FAQ - Skip Hire

What is the best size skip for me? 

You need to establish exactly how big a skip you need and what it is you want to fill it with. We offer several different options so, have a look through the dimensions chart and roughly how many black bin bags they will hold, and this should give you a good idea as to which is best for you. (Just remember, the black bin bags is an approximate and will depend on what you are filling the skip with)

What do I consider when filling my skip?

When you fill your skip you need to remember you can only fill it level with the top of the skip as this is a legal requirement. Our drivers aren’t able to take the skip if it is loaded beyond this point. Using boards around the side of the skip is also a no-no and an attempt to increase the skip’s capacity is unacceptable.

So, to prevent any of this and to make use of the space you have - we would recommend that you break these down into smaller bits (if possible).  If you know that you are going to be filling your skip with large items, we would recommend that you over-estimate the size of skip you may need so that you don’t have to hire a second one.

Siting the Skip on Private Property

Once you know what size skip you need, you now need to make sure you have somewhere to put it. Ideally the skip would be sited on private property such as a driveway or off the road. If not don’t worry… have a look below.

It’s worth a note: a standard skip lorry requires a minimum of 9ft (2.8 metres) width to gain access, regardless of what size skip you have ordered.

Siting the Skip on the Road / Grass Verge

If you aren’t able to place the skip on private property or there isn’t enough room for the skip lorry, then you have the option of placing the skip on the road or a grass verge outside the property.

For us to do this, your local council must first give permission.  As this is the case we will send out one of our guys to have a look as to where you want to put the skip. Once they and you are happy with the location, we will send off the application for the permit and let you know what the verdict is.

Inevitably all councils charge for the privilege.  This is charged to you at £95 ex VAT.

Council permits can take up to 10 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.

If you site your skip on the road it MUST have a light at each end and traffic cones. This means 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.

How do I choose what I need? Heavy or light?

Now that you know what size skip you require and where you want it sited, it is important to consider what you are going to fill it with.

Some skips are not suitable for some waste types. You need to establish what waste you will be putting in the skip… will it 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 give us a call.

General Skip Restrictions

Certain types of waste CANNOT be placed in general waste skips under any circumstances.

These include:

  • Any electrical items
  • Plasterboard
  • Asbestos (However we have a specific service for this)
  • Fridge/Freezers
  • Batteries
  • Tyres
  • Gas Cylinders
  • Pressurised Containers
  • Paint Tins
  • Food Waste
  • Fluorescent Tubes
  • Liquids of any description.

There are many other types of hazardous waste. If in doubt, please give us a call and one of our team can help you out.

How Long Can I Hire a Skip For?

Before completing your order, you need to make sure you know how long you need it for. On average we will need our skip back after 2 weeks.

Once you are finished with it, just give us a call and we will aim to collect it from you at a suitable time for you.

If you know you need the skip removed on a certain day, make sure you tell us when you order the skip.

So, there you have it. When you order your skip make sure you plan ahead to get the most out of it.