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Hiring a skip? Here are some ground rules…

Whether you're a homeowner needing a skip for tidying the garden or home, or a builder hiring skips for a construction project, it's always important to find the right skip for your needs.

Sometimes the skip hire business seems geared towards dealing with customers that know exactly what they want and how the process works. So the guidelines below help you understand the process and order the right sized skip for the job you want to do.

What size skip do I need?

Be realistic when working out how much rubbish you need to get rid of. You'll save time and money by hiring a skip that is slightly too large rather than hiring one that is too small and having to call for an additional skip. More importantly, overloading a skip is illegal - if the full skip is too heavy then it might not be taken away, so it's better to be safe than sorry. There are a range of skip sizes available, which are as follows:

  • Mini skip: 2 cubic yards; approximately 20 bin bags, for small house or garden jobs.

  • Midi skip: holds 4 cubic yards; suitable for 30-40 bin bags or a small kitchen or bathroom refit or refurbishment.

  • Maxi skip: 8 cubic yards, commonly used for residential refurbishment projects, shop refits and office clearances; suitable for 60-80 bin bags.

  • 12-14 yard enclosed skip: these skips are used to prevent waste material blowing away, or food waste which can attract rats on building sites. Used for house refurbishment or clearances.

  • 14 yard skip: used for refurbishment works or large house clearances; suitable for 100-120 bin bags.

  • 20 yard roll on/off: lightweight materials, approximately 50 tonnes of general waste: shop refits, etc.

  • 40 yard roll on/off: designed for waste such as wood, metal, plastic, large bulky items and segregated waste.

2yd skip - MINI

2 yard skip - MINI

14yd skip

14 yard skip

20yd roro

20 yard roll on / off

Recommendations of your required skip size can be supplied by our team.

What can I put in a skip?

The best answer is what cannot be put in a skip. Here are some common items that are not allowed to be disposed of in a skip:

  • Liquids
  • Oil, petrol, diesel
  • Paint and cans of paint
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Gas bottles, gas canisters
  • Asbestos
  • Batteries
  • Tyres
  • Fridges, freezers, air conditioning units
  • Hazardous and toxic materials
  • Clinical or medical waste

We are however able to advise you on how to dispose of these waste items, so please call the team.

Are there any access issues for skip lorries?

As a guide, your drive or skip location needs to be 2.75 metres wide (9 ft.), and bear in mind that the weight of a skip lorry is at least 7.5 tonnes so the ground needs to be durable enough to endure that sort of pressure. If your dedicated area is not feasible then the skip may need to be put on the road which will require a skip permit (see Do I need a skip permit or license below). Alternatively, LSPS do offer a "wait & load" service which would suit built up and urban areas.

Will a skip damage my driveway?

Soft tarmac and block paved driveways can occasionally be marked or damaged when placing skips on them; heavier skips require stabilising equipment which could also potentially cause damage. This can normally be avoided by placing scaffold planks or larger pieces of wood where the skip is to be positioned.

Do I need a skip permit or license?

If you're putting a skip on a public road or pavement you will need a skip permit (sometimes called a skip license). Failure to do so could lead to your skip being removed before you've even used it and more than likely lead to a fine.

Skip permits are issued by councils and on average take 3-4 days to arrange with a maximum duration of 7 days, so if you're hiring a skip make sure to allow some extra time for this in your planning. LSPS can take the hassle out of organising your permit by applying on your behalf, alternatively permit information can be found here

How long can I hire a skip for?

The length of time you need to book a skip for is usually flexible depending on the supplier, as is the pick-up date. However if the skip is located on the street make sure that your permit and any other parking suspension fee is in place for that duration.

What happens to the rubbish I put in a skip?

When collected, your waste will be taken to our own site waste transfer station where we are able to separate most mixed waste streams and make them ready for recycling or energy generation.

To book your skip or get advice then contact us.

What size skip do I need?
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