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Skip Hire in London – What you need to know about
London Skip Hire
Skip hire is the go-to waste solution in the UK for waste and rubbish created at home or by commercial businesses when undertaking projects like, renovation, re-modelling, building work, garden projects or even just clearing out old junk.
Hiring a skip in London is a quick and simple process with our easy skip hire quote tool.
Simply enter your postcode, Select the type of waste you will require removing and you’ll be presented with all of our available Skip Sizes to choose from. Select your skip size, choose delivery and collection date, tell us if you need a permit and pay online for your hire.
Nevertheless, It’s helpful to know some of the basics of hiring a skip that will help you maximise the usefulness and minimise the cost of your hire.
Here is some useful information you may need before hiring.
Basics of Skip Hire
Skip hire involves the hire company, leaving one of its skips at your property for a predefined amount of time, the hirer fills the skip with their waste and the skip hire company collects the skip and waste. Waste from skips can either be recycled or sent to landfill, but as the skip hire company faces a large landfill charge for any rubbish it disposes of this way, there is a huge incentive for them to recycle a large proportion of it. For these reasons Skip hire is one of the most convenient and ecologically friendly ways to dispose of your waste in the UK.
Skip hires render a vital service to their respective councils and the UK’s residents. By extension, skips arguably make up the backbone of the United Kingdom’s waste disposal anatomy.
As a London homeowner/tenant, there are many occasions where you need to dispose of household waste, building waste or garden waste. So look no further than your local skip hire.
What Can I put in a skip?
Skips can accommodate a wide variety of domestic waste material. Business waste that is dry and recyclable can also go into a skip. There is no need to separate your waste as the skip hire company will sort the waste for recycling at it’s depot.
Home renovation produces waste like ceramic, wood, and concrete. Waste from a DIY home improvement project may be in the form of rubble. Garden projects will produce waste like wood, stone, gravel and plant and tree debris. These types of waste are all allowed, making skip hire the ideal waste collection method for these projects. It becomes an even more sensible solution when the weight exceeds that which you can drive to your local landfill.
What Can’t I put in a skip?
There are restrictions on what waste cannot be put into your skip. Items that are chemically or biologically hazardous, flammable, or cannot easily be recycled are restricted and these should not be put into your skip or your hire company may refuse to take it.
Below is a list of restricted items that cannot be put in your skip.
- Batteries – these contain hazardous chemicals and should be taken to your local recycling centre.
- Electronics and large appliances such as TVs, Fridges, Freezers, washing machines and dryers
- Paint or chemicals
- Medical waste
- Gas cylinders
- Light bulbs
- Any other hazardous item
Plasterboard used to be allowed in skips, but due to new legislation in 2011 on its disposal must now be separated.
You Might Need A Skip Hire Permit
Before you call your local skip hire, you might need a permit.
A skip permit allows you to place your skip in a restricted area. You can think of a restricted area as any land that does not belong to you. In most cases, a restricted area is a public space. With a skip permit or licence, you may use a restricted area (under certain conditions) for your skip.
Restricted areas can be any of the following:
- Public highways
- Parking spaces for commercial and public use
- Any paved surface with public access
There is a skip permit fee. However, this tends to differ from one council to another.
We Can Arrange For Skip Permits Or Licences
We can apply for skip permits on your behalf. You can add your skip permit to your basket before completing your order. This makes our skip hire a hassle-free waste management option. Please allow 7 days for delivery of your skip if you are adding a permit to your order. This may arrive sooner however.
Skips Need Lorry Access
A few considerations for your skip can include not only its dimensions and where to put it. You also have to determine if a lorry can take it to your property.
Even a two-yard skip can weigh roughly two tonnes- too heavy for a van or a two-person crew to bring. For this reason, lorries transport skips to a client’s desired location.
If your area is too narrow for a lorry, you might not receive your skip.So please ensure that your neighbourhood or property has lorry access before collection day. A rough guide is that a skip lorry is approximately the size of a regular bin truck. So if your bin truck can easily access and turn in your street then you should be ok.
You May Have A Skip For Up To Two Weeks
The reason for having a skip for a limited period of time has a lot to do with a skip permit’s validity period. In most cases, skip licences or permits are valid from seven to fourteen calendar days. In some councils, validity only lasts a week or seven days.
This is why most skip hires will inform you of the amount of time you can have the skip. You may want to plan your waste removal with this in mind.
The regular collection day is normally within or at the end of fourteen days. Of course, collection dates may also differ. It depends on the desired date of collection.
Skip Companies Try To Recycle As Much As Possible
Skip hires eventually dispose of rubbish in landfills. However, every ton of waste disposed of incurs a landfill cost. With skip hires disposing of tonnes and tonnes of waste daily, landfill costs add up.
This is why skip companies try to redirect or recycle items this reduces the amount of rubbish that needs disposal. This is why a skip hire is an eco-friendly way to handle waste.
Skips in London are available In Different Sizes And Prices
There is a range of skip sizes available to customers. You can choose from sizes as small as a 2 yard skip to the most popular 8 yard builders skip, all the way up to a 40 yard Roll on roll off (RORO) Skip. It comes right down to how much waste you need to get rid of.
Of Course the bigger the skip, the more waste it will hold and the higher the cost of processing and disposing of that waste and that is reflected in the cost of the skip. The bigger a skip is, the higher the cost.
Skip-Related Violations Can Result In Severe Penalties
Skip Hire in London like every other city and town is tightly regulated both at a council level and by the law. By law, skips need to have the necessary permits or licences. If a skip operator is found renting out skips unlicensed, the operator can face a fine of up to £1,000. Also, it is illegal for skip companies to operate without a skip operator licence.
Since skips can potentially cause obstructions in parking spaces, you might have to apply for a parking bay suspension. Having a skip placed in a parking space you do not own is also illegal. Also, you can be fined £1,000 for not placing traffic cones or markings on your skip. These cones or markings make the skip visible to pedestrians and motorists.
As mentioned earlier, skips can accommodate a range of waste materials. More often than not, these are the products of building or renovation projects- small in scale or otherwise.
In general, most types of construction debris or waste material can go into a skip. For the most part, these are dry and have a high potential for being recycled. Skip hires would be more than happy to help you get rid of the following:
- Paper or paper-based wrapping
- Shredded paper
- Plastic bottles
Different Uses Of A Skip Hire
Skip hires can essentially help you with one thing – domestic or business waste removal. So, when what are the usual situations that require hiring a skip?
There are a huge number of possible situations to which skip hire offers a solution, here a list of examples:
DIY Home Renovation Or Improvement (In 2021)
Lockdown due to the Coronavirus led to countless companies being out of operation and millions of workers furloughed or working from home. As a result, more homeowners have more time on their hands for DIY projects. Home improvement can lead to a lot of debris and waste material from tiles to wallpaper.
Home improvement comes with the need for a proper waste collection service. This is where skips come in. Even a 2 yard skip can take 20 to 30 bin bags worth of debris and aggregates. Also skips offer the ideal solution for other discarded materials like wood, and anything made of plastic.
Some possessions are worth bringing with you. Others are not. As you sort out your belongings, it’s inevitable that you will have some items that may not be worth keeping. Any items you don’t want should of course first be considered for recycling or donation, but there are likely to be many where that’s not an option. With those items you’ll need to find a waste solution. Of course you could spend hours lugging things back and forth to the tip, making numerous journeys, lifting and carrying, having to clean out your car afterward and worse still potentially damaging your vehicle by scratching it inside or our or being tempted to overload it.
On the other hand You could order a skip. Quick and easy to order, delivered to your driveway or street, no risk to your vehicle and no need to interact with other members of the public.
As long as what you leave behind is not prohibited material, skip hire is the perfect solution to waste caused by moving house.
Often, a 2 yard skip or a 4 yard skip the appropriate size choice for families moving house. Of course, you can opt for much larger skips (6 yard skip, 8 yard skip or 10 yard skip) if you plan on replacing things like furniture and large items.
Our comparison tool will help you find appropriate skip hire London. You can see all sizes and prices to make sure you get exactly the right skip for your needs.
You may have to clear a flat or property for several reasons. In the United Kingdom, some of the most common reasons are:
- Moving house
- Moving to a care home
- The death of the property’s owner
- The end of a tenancy (leading to you moving house)
- Preparation for renovation
Whichever reason you might have, all inevitably lead to a need for waste removal. A skip hire is an ideal solution for this.
Garden projects, especially larger ones like landscaping, shed replacement, paving, decking or large plant/tree removal inevitably create a large amount of waste. The good news is that almost everything found in the garden is perfect for disposal in a skip.
Be careful when deciding to remove old structures like shed or garages as depending on the age these may be partially or wholly made from Asbestos, asbestos should never be removed by householders and should always be dealt with by licenced professionals. Asbestos as mentioned can never be put in your skip.
When Paperwork Intimidates You
Using a skip can require a permit. Sure, you may apply for the skip placement approval and licence yourself. However, some of us just do not have the luxury of time nor the patience.
We can not only collect your dry rubbish.We can make every step involved in the waste removal process easier for you. We can apply for the necessary approvals and permits on your behalf.
That’s one less concern for you, making hiring a skip with us the easiest and most convenient option.
How To Hire A Skip In London
We make hiring a skip straight forward and hassle free, all you need to do is follow these simple steps
Determine The Size Of The Skip You Need
Estimate the amount of waste you need to deal with, consult our skip size guide and decide on the best size for your needs.
Determine Whether Or Not You Have An Area To Place A Skip
Consider access to your property and whether the required size of skip will fit on your land or need to be placed on public. Having the right area for a skip can mean the difference between you applying for a permit or not.
By law, a skip not placed on your property will require a skip permit or licence. Otherwise, you might not need one.
Also, make sure that the area for the skip will be stable enough to handle its weight and will not be damaged by the skip. Consider protecting the area by creating somewhere for the skip to stand.
Sort Out The Necessary Paperwork
The requirement for placing a skip in a restricted area is a skip permit. There is an additional requirement if you want to use a parking space you do not own. You will also need a parking bay suspension.
Your local council issues both. You need to apply for the parking bay suspension. As for the skip licence, we can arrange this on your behalf.
Get a Quote and Hire
Now you have 2 choices:
- Spend time and effort calling numerous Skip hire companies and getting quotes from each, then try to determine which will best offer the service you want. Quotes may not vary much and it’s hard to understand if the skip company offers great customer service and is responsive to communication.
- Simply choose to use our quote tool, where you can rest assured that our network of fully licenced, experienced hire companies will meet your needs with minimum fuss and at a reasonable price.
There’s just no Contest!
Skip Sizes And Skip Prices In London
Skips come in a whole range of sizes. The prices of skips vary from one city or town to another. For the most part, the size of the skip can determine its price.
2 Yard Skip – Mini Skip
2 yard skips are generally for small amounts of household waste. You can even use a mini skip for your garden projects. Typically, a 2 yard skip will fit on your driveway or in your garden provided that access is sufficient and the ground is solid. 2 Yard skips will accommodate around 25 bin bags of waste.
3 Yard Skip – Mini Skip
Likewise a 3 yard skip is described as a mini skip and will be most useful for small household and garden projects. 3 Yard skips will accommodate around 35 bin bags of waste.
4 Yard Skip – Midi Skip
One size up, 4 yard skips can accommodate waste from DIY home improvements or small renovations. A 4 yard skip is the most common size used by householders undertaking work themselves in the UK. 4 Yard skips will accommodate around 45 bin bags of waste.
6 Yard Skip – Midi Skip
6 yard Skips are generally used for large home projects or sometimes used by builders for small renovation projects, they can hold around 65 bin bags full of waste.
8 Yard Skip – Builders Skip
A builder’s skip or 8 yard skip is so named because it is the most popular skip size used by builders in the UK. It can hold as many as 80 bin bags, making it ideal for large-scale home improvements. It can even be used for small commercial renovations.
10 Yard Skip
10 Yard skips accommodate around 100 bags of waste and are useful for large building projects and home improvements.
12 Yard Skip – Large Skip
With a 12 yard skip, you can easily fit at least 120 bin bags. A skip this size will meet the needs of customers undertaking major work, but it is worth considering the size of the area required to accommodate this skip.
14 Yard Skip – Large Skip
Again, a very large skip, 14 yard skips are likely suitable for your large scale construction waste management. 14 yards gets you a waste capacity of around 145 bin bags of waste.
Skip Hire Period
When ordering a larger skip you may wish to keep it for a longer amount of time, due to the volume of waste required to be collected.
Skip licences are usually valid for a period of up to two weeks. For this reason, you can also have a skip for the same period of time. Skip hires conduct fortnightly collections, most of the time.
The rental fee you pay for the skip covers two weeks. You may have it for longer than that time, but:
- You may have to pay an additional charge.
- You need to give prior notice to your skip hire.
Weight Of Skips
With size comes weight. Whichever size you choose, your area must be stable enough to handle the weight of the skip.
Here are the average weights of skips in the United Kingdom (When filled with standard waste). Be aware that the weight of a skip can increase significantly with more dense materials.
As a general rule standard waste will weigh about 1000KG for every Cubic Yard.
|Skip Size||Approx Weight (Empty)||Approx weight (Full)|
|2 yard skip||75KG||2075kg|
|4 yard skip||125KG||4125KG|
|6 yard skip||187KG||6187KG|
|8 yard skip||250KG||8250KG|
|12 yard skip||375KG||12375KG|
|16 yard skip||500KG||16500KG|
How To Reduce The Cost Of A Skip Hire
For some, a skip hire can feel expensive. Luckily, there are some things you can do to lower the amount you would have to pay.
Keep in mind that the size of the skip determines the price. Hence, if you wish to lower skip costs, you need to find a way to rent a small skip.
Here are some ways you can achieve this:
Donate To Charity
Not everything you wish to get rid of has to go into a skip. Sometimes, it may be a good idea to give these things away.
Examples of things you can give away are:
- Old furniture
- Christmas decorations or ornaments
Recycle When Possible
You may also find some items that may be reused. If this is the case, you can recycle them. Besides, you can dispose of them at a later time.
Materials you may be able to recycle are:
- Polystyrene containers
- Plastic containers
- Perfume bottles
Recycle, and not only will you save the planet. You will be doing your budget a favour as well. So, take the opportunity to recycle as much of your waste as possible.
Be Smart When Loading Your Skip
Try to avoid leaving gaps in your skip as you’ll be paying for empty space. If possible separate your waste by size and shape before putting it into your skip. This will allow you to fit waste into your space in the most effective way.
Start with large square items like doors, radiators etc, these should be put flat at the bottom of your skip. Next fill the gaps around these with smaller items, think rubbish Tetris. Large bulky items should be broken down where possible and put in next. Items like sofas and armchairs are virtually empty inside so leaving these items intact will waste a lot of space. Finally, tip any gravel or debris into the skip, this will settle between bigger items filling up any unused space.
Get A Quote
Getting Quotes for skips is a sure fire way to make sure that you’re not paying over the odds for your skip hire. Be aware that skip hire prices vary depending on location. Skip hire prices in Londonwill be different to other cities and towns.
Book Your Skip In Advance
Sometimes, when the demand for skip hires is high, the prices can go up slightly. Booking ahead of time can help you save on costs. Doing so can also save you from the stress of calling around and not being able to book a skip when you really need one.
How Is A Skip Hire An Eco-Friendly Solution To Waste Removal
Skip hires collect your rubbish, rubbish that is not recycled ends up in landfill.
Here is why they are an eco-friendly solution to waste:
Government passed a law requiring waste companies to pay a landfill tax. Landfill taxes are charged for every ton of rubbish disposed of in a landfill. The more rubbish is disposed of by a skip company, the higher the landfill tax the skip hire has to pay.
To save paying huge landfill taxes, most skip hire companies minimize the amount of rubbish they dispose of this way by doing one of two things:
- Recycling some of the rubbish
- Sending some of the recyclable rubbish to a recycling or treatment plant
In doing so, companies do not add to the already large pile of rubbish in UK’s landfills. This makes skip hire the green solution to your waste problems.
Waste can take a surprisingly long time to decompose or disintegrate as shown by this infographic, so it’s very important that as much waste is diverted from landfill as possible.
Hiring a skip ensures that the company who deal with your waste deal with it appropriately, recycling as much of it as possible and paying a fee for every ton that does end up in landfill.
Some Safety Measures To Consider With A Skip Hire
Make It Visible
Even though skips are often yellow, you need to make your skip easily visible to motorists and pedestrians.
To do this, you may use the following:
- Traffic cones
Failure to do this can lead to a fine of £1,000.
Pick Your Skip’s Location Carefully
You also need to ensure that your property is stable enough to handle not only the weight of the skip. The location of your skip should also bear the weight of the skip once it is filled.
Also, make sure that you will be placing your skip in a place where little to no traffic occurs. Which brings us conveniently to the next tip.
Sort Out Your Parking Bay Suspension
A parking bay suspension is a temporary closure of a parking space for a skip. Often, you need to have one for a parking space that does not belong to you.
Skip hirers (that means you) are responsible for applying for the suspension. You can apply for one at your local council. For many councils, you can do this with an online form on their websites.
How To Get The Most Out Of Your Skip
Even if you have a lot of rubbish, you might not have to hire a larger (and more expensive) skip. In fact, there are some ways for you to get the most bang for your buck (or pound) with any skip.
Even if it is a mini skip.
Break Up Certain Items Or Materials
Breaking up some of your rubbish into smaller parts frees up more space. With this space, you can store more bin bags or materials. By doing this, you can have enough room for a lot of rubbish even if you hired a smaller skip.
Fold Certain Materials
By folding certain waste materials, you also free up space for bin bags. Other than that, you would be doing your local skip hire a favor.
Place Heavy Items In First
This might not do your skip hire company any favours, but it can help you with space. When you place heavy items in before lighter ones, you can leave more room for more lightweight bags. This also makes your waste disposal less taxing on your back.
What Not To Do With A Skip
Your skip hire can refuse to collect your skip if you do any of the following:
Overfill Your Skip
So, how do you know if you have put too much into your skip?
Most if not all skips will have the words “Level Loads Only” written on a line inside the skip. The line indicates the maximum level to which the skip can be filled. If your rubbish goes above this line or threshold, your skip hire can refuse to collect your skip.
Because if your skip is overflowing with rubbish or bin bags, this can be difficult to transport. A skip with too much rubbish can lead to the bin bags falling on the road during transport. This can lead to road accidents.
Include Prohibited Waste Material
Skip hires will also not collect your skip if prohibited material is found. The reason for this is related to how skips intend to dispose of rubbish.
As mentioned earlier, skip hires collect rubbish that can be recycled. Most prohibited materials like chemicals, food waste, and pesticides cannot be recycled. As well, they are dangerous for the environment and the waste removal team.
Place It In A Space You Do Not Own
Skips on restricted areas like public parking spaces and highways will require a skip permit. Otherwise, you or your skip operator could be fined as much as £1,000 by the council.
Allow The Skip To Be Placed On An Unstable Or Unprotected Area
Skips along with their collection vehicles are heavy. They are so heavy that they tend to damage concrete or tarmac even when empty. If you value the area your skip will be placed in, you may want to use planks of wood as buffers between your surface and the skip.
Having something like a protective buffer can also prevent potential damage caused by a skip lorry. Collection lorries can be heavy once they remove the skip. The lorries are equipped with steel stabilizing legs that can do some damage to your driveway or paved area.
If you are unsure about how to protect your driveway or property, you can ask your chosen skip hire about their protective measures.
Alternatives To A Skip Hire
If (for some reason) you are thinking of other ways to get rid of rubbish, here are some other alternatives to consider:
Man-with-Vans are waste collection companies that take your rubbish to either a recycling center or rubbish tipping point. A man-in-van offers a range of services beyond waste removal. They can also help you with moving house and deliveries.
Skips can take a lot of planning and space. This is where a tipper van comes in. Tipper vans, like man-in-vans, take your rubbish to a waste disposal facility.
You can hire a tipper van ahead of time or on the day. In other words, tipper vans can make a day collection. Also, since the rubbish will be inside the van, there may be no damage to your driveway. Tipper vans also do not require a lot of space.
Sometimes, there may not be enough rubbish for a skip. For small amounts of waste, you can opt for a skip bag.
A skip bag or a hippo bag works in nearly the same way as a skip. It can hold up to a ton of rubbish, and you can just leave it kerbside for the collection lorry to pick it up.
Think of it as having the benefits of a skip without the weight and bulkiness.
Why You Should Hire A Registered Waste Carrier
In the United Kingdom, the government and councils regulate waste removal companies like man-with-vans and skip hire companies. This is because waste removal is a highly important concern of the country. Registration helps ensure the quality and safety of services.
You should look into the registration of your skip hires for two reasons:
It Allows For Easy And Safe Transactions
No registered skip hire would dare run off with a customer’s money without delivering the skip. Hence, registration is not just “red tape”. A skip hire’s registration also protects you from fraud and damages.
Registered Skip Hires Cannot Fly-Tip.
Skip hires always make it a point to dispose of waste legally. They take non-recyclable waste to a waste transfer plant. They do not commit fly-tipping. A skip hire unregistered can simply take your skip and dispose of the rubbish wherever they want.
Sure, this might not seem like a problem. But, you might face a severe penalty if the rubbish is traced back to you.
Wherever You Are In London, You Can Find A Cheap Skip Hire Near You
No matter where you are in London, our network of skip hire companies will be happy to help you with your rubbish. It doesn’t matter if you need household waste recycling, business waste collection, or commercial waste collections.
Get a quote for London Skip Hire now using our skip hire price tool.
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