Tips for hiring a skip

Tips for hiring a skip

Does hiring a skip seem like a daunting task? We have put together some things to consider when hiring and booking a skip.

Your waste

Firstly determine what and how much waste you have to put in your skip. Usually waste suitable for hired skips includes; a range of general waste, timber, furniture, construction waste, soil, metal, organic waste, dry recycling and more. Always check with your skip provider what items can and can’t be put in your skip. Generally hazardous and harmful items and a number of electricals shouldn’t be put in skips. It is usually recommended that you don’t put any perishable waste in the skip as this could attract pests. Your local authority can advise you on an alternative disposal solution for items that are prohibited in a hired skip. Once you know how much waste you have, you can then choose the correct skip size.

Skip Sizes

Skip providers have a variation of skip sizes and shapes to choose from for a number of different projects. These jobs range from small home improvements to large industrial projects and certain sized skips are best suited to different projects. Keep in mind it can be difficult to judge how much waste you have to fill the skip. Take into consideration the amount of waste you have and where you plan to position the skip. It is important to choose the correct skip size as your skip provider could refuse to collect your skip if the skip is overflowing. This is because it could cause danger to them or the general public if waste is above a height limit in your skip. If you choose a skip too small it will have to be emptied regularly or if you choose a skip too big you will waste space, both costing you more money.

Position of your skip and access

Consider where your skip will be positioned before hiring your skip. If you place the skip on your property or land you will not need a permit. However, you will usually require a skip permit if your skip needs to be placed on a road, pavement, off road footpath or verge. Skip permits are issued by your local authority and in most cases your skip provider can arrange the permit. Your local authority can advise you on any fees, rules and time limits. Access may be an issue if you live on a congested or narrow road which could make it difficult to have your skip delivered. Make sure you inform your skip provider of any access issues so they can confirm delivery of the skip and if it’s not possible offer advise the best option.

Choosing a skip provider

When choosing a skip provider, you should ensure they hold a waste carriers licence and insurance. The government issues all waste carrier’s licences, check the government’s waste carrier register to make sure your skip provider is licenced.

Cost of skip hire

The cost of skip hire can range due to the different sizes available, your location, length of hire and delivery dates. The larger the skip the more expensive it is to hire. Also you may want some extra protection for your skip; you can secure your hired skip by choosing a lockable one. These cost more than the standard skip. We recommend you request at least 3 quotes from different skip providers and remember you don’t have to choose the cheapest.

It’s always best to discuss with the skip provider before you make a final decision about the skip you would like to book.

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