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Quick guide to hiring a skip

Mar 15 in Company, Waste management


Hiring a skip is not complicated. Actually, it couldn’t be easier. However, choosing the right size skip for your requirements and knowing where to put the skip and what items can go in the skip may be questions you have.

Choosing the correct size skip:

We have over a thousand skips of all different sizes, from 6 yard skips to 40 cubic yard skips, so no matter what your requirements are, we certainly have a skip for you.

4 Yard Mini Skip
This size skip is ideal for small bathroom renovation projects, or a household spring clean. Also, ideal if you’re planning a small garden project. To help you visualize the size of this skip, it accommodates around 35 full black bags.

6 Yard Skip – the standard domestic skip
Ideal for small building works or house clear-out. It’s important to note that this is the largest size skip you can use for soil and rubble, due to the weight of the skip when full. This skip will hold around 50 full black bags.

8 Yard Builders Skip – generally called a builders skip

This skip is ideal for full property clearances, our house extensions.
Unfortunately, you can’t put large amounts of soil or other heavy materials in this skip as it may be to heavy to lift and could cause damage to the surface it’s on. If you have large amounts of soil or other dense, heavy materials to dispose of please consider a 6 yard skip or ask about our hook and grab lorry services. This skip holds around 80 black bags.

12 Yard Skip 
Generally for commercial use, such as large building projects or commercial office and shop clearance. Due to the size of these skips, they are for light waste only. Holds around 130 black bags.

Need even larger?

For the removal of larger amounts of waste we can offer 20, 35 and 40 cubic yard hook lorry skips.

Hopefully now, you have a better idea of what size skip you need.

Now, the next question:

How long can I keep my skip for?

Our skips are available to hire for two weeks at a time so please bear this in mind when you book a skip. It’s best to be ready to fill the skip when it arrives. Generally though, we find that most people fill the skip relatively quickly and they want it removing from their property within the first week, so if this is the case for you, just give us a call to collect it.

What can or can’t go in the skip?

We always get asked, what items can go in a skip. So here’s a simple explanation.
The good: Any ‘normal’, non-hazardous waste such as wood, cardboard, concrete, rubble and furniture is good!
The bad:  We don’t except asbestos, paint, tyres, gas bottles, fridges, freezers, TVs, fluorescent tubes, light bulbs, vehicle batteries, plasterboard or food waste. If you have any of these items for disposal, we can arrange separate removal.

Where can I put my skip?

A very obvious question but one we’re asked regularly. Generally, we put skips on driveways. However, if you don’t have a drive or private land, then we can apply for a road permit for you from the council. When booking your skip on the telephone, tell us that you need a permit and we can arrange this for you.

And this covers most of our most frequently asked questions. If you do have any others, please call us.

You can book a skip online:

Or call us on 01344 620 316.