Everything You Need To Know About Skip Hire

When it comes to disposing of unwanted items, you have many different waste disposal solutions to choose from. One of the most popular waste disposal solutions is skip hire. Here we will provide a guide to skip hire, so you know everything there is to know before hiring your first skip.

Skip hire is a great waste disposal solution for household and garden waste.

Skip hire is a great waste disposal solution for household and garden waste.

What is skip hire?

When decorating or renovating your home or garden, you will probably produce a lot of waste. Whilst you are likely to have a general waste bin, recycling bin and even a compost bin, there’s likely to be too much waste for them to hold. This is where skip hire comes in.

To hire a skip, all you need to do is get in touch with a local waste management company and let them know you need a skip. They will then ask you how much rubbish you need to dispose of and the type of rubbish, so they can help you choose the right size skip to hire. You will also need to let them know when you would like the skip dropping off and picking up. Skip hire is easy to arrange and can usually be done either over the phone or online.

What sort of items can be put in skips?

Most household and garden waste can be put in a skip, however there are a number of things the waste management company may forbid you from putting in your skip including:

  • Fridges and freezers
  • Tyres
  • Asbestos
  • Clinical and medical waste
  • Liquids such as oil, paint and solvents
  • Televisions
  • Vehicle batteries
  • Gas bottles
  • Hazardous, flammable and toxic materials
When hiring a skip, always size up rather than down, as overloading a skip is dangerous and illegal.

When hiring a skip, always size up rather than down, as overloading a skip is dangerous and illegal.

Skip size information

When it comes to hiring a skip, you will need to decide on the size you require. This will all depend on how much rubbish you need to throw away. As a rule of thumb, it’s best to slightly size up than size down, as you don’t want to hire a skip only to find you need to hire another one as you’ve got too much rubbish.

Remember that overloading a skip is illegal, so it’s better to go slightly bigger than you think you need. Here’s a rough guide of the skip sizes available from most waste management companies:

Mini skips – Perfect for garden and household waste. Mini skips tend to have a capacity up to 1 – 2 cubic yards (the equivalent of around 25 to 35 black rubbish bags) and are priced around £65.00.

Midi skips – Great for large garden, household and commercial projects that produce a significant amount of waste. Midi skips have a capacity of 3 – 4 cubic yards (approx. 35 – 45 black rubbish bags) and are priced around £90.00.

Builders’ skips – Ideal for larger construction and home improvement waste. These have a capacity of around 6 – 8 cubic yards (approx.. 65 – 85 black rubbish bags) and are priced around £120.00.

Please keep in mind that these sizes and prices are just a guideline. They may differ depending on the waste management company you choose and your location.

Skip hire permits

Depending on where you live, you may be required to apply for a permit before you put a skip on the road. The permit must be acquired from your local council. Sometimes your waste management company will apply for a permit on your behalf.

If you are putting your skip on your own driveway, you won’t need to worry about getting a permit. Skips can be placed on any driveway or private land you own.

What if there’s no room for a skip?

If you live in a large city and don’t have a driveway, skip hire won’t be the most convenient waste disposal solution for you. Instead you may want to consider using a waste clearance service. A waste management team will visit your home, load up your rubbish in their truck and drive it away. So even if skip hire isn’t for you, there are plenty of other feasible waste disposal solutions out there!