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FAQ for skip hire in the commercial sector

March 11, 2020

Whether you’re working on a construction site, kitchen or bathroom refurbishment, a full house clearance or any other trade that involves disposing of materials, skip hire is one of the most common methods used to get rid of large volumes of waste. It’s arguably the easiest way so why choose anything else?

There are several other ways that tradespeople can dispose of waste, including skip bags, man and van services and tipper trucks. Once weighing up all the factors, considering cost, amount of waste, convenience and flexibility, skip hire will often be the clear winner.

As a result of the recent introduction of strict rules surrounding simply disposing of commercial waste at the local tip, skip hire has surged. There are a number of factors to note and consider when opting for skip hire. We have put together this blog to provide answers to frequently asked questions and help to determine whether skip hire will be the right option for you?

Why hire a skip?

It is all good and well to simply carry out a project, forgetting about the wasted materials that need to be accounted for at the very end. Failure to arrange a way of disposing of waste can cause disruption and unnecessary stress. Skips can be an ideal way to put aside unwanted materials, without ever having to think about them again. Construction workers and tradespeople will benefit from hire services, as it means that they can focus on the task at hand without the inconvenience of mess and extra hassle. What better way to make your work life easier than skip hire?

The Pros


If waste is kept separate, all together in one place, it means that it is much less likely to cause hazards, for both tradespeople and the general public.

Reliability and flexibility

You can decide on the length of time you require the skip for. You can choose the size of the skip and the waste is collected at the very end so you don’t need to panic and can fill the skip at your own leisure.

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Once you have selected a hire company and decided on the size of the skip you require and the length of time, the rest is left to the provider. They will generally transport the skip to you and collect the skip at the end, disposing of the waste for you too.

Saves time and money

Many of the waste disposal methods require multiple trips backwards and forwards. This generally will require hiring multiple vehicles which may be expensive. If you choose to simply leave waste, you will be hit with a hefty fine which can easily be prevented with skip hire.


You can be sure that your waste will be managed well, and all materials will be recycled where possible. You can be comforted with the knowledge that you’re doing your bit for the environment.

Avoid legal issues

Skip hire companies are aware of the regulations surrounding skip hire and will ensure that you are complying with the law.

The Cons

Leaving unattended

When you leave a skip unattended in a public area, there is always the risk that passers-by will add their own waste, which leaves you with less space.

Filling the skip

Although the hire company will usually take away and dispose of waste, you will have to fill the skip yourself. This requires hard work.


If a driveway or a private area is not available for you to keep the skip on, you will need to purchase a permit for authorisation for the skip to be kept on public property.

Frequently asked questions – Skip Hire

How long can I hire a skip for?

Typically, most skip hire companies will have a standard hire period of somewhere between 7 and 14 days. This may be negotiable depending on the specific company and their availability. So, if you require skip hire for more or less time, or even if you don’t know how much it is definitely worth contacting the chosen company to find out if other arrangements can be made.

What size skip should I hire?

Skips come in a range of sizes, which size you choose will depend on the expected waste created throughout the project. A mini, 2-yard skip can accommodate roughly 20 bin bags full of waste, making it ideal for smaller projects. Skips start at 2 yards and go all the way up to 35 yards, which is the ideal choice for large scale construction operations. The hire company can advise you on the rough size that would be ideal for you.

It is also important to note that the larger the skip, generally the cheaper it will work out, however, this is only the case if you actually fill it.

How high can I load a skip?

Although it may be tempting to pile on as much waste as physically possible, this is not the best idea. It is important to only fill your skip to the height of the sides. If your skip is overfilled the driver who collects the skip is likely to refuse the collection as it is illegal for them to move a skip that is not level loaded. This means that items are more likely to stay contained within the skip until they are emptied.

Do I need a skip permit?

If your skip is on a private area such as a driveway or a building site, you will not need to pay the additional cost for a permit. You will need a permit if your skip is going to be kept on-road. This needs to be arranged in advance and issued by the cancel to eliminate the chance of receiving a fine. The cost of the permit will vary depending on the length of time required, the size of the skip and location.

When will the skip be collected?

This is generally whenever you arranged with the hire company and will usually be decided beforehand. If you were unsure of the hire length and would like to extend or reduce the length of the hire period, you will need to contact the company to find out what their procedure involves. It is usually a general rule that skip hire companies will collect their skips within 2 days of the requested date.

What items can’t I put In the skip?

There are a number of items that need to disposed of separately to general waste, this is to make sure that health and safety is maintained. The following items are not allowed to be put in your skip and should be discarded separately: Asbestos, batteries, clinical waste, electrical equipment, fluorescent tubes, fridges/freezers, gas bottles & cylinders, liquids, mattresses, paint/paint tins, plasterboard, oil/petrol/diesel, solvents, toxic waste, TVs/ computer screens, tyres.

This is a safety measure to minimise the risks to everyone involved with both loading and unloading the contents of the skip.

If you require any more information on skip hire we recommend getting in touch with a professional skip hire service. They will be able to help and advise you based the demands of your specific job. It is vitally important to plan ahead when it comes to waste disposal to avoid unnecessary problems, you can find reliable expert skip hire services here.

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