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.
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.
We can also help commercial skip customers with a range of roro skips.
Things to think about:
Skip Sizes: How big is too big?
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.
It’s worth remembering that inaccurate estimates are often the cause of additional costs so if in doubt, shout or get in touch and we’ll advise on the best way to proceed.
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.
These items should NOT be put into a skip:
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 Frequently Asked Questions available for you to have a look at.
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 handy skip hire search is available to help you find the right skip for you.
Do I need a skip?
Clearabee House Clearance Service
Clearabee is the UK’s largest clearance company. We operate over 120 vehicles with almost 300 staff all over the country. We are the most reviewed company on Trustpilot and have featured in The Telegraph and The Sunday Times Fast Track.
The Benefits of booking a skip with Clearabee:
Hassle-free online booking
Save time and book online 24/7 with real-time pricing
Based on your location and the size of the skip required
Reduce the risk of environmental hazards or personal injury
Range of sizes available
No job’s too big… we’re sure to have the right skip size for you
Great for heavy waste removal
Almost all bulky waste found in the home or business can be thrown in a skip
14 day hire period
If you need to extend the hire period, you can get in touch with us to organise it
95% landfill diversion
Over 95% landfill diversion rate on average across the UK
Nationwide house clearances. We cover almost every UK postcode