A Guide to Low Cost Skip Hire.
You have waste to dispose of… You order a skip, fill it up and the skip is then taken away, job done. Surely a very simple and painless process?
Skip hire CAN be easy, and it SHOULD be easy - but through our 10 years experience of nationwide skip hire this has proven to not always be the case!
By reading this brief guide you can ensure that all legal requirements are met and you get the most out of your skip hire.
Choosing the Best Skip Size
The most obvious advice we can give is that you need to establish exactly how big a skip you need.
Look through the Skip sizes available. We list the dimensions and roughly how many black bags worth of waste each skip can hold (although it is worth remembering that this is an approximation only).
Filling a Skip
When filling your skip you can only load it level with the top of the skip itself.
This is a legal requirement. It is actually against the law for our drivers to carry skips loaded beyond this point on the highways. Likewise, using boards around the side of the skip in an attempt to increase its capacity is illegal.
To prevent wasted space within the skip, we would recommend that any large bulky items you have to dispose of are broken down into smaller pieces.
We strongly believe that it is better for customers to hire a skip that is not completely filled, than to have a skip that is too small - and end up needing to hire a second skip, at further cost.
In other words to ensure low cost skip hire, it will be better to over-estimate than under-estimate the size you need.
Siting the Skip on Private Property
Now you know the size of skip required, its time to consider where the skip will be sited - i.e. whether it’s going to be off road on private property, or on the road. Ideally you will have privately owned property for the skip to be sited, meaning on a driveway, hard-standing or privately owned garden.
Please note: a standard skip lorry requires a minimum of 10ft (3.3metres) width to gain access, regardless of what size skip you have ordered.
Siting the Skip on the Road / Grass Verge
If you do not have your own private property on which to keep the skip, or there is not enough access for the skip lorry, it leaves you with the option of placing the skip on the road or grass verge outside the property.
In order to do this your local council must first give permission. In most cases local councils will allow us to apply for permits on your behalf. Some councils however insist that you, as the homeowner apply yourself.
Either way, inevitably all councils charge for the privilege. This charge varies dependent on where in the UK you require the skip, but we would inform you of the exact amount at the time of order.
Council permits can take between 1 and 5 working days to obtain, and the application period varies dependent on your location. This delay needs to be taken into account when deciding on the dates for hiring a skip.
Any skip that is sited on the road MUST have a light at each end and traffic cones. This ensure it is clearly visible to motorists at all times. In most instances we are able to provide these - this will be confirmed at the time of order.
In the rare instances we are unable to provide these items for you, they can be obtained from your local tool hire shop. It is important to note that whilst the skip is outside your property, you are responsible for its lighting and coning.
Choosing a Light or Heavy Skip
Now you have established the size skip required, and where the skip will be placed, it is important to consider the actual waste to be disposed of.
Certain skips are not suitable for certain waste types. You need to establish whether the waste you will be putting in the skip will be heavy waste (e.g. soil, brick, hardcore, rubble, etc), or light waste (e.g. timber, metal, cardboard etc).
As a general rule, any skip larger than 8 cubic yards is NOT suitable for heavy waste types as the lorries cannot lift larger skips filled with heavy waste. If you are in any doubt please refer to our skip guide.
General Skip Restrictions
Certain types of waste CANNOT be placed in general waste skips under any circumstances.
- Any electrical items
- Gas Cylinders
- Pressurised Containers
- Paint Tins
- Food Waste
- Fluorescent Tubes
- Liquids of any description.
How Long Can I Hire a Skip For?
Before you finalise your order you need to establish when you actually require the skip on site. You need to consider the maximum hire period of 10days. For example by having the skip delivered on a Friday you will have use of the skip across two weekends.
Whilst we always aim to collect skips within 24 hours of a collection call, this is not always possible. During busy periods even local skip hire collections can take up to 72 hours.
Therefore if you know the skip HAS to be removed by a certain date, it is critical that the collection is booked when ordering the skip hire.
So there you have it. A simple process, but thought and planning is paramount to ensure you get the most from your skip hire.
5 Steps to Hire a Skip
Step 1: Establish how much waste you have, and what size skip is required.
Step 2: Plan where you intend to site the skip. If this is on your own property, make sure you have the minimum width required for the lorry to gain access (10ft).
Step 3: Double check that the waste you plan to dispose of is suitable for general waste skips.
If you wish to dispose of asbestos, please visit our Asbestos disposal page.
Step 4: Plan exactly when you require the skip for, taking into account any application periods should a road permit be required.
Step 5: CALL US ON 0844-443 4444, GET A QUOTE, PLACE YOUR ORDER!