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Top tips for office clearances

Office clearances can be even more stressful than moving house. Whereas a house move typically has a limited amount of furniture and other possessions, offices can contain huge amounts of all kinds of mixed materials.

Luckily, commercial skip hire providers are here to help, with skips for commercial waste in all different sizes.

So whether you’re a one-man band or a medium to large firm, your local skip hire provider can work with you to provide you with all the office waste capacity you need.

1. Be green

When you move house, the only people watching you are likely to be a few curtain-twitching neighbours. But when you move offices, your environmentally conscious customers will be watching.

By working with a reputable skip hire provider, you can make it easy on yourself by throwing everything in the one same skip.

But if anybody asks, you can also show to them that the waste will be disposed of responsibly in ways that are kind to the environment, once your skip hire supplier has come and taken it all away.

2. Keep it legal

Households have a duty of care to trace where their waste goes after it is collected, but businesses if anything are even more expected to adhere to the duty of care code of conduct.

Again, working with a reputable skip hire company, you can ensure you get all the necessary paperwork when your waste is collected, removed and processed for disposal.

This gives you proof that your commercial waste from your office clearance has been processed in ways that are both legal and eco-conscious.

3. No leaks

Lockable lidded skips are a great way to keep items from an office clearance secure, which is good for all sorts of reasons.

If you need to clear out old paperwork that may include sensitive documents, lockable lidded skips allow you to do this without the risk of unauthorised eyes seeing them.

They also prevent anyone from rooting through your office clearance waste overnight or at the weekend on the hunt for anything they think is valuable.

4. What not to put in

Most office supplies are unlikely to contain harmful or hazardous substances, but it’s worth knowing what not to put in your commercial waste skip so there are no delays to collecting it.

Check with your skip hire provider if you plan to dispose of potentially hazardous materials, from quantities of printer ink and toner, to plasterboard if you’re removing interior partition walls.

There’s often a straightforward solution to disposing of materials that can’t go directly into an office waste skip, but it’s important to make arrangements ahead of time – never try to hide hazardous materials at the bottom of a skip as you could endanger employees and members of the public.

5. Plans and permits

Finally, make sure you plan your office clearance in advance so your skip hire provider can get the right number of the right size skips to you on time.

If you’re trying to relocate or refurbish without interrupting business, you might want to do the bulk of the clearance work over the weekend or even include a bank holiday to give you an extra 24 hours.

Skip hire firms can help with this by letting you know exactly when your skips can be delivered and collected, and can even arrange the necessary permits for your skips to be placed on a public road if necessary.