Domestic Skip Hire
From time to time, jobs around the house and garden come along that you just know are going to generate more waste than you can cope with by buying a few extra bin bags and making a few trips to the local council refuse and recycling depot.
That’s when you’ll probably think about hiring a skip.
Get the whole process right and everything’s a success. If, however, things go wrong… well, it’s not to be recommended.
Basically, you need to decide:
- Do you need to hire a skip – or can you get rid of the waste safely and legally by some other means? This might mean exploring a man-in-a-van service, such as that offered by Waste King.
- What size of skip do you need to hire?
- Which is the best skip hire operator for you?
Make the right choices to these three questions and everything’s plain sailing.
For what it’s worth, our view – as professional, reputable and experienced waste and recycling specialists - is:
- The smallest ‘skip’ you can hire is a skip bag. This will hold one cubic yard (one tonne) of waste. To put this another way, some 340 standard house bricks, or two standard washing machines or dishwashers, or to one upright fridge-freezer would comprise one cubic yard or metric tonne. Skips available for hire are a:
- ‘Mini Skip’ – which will hold two cubic yards of materials. So it can hold up to two tonnes (2,000kg) of waste. This is roughly equivalent to no more than 30 full bin bags.
- ‘Small Skip’ – which will hold four cubic yards of materials. So it can hold up to four tonnes (4,000kg) of waste. This is roughly equivalent to no more than 40 full bin bags. The waste from a small kitchen or bathroom refit should fit nicely in one of these skips.
- ‘Builder’s Skip’ – which will hold six cubic yards of materials. So it can hold up to six tonnes (6,000kg) of waste (up to 60 bin bags of waste).
- ‘Builder’s Skip’ – which will hold eight cubic yards of materials. So it can hold up to eight tonnes (8,000kg) of waste (up to 80 bin bags of waste).
- ‘Maxi Skip’– which will hold 12 cubic yards of materials. So it can hold up to eight tonnes (12,000kg) of waste (up to 120 bin bags of waste). You can’t put heavy commercial waste – such as bricks, hardcore, concrete, rubble or soil – into a maxi skip. That’s because the skip – when full - plus the weight of the skip lorry would exceed the vehicle’s legal weight limit. Moreover, because of its size, many local councils won’t allow a maxi skip to be deposited on a public highway.
- ‘Ultra Skip’ - which will hold 14 cubic yards of materials. So it can hold up to eight tonnes (14,000kg) of waste (up to 180 bin bags of waste). The same restrictions apply to the ultra skip as apply to the maxi skip.
But,apart from the amount of waste you can put into a skip, there are restrictions concerning what materials can – and can’t – be put into skips. If you’re in any doubt about whether the waste that you’re generating can be put into a skip, you should talk to your skip hire company, such as Waste King – and get our specific advice on how best to get rid of your waste safely and legally.
3. By law, anyone who collects and disposes of waste must be licensed by the Environment Agency in England and Wales or, in Scotland, by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency. Waste carriers are licensed in order to prevent ‘fly-tipping’ (dumping waste in an unauthorised place). Indeed, if you hire a skip from an unlicensed firm which then fly-tips your waste, you may be prosecuted – and face a fine or even a prison sentence.
You can find out if the skip hire firm you want to use is an approved waste carrier by asking to see the firm’s waste carrier’s certificate or ask for its unique waste carrier number (then contact the Environment Agency - on 03708 506506 - and check that the waste carrier number you’ve been given is legitimate).
You can find a local, approved waste carrier via:
- The Environment Agency’s online public register of waste carriers
- Your local authority’s website, which should contain a list of all local approved waste carriers.
You’ll certainly find Waste King on the Environment Agency’s online public register of waste carriers.
We can give you advice and guidance so that you can get the most reliable, efficient and cost-effective service when it comes to collecting and disposing of all waste. So, contact us on:
Freephone: 0800 141 2778 or, from a mobile, call 01442 210034.