A Guide to Skip Hire

Hiring a skip can be a difficult task for anyone who hasn’t done it previously. Local skip rental companies can often assume you are familiar with all the procedures and jargon for skip hire. When faced with questions involving different building materials, cubic yards, and other jargon, a newbie can quickly and easily get confused. Here is a dummies guide to hiring a skip.

#1 What size skip do I need?

Skips come 4 standard sizes,

Four cubic yards

Six cubic yards

Eight cubic yards

Twelve cubic yards

The size you need will depend on the amount of work you intend to do. The best advice we can give is to overestimate rather than end up paying for an extra skip. You will always find a way to fill any extra space.

# 2. What are the different types of waste?

There are three types of waste, general waste, inert waste, and plasterboard.

#3. What general waste can go in a skip?

Everything listed below can go in your skip:

  • Bricks & blocks
  • Soils & stones
  • Wood
  • Plastics
  • Metals
  • Furniture
  • Toys
  • Clothing
  • Cardboard & paper
  • UPVC windows

#4 Can all inert waste go in a skip?

Yes, all inert waste that is not contaminated can go in a skip.

non-Permitted Materials in a skip

#5. What can’t go in a skip?

The following items cannot go in skips

  • Asbestos
  • Batteries
  • Clinical/ Medical Waste
  • Fridges/ Freezers
  • Food waste
  • Gas cylinders/ Aerosols
  • Hazardous/ Toxic Materials
  • Liquids
  • Oils, petrol & diesel
  • Paint cans
  • Plasterboard
  • Solvents/ silicon tubes/ Hilti gun cartridges
  • Tires
  • Electrical appliances

#6 Can I put plasterboard in a skip?

No. plasterboard is not allowed in general waste skips. You should either get a separate skip or a plasterboard bag.

#7. Explain what is meant by a wait and load service?

This is a standard service offered by skip companies; the driver can be hired to help you load your skip for 45 minutes. The skip will then be removed; you can pay for extra time if needed

#8. Are there any weight restrictions?

By law, lorries are only allowed to carry a load of up to 18 tonnes. To avoid any issues, make sure the skip is light enough for the truck to pick up when it arrives. It should be noted that any damage caused due to excessively heavy skips is not the responsibility of the skip hire companies.

#9 What is a skip permit?

In the event you do not have space on your property for a skip, you need to get a permit to keep it on the street. These usually take a few days to issue. Local councils charge different fees depending on the size of the skip.

Skip hire Permits

#10 What the skips height restrictions

You can fill your skip to the top of each side; drivers can refuse any skip that breaches this rule on the grounds of it being a health and safety risk.

#11 Will I receive any paperwork?

Paperwork is usually delivered by email. You will also receive a waste transfer note.

#12 How can I pay for a skip?

Most skip companies offer different payment options, including cash or cheque on delivery, as well as a card or online payments.

We hope this guide will provide as many answers to the various questions you might have. For further information reagarding waste disposal and skip hiring then get in touch with aone of the leading skip hiring services in Swansea.