Guide to Hiring a Skip

If you need to do a quick junk clearance and don’t have time for regular trips to the tip, or you just want to be able to dump your rubbish in one place, then skip hire is the perfect solution for you. It’s a handy and simple way to deal with waste disposal, that gives you time to work through your rubbish at a more leisurely pace.

However, if you’ve never hired a skip before, you may well be wondering what it actually involves. You probably already know you’ll have to call up a skip hire or rubbish removal company like Frank Rubbish Removal to book one, but what else do you need to do and think about to make sure you get the most value from your skip?

That is exactly what we look at in this blog. We will share our top tips on hiring a skip, and making sure your house clearance goes as smoothly as possible.

Deciding if you need a skip

Before you do anything, have a long think about whether you definitely need skip hire. Consider things like how much rubbish you need to dispose of, how quickly you need it gone, and whether you can use another option. A professional home clearance service may be able to deal with quick and simple rubbish disposal, for example.

But if you are doing a DIY project that is going to take several days or weeks to complete, and you don’t want to visit the tip every few days, and have nowhere else to store your waste, a skip is an ideal option.

Finding a skip

You may have seen plenty of skips as you drive or walk about your town, but where the heck do they actually come from? Is there a local service or are they from far away? Honestly, it’s probably a mixture of both. Almost all areas in the UK will have a local skip company serving them, but there are also a number of national companies as well. So the first thing to do is jump on the internet, pick up the local phone book, or ask your friends and family, to find out about local waste disposal and skip hire companies in your area. Also, check out your local council’s website or call them up and see if they offer a skip hire service or can recommend anyone.

Or whilst you’re out and about, if you see a skip, have a look at the details printed on the side – almost all skips will say the company name and contact details of where they’ve come from.

Narrowing down the choice

After your initial research, odds are you’ve probably found a huge range of different waste removal and skip hire companies. Now you need to narrow down your shortlist. Pick out the things that are most important to you, for example how long you’ll need it for, price, size of skip required, whether you’ll need help with the actual rubbish collection.

With these things in mind, begin narrowing down your choices. Some companies may charge more to hire a skip, for example, or may only be able to hire one out for a few days.

You may also want to check out the skip hire service on the Environmental Agency’s website as well, to make sure that they dispose of household and builders waste in a safe and responsible way.

Choose your size

One of the trickiest bits of choosing a skip is deciding which size to go for. This will obviously be determined by how much waste removal you need to do, but this isn’t always easy to determine. Builders waste removal, for example, can take up a lot more space than waste from a garden clearance, simply because of the materials you’re disposing of. So even though it might not seem like much, you can quickly run out of room in your skip. When you visit a skip hire company you should be able to find guidance on how much each skip can take, but if you’re unsure, it’s always best to speak to a professional in waste removal: they will have a much better idea, and can usually advise on what they think is best.

Put the right stuff in your skip

Make sure that you know what you can and cannot put into a skip. There are certain items which are always prohibited, and these could affect whether hiring a skip is the right option. For example, you cannot put the following items in a skip:

  • Asbestos
  • Batteries
  • Clinical or medical waste, including syringes
  • Electrical appliances & equipment
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Fridges, freezers and air conditioning units
  • Gas canisters and gas bottles
  • Hazardous & toxic materials
  • Liquids
  • Oil, petrol, diesel
  • Paint & Cans of paint
  • Plasterboard
  • Tyres
  • TVs & computer screens

If you were having an office clearance, for example, then the fact you can’t dispose of TVs and computer screens using a skip could be an issue.

You also need to make sure that the skip is not over-filled. It needs to have a level load in order to be taken away, so if you have particularly large items to clear out, but sure to break them down into smaller pieces where possible. Again, seek advice from your skip hire service if you are unsure.

Hire for the right amount of time

Some services will charge you based on the length of time you have a skip for, so make sure you hire it for the right amount of time – you don’t want to be overpaying. Typical hire periods range from one to two weeks, but this can almost always be negotiated with the company you hire from, it just depends on when they are able to collect.

Regardless, it’s important to be realistic about how much you’ll be able to achieve. If you think it will only take you a few days to do a garden waste removal, for example, it’s wise to add at least an extra day on in case something crops up, or it’s harder going than you expected.

Permits and access

Due to their size, skips and skip lorries will require a certain amount of space in order to be delivered. Skip hire vehicles are between 8.5 and 9.5 feet wide, so whether you are having a skip delivered to your driveway or a residential road, you need to make sure it can accommodate a lorry of this size.

When you are having the skip delivered to your personal property, for example, a driveway or garden, you do not require a permit. If however, it will be sat on the road of a public street, you will need a permit. Most skip companies will apply for this on your behalf, but it may incur additional costs.

Skip hire costs

The cost of skip hire can vary considerably and will, of course, depend on the size of skip, length of hire, and any additional services you require (such as permit applications). However, as an average guide, you will normally be looking at a cost of around £250 plus VAT for an 8-yard builders skip.

Help loading your skip

Having a skip is one thing, but loading it is a totally different matter. Even if you are physically able, it can be hard work, so you may want to consider hiring support with this too. You will need to go to a waste collection service for this.

Where does it all go?

Some firms deal with the waste on their own site, but many will use a local recycling centre or landfill to dispose of your waste. If you’re curious, just ask!