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The skip hire business looks to be geared to servicing those who not only are aware of the things that they need but who also know the way the whole 'skip hiring thing' works. Jargon abounds - and this can be daunting to the 'occasional hobbyist' who has to hire a dumpster. Nonetheless, on occasions, you'll have to hire a dumpster. So here are ten things you need to know - along with some suggestions and hints.

1. In what way can I hire a skip? There are tons of reasonably small operators who'll provide skips. They're all 'local' in the sense that there's no 'national skip hire firm' 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 manage to have a cheaper deal by going direct to these local companies. A look in almost any local business directory or in the web should provide plenty of skip hire companies from which to pick. Search for 'skip hire' - and, in the event that 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. Many councils provide a list of waste contractors in their own area. Another approach is always to have a look at skips on drives and roads near you. By law, the operators must put their name and contact details in the skip. Select some or most of these operators - and give a call to them.

2. Avoid making errors It's a great thought to check with the Environment Agency the skip operator you want to contact is properly qualified and licensed to carry waste. Ask the skip operator for the waste carrier license number. Then enter this number of the Environment Agency's website - to check if it's a legal license. It's also advisable to ask to see a copy 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 novice, but skips come in a variety of sizes - and skips stick 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 nearly - to two standard washing machines or dishwashers, or to one upright fridge-freezer. The most common size of dumpster - in a residential area - is one which hold either six or eight cubic yards of substances. Both these sizes of skip are known as 'contractors' skips'. So, once you contact skip operators, you must make sure that you understand which size of contractor's skip everyone is talking about. The optimum size of skip on your need is the one which lets you use all of its own space to include all of the waste you must dispose of. The complication in all this is the fact that the bigger the dumpster, the cheaper it is per cubic yard. But in the event you can't fill the dumpster with waste, you're paying money to only move air. In addition, many councils don't allow skips with a capacity larger than eight cubic yards to be placed on a pubic highway.

4. Loading the dumpster In the event that you can't load the skip yourself - or get some of your own friends and family to do it for you - you probably should look at alternatives to disposing of your waste materials. This is likely to mean contacting a specialist waste clearance business, like Waste King, which supplies both labour to load the vehicle and also the waste materials with which to remove it.

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

Skip hire picture6. How long can I keep a skip? Operators will need to collect the (total) skip within a week, or two weeks at the most. If you want the skip to be removed sooner - or later - you need to discuss this with the skip hire business. Naturally, if the skip will be set on the street, you should take account of the conditions of the skip permit and any parking suspension that really needs to be in place. Both these things cost money. This means that the longer that the dumpster is there, the more cash it costs you.

7. So what can I put in a skip? You can set more or less anything in a skip that isn't: -- Liquids -- Petroleum, petrol or diesel - - Paint and cans of paint -- Fluorescent tubes - - gas bottles and Gas canisters -- Asbestos -- Electrical appliances and equipment -- Batteries -- Tyres - - Televisions and computer screens -- Refrigerators, freezers and ac units -- Plasterboard -- Hazardous and toxic substances -- Clinical or medical waste, including syringes Another important rule regarding filling skips is that - contrary to popular opinion - you mustn't overfill a skip. The skip should 'level filled' - that is, the waste ought to be level with but not above the edges of the skip. The skip operator could - legitimately - bill you extra money for the hire of the skip or request you to truly remove the excessive waste prior to the skip might be taken off, if the waste is above these edges.

8. What are the results to the things in the dumpster? It's not a bad idea to ask this question of the company that provides the dumpster. The operator must have the capacity 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 dependent on the type of waste that you set within the skip, where the operator is based along with the skip operator's preferences. Some skip operators have their particular waste processing facilities. Others use third party waste processing facilities.

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

10. Is there an alternative to a skip? Yes, there is. You might find that using a specialist waste clearance, collections and recycling business - such as Waste King - rather than a skip will save time, energy, effort and money. A truck with Environment Agency licensed staff is less disruptive, a lot less unsightly, cleaner, quicker and more efficient than using a dumpster to dispose of your own waste materials. Moreover, Waste King's staff will segregate the waste to be able to make sure that the maximum amount is recycled and the minimum amount of the waste goes to landfill - so helping the ecosystem too. A company like Waste King will: -- Save you time in clearing the waste, in contrast to the time taken to fill a dumpster and then get it removed - - because it only charges for the quantity of waste removed (not by the skip load) Save you money) -- Take away a wider range of waste materials than are allowed to be put into a dumpster -- Be able to clear waste materials from any part of your property - so, unlike skips, there are never any 'access issues' Moreover, since no skip is left overnight, your neighbours can't fill up the skip with their waste materials when no one's looking - so you only cover your waste to be removed.

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