Skip Hire Guide for Beginners

Posted on 4 May 2023

Beginner’s Guide to Skip Hire: Everything You Need to Know

If you’ve never hired a skip before, the process can seem overwhelming. The jargon, the size options, and the cost can all make it feel like a complicated process. Fortunately, this guide will take you through everything you need to know to make the skip hire process a breeze.

What Can and Can’t You Put in a Skip?

what can and can not go in a skip

Before you hire a skip, you need to know what you can and cannot put in it. The list of what cannot be disposed of in a skip is quite extensive and includes things like asbestos, batteries, clinical or medical waste, electrical appliances, fluorescent tubes, fridges, freezers and air conditioning units, gas canisters, hazardous and toxic materials, liquids, oil, petrol, diesel, paint, plasterboard, tyres, TVs, POP’s and computer screens. If any prohibited items are found in your skip, you may be charged extra, and the restricted items will be returned to you.

Skip Permits – What Are They?

Do I need a Skip Permit

If you’re putting a skip on a public highway, you will need a skip hire permit from the council. Skip permits cost extra and take a few days to arrange. If it’s in a controlled parking zone, you will also need a parking suspension, which also costs money and takes time to arrange. Both permits and suspensions are typically arranged by the skip hire company.

Type of Skip – Which One Should You Choose?

Which skip size do I need?

As a homeowner, you will almost always be ordering a mixed waste skip, rather than an inert waste skip. This is because you will be getting rid of a broad mix of waste materials. Inert waste skips cost less than general waste skips, but tend to be ordered by building companies and tradesmen rather than homeowners.

Can You Help Load the Skip?

The skip hire service covers the delivery and removal of the skip, but not any labor to load it. If you require help filling the skip, you may prefer a man & van clearance service instead or alternatively, a wait and load skip service.

Duration & Collection – How Long Can You Hire a Skip for?

The price of a skip normally covers hire for up to two weeks, and collection dates are flexible. If you need a skip for longer than two weeks, just ask us when you book. They may charge extra, or they may agree to extend the hire for no additional cost.

Level Loads 

When renting a skip, it’s essential to adhere to the “Level Loads only” rule, which is typically displayed on the side of the skip and included in the terms and conditions of your hire agreement.

How do we get rid of your waste

Skip waste disposal is an essential aspect of waste management that requires careful consideration to ensure effective and responsible waste removal. When hiring a skip, it is important to understand where your waste will end up, as this can impact the environment and public health. In this guide, we will explore the different methods of skip waste disposal and their environmental impact.

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