If you’re planning a property or garden project that will involve muck and rubble, skip hire is an easy and affordable solution for waste removal. Rather than running countless trips to the tip, a skip rental can take the hard work out of the task. But if you’re not familiar with the process, it can seem daunting. Read on for Todd’s Top Tips to skip hire and get it right first time.
Skips are available in a variety of sizes, measured in cubic yards. However, just because a skip is open topped doesn’t mean you can overfill it. For safety reasons when the skip is collected, the loading must be level with the top of the skip, so it’s important the skip size suits the project. An average size skip is an 8 yard3 with smaller or larger skips available.
The cost of a skip rental will obviously depend on the size hired, but the type of waste and where you live are also considered. Skip hire costs start from around £100, which you would normally have use of for a fortnight. Beware of cheap quotes for skip hire; the operator may not have a Waste Carriers License. This license is issued by the Environment Agency and lets you know that the government has assessed the company, meaning they will be a legal operator having good practice standards.
An additional cost to bear in mind, if your skip is to be located on a public road, is a permit to allow this. In North Yorkshire, these are available from the County Council – see http://www.northyorks.gov.uk/article/25685/Skip-permits – and it is the skip hirer’s responsibility to get one of these.
If you are an industrial consumer who is producing waste in larger quantities, then you might need a specialist roll-on roll-off skip for your waste disposal needs. These extremely large skips are available in 20 to 40 yard capacities. If you intend the skip to stay parked in one spot for some time, then you should consider the precautions to take if the skip will be placed in an accessible area. This is because other people often make unwanted additions to the skip that can be problematic for you when you want to dispose of it.
While each skip provider will have some variations on the items that it will consider as acceptable waste, the general guidelines are:
- Domestic waste
- Organic waste
What’s not allowed:
- Medical waste
- Hazardous waste
- Fluorescent bulbs
- Electrical Items
- Compressed gas cylinders
*If you have plasterboard to dispose of, then do so separately. Mixing it in with the other waste may mean that the skip company will refuse to take it. You can either keep the plasterboard waste in another skip if there is quite a lot of it, or keep it in a skip bag until it can be taken away.
After this, booking a skip hire is easy. For further guidance or to book a skip from Todd’s, visit www.toddskips.co.uk