Most of us are familiar with the good old fashioned skip. It is used for handling large amounts of waste either for building and construction jobs or for tasks such as property clearances. Skip hire across the UK is generally carried out by small firms rather than national outfits, we are different to both. Choosing the right skip hire company and checking their credentials is important if you want to be sure that your waste is being dealt with appropriately.
A skip is a large, open topped container that can be loaded onto the back of a specialist lorry, usually by a crane mechanism. Skips are heavy duty and tough enough to withstand use in the construction and demolition industry. Sizes can vary from a small roadside skip to ones that stretch up to a length of 40 cubic yards and have to be loaded using specialist roll on roll off vehicles.
What Can You Put in a Skip
Go past any skip and you’ll probably see a mixture of building material including rubble and old bricks, metals and wood as well as the odd piece of furniture, general non-toxic domestic waste, plastics and non-contaminated soil. What you can actually put into a skip depends on the area you are in as we transfer it to processing stations for sorting and recycling, and some are setup to deal with more things than others.
What You Can’t Put in a Skip
While you may often see these kinds of material in a skip, we normally will not allow you to add the following to your waste pile:
- WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment)
- Fridges, freezers and other ‘white’ goods.
- Old pain and paint cans
- Chemical waste
- Fluorescent tubes
As a rule of thumb, if something is classed as hazardous waste then it shouldn’t go into a skip, not least because these are open topped disposal units and allow free access to those passing by. We offer closed skips and lockable skips for some hazardous materials such as asbestos so contact us for a quotation, we are always happy to help!
Why Hire a Skip Through us?
We operate nationally and have local service centres that operate on our behalf, our prices are checked constantly and are the most competitive you will find. Should you be carrying out a major DIY project that requires a skip, or you are a builder, site manager, business or commercial entity, we can offer a service to suit your exact requirements.
Do You Need a Permit?
We have our own licenses and permits in place so you don't need to check that we are qualified to carry out this kind of work. We will also provide a waste transfer notice if required detailing the amount and type of waste that has been picked up in the skip.
An additional permit may be required depending on where your skip is going to be located. If the skip is positioned on your premises, then there is no additional permission required. If, however, it is being put out on the road outside your house or office or in a public parking bay then you will generally require a permit and there may be additional requirements such as having up signs and lighting during the night. This has to be applied for to the local council before the skip is delivered and usually costs between £20 and £100.
How Much Does a Skip Hire Cost?
Skip hire cost depends on the size of the skip and your location, the location price differences normally come about because of the waste transfer costs and where the waste eventually ends up. If you are hiring one for your home, the average size is about 6-8 cubic yards which can cost in the region of £150-£200 depending on where you live in the UK. It is always best to overestimate the amount of waste that you have to get rid of than to hire a skip that doesn’t quite do the job, ordering two will be far more expensive. Another determining factor will also be the amount of space you have either on site or on the road outside and the length of time you are going to need the skip for.
Why We are the Right Skip Hire Company
While there are plenty of good skip hire companies around, there are also cowboy operators that you will want to avoid if possible. After all, you want to make sure that your waste is sorted and disposed of sustainably and safely. The first thing you need to do before hiring a skip company is to ask for their waste carrier licence number and then check them out the Environment Agency website. This lists all registered waste handling companies and ensures your contractor is operating legally. We are registered and licenced to deal with your waste responsibly and in the most cost-effective way possible.
Call or email us today (or use the forms above) for a great skip price and service!