When you are planning any type of building work, or home renovation, the chances are that you will accumulate a lot of rubbish that needs to be disposed of correctly, and your best option is to hire a skip. If you have never hired a skip before then read on for our easy guide to skip hire.
Length of time you can hire a skip
The good news is that you can hire a skip for any length of time, usually up to 2 weeks. If you still require a skip after that time, then simply apply for a skip hire extension through the hire company.
Cost of hiring a skip
Hire skip charges can vary dramatically, with costs ranging from £15 to £50. It is therefore a good idea to shop around and obtain several quotes before booking your skip.
What size of skip to hire
Skips come in all shapes and sizes, so it is important to have a rough idea of how much waste you will be needing to get rid of, so as to get the correct size. Sizes range from mini, all the way up to roll on/roll off skips that can take up as much space as 40 yards. If you are unsure about what skip to hire, then chat to the skip hire company to gain advice.
What you can put in a skip
Most types of skip hire are for general waste purposes. Therefore the following items and materials are allowed.
Garden waste plus soil
Home fittings that are not electrical
Items that are not allowed
There are many items that you cannot place in a skip. If the following items are placed in your skip, the skip hire company may refuse to take your skip, may ask you to remove the items or you may be fined.
Items such as these need to be disposed of/and or recycled by a specialist centre. If you are unsure of who to contact, phone your local council office who can advise you who to get in touch with to get the job done.
Overfilling your skip
It is very important that you stick to the rules and do not fill your skip past the fill line. Failure to do so, is unsafe for both yourself and for your fellow neighbors. Debris can fall out of the skip and could cause an injury or accident. It is also highly likely that the skip hire company will refuse to take the skip because it is unsafe to do so, because of the additional weight and risk of falling debris.
Will I need a permit?
If you place the skip on your private land, such as a driveway, then you do not need a permit. If the skip is placed on public land, such as a council road, then you will need a permit. You don’t normally need to organise the permit yourself, as your skip hire company usually do this for you, and add the cost onto your skip hire fee. A permit can cost anywhere up to £60 and can last for up to one month.
We do hope you have found our easy guide to skip hire useful.
For more info, visit: The Skip Company.