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The skip hire sector looks to be geared to servicing those who not only know what they want but who also know how the whole 'skip hiring matter' works. Jargon abounds - and this could be daunting to the 'occasional hobbyist' who has to rent a skip. Nonetheless, on occasions, you'll have to hire a skip. So here are ten things you ought to know - along with some ideas and hints.

1. How to hire a dumpster? 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 need to have the ability to get a deal by going direct to these local companies. A look in virtually any local business directory or on the internet should provide plenty of skip hire companies from which to pick. Search for 'skip hire' - and, in the event that you're using the web, add the region of the country or county in which you want to hire the skip. You can search on your own local council's site. Many councils provide a menu of waste contractors within their place. Another strategy will be to have a look at skips on drives and roads near you. By law, the operators must place their name and contact details on the skip. Pick some or each of these operators - and give a call to them.

2. Avoid making mistakes It's a good idea to check with the Environment Agency that the skip operator you need to contact is properly qualified and licensed to take waste. Request the skip operator for its waste carrier license number. Then enter this number of the Environment Agency's site - to check if it's a valid permit. You also ought to ask to see a duplicate of the operator's pubic liability insurance - just in case the operator damages your property while delivering or collecting the skip and you have to pursue an insurance claim against the operator.

3. What size skip do I want? It doesn't help the beginner, 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 nearly - to two standard washing machines or dishwashers, or to one upright fridgefreezer. The most typical size of skip - in a residential area - is one which carry either six or eight cubic yards of materials. These two sizes of skip are known as 'builders' skips'. So, whenever you contact skip operators, you have to make sure that you understand which size of builder's skip everyone is discussing. The optimum size of skip for the need is the one which enables you to use all of its own space to include all of the waste you must dispose of. The complication in all this is that the larger the dumpster, the cheaper it is per cubic yard. But in case you can't fill the dumpster with waste, you're paying money to simply transfer air. In addition, many councils don't let skips using a capacity bigger than eight cubic yards to be set on a pubic highway.

Skip Hire Harlow4. 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 is likely to mean contacting a specialist waste clearance company, including Waste King, which provides the labour to load the vehicle along with the waste materials with which to remove it.

5. Access problems Skip lorries are inclined to be between eight and half feet and nine and half feet wide. They have an inclination to weigh at least 7.5 tonnes. If this isn't the case, the skip will have to be set on the road next to your own home. That indicates that you'll require a skip permit. In addition, if the skip has been 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 close to the kerb - you'll have to obtain a parking suspension. Both the parking suspension as well as the permit not only cost money but will take several days to organize.

6. How long can I keep a dumpster? Operators will want to gather the (full) skip inside a week, or two weeks at the most. If you want the skip to be removed sooner - or later - you have to discuss this with the skip hire company. Naturally, in the event the skip is being placed on the street, you must take account of the provisions of your 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. What can I place in a dumpster? You can place more or less anything in a dumpster 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 - - computer screens and Televisions -- Refrigerators, freezers and air conditioning units -- Plasterboard -- Hazardous and noxious substances -- Clinical or medical waste, including syringes Another important rule regarding filling skips is that - contrary to popular opinion - you mustn't overfill a dumpster. The skip should '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 operator could - legitimately - bill you additional money for the hire of the skip or ask you to really remove the waste before the skip might be removed.

8. What are the results to the things within the skip? It's not a bad idea to ask this question of the company that provides the dumpster. The skip operator should be able 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 depends on the type of waste which you put in the skip, where the operator is based and also 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 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, a normal price for an eight yard contractor's skip is around GBP220, in addition to the expense of any parking bay suspension and skip permit.

10. Will there be an alternative to a dumpster? Yes, there is. You may find that using a specialist waste clearance, collections and recycling firm - such as Waste King - rather than a skip will save you time, energy, effort and money. A truck with Environment Agency accredited staff is a lot less unsightly, less tumultuous, cleaner, quicker and more efficient than using a skip to dispose of the waste materials. Moreover, Waste King's staff will segregate the waste to be able to ensure that the maximum amount is recycled and the minimum quantity waste goes to landfill - so helping the environment too. A company including Waste King will: -- Save you time in clearing the waste, in contrast to the time taken to fill a skip and get it removed - - Save you money because it only charges for the number of waste removed (not by the skip load)) -- Take away a wider range of waste materials than are allowed to be set into a skip -- Be able to clear waste materials from any part of your 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 with their waste materials when no one's looking - so you only pay for your waste to be removed.

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