Frequently Asked Questions
How far in advance should I order my skip?
Try to book as far in advance as you can. While we can often provide same day skips, booking in advance is the best way to ensure that you get the skip you need. This is especially true if the skip won’t fit on your property, as we will need a permit to put the skip on a road or other public land.
If you’re not able to book in advance, don’t worry. Contact us as soon as you know what you need and we’ll do our best to provide it, either directly or through our network of local contacts.
How do I work out what size skip I need?
Choosing the right size of skip is a balance between cost and volume. You don’t want to pay more than you need to, or to run out of space and have to arrange another skip. We have a range of small and large skips, including popular sizes such as 4 yard, 6 yard, and 8 yard skips. We also have experience in what size of skip different projects are likely to need. If you don’t know what you need, then let us know what the skip is for and we’ll help you work it out.
How much does it cost to hire a skip?
This depends on the size of the skip and where you are. We aim to provide competitive skip hire prices based on your waste skip hire needs and your location, so tell us what you need and we’ll do our best to get you cheap skip hire.
Do I need a permit?
If your skip isn’t going on your garden or drive then you’ll probably need a permit. Most councils require one to put a skip on public land, including paths and roads. The skip hire company can usually apply for the permit, but in a few places the hirer must apply. We can help you with the permit process.
Permits usually last for 28 days, so try to plan your work to finish in that time.
How full can my skip be?
Your skip can’t be filled higher than its sides. This is a legal limit, to make sure that the contents of skips can be transported safely. Please don’t try to save money through small skip hire when you need something larger – it will only lead to extra trips to empty the skip and so extra costs.
What can I put in my skip?
Any general waste. This includes household waste, soil, rubble, bricks and garden waste.
You can’t put in any potentially hazardous waste. This includes:
- fridges and freezers
- televisions and monitors
- fluorescent light tubes
- pressurized containers such as gas cylinders
- liquids, eg. oil, paint, fuel, or solvents – even dregs in a can can’t go in a skip
What should I do with waste that can’t go in my skip?
This depends upon what the waste is and what facilities your local council offers. Most of the materials that can’t be included in a skip have their own disposal sections at local waste management sites. If in doubt, contact your local council for advice and support.
What if I still need my skip when the booking ends?
If you realise that the job is going to take longer than expected, contact us. If your skip isn’t already booked for another job then we can extend the rental. If it is booked out, then we can explore other options from us or local skip hire services.
Remember, if your skip is parked on public land then you might also have to apply for a new permit from the council.
Can the skip go on my property?
This depends on the size of the skip and the space on your property. An average size skip needs a driveway at least three meters wide for the truck and skip to fit up. Larger skips need more space.
Low hanging trees and power lines can get in the way of bringing a skip onto the property. If the skip you want won’t fit, it may still be possible to fit a smaller skip, and so avoid having to apply for a permit.
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