Do I need a permit to hire a skip?

You will only need a permit if your skip is placed on a public road.  If your skip is on private land like a driveway you will not require a permit. Permits can be requested through your local council and cost around £30.

What can I put in a skip?

You can put many items in a skip such as household waste, rubble, soil, wood, concrete, furniture, plastic and metals.

What can’t I put in a skip?

You cannot put hazardous items such as Asbestos in a skip and will require a specialist company to dispose of this.  Liquids, gas canisters, batteries, clinical waste, plasterboard and tyres cannot be put in a skip.  Mattresses can be disposed of but you will be asked to pay additional costs to pay for the removal.

How much does it cost to hire a skip?

The cost of a skip will depend on which size you wish to hire.  Mini skips (2 cubic yards) cost around £65 whereas larger roll on roll off skips (40 cubic yards) cost around £450. See our Guide on Skip hire Prices for more info.

Where will my waste go once it has been collected?

Skip hire companies will aim to reuse, recycling or reclaim as much of your waste as possible.  This reduces the amount of waste that ends up in a landfill site.  Many companies can prevent 98% of your waste going to a landfill. See our Guide on what happens to my waste when I use a skip hire company

How high can you fill a skip?

It is illegal to fill a skip higher than the level of the sides or to use boards to make the sides higher.  If you do this, the company can refuse to collect your skip.

How long can I keep my skip for?

There is not rule as to how long a skip can be kept.  Most skips are used for around 1-14 days. When you are ready for your skip to be collected you will simply contact the company to arrange. If you have a permit you need to make a note of the expiry date to make sure your skip is collected before this runs out.

What size skip do I need?

There are many skip size guides online or contact your skip hire company to get more information.  It is easier to estimate size in bin bags.  For example, a mini skip can hold around 20 black bin bags and could be used for garden rubble, a maxi skip can hold around 90-110 and would be suitable for home or office refurbishment.