How to spring clean your home

There are many cleaning jobs around the home that get forgotten about or ignored during the hustle and bustle of our busy daily lives. However, now is a good time to tackle those tasks, shift the grime build-up, and have a declutter. It sounds like hard work, but it’s actually very satisfying, and your house and family will thank you for it.

Hiring a skip may help your spring cleaning, as you’ll no doubt uncover lots of clutter you no longer need along the way.

This guide will help you organise this year’s spring clean, and make sure you don’t forget any important jobs.

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Fly tipping costs £1.2m since 2010

The blight of fly tipping in the UK’s beauty spots since 2010 has diverted over £1.2 million from funds that could otherwise be used to protect woodland against disease, or to plant new trees to create future forests.

Figures from the Woodland Trust show 2016 was the worst year on record for the crime, with a total clean-up cost of over £350,000 – more than a quarter of the entire amount spent since the start of the decade.

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How to declutter your home the easy way

Many of us would like to have a big sort out and to declutter our homes, but it can seem a daunting task to tackle, and often one best put off to another day, then another day, and so on. However, with our tips, the task of decluttering your entire house won’t seem anywhere near as overwhelming or time-consuming. Follow our simple system and you could get started today!

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Money saving life hacks for the new year

If you’re looking to save money in the new year, there are some simple steps you can take around the house to cut down on your essential outgoings, reduce household waste and potentially learn a new craft all at the same time.

Here are just a few things to try, which should help you through the new year with a few more funds leftover.

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House projects you can get ready for 2017

Many of us subscribe to the ‘new year, new start’ way of thinking, even to the extent that some people spend New Year’s Eve itself getting some DIY done – a perfect way to use those long hours until midnight, if you’re not one for partying.

As 2017 gets underway, here are some ideas of how you can prepare projects around the house and get your living space up to scratch for the new year.

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Recycling Christmas Waste

They say one person’s trash is another’s treasure, and when it comes to recycling Christmas waste that can be an especially true adage.

According to research from Sainsbury’s Bank, 5% of people ‘re-gift’ items they received in previous years, or even earlier in the same festive season.

Among these, 8% of people – over 150,000 working-age Britons – do so because they don’t want to harm the environment by buying something else, and 40% or over 750,000 people re-gift to avoid waste.

During a season of celebration, reducing Christmas waste can be a major challenge, and one that is easy to overlook, but there are some simple steps we can all take to keep more festive materials out of landfill sites.

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Christmas food waste: knowing the figures

The autumn is a peak time for edible waste, and while Christmas food waste is a major concern for many households and businesses, it is by no means the start of the seasonal problem.

Already UK households have carved 15 million pumpkins without eating the flesh, according to Hubbub, enough to give everyone in the country a bowl of pumpkin soup.

A third of people believe the pumpkins we carve for Halloween are an inedible variety, and more than half don’t think of them as food.

Combined with other celebrations like Easter and, of course, Christmas food waste, the UK throws away 7 million tonnes of edible waste every year.

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Five things to recycle to make way for Christmas

Christmas is coming, and in these final few weeks before the holiday season really begins, there’s just enough time left for a proper clear-out to make room for all the guests and gifts you might be welcoming, or just to go into the new year in tidier surroundings.

Here are five things you might want to recycle in the run-up to Christmas, clearing the way for whatever festivities lie ahead for you and those close to you.

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11 astonishing things that were found in a skip

When you hire a skip you are able to dispose of the majority of waste in it, which is often fairly predictable stuff: rubble, broken furniture, plasterboard, and so on. However, every so often there is an unexpected or surprising item discovered in a skip – an item nobody would expect to find tucked away in there. There have been some fascinating finds over the years, so we’ve collected some of the most amazing stories together here for you to enjoy.

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