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The skip hire industry appears to be geared to servicing those who not only are aware of the things that they want but who also know how the whole 'skip hiring matter' works. Jargon abounds - and this may be daunting to the 'occasional amateur' who must hire a dumpster. Nonetheless, on occasions, you'll have to hire a dumpster. So here are ten things that you should know - along with some suggestions and hints.

1. In what manner can I hire a dumpster? There are tons of pretty small operators who'll provide skips. They're all 'local' in the sense that there's no 'national skip hire company' in the UK. Those purporting to be 'national' are waste management companies or skip brokers which will sub contract to local skip hire companies. So you ought to be able to get a deal by going direct to these local companies. A look in almost any local business directory or in the internet should provide plenty of skip hire companies from which to pick. Search for 'skip hire' - and, in the event you're using the net, add the area of the country or county where you need to hire the skip. You can search on your local council's website. Many councils provide a summary of waste contractors in their own place. Another tactic will be to take a look at skips on roads and drives near you. By law, the operators must place their name and contact details on the skip. Select some or each of the operators - and give them a call.

2. Avoid making mistakes It's a great idea to check with the Environment Agency the skip operator you want to contact is properly qualified and licensed to carry waste. Ask the operator for the waste carrier license number. Then enter this amount of the Environment Agency's site - to check if it's a legal license. It's also advisable to ask to see a duplicate of the operator's pubic liability insurance - just in case the operator damages your property while delivering or accumulating the dumpster and you need to pursue an insurance claim from the operator.

3. What size skip do I want? It doesn't help the newcomer, but skips come in a variety of sizes - and skips adhere to the 'imperial' measures of cubic yards, not metres. A cubic yard is actually a space measuring one yard (three feet or 0.92 metres) by one yard by one yard. This equates - very nearly - to two standard washing machines or dishwashers, or to one upright fridge freezer. The most familiar size of skip - in a residential area - is one which hold either six or eight cubic yards of substances. Both these sizes of skip are known as 'builders' skips'. Therefore, once you contact skip operators, you need to be sure that you know which size of builder's skip everybody is referring to. The optimum size of skip for your need is the one which allows you to use all of its own space to feature all of the waste you are required to dispose of. The complication in all this is that the bigger the dumpster, the cheaper it is per cubic yard. But in the event that you can't fill the skip with waste, you're paying cash to just transfer air. In addition, many councils don't let skips using a capacity larger than eight cubic yards to be placed on a pubic highway.

Skip hire essex4. Loading the dumpster If you can't load the skip yourself - or get some of your friends and family to do it for you - you probably should examine options to disposing of your waste materials. This really is likely to mean contacting a specialist waste clearance business, including Waste King, which provides the labour to load the waste materials and the vehicle with which to remove it.

5. Access issues Skip lorries are inclined to be between eight and half feet and nine and half feet wide. They tend to weigh at least 7.5 tonnes. If this isn't the situation, the skip will need to be set on the road adjacent to your own premises. That implies that you just'll need a skip permit. In addition, if the dumpster will be put in a controlled parking zone - such as in a residents' parking area, pay & display parking bay as well as where there's a single yellow line painted close to the kerb - you'll need to get a parking suspension. Both the permit and the parking suspension not only cost money but will take several days to organize.

6. How long can I keep a skip? Operators will need to roll up the (complete) skip within a week, or two weeks at the most. If you really need the skip to be removed sooner - or later - you have to discuss this with the skip hire firm. Of course, if the skip will be set on the road, you have to take account of the terms of the skip permit and any parking suspension that needs to be in place. Both of these things cost money. This means that the longer that the skip is there, the more cash it costs you.

7. So what can I place in a dumpster? You can place more or less anything in a skip that isn't: -- Liquids -- Oil, petrol or diesel - - Paint and cans of paint -- Fluorescent tubes - - gas bottles and Gas canisters -- Asbestos -- Electrical appliances and equipment -- Batteries -- Tyres - - computer screens and Televisions -- Refrigerators, freezers and air conditioning units -- Plasterboard -- Hazardous and noxious materials -- Clinical or medical waste, including syringes The other important rule regarding filling skips is that - contrary to popular opinion - you mustn't over fill a dumpster. The skip should 'level filled' - that is, the waste must be level with but not above the edges of the skip. The skip operator could - legitimately - bill you extra cash for the hire of the skip or request you to truly remove the waste prior to the skip may be taken off, in case the waste is above these edges.

8. What happens to the things within the dumpster? It's not a bad thought to ask this question of the company that supplies the skip. The dumpster operator ought to manage to inform you the landfill site to which your waste is going - and how much of it, if any, will avoid going to landfill. The answer will be contingent on the type of waste that you put in the skip, where the operator is based and the skip operator's preferences. Some skip operators got their own waste processing facilities. Others use third party waste processing facilities.

9. How much should I expect to pay? The price of the skip is determined by its size, the waste material you're putting in it and where - in the UK - you're based. As a rough guide, an ordinary price for an eight yard builder's skip is around GBP220, as well as the cost of any parking bay suspension and skip permit.

10. Can there be an option to a skip? Yes, there is. You may find that using a specialist waste clearance, collections and recycling company - such as Waste King - rather than a skip will save you time, energy, effort and cash. A truck with Environment Agency licensed staff is less disruptive, a lot less unsightly, cleaner, quicker and much more efficient than using a dumpster to dispose of your own waste materials. Moreover, Waste King's staff will segregate the waste in order to ensure the most amount is recycled and the minimum amount of the waste goes to landfill - thereby helping the environment too. A firm for example Waste King will: -- Save you time in clearing the waste, in contrast to the time taken to fill a dumpster and after that get it removed - - Save you money because it only bills for the number of waste removed (not by the skip load)) -- Take away a wider variety of waste materials than are permitted to be set into a skip -- Be able to clear waste materials from any part of the property - so, unlike skips, there are never any 'access problems' Moreover, since no skip is left overnight, your neighbours can't fill up the skip by using their waste materials when no one's looking - so you just pay for your waste to be removed

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