It’s a well known fact that moving house can be extremely stressful. In fact, people rate moving house as one of life’s biggest cause of stress, behind bereavement and divorce. There’s just so much to do, from packing to finalising bills and redirecting post. But moving house can also be a great opportunity to do some much needed clearing out. Everyone acquires a certain amount of junk when they’ve lived in a property for a while.
Focus on de-cluttering one room at a time, including all your cupboards and drawers. Don’t forget the loft and garage too! Unwanted items can be sold on Ebay, but if you don’t have the time, or if they are worthless or damaged, you could always hire a rubbish removal company in Sheffield to take it all away. This de-cluttering will, in fact, save you time and money in the long run as you will have less to move to your new home.
Post Moving House Clearance and Rubbish Removal in Sheffield
There may be an item of furniture that you plan to replace, a sofa that has seen better days, or you may have an attic full of junk that you can’t remember why you even decided to keep. Who wants to take all these things to their new house? You may as well take the opportunity to let go of them before you move, leaving your old home with less clutter and just the things you really need. Having a good clear out can make the whole process of moving a bit more manageable. You’ll have less to pack up and take with you, and the opportunity to part with unwanted things that are taking up space.
If you are looking for rubbish removal or house clearance services in Sheffield, Clearance and Cleanup can help. Our post moving house clearance and de-clutter house clearance services can make moving that bit easier, giving you the time to concentrate on the things you do want to take with you.
Our aim is to reuse as many items as we can by using our relationships with charity outlets, or recycling their raw materials to reduce the amount of waste that is taken to landfill.
For rubbish removal in Sheffield and house clearance in Sheffield, contact us on 0800 410 1086 or 0114 403 1021, or email us on [email protected]
We've all heard the expression “looks like a building site” said when a place looks messy, and for good reason. Building and construction sites are messy places and produce a lot of waste. With all the rubbish and waste materials left behind during construction, it is often difficult to manage and dispose of correctly. Did you know, for example, that an average sized 3 bedroomed house produces approximately 13 tonnes of waste? It isn't surprising that sometimes building firms attempt to cut costs by getting rid of their rubbish illegally.
Danger to the Environment
A farmer in Devon has recently been ordered to pay £6,000 in fines and court costs after he had dumped over 50 tonnes of rubbish close to a stream. The man had buried the waste underground after initially being prosecuted for tipping and burning materials on the land. He was ordered to remove the waste however was found to have buried items such as stone, construction rubble, asbestos roofing sheets and electrical goods. They were left next to a stream and close to wildlife meaning that pollution could have damaged the local environment.
In a similar story, asbestos piping and guttering was tipped in Spalding, Lincolnshire leaving the council (and of course taxpayers) with a £450 bill. It is unclear as to who the culprit is; it is possible that it could be vandals, or perhaps builders looking to offload the piping quickly and cheaply. Either way, it is dangerous and costly to the rest of the community.
Qualified and Knowledgeable
Clearance and Cleanup are fully licenced and able to remove any construction waste you may have. Likewise, if the waste has already been left or dumped in a public space we can remove that too. We are qualified and knowledgeable when it comes to handling asbestos, so don’t risk a large fine if you are struggling to dispose of large quantities of rubbish. Visit our contact page to see how you can get in touch.
Playing fields and parks are focal points within communities and are used by lots of people for a variety of reasons. As events are often staged in these public spaces however, littering and rubbish becomes a problem for those that use them afterwards. The issue of littering is one which has been around for a long time and doesn't seem to be going away. Littering shows a complete lack of consideration for other people, and local councils are keen to keep their public spaces clean.
Keep it Clean
In Blackpool, councillors have requested that local football teams using playing fields clean up after they have finished playing, as empty drinks bottles are often left behind. It has been suggested that the team takes black bin liners with them and perform routine walks along the touch lines after the matches have finished collecting rubbish as they go. With such a large number of people it is difficult to keep track of who is disposing of their rubbish properly, so carrying out a large sweep of the area would certainly help to cut down on the amount that is left behind.
The clubs have responded claiming that they do not leave any rubbish behind when they leave the fields. They also say that the team’s managers regularly have to clean up before the match due to the broken glass bottles and sharp cans strewn across the pitches. This is of course extremely dangerous for players as any cuts they sustain could lead to a trip to the hospital! Litter isn't just a matter of tidiness; it can also be unsafe for children, animals and those unaware.
As these public places are shared by everybody, each with a different use, it’s important that we consider our neighbours’ needs and respect their right to a safe and clean environment. Whether we are playing football, walking dogs or sitting out for a picnic cleaning up after ourselves should be an automatic action. If fairs or outdoor events are being held then a cleanup becomes a much more difficult task. Outside help from specialist companies such as ourselves is a sensible option to make sure all waste is cleared thoroughly and effectively.
We are often called in to properties that have been repossessed to clear the house of the previous occupiers’ mess. We were asked not too long ago to carry out some work on a fire damaged property in Barnsley. The work was issued by a national company and had to be carried out in a very short time scale as they themselves were working to a deadline.
There were many problems with this property, but the most difficult to contend with was the fact the roof had being taken off following a fire. So despite the house being fire damaged, the whole building was soaked throughout due to being exposed to the elements.
Wet & Heavy
Every room in the upstairs of the house was covered in pieces of the ceiling, which had fallen through. The wet plasterboard had to be removed prior to removing the items of furniture and carpeting which were also soaked, very heavy and filthy from the fire. Naturally, we found moving the heavy, damp plasterboard a bit of a struggle!
Making the Property Presentable
Once the property was cleared and fully swept through we had to go back and give it a thorough “basic” clean before the property was ready to receive viewings from prospective buyers. The front and back gardens were also very overgrown. Coupled with the fact that they were full of rubble and broken tiles from the damaged roof, this made it hard work cutting back and clearing it. We needed to make sure the gardens were presentable so that people viewing the house could appreciate the size.The job was a tiring and extremely dirty job which needed to be tacked fast. We put in a lot of effort so that we would be finished for the deadline date.
After We Had Finished
Overall the property went from being overgrown, filthy and full of rubbish to a clean and clear space with a nice garden. Of course there was little we could do about the fire damage and roofing situation, however we put the property in a position where it was able to be viewed by the public safely, and so that they could visualize what a completely renovated house might look like.
In total, we cleared away 4 van loads of rubbish, which equates to approximately 5 tonnes! All rubbish was taken to a local waste transfer station and anything that we could recycle was done so appropriately. The work we carried out went a long way to helping the owners in selling. The house was sold on the 1st viewing after we had finished, whereas before, 3 previews viewings wouldn't even go inside! Another success for Clearance and Clean Up! If we can help with your clearance and removal needs, drop us a line. Find out how on our contact page.
We talk a lot about the importance of checking that your waste removal professionals are fully certified to be handling your waste and will dispose of it in a legal and environmentally friendly way. We've seen a lot of stories in local media in the past few weeks that show exactly why we are so concerned about illegal waste removal. The welfare of our environment is very important to us, which is why we recycle whenever we can, but we also care about our clients and don’t want to see them being ripped off or worse!
Ask to See a Licence
A man from Soham, Cambridgeshire last week was ordered to pay almost £3,000 in fines and court costs as he was found guilty of profiting from scrap metal and carrying controlled waste without a Waste Carriers Licence. Anybody that transports or sells unwanted scrap metal is required by law to register with the Environmental Agency and purchase a licence which costs around £150 and lasts for 3 years. If you are found handling this type of waste without a licence you are liable for a hefty penalty.
Tipping in Public Spaces
People that offer to take away rubbish for a small price or even for free make their money illegally. The way that this man made money was by selling the metal to scrap yards, however not all individuals can make profit from selling on materials they are offering to remove. If this is the case, often the waste is dumped in public spaces.
In a particularly distressing case, one man found himself at the centre of a flytipping incident involving the possessions of his recently deceased Father. The man gave up the belongings to two people working on behalf of the British Heart Foundation, requesting that they be recycled. The unsaleable items were agreed to be disposed of for £150. The two BHF workers gave the items to an unlicensed individual who then dumped them in a forest. Mr Locker, working for the BHF, has since lost his job working for the charity and was ordered to pay just under £500 in fines for using illegal waste removal services.
"It could be you who ends up in court"
Due to the fact that the unlicensed person could not be traced, it was Mr Locker who was charged as he failed to check for proper documentation. A spokesperson for the local environmental services said:
“This should be a lesson to all residents, there are unscrupulous people out there who will take away your rubbish and dump it illegally […] if they cannot be found and the rubbish is traced back to you, it could be you who ends up in court”.
Safe & Legal
It is important to keep in mind the effects that using unlicensed waste carriers can have on the environment, but also the risks that you put yourself under if flytipped waste is traced back to you. ALWAYS ask to see a Waste Carriers Licence to ensure that your rubbish is being handled safely and legally. Clearance and Clean Up are a fully licenced company and are capable of removing any waste you need taking care of. Get in touch if you think we can help!
We have spoken before about the effects of illegal waste disposal and the effect it can have on the environment and communities. We are pleased to hear this week that the Environment Agency has been teaming up with a number of other agencies to tackle the growing problem of waste crime.
On Tuesday, in conjunction with Crimestoppers and the Road Haulage Association, the Environment Agency were conducting stop and searches of wagons carrying waste, and were also visiting waste sites in an attempt to stop illegal behaviour.
They say that:
“The aim of the day of action, code name Operation Cyclone, is to disrupt the supply of waste to illegal waste sites, gather intelligence and encourage people to report waste crime”
You can find some images taken by the Environment Agency whilst carrying out their stop and searches here.
Paying the Penalty
It is estimated there are over 800 illegal waste sites in England and Wales. Last year alone almost 300 successful prosecutions were carried out due to waste crime, which produced fines exceeding £1.5 million.
Recently, after failing to pay the full amount of almost £1 million, a convicted waste criminal has been sentenced to a further 3 years in prison on top of the 4 and a half years he was initially handed. His illegal operation made millions of pounds worth of profit after he was dumping tonnes of construction waste in an illegal landfill.
The fines and convictions may seem excessive at first glance, but when you realise the damage that these rogue operators do it becomes clear why the punishments are so severe.
Aside from the unsightliness of having a makeshift waste site in your community, they also produce foul smells, attract rodents and can cause pollution. With hazardous waste, more serious damage can be caused to local wildlife and humans. This is why it is important to contact trusted professionals to dispose of your waste. While the low costs seem tempting, by funding cowboys you are indirectly contributing to environmental neglect.
If you suspect someone of committing waste crime, you may contact the Environment Agency directly on 0800 80 70 60 or visit their website here. You can also report concerns anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
It looks like the sun has finally reached Yorkshire (With the exception of the last few days!). That means more time spent in the garden for BBQs and parties. It’s very easy to neglect the garden area over the winter months though, and it could well be in need of a tidy up before you start sending those invitations out.
That’s where Clearance and Cleanup come in. We can carry out all levels of garden clearance and ensure all garden waste is recycled. Trimmings, cuttings and old lawn removals are not a problem, but that also goes for old furniture and gardening equipment too. It doesn't matter if your garden is landscaped or over-grown. We can also dismantle and clear sheds, greenhouses and even concrete garages too.
We will send a 2-man team, and if it they can lift it they will take it away. Waste like top-soil will be priced by weight but our prices include labour and disposal costs too. We’re cheaper than hiring a skip (plus you won’t have it sat outside your house for days) and we do all the lifting and shifting for you!
We’re available across South and West Yorkshire, and of course we will always issue you with a full invoice and waste transfer notice. Have a look at this garden we tackled not so long ago:
The great thing about our line of work is that no two jobs are the same. We can be moving old boxes from storage rooms one day to enormous clearances the next. An example of the latter was when we travelled to Cleckheaton to clear a huge mound of rubbish away.
A former travellers’ site, there was a lot of waste material left over from the time they had been living there. The pile included inert waste (such as soil and rubble) and was topped up with wood and general litter. The car park of a large sweet making factory was the location of the site, so it was important that the mess was cleaned up quickly and thoroughly.
Staff at the factory had to find alternative parking until we had completed the job, but luckily our three-man team had totally cleared everything in just two days. We had to combine a few different methods to get the desired results. Using a rubbish clearance truck and two 8 yard skips for the heavier rubble and soil we were able to get the larger items away in big quantities.
We think we did a pretty good job (if we say so ourselves), what do you think?
We've all seen the programmes on television about hoarders and people that can’t bear to part with old possessions, but while these shows are intended for entertainment purposes, it’s important to remember that compulsive hoarding is a very real mental illness.
Often beginning at a young age, then becoming more severe as the person moves towards adulthood, hoarding is not necessarily motivated by wanting to keep items; rather it is the fear of parting with their possessions. The idea of throwing away the possession triggers a feeling of angst and therefore makes it difficult for the person to commit to losing it. The disorder often exists alongside other mental health issues such as depression, obsessive compulsive disorder or bipolar disorder; however it is not strictly tied to these illnesses.
Whether you’re conducting home improvements, or simply having a clear out, you’re likely to have a lot of rubbish that needs shifting. You can usually tell which households are renovating due to the huge, bright yellow skip sitting at the front of their driveway. Clearance and Clean Up can get rid of any excess material you have with minimum fuss, and a little more subtly than having big waste containers lying around.
You won’t need a permit for having a skip on the street, and our 2 man teams will do all the tiring lifting. We could work out cheaper too as our prices are based on volume and weight, and they are not pre-fixed prices, whereas you could only fill half a skip but still pay full prices. In most cases we work out approximately 20% cheaper.
We make sure all areas are swept up and left clean and tidy, and we’ll do our best to recycle anything we possibly can. Any electrical items you have will be removed by us and we always provide you with a complete invoice and a full waste transfer note (see why this is important here).
Here is just one example of the work we've done in the past: