5 things you need to know before hiring a skip

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Posted by Keith Hirst on 29 September 2017

If you’ve been considering hiring a skip, there are five things you should do or consider, before doing so. Our team at Thompson Fuel & Skip Hire are here to help you decide on the all important questions you should ask yourself, so that you not only get a good deal but so you’re able to complete the task at hand. For more information, please read below!

What size skip do I need?
There are a number of skip sizes including: 4, 6, 8, 12, 14, 16, 20 or 30 yards. Generally each yard = 10 bing bags, for example, 14 yards would equate to 140 large black bin bags of waste – just for an idea of size. (Skip size guide can be found here).

It goes without saying but the size of skip you hire completely depends on the job you’ll be carrying out.

  • 4 yardsHome DIY projects
  • 6 yardsHome extensions
  • 8 yardsGarden projects
  • 12 yards House clearance/commercial use
  • 14 yardsDriveway waste
  • 16 yards Building projects
  • 20/30 yardsDemolitions/builder’s waste

Where should I place my skip?
If you’re hiring a skip, you need to consider the best place to put it because once it’s left with you, you will not be able to move it. Choose an easily accessible location where the driver will be able to drop off and collect again once it’s full. Also, bare in mind that it should be positioned on hard, flat land.

What can be put into the skip?
Although skips are used for waste, they will only take materials such as: bricks, rubble, wood, metal, furniture, packaging, plastic, cardboard and soil. You must not dispose of any toxic waste, fridges, cookers, televisions, batteries, asbestos, paints or solvents. To ensure you keep within the skip hire rules, please talk to your chosen company to stay compliant with the law. Careless disposal of waste can result in a large fine, so it’s in your interest to make sure hazardous waste is taken to the appropriate collection plants.


If you need a skip hire permit
You will need to acquire a permit if you do not have a place to put the skip on private land. You can obtain said permit from your local council for around £60 but prices can vary. If your skip is positioned on the pavement, it’s wise to cover it with a tarpaulin sheet to stop members of the public throwing in their waste.


The costs: are you getting your money’s worth?
To ensure you get your money’s worth you need to choose the right sized skip, as there’s no point choosing a small 4 yard skip to only find out that you need to hire another. Before hiring a skip look around and compare prices – ask a member of the team what they would recommend for the job you wish to complete, this way you can ensure you’re getting your money’s worth.


For an exemplary and informative service, come to Thompson Fuel & Skip Hire today. We have a team of dedicated professionals that are ready to lend you a helping hand. Based in Doncaster we extend our services throughout Armthorpe, Rossington and Bessacarr. If you would like to hire our services, get in touch today.

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