Skip hire should be simple right? Well yes it should be however to ensure your skip hire meets your requirements double check our skip size guides and FAQs here.
If you require further information please contact us on 0800 061 2790.
What size skip should we order?
It’s not just a case of how much waste you have! You also need to consider how much room you have on your site and will then need to think about the type of waste you will be disposing of. For example if the waste is heavy (e.g. soil/brick/rubble) then you will be restricted as to how large a skip you can have (see guidelines on this page). When only a single skip is expected, we strongly believe that it’s better to hire a skip that you may not quite fill, as opposed to ordering a skip which ends up being too small meaning a second skip is then required as a result.
In other words it’s better to overestimate than underestimate!
To what level can we fill the skip?
When filling a skip it can only be loaded up to the level of the actual skip itself.
It is important that your site foreman and operatives are aware of this as it is actually against the law for drivers to carry over loaded skips on the highways. Likewise, using boards around the skip in an attempt to increase it’s capacity (known in the trade as ‘greedy boards’) is illegal.
If a driver arrives on site to find an overloaded skip they are likely to turn away and leave without the skip, thus potentially incurring additional transport charges.
How long can we keep the skip for?
Strictly speaking the maximum hire period is 10 days but as a general rule we don’t like to impose restricted hire periods.
Of course should your site be an ongoing one where numerous skips are required and exchanged on a regular basis then there is nothing to worry about. If however, you require a skip that is likely to be needed for more than 4 weeks without exchanges, we request you inform us at the time of ordering as occasionally a weekly rental charge may be applicable.
Can we place the skip on the road?
Yes. Though any skip that needs to be sited on a public highway, pavement or council owned verge, first requires permission from the local authority responsible.
Though the charges involved and the length of time it takes an application to be processed varies from council to council, in the vast majority of cases we can arrange the required permit on your behalf. Depending on the local authority in question, application periods can be anything from ‘same day’ to 2 weeks, so when you know that a permit is likely to be required on an upcoming site it is vital that you give us as much notice as possible to avoid any unnecessary delays.
Please also note that as the hirer, the lighting and coning of the skip whilst it is placed on public land is your responsibility, though we are usually able to arrange for the hire of these items on your behalf too.
Are there any access restrictions for the skip lorries?
A standard skip or roll-on-off vehicle usually requires a minimum of 10ft (3.3m) width and approximately 13ft (4m) headroom to safely gain access to a site. If your site access falls a little below these requirements we are able to (in most areas) arrange for smaller skips (depending on waste type) to be delivered on smaller lorries.
If you are in any doubt about the access to your sites, we are here to help, so just ask!
Is there anything we can't put in the skip?
Though we can arrange for the safe and legal disposal of any type of waste you may have, there are certain types of waste that cannot be placed in general waste skips under any circumstances.
Examples of such waste types include (but are not limited to): asbestos, plasterboard, electrical items, fridges/freezers, batteries, tyres, gas cylinders, pressurised containers, paint tins, food waste, fluorescent light tubes, liquids or chemicals.
No frills, no gimmicks, just straight forward skip hire from a local depot. If you are on your mobile simply tap the instant quote button and you can call and speak to our Operations Department directly. Alternatively if you’re calling from a landline dial freephone 0800 061 2790.
If your query is less urgent tap the online quote button and you will be taken to a simple form. During our weekday office hours (8am to 5.45pm) we aim to respond within the hour. Outside of these hours we will respond promptly on the morning of the following working day.