ClickaSkip’s Guide to Skip Hire for Green Waste

March 26, 2019

Hello and welcome to ClickaSkip comprehensive guide to skip hire for green waste, where we will explore all of your questions thoroughly, enlightening you on the ins and out of these clearances.

This is an FAQ-style guide, so if you don’t see the question and answer you’re looking for, please get in touch.

What Materials are Considered Green Waste?

Green waste is a vague term, but in general, it is considered to be any organic waste that can be composted:

  • Flowers
  • Grass
  • Trimmings
  • Leaves
  • Fruitfall
  • Plants
  • Weeds
  • Small branches and twigs
  • Prunings

Though not considered green waste, the following materials, also commonly collected from garden projects, may go in your skip:

  • Patio slabs
  • Bricks
  • Rubble
  • Hardcore materials

If you have a considerable amount of green waste, perhaps after a large landscaping project, it may be wise to get a bigger skip, such as a 6-yard or 8-yard.

What Green Waste Can I Dispose Of?

As well as the items listed above, you may also use your skip to dispose of:

  • Palm fronds
  • Woodchip and bark
  • Tree trunks smaller than 150mm in diameter and under 1m in length

What Green Waste Can’t I Dispose Of?

There are some forbidden items, such as:

  • Palm tree trunks
  • Large tree roots
  • Tree trunks larger than 150mm in diameter
  • Tree trunks longer than 1m
  • Synthetic grass
  • Hazardous materials such as asbestos, insulation, or empty chemical containers
  • Liquids
  • Food
  • Paint
  • Solvents and pressurised containers

What Skip Size is Right for Your Green Waste?

For small green waste clearances, we recommend 4-yard skips. The dimensions are as follows: L:2.57m H1.09m W:1.77m
The Extra Large Mini Skip, or 4-yard skip, costs £168 including VAT when purchased from ClickaSkip. To help you visualise how much you can fit inside it, this is our rule of thumb: 18 wheelbarrow loads or 45 rubbish bags.

If you’ve had some landscaping work, knocked down a wall, or created some heavy waste, we recommend a 6-yard builder’s skip. The dimensions are as follows: L: 3.1m H:1.24m W1.77m. The Standard Builders Skip, or 6-yard skip, costs £198 including VAT when purchased from ClickaSkip. To help you visualise the volume of this skip, our rule of thumb is 27 wheelbarrow loads or 70 rubbish bags.

For a larger garden clearance project, with a considerable amount of green waste, you may want to play it safe and go for an 8-yard skip. The dimensions are as follows: L:3.55m H:1.3m W:1.79m. When purchased from ClickaSkip, the cost of an 8-yard Small Industrial Skip is £216 including VAT. To better visualise how much you can fit inside it, imagine 36 wheelbarrow loads or 90 rubbish bags.

What Are the Benefits of Skip Hire for Green Waste?

Whilst HIPPO bags have become a popular option for green waste clearances, as have the man and van operations, we believe skip hire is prefer for these three main factors:

  • Size selection – The various skip sizes on offer allow you to choose the skip that suits your green waste project. Meet your budget and time constraints easily.
  • Convenience – Skips can easily fit on most private properties, which is perfect for garden clearances, as you can avoid paying for permits and extra expenses this way. Easy self-loading and being able to keep the skip longer also add to the convenience factor.
  • Environmentally friendly – Skip hire companies have dedicated teams at their disposal to sort and separate waste into as many streams as is required. This is considered to be the most eco-friendly solution for your green waste, to maximise recycling, recovery, and reuse rates.

How to Order a Permit for Green Waste Skip Hire?

If you hire a skip but can’t keep it on your private land (usually a driveway), you will require a skip permit to park it on the road. We can take care of this on your behalf and include the cost and details in your skip hire order. You will need to confirm that there is a space available outside your property for the skip to be placed, otherwise, some unnecessary delays may occur. If parking outside your property is a paid for service, you may require a parking suspension.

Should I Use Gloves?

Please take all health and safety precautions when handling your green waste, especially gloves and in many cases safety boots, in order to avoid injury. Some plants, such as thorns, or nettles, can be very unpleasant to the touch.

Is Skip Hire for Green Waste Better Than a Man and a Van Service?

On the surface, a man and van might seem a lot simpler, but it can cause a few complications. For example, all of your waste must be ready for collection on one day, which is not ideal if you have a lot of waste. With a skip hire, you can do it all in your own time.

The second complication is that you incur labour costs during your man and van hire, whereas with a skip hire, you can do the clearance yourself and save a lot of money.

The third hurdle with a man and van service is that you pay for the volume of space that is taken up in their van. With a skip hire, your costs are fixed and you are able to maximise the space in your skip. Skip hire works out a lot cheaper for the volume of waste you have.

We want to help you navigate these issues, so give our friendly account managers a call and they will be able to advise on the best skip hire for green waste methods. In line the Waste Duty of Care and other environmental legislation, we recycle and recover as much of your green waste as possible.

Is Skip Hire for Green Waste Quicker and Easier Than Refilling the Green Bin?

Absolutely! We drop off your skip and then arrange for a collection, meaning that you have the skip for the length of your project, and when you decide that your green waste is all in the skip, we get rid of it responsibly.

If you decide to try and fill your green bin and have it collected each fortnight to try and get rid of your waste, you could be waiting for months. It might start getting smelly too. You have to make sure you put your bin out on the right day, plus store your excess green waste for weeks or months while you wait for it to be collected. You have to take care to place your bin on the right footpath and make sure that it doesn’t block pedestrian pathways or vehicles. It’s also important that all loose rubbish is bagged and that the bin isn’t overloaded. All of these limitations and rules can be frustrating, so a skip hire for your green waste is much quicker and easier as a garden clearance option.

Can I Burn My Green Waste?

In some cases, yes, you can, but you will have to speak to your council first and get all of the right permissions. Get this wrong and you could pay up to £5000 in fines!

You cannot:

  • Burn domestic waste
  • Light a fire if the smoke will reach a public road
  • Light a fire if it will create traffic problems
  • Have regular fires that upset your neighbours
  • Use an accelerant to help burn your green waste

A lot of garden and green waste will create a considerable amount of smoke, instead of burning well, and so you are recommended to try and compost or recycle your green waste before burning it. Green waste such as grass and foliage will not burn, neither will soil, rubble, or bricks.

With all of these stipulations, it’s so much simpler to just hire a skip and let the professionals take it away and recycle the contents.

Can a Skip Hire for Green Waste Help Me Save Money?

Of course! Here’s how:

  • Hire a skip that is the right size for your needs and you’ll save on space, labour, and won’t need a second clearance service.
  • You can squash down your green waste to fit more into the skip – you don’t have this option with a man and van clearance.
  • You have the time and space to separate compostable waste from skipped waste, meaning you can make more of the available space in your skip.
  • If you are cutting down trees, you can keep the logs for firewood, or sell them to people who need firewood.

What Should I Do Now?

If you have a green waste project in the near future, get in touch with us today or use our Skip Chooser tool to find the perfect skip for your needs.