Top Tips for Hiring a Skip

Top Tips when hiring a skip.

Hiring a skip is not as easy as calling a company and asking for the delivery as soon as possible, even though you may be keen to get your project finished!  The tips below will help you to make the right choice and ensure that you have the facts.

1: Do you have the right location for a skip?

Putting your skip on your own land is often the best option as otherwise you will require a skip permit. Think about access – will you require space around your skip for loading larger items? Will you require access to the area around your skip whilst it is in place?

Try to make sure that your skip can be placed on solid ground, otherwise you will need to consider stabilising equipment which will add cost to your hire.

2: Do you need a permit for skip hire?

If your skip is on private land you will not require a skip permit. However, you will need a permit if it is placed on a public road.  You will need to contact your local council if you require a permit and be aware that they may only be valid for a few days so make sure that you check the expiry date.

Permits can take up to 10 working days to obtain so do not order your skip before you secure your permit. The average skip permit price is £30.

2: How high can I fill my skip?

Legally, skips can only be filled level with the top of the skip.  Drivers will refuse to take your skip if it is filled higher than this.  Therefore, it is important to choose the right size for your project and make sure you break down larger items as much as possible to make more space.

3: What size skip do you need?

There are a range of different skip size options, it is always better to overestimate the size to make sure that you don’t run out of room midway through a project. A good tip is to estimate the amount of waste that you will create to fill bin bags.

2-yard skips (mini skips) are good for small jobs which create rubble, for example re tiling a bathroom or kitchen. They hold the equivalent of 20 bin bags

4-yard skips (midi skips) should be sufficient for small kitchen or bathroom renovations. They hold the equivalent of 25-35 bin bags.

6-yard skips (small builders skips) can be used for larger DIY projects such as renovating a medium sized kitchen or bathroom.  The hold the equivalent of around 40-55 bin bags.

8-yard skips (large builders skips) are ideal for heavy waste such as concrete, soil or rubble.  They can also be used for residential refurbishment projects or shop refits.  They hold the equivalent of 60-75 bin bags.

12-yard skips (maxi skips) are required for large office or house clearance as well as bulky refurbishment works.  It is important not to fill them with materials such as bricks and soil as the skip wagon would not be able to carry them.  Due to their size, some councils will not allow these to be placed on the road. They hold the equivalent of 90-110 bin bags.

20 yard roll on roll off skips are used for large amounts of aggregates, bricks and concrete. These will hold the equivalent of 200 bin bags.

40 yard roll on roll off skips are the largest skips that you can hire.  They are used for construction waste, bulky waste and other large recyclables.  They can hold the equivalent of 400 bin bags.

It is always best to overestimate the size of skip that you will need. Having to wait for collection and a new delivery can waste time and also cost more money.

4: What can’t you put in a skip?

You can put many items in a skip, most people tend to hire skips to get rid of unwanted household rubbish, soil or concrete.  There are, however, restrictions. The below list are items that cannot be put in your skip.

  • Any electrical items
  • Asbestos – this needs to be removed by a qualified asbestos removal company due to the health risks.
  • Fridges and freezers
  • Food scraps, nappies or sanitary products
  • Batteries
  • Tyres
  • Pressurised containers
  • Paint or varnish tins
  • Gas cylinders
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Liquids of any description.

If you need to get rid of a mattress then the skip hire company will ask you to pay extra to cover additional costs to dispose of it.

If you need advice on any of the rubbish that you want to put in a skip then ask the skip hire company.

5: Loading your skip smartly.

When loading your skip, break down as much of the rubbish as you can, this will give you more space. Do not put boards in the skip to increase the amount of waste that you can stack up as the company will refuse to collect it.

Load flat waste first such as plywood or table tops, then load bulkier and heavy items.  Smaller items can be placed in the spaces around these to minimise the amount of airspace that could take up some of the capacity and reduce the amount of waste you can fit in to your skip. Crush all remaining items to make them as small as possible so you can use every bit of space in the skip.

6: Choose a reliable and ethical company.

Choosing a reliable company can make your skip hire experience as positive as possible.  Don’t be afraid to ask questions about insurance and where your waste will go.  Reliable skip hire companies will be happy to share information about recycling and reuse of your waste.

Choosing a reliable and reputable company will help you to get information regarding any waste that you are unsure of and pass you on to other companies or organisations that can help you if needed.