a skip, giving you some top tips to how you can navigate this process safely, legally and with minimal hassle. Find the perfect location Obviously your skip will need to be positioned as closely to your domestic or commercial premises as possible for easy loading….

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Skip sizes and their uses

Skip hire has become an essential entry on everyone’s to-do list when they are about to launch a new project in their home or business. Skips have become a key fixture of many building and landscaping ventures, and are used from large scale demolitions to small home DIY jobs. Because they are used for a wide range of purposes and store a variety of different materials, it’s important to choose the appropriate skip size for your project. Too big, and you could be overspending on excess space you never use. Too small, and you may be forced to spend more to…

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I’m moving house; should I hire a skip?

Moving house is renowned for being a highly stressful, organisational nightmare. It’s also a time when people realise just how much clutter they have in their home. After living in one place for several years, unwanted items are bound to accumulate – who knows what will emerge when you finally clear out the understairs cupboard, or the box under the bed. And once you start trying to throw things away, you’ll soon realise that the piles of junk your house is producing will not all fit in the outside bin. It’s at this point you might be asking yourself; should I…

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Things you need to know about hiring a skip in Doncaster

When making improvements to your home or business, the amount of waste produced from the project can often be too much for a rubbish bin to handle. In these cases, it’s time to seek the services of a skip hire company, who will advise you on your individual requirements, in addition to safely storing and removing the waste from your property. But take note; there are a few legal steps you need to take before you begin your project. Check out our guide to essential things you need to know about hiring a skip in Doncaster.     Where can I put…

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Welcome to our new blog!

The team at Thompson Fuel and Skip Hire are delighted to welcome you to our brand new blog.  Here, we will share news and updates, both from within the company and from the wider world of waste management. So don’t hesitate to check back here regularly for new posts.

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