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Hiring a skip is one of those things in life that’s extremely difficult to do for the first time.

Like anything it’s straightforward if you know what you’re doing but, if you’re inexperienced at hiring a skip, you’re likely to be bombarded with, and confused by, industry jargon.

So here are ten things you need to know about skip hire:

  • How do I hire a skip?

There are lots of fairly small operators who supply 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 should be able to get a cheaper deal by going direct to these local companies.

A look in any local business directory or on the internet should provide plenty of skip hire companies from which to choose. Search for ‘skip hire’ – and, if you’re using the internet, add the region of the country or county in which you want to hire the skip.

You can search on your local council’s website – since many councils provide a list of waste contractors in their area.

Another approach is to 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.

  • Avoid making mistakes

It’s a good idea to check with the Environment Agency that the skip operator you want to contact is properly qualified and licensed to carry waste. Ask the skip operator for its waste carrier license number. Then visit the Environment Agency’s website and check if this number relates to a valid license.

You should also ask to see a copy of the operator’s public liability insurance – just in case the operator you need to pursue an insurance claim, should the operator damage your property while delivering or collecting the skip.

  • What size skip do I need?

It doesn’t help the novice, but skips come in a number of sizes – and skips adhere to the ‘imperial’ measures of cubic yards, not metres.

A cubic yard is a space measuring one yard (three feet or 0.92 metres) by one yard by one yard. This equates – very 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 as ‘builders’ skips’. So, when you contact skip operators, you need to be sure that you understand which size of builder’s skip everyone is talking about.

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