A skip is one of the most popular waste disposal solutions. Skip hire is a solution for businesses or private individuals to dispose of large volumes of waste. The waste is placed in a skip and then brought to a licensed waste recycling centre in the area where it is disposed of.
This is the best option for people with a large amount of waste which they need to clear quickly. The skip is delivered and collected at a time which is agreed upon beforehand, and the waste is disposed of safely.
The process is extremely simple. All you need to do is contact us for a quote for skip hire, and then book the skip and the delivery date. We will bring the skip to the site and then collect it from the site and bring it back. The process can be extremely simple, and all you will need to do is pay for the skip!
Of course, that said, it’s still important to know a few things about skips before you get a skip hire. Here’s what you need to know:
What Not to Put in a Skip
Many people are under the impression that skips are good for anything, but the reality is that there are certain types of materials that you should avoid putting in a skip. This is simple, disposal sites for general waste are not designed to handle certain types of waste, so you should avoid putting them in your skip.
Here are some of the materials you should avoid putting in a skip:
- Medicinal waste, including syringes and biohazard products
- Electrical appliances and equipment
- Paint cans/paint
- Fridges, freezers and air-con unit
- Gas canisters and gas bottles
- Hazardous and toxic materials
- Fluorescent tubes
Different Sizes of Skip
There are different sizes of skips for skip hire, and they vary depending on the amount of waste you have. Generally speaking, the larger the skip, the more the skip will cost. The size of skip you need will vary depending on your waste amount.
You can get skips for hire in various sizes. For example, you can hire small skips for light waste and builders sized skips for general waste.
You can also get bigger skips, such as large skips and roll-on roll-off skips for larger amounts of waste. You can also get skip bags for smaller amounts of waste, for example, a few bags of rubbish or garden waste.
What are Skip Permits, and Are They Necessary?
A skip permit is a permit which needs to be obtained when you are putting a skip onto public land. This is to ensure that the skip will not be a danger to the public or other road users. Skips can be a danger to the public if they are not installed in the correct manner or maintained. The skip company will need to check that the skip is safe and able to be moved when loaded.
Skip permits are also required to ensure the skip is not left for more than a certain amount of time. For example, if the skip is supposed to be collected and taken away within 24 hours, the skip company won’t be able to do this if the skip permit has run out.
If you have a skip in a congestion charge zone, you must ensure that the skip hire company has a congestion charge licence. You can only put a skip in the CPZ if it is booked through a licensed company.
As the permit you will be given valid for 24 hours and can be suspended at any time by the council, the skip must be cleared at the correct time and taken away as soon as possible. Failure to do this could result in the skip being fined.
If you have a skip hire, you need to ensure that the skip is in the correct place and picked up when it is supposed to be, and you may be interested in checking out our guide to skip permit laws and regulations.
Wait and Load Service
If your skip is booked for collection on a public holiday or when it is complete, it may not be collected on time. In this situation, you can book a wait and load service, which means the skip can be left until the skip company collects it.
The wait and load service guarantees that the waste will be collected within a certain time. For example, if the skip is booked for collection on a Friday at 5 pm and is complete, it will be collected before 5 pm on the following Monday.
How Long Can You Hire Skip For?
When you hire a skip, you should let the suppliers know when you would like the skip collecting, so that they can make the appropriate arrangements to remove it from your property promptly.
You can hire a skip for as little as 24 hours, however, most people tend to keep them for a couple of weeks. it is possible to extend the days that the skip is there should you wish – all you need to do is contact the skip provider and go from there.
You will need to contact your local authority if you need to put a skip on a public road. They will sign the skip permit to confirm that it is legal. If your skip is on the road longer than it is supposed to be, it is likely to attract a fine. The good news is that your skip company can organise all of that for you!
Access Skip Requirements
If you need to access a skip from the main road or a public highway, you must ensure that you have the necessary permits. If hiring a skip, you must ensure that you have the appropriate skip access licence.
The skip will have to have a suitable loading chute and a driveway either on the level or going down towards the skip.
This is to ensure that the skip is safe for the public. For example, this could be a safety risk if it is on a carriageway or higher than an access point. If you do not have the correct access to the skip, you could be fined, and your skip could be removed.
The Bottom Line
Skip hire is a popular way for businesses or individuals to eliminate waste. As you can see, there are a lot of things you need to consider, and you need to make sure that you have the correct permissions to put a skip on the road. Skip hire is a great way to get rid of rubbish and other waste and to ensure that it is disposed of correctly.
If you’re looking for domestic skip hire, you’re in the right place. Enviro Skip Hire is a family-run skip hire and aggregate company servicing Staffordshire. Check out our wide range of skip sizes and aggregates. Contact us today to get started and learn more!