The answers to all your questions about hiring a skip

April 20, 2017

Having a clear out? Finding it difficult to get rid of the waste? 
Well, here are a few points that would make the task of waste management a breeze. Hire a skip!

How can you hire a skip? Where do you find them? How do you know what size of skip to hire?
Would the service be able to take all of the waste?

Here are all the answers:

The capacity of any skip is normally given in cubic yards, one cubic yard would contain about a metric ton of average domestic waste.
Light waste such as wood and old furniture can weigh less, but soils, bricks and concrete significantly more, up to 1.5 metric tonnes per cubic yard.

A standard low end builders skip, the type you will see most frequently; has a 6 cubic yard nominal capacity.
Though smaller mini skips of 2 3 or 4 yards and larger skips of 7, 8, 10 or 12 yards are generally available. 
For heavy waste, such as rubble, a 6 yard skip is the largest suitable.
A bigger skip, filled with heavy waste will probably exceed the vehicle weight limit. For mixed waste or lighter items bigger skips are fine.

It’s generally a good idea to get a bigger skip than you think is required, it’s much less expensive to hire a slightly larger one than risk needing 2 skips;
and there is always more to dispose of than planned!

Skip hire companies are easily found online or in Yellow Pages,
you can either make a call or order online by giving your address and skip requirements. Payment is generally made in advance or when the skip is delivered.
Pricing does vary depending on location as transport and waste processing costs are quite location dependent.

Skip hire companies need to be registered and licensed, don’t be afraid to check;
it’s the best guarantee that your waste will be handled and processed safely and in an environmentally friendly way.

When does the skip get delivered?

Minimum delivery is generally next day, though same day services are sometimes possible if you order first thing in the morning.
It’s normally possible to keep a skip for 2 weeks, longer by agreement. is among the most trusted names in the business and can be contacted online to book a skip service.

What should not be thrown in the skip?

While most garden and household waste can be thrown in the skip,
some things that are dangerous for health and security should be disposed with other alternative methods
given by the Environmental Agency.
Anything that is hazardous should be avoided. 
Things like electrical equipment, tires, compressed Gas cylinders, batteries and fluorescent tubes,
solvents, oil, petrol, medical waste and quantities of plasterboard should not be thrown in the skip.
Most skip hire companies can dispose of these restricted items separately and if you are not sure about any waste, will assist you.

Know what you are paying for?

The price that the company charges includes delivery of the skip,
collecting it when full and then the recycling or disposal of the waste.

What happens to the waste, how is it disposed?

The waste thrown in the skip is usually of DIY projects or clearance of garden or home.
Most of the waste from the house and garden is recycled skip companies
with their own waste transfer stations will generally divert 95-99% from landfill to
some useful purpose as recycled material.
Waste that cannot be recycled is shredded and baled into “Refuse Derived Fuel” to generate electricity.