Skip Hire Chigwell
Hiring a skip is simple if you know what you’re doing. So here are some things you need to know about skip hire:
Hiring a skip
- Look in a local business directory or on the internet for ‘skip hire’.
- Search on your local council’s website – since many councils provide a list of waste contractors in their area.
- Look at skips on drives and roads near you. By law, the skip operators must put their name and contact details on the skip. Choose some or all of these operators – and give them a call.
- Contact Waste King
- Avoid mistakes
Check with the Environment Agency that the skip operator is properly qualified and licensed to carry waste.
Ask the skip operator for its waste carrier license number.
Visit the Environment Agency’s website and check if this number relates to a valid license. Ask to see a copy of the operator’s public liability insurance – in case you need to pursue an insurance claim, should the operator damage your property while delivering or collecting the skip.
Skips come in a number of sizes – and adhere to the ‘imperial’ measures of cubic yards. A cubic yard is a space measuring one yard (three feet or 0.92 metres) by one yard by one yard. This equates – roughly – to two standard washing machines or dishwashers, or to one upright fridge-freezer.
The most common size of skip – in a residential area - is one which holds either six or eight cubic yards of materials. Both of these sizes of skip are known – confusingly - as ‘builders’ skips’. Please note that many councils don’t allow skips with a capacity larger than eight cubic yards to be placed on a public highway.
The optimum size of skip for your need is the one which enables you to use all of its space to contain all of the waste you need to dispose of. If you can’t fill the skip with waste, you’re paying money to merely move air.
Loading the skip
If you can’t load the skip yourself – or get some of your friends and family to do it for you – you probably need to look at alternatives for getting rid of your waste materials. You could contact Waste King, a specialist waste clearance company, which provides both the labour to load the waste materials and the vehicle with which to remove it.
Skip lorries tend to be between eight and half feet and nine and half feet wide. They tend to weigh at least 7.5 tonnes. If you want to have a skip on your property, you’ve got to have an access route (such as a driveway) that’s wide and strong enough to accommodate these lorries. Otherwise, the skip must be placed on the road adjacent to your property – and that means you’ll need a skip permit. In addition, if the skip is being placed in a controlled parking zone – such as in a residents’ parking area, pay & display parking bay or even where there’s a single yellow line painted near the kerb – you’ll need to obtain a parking suspension.
Both the skip permit and the parking suspension not only cost money but will take a few days to arrange.
How long can I keep a skip?
Operators will want to collect the (full) skip within a week - or in two weeks at the most. If you need the skip to be removed sooner – or later – you must discuss and agree this with the skip hire company. If the skip’s being placed on the road, you must take account of the terms of your skip permit and any parking suspension that needs to be in place. Both of these things cost money. So the longer that the skip’s there, the more money it costs you.
What can I put in a skip?
More or less anything except:
- Paint and cans of paint
- Fluorescent tubes
- Oil, petrol or diesel
- Electrical appliances and equipment, including televisions and computer screens; fridges, freezers and air conditioning units
- Gas canisters and gas bottles
- Hazardous and toxic materials
Clinical or medical waste, including syringes
In addition, the skip should be ‘level filled’ – that is, the waste should be level with but not above the edges of the skip. If the waste is above these edges, the skip operator can – legitimately – charge you extra money for the hire of the skip or ask you to remove the excess waste before the skip can be removed.
What happens to the things in the skip?
The skip operator should be able to tell you the landfill site to which your waste is going – and how much of it, if any, will avoid going to landfill. Waste King is pledged to recycle at least 90 per cent of each skip load of waste. This reduces the environmental impact of the waste – and enables Waste King to offer price reductions to its customers.
What’s the cost?
The cost of a skip depends on its size, the waste material you’re putting in it and where – in the UK – you’re based. As a rough guide, an average price for an eight yard builder’s skip is currently around £220, plus the cost of any parking bay suspension and skip permit.
Is there an alternative to a skip?
Yes. A specialist waste clearance, collections and recycling firm – such as Waste King – may save you time, energy, effort and money. Moreover, Waste King’s staff will segregate the waste to ensure that the maximum amount is recycled and the minimum amount of the waste goes to landfill – thus helping the environment too.
Waste King will:
- Save you time in clearing the waste, compared with the time taken to fill a skip and then get it removed
- Save you money because it only charges for the amount of waste removed (not by the skip load) Take away a wider range of waste materials than are allowed to be put into a skip Be able to clear waste materials from any part of your property – so, unlike skips, there are never any ‘access issues’
- And, since no skip is left overnight, your neighbours can’t offload their waste materials when no one’s looking – so you only pay for your waste to be removed.