The following list of questions are the most frequent and commonly asked:
How can I use my skip, and what can I put in it?
The majority of our skips are used for general waste and rubbish, arising from various projects including:-
Household Renovations / Maintenance, Household Clearance, Garage Clearance, Garden Maintenance / Clearance and Event Waste containment / Clearance
All items would be of a non-liquid / non hazardous waste type
What can’t I put in my skip?
All hazardous waste including – Fridges / Freezers, Paint / Solvents, Liquids / Oils, Asbestos, Tube / Strip light-bulbs, Televisions / Monitors, Food Waste and Animal / Pet Waste, Tyres. Should you wish to dispose of any of these items, you can contact your local Council who will advise you of the relevant procedure.
Items that may incur additional costs.
Not all suppliers allow plasterboard, mattresses or monitors in their skips. If you let us know before booking we can advise if these incur additional charges.
What size / type of skip do I need?
General information regarding skip size and type is available on the ‘select skip’ section of the site. But here are some things to remember:
- 2yd skips do not have a drop end
- 3yd, 4yd, 6yd skips can have a drop end
- 8yd, 10yd, 12yd & 14yd skips do not have a drop end
- 2yd skips are usually the smallest skip used by the general public
- 6yd skips are usually the biggest skip used by the general public
- Enclosed, rear end & front end load skips will generally be large (8yd upwards)
How big are the skips?
Skips are usually quoted in cubic yards. You can view the various sizes during the order process.
How much does it cost?
Skip prices will vary according to size and availability for a particular area. Let us help you find the best option, just complete the very user-friendly ‘order a skip’ section on the homepage to receive your no obligations quote.
How long can I have the skip?
Skip hire periods will vary, the general industry ‘norm’ is between 7-14 days but longer periods are available upon discussion with your supplier.
Should I give notice when ordering my skip?
Our suppliers can usually supply your skip within 24 hours of booking, with some providing a same day service (if ordered before 9.00a.m.).
Is there any availability on Sundays?
Skip delivery is very limited on a Sunday. It can be requested, but the decision lies solely with the supplier. It is recommended that you order for the preceding Friday or Saturday.
Is there a load restriction?
All skips must be loaded level with the top of the skip. This is a legal requirement. It is actually against the law for a driver to carry skips loaded beyond this point on the highways. Likewise, the use of boards in and around the side of the skip in an attempt to increase its capacity is illegal. To prevent wasted space within the skip, we would recommend that any large bulky items (wardrobes, beds, sheds etc.) you have to dispose of be broken down into smaller pieces. We strongly believe that it is better for customers to hire a skip that is not completely filled, than to have a skip that is too small – and end up needing to hire a second skip, at further cost.
Are there any weight restrictions when loading a skip?
This is another factor that is dictated by the size of the skip. All details are made available at the ‘order a skip’ section. Your supplier will alert you to any specific restrictions.
What happens if I haven’t finished with the skip on time?
It’s always best to contact your supplier as soon as possible to advise of any change in the hire agreement. Flexibility is usually not a problem. The circumstances will be different for permit related skips, as a new permit may need to be arranged. We would suggest that the skip is ordered as far in advance as possible to ensure the best satisfaction. This is especially necessary when a road permit is required, as time needed to arrange the permit can depend on the different council authority and skip supplier. It can take between 1-5 days to arrange.
What if I have limited or restricted access to site / property?
Most vehicles will require a minimum width allowance of 3 metres, although larger vehicles (required for some larger skips) will naturally need more room. Also be vigilant when thinking about skip placement with regard to hazards such as:
- Overhanging trees / bushes
- Overhanging building sections / eaves etc.
- Power cables (overhead & ground level)
- Telephone cables
- Drain covers (weak or prominent)
Should you have any doubts about any of these factors, please discuss them with your supplier
Why would I need a permit?
You may need a permit if you have very limited or no access to your property / site or need to keep the driveway clear at all times. A permit is required by local councils for any skip that needs to be placed on the public highway, footpaths etc. The supplier usually arranges permits although some local authorities require the hirer to apply. We will inform you if this is necessary during the ordering process.
How and when do I pay for the skip?
All skips are paid for at the order point via our secure server with any major credit card (all viable payment types are listed at the payment section) N.B. Credit / Charge accounts are not available.