Getting rid of waste materials in London EC2V 8 is not the chore it could be, thanks to professional waste-management services via regular rubbish collection and council-run tips, but skip hire is a very popular method for those times when there is a lot of waste to dispose of. Skip hire is an affordable way to get your waste transported away from your residential, construction or commercial property in larger quantities than can be handled by a standard rubbish collection.
There is no specific kind of job that skips are more or less suitable for—rather, any work that creates more waste than you can fit in your wheelie bin or the back of your car is a perfect time to call for a skip. Examples of this might include something relatively small like clearing your garden, or something major, like a complete remodelling of part of your home. Skip hire is not just suitable for residential work, of course. Construction sites or commercial buildings that are undergoing work also benefit from this method of waste disposal.
When it comes to finding a skip hire provider, there are plenty of choices across the country. National skip hire firms operate all over, however, there is no shortage of smaller, more regional skip hire firms if you prefer to shop locally.
When hiring a skip, you will need to determine how large a skip you require. It can be difficult enough gauging how much waste you will be disposing of, but you will also have to take into account the fact that not all kinds of waste can be disposed of in this manner.
Here are some of the items that you cannot dispose of in a typical skip. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list. Always check with your skip provider if you are unsure.
It is worth noting that many of the restrictions on what can be disposed of using a skip are determined by law, rather than the individual skip hire firm. For example, it used to be acceptable to dispose of plasterboard in skips; however, certain research found that the construction material emits a dangerous gas when left to decompose in a mixed waste setting. For this reason, a law was passed in 2011 stating that plasterboard must be disposed of separately to other wastes, and skip hire firms have special bags for to put plasterboard material in for this very reason.
Skip hire prices will vary by region, of course, but there are universal factors that will affect the cost of hiring a skip regardless of where you are in the country. Things like skip size, the length of time the skip is needed for and the location. In some areas, a skip hire permit may be required.
The most significant variable when considering skip pricing is the size of the skip you intend to hire. There is no secret formula here it is simply a case of the larger the skip, the more expensive the cost.
Of course, there is more to skip pricing that just the size.
The region of the UK in which you live can also make a difference in the cost of skip hire. For example, the south of England is often more expensive than the North, and London is typically more expensive than everywhere.
We alluded to having a skip placed on a public road earlier, and that is relevant when weighing up the total costs of skip hire in some regions of the UK. This is because putting a skip on public land may require a permit. In many cases, a permit will not be necessary if the skip is close enough to your property.
Your skip hire firm may acquire any necessary permits on your behalf and add them to your final bill, but you should check to make sure that is the case rather than getting into trouble with your local council.
While there are no "hidden" charges as such, you may be fined if you attempt to dispose of prohibited items in your skip. The list we provided at the top of this page is a good starting point, though you should check with your skip provider for a definitive list of acceptable waste when you hire your skip.
It is also worth noting that some skip providers—particularly those that do hire a lot of skips to commercial projects—may not incorporate VAT (Value-Added Tax) in their initial quote. Any quote will usually say whether or not it includes VAT, but don't hesitate to ask if you are not sure.
Another critical factor in how much your skip hire will cost is the length of time you need the skip for. Permits also cost more the longer the skip is required, so if you need a permit for your skip, be sure to factor that in as well.
These days, it is possible to get skip hire deals that provide an unlimited term.
The skip weight refers to the weight that your skip provider takes away, rather than the weight of the skip itself. As a rough guide, each cubic yard on average represents one tonne of weight when loaded.
It is also worth remembering that averages like this don't paint a real picture of how the skip will be when full. If you load your skip entirely with heavy items, it may be overweight, which may result in additional charges. For that reason, it is better to strive for an even distribution of heavy and light waste. There are also weight ratings of the equipment to consider. The trucks that collect your skip may not be able to take a skip that is too heavy.
The versatility and convenience of skips make them very popular for waste disposal in the UK. They are a very efficient method for disposing of waste and can be hired in several different sizes to accommodate your needs. This means you should not find yourself with more waste than your skip can hold, or a bill for a large skip when you only have enough waste to fill half of it. The versatile nature of skips means they are suitable for a wide range of jobs, here are a few of the more popular ones;
One of the most common uses for skips is residential renovation.—having construction work carried out on your home, a new bathroom installed, your windows replaced—things like this generate a considerable amount of waste and, as we mentioned above, residential waste disposal systems are not designed to handle that much. Hiring an appropriately sized skip will save you from multiple trips to the local tip—probably making a mess of your car in the process—or leaving a pile of waste on your property for weeks or months as you slowly dispose of it a bit at a time.
Building a new driveway or installing new paving in your garden will invariably create a lot of waste material, as it involves digging up the parts of your property where the path or driveway will go. Having a skip onhand provides a designated space for that waste that will not only be easily removable when full but will also help keep the disruption to your property as minimal as possible.
There are several reasons you might need to clear out a lot of old items, such as furniture and personal belongings. Perhaps you have bought a house that is full of junk. Maybe you rented your property out, and your recent tenants left the place in a bit of a mess. Whatever the reason, hiring a skip is the best way to get rid of things like old furniture.
Organic waste can be deceptive. A seemingly small patch of a garden can very quickly turn into a large pile of debris once you start digging. Cleaning any garden, whether it is for remodelling or just because the garden has gotten a little unruly, will generate a significant amount of waste. Having a skip will make the process of disposing of that waste much smoother.
Failing to consider all the factors of skip hire can result in you paying more than you need to, or getting a skip that isn't right for the job you are undertaking.
The first step on your path to getting the right skip for your needs is to determine the size of skip you need. This is not necessarily easy, particularly if you don't have much experience working with skips. Getting a skip that is too small may end up costing you will end up needing more than one, whereas a skip that is too large will be a waste of your money if you don't have enough waste to fill it.
You can always ask your skip hire firm for advice on the size of skip you need, but there will inevitably be a little trial and error the first time you hire a skip. In general, small skips are suitable for small gardening projects, and large skips are more suited for larger construction work. Here are the three main sizes of skip you can hire. Please note that this information is based on UK skip firms; the details may vary in other countries.
As the name suggests, mini skips are one of the smallest options in the skip hire world, and will typically be only a few yards in size. Their small size makes them ideal for smaller jobs, such as minor gardening projects.
Builder's skips are probably the most popular type of skip that is used across the UK, and measures in at around twice the size of a mini skip with a size of six cubic yards. These skips do get used for domestic reasons; however, it is the commercial side of things where they are most popular, particularly in the construction business.
RoRo—which is an abbreviation of "roll-on, roll-off", is a skip that is much larger than mini and builder's skips. Typically at least three times larger than a builder's skip, in fact, and as much as six times larger depending on the exact size of the skip! These skips are almost exclusively used for large commercial work due to their large size.
A little larger than a mini skip, a little smaller than a builder's skip. Midi size skips are popular for domestic tasks such as kitchen remodelling, and landscaping. As a rough guide, a midi skip can hold around forty-five average-sized bags of waste.
At around twelve cubic yards, maxi skips are twice the size of the builder's skip and form an excellent middle ground between builder's skips and RoRo skips. They are useful for commercial sites, particularly where construction work is taking place.
Though skip hire is generally a very cost-effective way of disposing of waste, it does cost money, so it's understandable why you might be reluctant to let other people throw their rubbish in your skip when you still have waste to get rid of. Secure skips feature lockable doors that prevent others from putting waste in your skip without your approval.
With a little knowledge and some smart decisions, you can easily keep the costs of your skip hire down.
The first thing you should do when looking purchase any item or service is to shop around a little. Get quotes from a few different skip hire firms, and make sure you are getting a reasonable price. Try to get prices from four or five firms, as this will give you an accurate idea of how much the average cost is.
Not everything you don't want is trash. If you are disposing of old items that you no longer need but that are still usable, consider donating or selling them. And if they aren't worth selling, see if you can recycle them.
Getting rid of items this way before you hire a skip can significantly reduce the amount of waste you need to dispose of, which in turn reduces the size of the skip you need, and price of hiring that skip will come down with it.
Items that you may be able to sell or donate include old furniture, fittings, garden ornaments, and much more.
Recycling has many benefits beyond just saving you some money on your skip hire;
Despite these advantages, many people do not recycle. And it is not hard to see why;
Recycling needn't feel like a chore. With a bit of planning and the right frame of mind, you can not only help protect the environment but bring your skip hire costs down as well.
Though not always the case, some skip firms will offer discounts for booking in advance. Or, perhaps more accurately, penalties for booking at the last minute. Whichever way you look at it, it means more money if you wait until you need the skip to get it ordered.
You may not be able to avoid putting your skip on public land, but if it is at all possible to place your skip on your own property, you can save money on the permits, if you live in a region that would require them. You can also make use of your skip hire firm's wait policy if your waste is already heaped up and ready to go, which will help you avoid the extra cost of a permit.
Many skip hire firms have a strong commitment to recycling as much of the waste they collect as possible—as much as eighty to ninety percent. Once recyclable material has been sorted out, the rest is often disposed of in landfills.
Recyclable items include (but are not limited to);
With the advent of unlimited term skip hires, there is no limit on how long you can hire a skip, it all depends on what your skip hire firm offers. Skip hire periods are typically between one day and two weeks. Skips are often collected as soon as you are finished since the skip firm will be eager to get the skip emptied and onto the next job.
Most of the safety precautions while using the skip will be down to the hirer, which could be you or your contractors. If you break your ankle climbing on top of it, that will be your own fault.
However, when the skip is collected, it is on the skip hire firm to ensure total safety for you, them, and any road-users. That means they will not take a skip that has significant bulging due to being over-filled. They also will not take skips in which the waste has been stacked too high.
It also helps from a safety standpoint—for you and the skip provider—to keep heavier items in the bottom of the skip, where they can't fall out and injure someone or damage property.
Naturally, anything that may be dangerous in a harmful gas or explosive reaction kind of way is a strict no from your skip provider.
If your skip is being placed in a public place, especially if that public place is a road, it may be necessary to surround the skip with some kind of warning, such as amber lights or reflective cones. This should help prevent accidents. In most regions, it will fall to the skip provider to ensure this is done.
Similarly, it is also down to the skip provider to ensure that the skip does not block any utilities or public or private access. That means not putting the skip on manhole covers, or in front of gates.
Once you have your skip and you are ready to get going, it's worth taking a moment to think about how you will use your skip. We mentioned ways of saving money on your skip hire, but making sure you get the utmost use out of your skip is another way of effectively saving money.
Many people get a skip and just dump their waste in without a care in the world. Try to resist this urge. Think of it like packing a lot of luggage into a car; the less space there is in between items, the more you will fit in.
While breaking an item into smaller pieces doesn't make it take up less space, it can allow you to occupy that space more intelligently. For example, something like a door is wide and flat and will be difficult to stack items around if it can't be laid flat, as it likely wouldn't be in a smaller skip. If it is broken up, however, it can be strategically placed wherever is best.
Don't be in too much of a rush to send the skip back. Keeping it on your property for a little while will give you time to make sure you have disposed of everything you need to.
Now that we've told you what to do with your skip, it is only fitting that we cover what you shouldn't do. Here are some mistakes that you could make with your skip.
One of the more common mistakes people make when hiring a skip is trying to get too much into it. It's understandable to want to squeeze the most value for your money out of your skip, but there would be consequences if you fill it too much, such as fines from your skip provider.
Try to get a skip size that suits your needs. Don't go overboard, but be reasonable. If you have enough waste to fill a maxi skip, don't order a mini skip!
As we've covered, the ideal position for your skip would be on your own property, where you won't have to pay for a permit, and where it won't be in the way of the general public.
If that is not possible, try to ensure your skip is as out of the way as possible and causes minimal inconvenience to your neighbours or nearby businesses.
The prohibited items mentioned above should be kept well clear of your skip. If you attempt to sneak them into your waste, or accidentally put them in, you could end up with a significant fine.
Skip hire is not the only waste removal service in the UK, but it is one of the most popular due to the convenience, and the fact that you can get a significant amount of waste removed all at once.
The wide range of sizes available makes skips ideal for several applications, from residential to commercial projects, with hire periods to suit your needs.
The fact that skip providers are often eager to get their skips back means that they are usually collected promptly, so you won't need to worry about a skip full of waste languishing on your property for weeks after you are done with it.
No matter what job you have in mind, and no matter what time frame you are working to, you can get excellent value for money on waste disposal in the UK with skip hire. Keep your home or business tidy, protect your loved ones or employees from health issues, and save money thanks to the great deals on offer.