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Business waste made easy

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Waste management for businesses can seem like a minefield at times. Trying to comply with industry regulations, be environmentally friendly and choose an affordable waste management option is time-consuming.

Here at AMA Waste we wanted to make businesses aware that disposing of rubbish doesn’t have to be complicated. We’ve made a simple flow chart to demonstrate how easy it is to use our services for hazardous, construction, garden and general domestic waste.




Don’t worry if your waste doesn’t fit into one of the four categories at the top. Either pick the one most similar to your industry material, or get in touch with our knowledgable team of waste management experts who will be able to recommend a solution for your business.

We recycle over 80% of waste found in skips so you can be sure that your waste management programme is environmentally friendly. Check out the full range of services we offer, such as skip hire, hazardous waste removal and container hire, or fill in a contact form at Alternatively, give us a call on 0845 4757 934 and we’ll be able to give you advice on the service that suits your needs.


The easy way to plan your waste management project

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Starting a new project can be daunting. Clearing a site, renovating a house or clearing out your office is a big task, and waste management is a large part of any project, especially if you want to dispose of any rubbish responsibly. You might find yourself asking: What size skip do I need? Where can I keep it? What help can I get?

Luckily AMA has made it simple to figure out what services you’ll need with a handy flow chart.

How Much Waste Do You Have?


We offer skip hire, ‘man in a van’ and a variety of waste management services right across the UK and with our next-day service we can be there, on-site, to help with any problems. We are proud to say that we recycle 80% of the waste found in our skips, so not only will you be getting a job done efficiently, you’ll be helping the environment too!

If you’ve still got some questions then give our friendly team of waste experts a call and they’ll be able to give you advice on which service suits your needs. To find out more about all the waste management options AMA has to offer, including skip hire, call us today on 0845 4757 934 or complete a contact form on our website.



Merry Christmas and Happy New Year From AMA

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year From AMA

Another year has come and gone, and haven’t these past 12 months just flown by? It seems only yesterday we were wishing you all a merry Christmas and handing out tips for a New Year house clearance, but now it’s time to hang the stockings, decorate the tree and to do it all over again.

We’ve had a fun year here at AMA, packed with all the waste management and skip hire we could ever want, with some exciting events throughout as well. Like millions of other football fans we loved this year’s World Cup and showed you all sorts of interesting facts and figures about it too, we’ve brought you research on how much waste music festivals produce, tips on eco-homes, under-construction skyscrapers, building site clearance and so much more.

In fact, it’s been such a busy year that it feels almost like we’ve outdone ourselves, and that we might not be able to keep it up for another 12 months– but we’re sure we’ll manage. We’ve got plenty lined up for the new year, including a whole raft of seasonal tips, summer holiday plans and even a look at the upcoming Rugby World Cup – lots for you to look forward to.


Preparing For The Christmas Cleanup

Of course, despite being the holiday and party season, we can’t hang up our brooms, shovels, skips and trailers just yet. Both Christmas and New Years Eve produce a huge amount of waste, from presents and party waste to Christmas trees and new year home renovation, and all that needs to be collected by someone.

Whether you’re planning your work’s party or having the family round for Christmas lunch, hosting the NYE party to end all parties or staying in to save money for next-year’s big DIY project, don’t forget to give AMA a call to help you clear away the post-festivity mess. From skip hire for the big jobs to man-in-a-van waste collection and even portable toilet hire for the biggest of New Year’s soirées, AMA has services to help whatever the season brings.

Whatever your plans this holiday season, all of us here at AMA wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

See you in 2015!

AMA are CIWM affiliated

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

All of us here at AMA are proud to announce we have become an affiliated organisation of the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management (CIWM). Membership of the CIWM is testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone involved with AMA, and the continued efforts of everyone we work with to keep managing waste responsibly.

Customers have a wide choice of waste management options open to them across the UK, but by choosing CIWM approved businesses such as AMA they can be sure of reliable, trustworthy staff as well as efficient and responsible processes. Becoming involved with the CIWM has only been made possible by the dedication of all our staff and everyone we work with, as well as all of our customers – pushing us onwards by demanding the very best service every time we clock in.

What does the CIWM do?

The vision of the CIWM is “A world where: resources are kept working, waste is put back to work and residues are carefully disposed of.” and that is exactly what we at AMA have always set out to achieve. All of the services that we offer are environmentally friendly and professionally staffed – helping with all your waste management needs in a responsible and renewable way, and CIWM membership only emphasises our commitment to this. Representing over 7,000 waste management companies and authorities across the UK, CIWM provides training and expertise to the industry, as well as running conferences and exhibitions to help improve practices. The Chartered Institute of Wastes Management helps to keep businesses within the sector up to speed on all the latest developments. They also set industry standards and guidelines to help keep work consistent and perceptions of the industry high – with out membership going to show how we meet all their standards.

The Future With AMA

The CIWM states that affiliate organisations should support its aims and objectives, and AMA is committed to doing so long into the future. Going forward we will to maintain our fantastic 80% recycling rate for all waste we handle, and will continue to look for ways to improve on that even further. By continuing to grow too, we can help even more customers than before – saving even more waste from going to landfill and helping to improve our environment for the better – there aren’t many businesses can say that. To get more information on everything we offer here at AMA, plus all the benefits to our CIWM affiliated services, be sure to browse our site fully or call 0845 4638 437 to speak to our team.

The Complete Guide To Skip Hire

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Sometimes, despite the best efforts of everyone at AMA Skip Hire, the world of skip hire and waste management can be a slightly confusing one.

With so many varieties and sizes of skip available, from 6-yard skip hire to 40-yard monsters, a host of rules, regulations and permits to follow, and a massive range of other waste management options to choose from – it can sometimes be tricky to know exactly what you need.

The Complete Guide To Skip Hire

The Complete Guide To Skip Hire

Thankfully, AMA has put together this handy PDF guide to all things skip hire – perfect for answering any questions or worries you might have about your project. Inside you’ll find all you need to know about hiring a skip, from what size you need and how to fill one, through to permits and siting regulations.

The AMA skip hire guide has been designed to help everyone, from local contractors and national businesses, to private individuals and event organisers. Whatever your skip and waste needs, wherever you are in the UK, AMA can help – and this guide will give you a handy insight into everything we do, how we do it and how it will help you.

View our skip hire guide.

Found the guide helpful, or think you know someone who might be interested? Why not share the skip hire guide with friends, family and colleagues online.

If you have any questions about anything you read in our guide, or if you need any more information on what we offer at AMA, please get in touch by calling 0845 463 8437 or filling in an email form on the contact page.


The Modern Approach to Reducing Fly Tipping

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Picture the scene; it’s dark and you’re in your car or van by the local woods, no streetlights and nobody around. You’ve got a load of rubbish but the tip is shut and you can’t go tomorrow as you’ve got an early start. You consider dumping it thinking that nobody will ever know. Or will they?

Fly tipping in the UK has been an on-going problem for many years, though the scale and nature does vary greatly. Whilst the number of fly-tipping cases is slowly falling, the cost of clearance of fly tipping to Local Authorities in England in 2012/13 was £36.4 million*.

the modern approach to reducing fly tipping

Thanks to modern technology and an increase in sting operations, local councils have an increased armoury with which to tackle fly tipping.  GPS mapping, SmartWater, forensics and cutting edge technology all now play a part in the fight against illegal waste dumping.


SmartWater has been around for years, they’re best know for their Forensic Spray System which sprays intruders with an invisible liquid that can only be seen under UV light. Last year however they were instrumental in catching the owner of a waste carrier business who dumped large quantities of rubbish in country lanes and on farmland. SmartWater had marked the waste enabling the police to prosecute and gain a conviction.


The most recent innovation is FlyMapper. This new smartphone app allows Council waste officers to record, photograph, and plot fly tipping incidents onto a GPS mapping system in real time. This allows them to pinpoint hot spots for fly tipping and formulate plans to deal with the problem.

This can range from blocking access to installing CCTV or utilising aerial surveillance but essentially, it will allow the authorities to be more strategic in distributing resources. Plymouth and Reading councils already use apps for locals to report crimes, but FlyMapper could help provide evidence in prosecution cases.

Whilst there’s a long way to go before we eradicate fly tipping, these modern tools are making it harder for criminals to escape unpunished. At AMA, we are Environment Agency approved waste carriers, which means we recycle as much waste as possible before disposing of the rest in a responsible and environmentally friendly manner.

*In 2012/13, there were 711,000 reported cases of fly tipping in England. There were over 2,200 prosecutions


What to do with waste that can’t go into skips

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

One of the biggest issues facing homeowners looking to renovate or clean their home and businesses looking for commercial skip hire, and yet the problem they most forget, is what can be done with waste not suitable for a skip.

What To Do With Waste That Can't Go Into Skips

The list of items that we, and many other skip providers, won’t accept is fairly simple and understandable. The general rule is that nothing hazardous or toxic should be included, meaning that items like fridges, tyres and medical waste are a big no-no. Along with materials such as asbestos, paint, oil and pesticides. With all of these out of bounds, not to mention items that are simply too large or awkwardly shaped to fit into a skip, what are your options?

Safe disposal of hazardous waste

Hazardous and toxic waste is a broad term, covering a huge range of different materials, from the deadly to some actually not so harmful substances. What marks this sort of waste out is the potential damage that it can cause both to the workers and machines sorting through it, and also to the environment should it wind up in landfill.

At AMA Skip Hire, we offer a professional, secure hazardous waste disposal service. We work to the very latest government regulations on the disposal of hazardous waste, and operate teams of fully licenced experts right across the UK to remove your waste wherever you are, and at short notice. If you’re not sure whether something counts as hazardous waste, just give our staff a call on 0845 4638 437 and we will help clear it up.

Paint of any kind is usually also regarded as hazardous waste, owing to the fact that an open tin will contaminate all the waste in a skip. Whilst AMA can dispose of paint, there are alternatives by which you can put it to good use. Not only will friends and family members who are decorating appreciate the gift of paint, but also there are hundreds of community projects across the country that accept donations of paint. A vast quantity of paint is needed when decorating community centers and meeting rooms, and no doubt any charity would welcome support, no matter how big or small.

Large household waste disposal

Even if your waste is inert and perfectly safe some items still aren’t acceptable in a skip because of certain components or their size. Even if you hire the largest skips available, clearing out a home full of beds, sofas and kitchen appliances can still prove too big a job. Whilst at AMA we do offer services to help remove practically any type of waste you could have, there are some alternatives to putting everything in the skip.

If your furniture is still in good condition, but you’re simply upgrading, why not consider donating? Even if your friends and family can’t make use of your throwaways, charity shops across the UK will gladly accept donations. Some charity shops may even collect from your home and do the heavy lifting for you. For kitchen appliances and white goods in general, many shops will offer a service to take away your old machine when they deliver the new one, though this may come at a cost.

How to dispose of waste that can’t go into skips

A running theme through the blog posts on our website is the dangers of fly tipping, and in this case the risks are even higher. Not only does any sort of fly tipping cause massive environmental damage, but also the costs to you, in the form of fines, can be equally devastating. The fines you could receive from illegally dumping hazardous waste may well be enormous, and even lead to prosecution or jail time – something best avoided.

On top of any fines you get for fly tipping, you can be punished for incorrectly disposing of waste in a legal way. Fridges and freezers, for example, contain “ozone-depleting substances” which, if not removed when you dispose of the item, can land you with at least a £2,500 bill.

Whether your waste is hazardous or bulky, or even both, by getting in touch with our expert staff we can help you to get the best solution for you. To find out more about all the waste management services that we offer at AMA Skip Hire, to discuss your options and receive a quote, call 0845 4638 437 today.

Summer House Clearance Skip Guide

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Skip hire from AMA makes your summer house clearance quick and easy, follow our room by room guide to see what you can and cannot put into hired skips. You can use the same skip for garden waste too, so there’s no excuses not to have that much needed clear out now summer is here. Contact us for price and delivery times for domestic skip hire in your area, we can supply nationwide with a variety of skip sizes to match your requirements. Summer House Clearance Infographic

England Vs. Brazil – Recycling World Cup

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

In our last infographic post we examined the sheer scale of the waste management needed at an event like the 2014 World Cup – the staggering amount was waste produced and what is needed to tidy up once the fans head home. Although sadly an England vs. Brazil final is off the cards, thanks to some predictably woeful performances, we have decided to take a look and compare us and the home team in terms we understand – waste.

Now we accept that England and Brazil might not have much in common on the pitch, and it even seemed to us like the kids playing on Copacabana beach could challenge some of the England boys for their places. However, off the pitch our two countries might have a little more in common than you think. Take a look below for some facts and figures about how our teams and nations stack up against each other in the recycling World Cup.

Brazil vs England Waste comparison

AMA World Cup Waste Shoot-Out

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

So the World Cup action is well under way and at AMA Skip Hire we’ve been working out some vital information. You’ve probably all been wondering how many football shirts can fit into a skip? Or how many skips fit onto a football pitch?

World Cup Waste Management Infographic - AMA Skip Hire



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