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A Guide to Skip Hire

A Guide to Skip Hire

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Skip Hire in the UK

Cubic yards, skip permits and level loads: when it comes down to waste removal, hiring a skip needn't be the exhausting experience that it's often made out to be. Luckily, with easy-to-understand language and the minimal use of jargon, Skip Hire with Clearabee is as easy as one, two, three.


Whether it's garden waste, clearing a recently dismantled kitchen or de-littering the loft, hiring a skip is usually the most practical solution to your waste problem. However, physically filling the skip itself should be the most taxing aspect of your clear-out, whilst the booking process should be simple and stress-free by comparison. With that in mind, here's our guide to Skip Hire to help make it that little bit easier.
Skip Hire Guide
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Skips: Do I need to hire one?

Skips are a convenient and flexible method of making sure that you have the space to store your waste whilst a project is ongoing. Hiring a skip ensures that you can focus on the job in hand and minimise time-consuming trips to the tip that are inherent when dealing with waste removal.

More importantly, hiring a skip reduces the risk of creating the kind of environmental hazards which can develop where there is rubbish or waste left lying around. Waste can encourage the presence of pests, lowering hygiene in the process whilst proving dangerous to members of the public and children who may come into contact with it.

Hiring a skip also has a positive impact on the chances of any environmental damage being caused. Often, waste that is stored irresponsibly can have a detrimental effect on the soil quality, the local wildlife or the water supplies so the responsible storage that a skip provides is essential.

Skips are essential for long-term projects and afford you the peace of mind that comes with safely and easily disposing of waste at any time during the hire period. It also comes with the benefit of being able to leave materials at hand on the off-chance that a mistake has been made and that said materials may be needed later.

Once the hire period has elapsed, it's down to the professionals to collect the skip, leaving you safe in the knowledge that the waste removed has been disposed of safely and responsibly.

Things to think about:

  • How much waste am I likely to produce? It's always a good idea to have more space and not need it, then to need more space and not have it. Once rubbish and waste producing projects have started, they can often escalate, so it's often best to overestimate when it comes to waste removal. Just in case.
  • How long will I need the skip for? If you find that you're likely to need the skip for a longer period than 14 days then be sure to keep in touch with your provider at the earliest opportunity. This will avoid an unwanted collection and any further complications.
  • When should I arrange delivery? It's important to book your skip's arrival for as soon as possible after you have started to produce rubbish and waste. The last thing you want is an empty skip sitting around as others may potentially be tempted to start filling it themselves.
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Skip Sizes: How big is too big?

Skip Hire guide

What you need to know

Cubic yards are the industry standard when it comes down to skip sizes but thankfully, there is an easier way to understand how much skip space you'll actually need. Although it's only an estimate, for a cubic yard, think about the size of two small domestic washing machines or alternatively, 3ft by 3ft by 3ft.

Top Tips:

  • If the waste you want to get rid of is under the size of eight domestic washing machines (approx. 4 cubic yards), then you’ll most likely need a ‘midi skip’. This size of skip is most suitable for a modest renovation project in your average-sized garden. The waste produced by standard-sized decking, patio or landscaping tasks will be a good fit for a ‘midi skip’.
  • If your waste is comparable to between 12 and 16 washing machines in volume (roughly between 6 and 8 cubic yards), then a ‘builder’s skip’ is likely the most suitable solution. If your garden project includes excavation, then the waste produced will be predominantly heavy and dense soil or rubble. In this case, you will be limited to an 8 yard builder’s skip in most circumstances in order to stop the weight increasing exponentially.
  • If the waste you want removed is somewhere between 18 and 22 washing machines (or 10 and 12 cubic yards) in size, then a ‘Maxi’ or ‘XL’ skip is probably the one for the job. Complete kitchen or room refits with replacement cupboards, doors, worktops and fixtures and fittings often warrants the sort of space afforded by an XL skip. These skips are also the lowest cost per cubic yard.

However...

It’s worth remembering that inaccurate estimates are often the cause of additional costs so if in doubt, shout or

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Skips: What can I put in them?

As well as bulk, think about what you're looking to be disposing of: bricks, rubble and soil for your midi skip, heavy, dense and bulky waste for your builder's skip as well as bulky waste and light installation waste such as bulbs and ballasts.

As well as bulk, think about what you're looking to be disposing of: bricks, rubble and soil for your midi skip, heavy, dense and bulky waste for your builder's skip as well as bulky waste and light installation waste such as bulbs and ballasts.

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Skip Permits: Do I need one?

Sometimes known as a skip licence, you'll need a skip permit if you're planning to situate the skip on a public road or a pavement. However, if the skip will be on your own property and won't cause an inconvenience to others, then a skip permit won't be necessary.

Although it's worth noting that you will need your landlord's permission if the property is not your own.Sometimes known as a skip licence, you'll need a skip permit if you're planning to situate the skip on a public road or a pavement. However, if the skip will be on your own property and won't cause an inconvenience to others, then a skip permit won't be necessary. Although it's worth noting that you will need your landlord's permission if the property is not your own.

Should you need it, your skip permit can be organised by Clearabee; just be sure to mention it when you place your order. There are hefty fines to be had if you don't have the appropriate permit or if it runs out whilst the skip is still being used though, so make sure your planning is all in place.

Other than that, you need to make sure that you have a flat and stable surface that allows the skip to be accessed and filled with ease and then you're ready to get filling. If you have any further queries regarding skip permits, then we have these

Whether it's garden waste, clearing a recently dismantled kitchen or de-littering the loft, hiring a skip is usually the most practical solution to your waste problem. However, physically filling the skip itself should be the most taxing aspect of your clear-out, whilst the booking process should be simple and stress-free by comparison.

With that in mind, we offer next day delivery with flexible removal options so you could start your project as early as tomorrow. Our

If you've still got questions on how you can hire your Clearabee skip, then have a look at our

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Do I need a skip?

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