Things to Know Before You Hire a Skip

25 Jun 2013
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Here at Assured Security Shredding we know that when you’re having a clear out, whether it’s your home or your office, there can be a daunting amount to get rid of. Of course we would recommend that you shred anything with sensitive data: documents, electronic equipment and any branded items such as bags and uniforms. But if this is the first major clear out in some time, or you are moving house or business premises, then you may have a whole heap of stuff that’s best disposed of in a skip. With this in mind, our friends at Proskips have given us some tips on what you need to know before you hire a skip. They offer nationwide skip hire so they’re in a good position to advise.

During spring and summer, demand for private domestic skip hire increases, with many householders embarking on spring cleaning, DIY projects and garden clear-outs. But finding and hiring a skip can be a daunting process, with permits to arrange and skip sizes, measured in cubic yards, to contend with.  But don’t worry, help is at hand. Here’s a simple guide to the things you need to know before hiring a skip:

Finding a Good Skip Company

Unlike car hire, there are no nationwide skip hire companies, although some advertise nationally, then subcontract to local contractors. To find a local company, hop onto Google and search for ‘skip hire’ plus your location, or look at a comparison website such as Alternatively, have a look on your local council’s website. They should have a list of reputable waste contractors operating in your area.

It’s essential to look for an approved waste carrier. To check, ask the company for their waste carrier license number, and check it with the Environment Agency. Unfortunately, like any industry, skip hire attracts cowboy companies who do not dispose of waste properly and instead practise fly-tipping, at the cost of your local council and you, the taxpayer.

recycling binsThe Importance of Recycling

Recycling is essential as our waste has a huge negative impact on the environment, and landfill sites are filling up quickly. But sorting your waste while you’re having a major clear-out can be time-consuming and difficult to manage if you have to separate different materials while you’re working. By looking for a reputable company with a commitment to recycling, you can concentrate on your work and remain confident that you’re still doing your bit for the environment.

Reputable companies will not fly-tip your waste or dump it in the nearest landfill site, but will separate it, recycling as much as possible, with only the smallest residue going into landfill. Some may even have their own waste processing facilities. You may pay slightly more for this, but the positive impact your actions will have on the environment are invaluable.

You cannot dispose of electrical items and certain hazardous materials in a skip – ask your company for further details.

The Cost of Skip Hire

The cost of skip hire varies depending of the size of skip, the type of waste, and where you’re located. Skips vary in size from a mini-skip (2 cubic yards) to an enormous 40-yard skip, though the average skip for domestic waste is 6 or 8 cubic yards. It’s essential to choose the correct size and stick to the load limit, otherwise the company cannot legally move the waste, and you’ll end up paying extra for a second skip or having to move and dispose of waste yourselves.

The average cost of an 8-yard skip is £220, but don’t forget you may need to add on permit and parking charges, depending on where your skip will be located.

Length of Skip Hire

Skip hire can generally be arranged quite quickly, although if you intend to place the skip on a public road you will need to arrange for a permit, and possibly parking charges, before it can be delivered – all reputable companies will be able to advise you about this, and some will even arrange for the permit on your behalf.

While some companies hire skips on a daily basis, most will have a minimum hire period – generally a week to 10 days, though a longer period can be arranged if required.