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Skip Hire Guide

From kitchen refits to garden clearances, if you are undertaking a DIY task that will produce waste, skip hire may be the easiest and cheapest rubbish removal solution.

Skip hire is popular amongst DIY enthusiasts for a number of reasons, from the convenience of being able to dispose of the waste as it is created, to the array of sizes available to suit any job. In this skip hire guide, we will explore everything you need to know about hiring a skip in the UK.

Skip Hire

What skip sizes are available?
Skips are available in a wide range of different sizes and shapes, to suit an assortment of different jobs. The smallest skip sizes available are mini skips and skip bags. Mini skips are normally available in 2-3 yard sizes, and are perfect when you will only be producing a small amount of waste.

For larger DIY projects, a builders skip may be the best size. Builders skip have a capacity of 6-8 yards, which is the equivalent of approximately 65-80 black bin bags.

If you need to keep your waste secure, or prevent unwanted waste being added to your skip, you can consider using a lockable skip. They can also be used to protect your waste from the weather, which is important for waste that should be kept dry, such as plasterboard. Lockable skips are available in a range of different sizes.

The largest skips are known as Roll-on Roll-off (RoRo) skips. These skips are normally used for industrial sized jobs, where a considerable amount of waste will be generated. These skips require a specialist loading truck, due to their weight and shape.

How much does skip hire cost?
Skip hire is one of the most affordable and convenient waste removal solutions available in the UK. There are many variables that can influence the cost of a skip, including your location, the skip size you require, hire length and whether or not you will require a skip hire permit.

London generally has the most expensive skip hire, followed by the South East of England. There are many factors that make London more expensive, such as congestion charges and travel time between the skip depot and your location.

The placement of your skip will also effect the price. If you need to place the skip on council land, you may require a skip hire permit, which can cost in excess of £60.

The skip size you require has a direct impact on the price, with bigger skips costing more than smaller skips. Mini skips normally start around £60-80, whereas larger builders skips can cost upwards of £120.

To ensure you receive the best possible skip hire deal, it is a good ideal to request at least 3 different skip hire quotes for the same sized skip. If your favourite skip hire company doesn't provide the best quote, you can normally use any cheaper quotes to negotiate a better deal.

What can I put into a skip?
Whilst skip hire is useful for most DIY jobs that generate waste, there are some limitations on what you can put into a skip. Items that are permitted in a skip include organic waste, soil, wood, rubble, plastic, domestic waste, furniture, metal and much more.

Some of the most common items not allowed in a skip include tyres, asbestos, paint, solvents, fluorescent bulbs, electricals and hazardous waste (such as explosives). Plasterboard is another item that is not allowed in a skip with mixed waste, as it must be disposed of separately. Most skip hire companies will provide a separate skip bag to keep your plasterboard waste separated.

Do I need a permit?
The placement of your skip will determine whether or not you require a skip hire permit. If you need to place the skip on council land, such as a road, you will normally require a skip hire permit, however if you are placing the skip on your own property or driveway, you will not require a permit.

Skip hire permits are issued by your local council, and costs can vary from £15 to more than £60. You can check local regulations regarding skip permits for your location using the government skip permit register. In most cases, your skip hire company will arrange your skip hire permit for you.

Is skip hire environmentally friendly?
A majority of skip hire companies are extremely environmentally friendly, with high rates of recycling. Whilst many skip firms have always been focused on sustainability, recent increases in landfill charges has meant that almost all companies achieve high levels of recycling. Most skip hire firms achieve recycling rates of more than 80%, with many aiming for zero waste to landfill.

What should I look for in a skip hire company?
There are two very important items every UK skip hire company should have – public liability insurance and a waste carriers license. These items are both essential to ensure they are legally compliant and are also required to obtain a council skip hire permit. Insurance will protect you and your property from any damages that occur as a result of the skip or skip hire company's actions.

A waste carriers license is required by anyone who carries waste. It is illegal for a skip hire company to remove your waste if they do not have a current and valid license. The license should be carried at all times.

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