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Skip Hire

July 29, 2020

Insulation4less Offers Fast delivery on Skip Hire anywhere in the UK

Insulation4Less have partnered with WasteOnline to provide the UK with a fast premium level skip hiring service at affordable rates.

Skip hire can be an affordable and convenient waste removal solution in many circumstances, with numerous sizes and configurations available. Skips are available in a range of different sizes and shapes to suit almost any task. The size that you will need is dependent on the amount of waste you will be producing.

For smaller jobs, a mini (2 to 3 yard) or midi (4 to 5 yard) skip will often be suitable. These skips are popular with domestic consumers, who are undertaking smaller home improvement tasks, such as garden clearance, or bathroom refit.

What can you throw into a skip?

The items that will and won’t be accepted in a skip often varies slightly between skip providers, but as a general guide, the items that are permitted in a skip include:

  • Rubble
  • Soil
  • Domestic waste
  • Wood
  • Plastic
  • Organic waste
  • Metal
  • Furniture
  • Cardboard

Items not allowed in a skip include:

  • Hazardous waste (asbestos, explosives, etc.)
  • Electrical Items
  • Tyres
  • Fluorescent bulbs
  • Chemicals, paint, solvents
  • Medical waste
  • Compressed gas cylinders

Plasterboard is another material that is not allowed in a skip with mixed waste. Plasterboard must be kept separate from other waste, either in its own skip or in a plasterboard skip bag.

When is a skip hire permit required?

 Skip permits are only required when placing a skip on council land, such as a public road, but can be avoided when placed on privately owned land. Skip hire permits are issued by the local council authority, and prices vary, often ranging from £15 to upwards of £60.

How long do skip permits last?

A skip permit typically lasts one or two weeks, depending on the council.  Most councils allow for this initial period to be extended (for an additional fee), so contact them in advance if you need more time.  If you keep a skip for longer than the timeframe allowed by your permit, you may face a fine.

How much do skip permits cost?

The cost of a skip licence varies depending on where you are in the UK. The average cost is around £30. When the skip provider organises the permit on your behalf, they add the permit cost to the overall hire charge.  Some also add a small admin fee on top. 

Insulation4less Skip hire tips

  • Don’t try to hide prohibited items in the middle of a skip. 
  • Skips are emptied after collection so the waste can be separated and recycled.
  • Prohibited items will be found and you may be fined.
  • You are responsible for all of the waste inside your skip bin when it is collected, so be mindful of unwanted additions to your skip when placing an open skip in a publically accessible area.
  • You may be fined or prosecuted if you use a skip hire provider who is not licensed. 
  • If you are looking for an environmentally friendly waste disposal solution, you may be happy to know that most skip hires companies achieve high levels of recycling. 
  • Skip providers empty and sort each individual skip. 
  • Recycling is important to ensure hire prices are kept low.

Don’t Go Over the Weight Limit

Skips have weight limits so that collection lorries are able to safely lift and remove the skip from your property. It’s essential you don’t overload a skip for many reasons, including potential fines and the frustration of having to remove items to lighten the load.

In general, smaller skips, like the 8-yard varieties, can be completely filled with heavy items. However, larger skips may have limits. For example, a 12-yard skip might only take 60% light items and 40% heavy items. If you’re uncertain, talk to skip hire companies about the materials you’re throwing away so you can get the right advice.

Restrictions

You can’t put a skip on the pavement. You don’t need a skip licence if you’re putting the skip entirely on private land.

You may need to put safety lights and markings on or around the skip. This could include:

  • reflective markings
  • traffic cones
  • night-time safety lamps
  • the name and telephone number of the skip hire company

Contact your local council to find exact rules for lights and markings in your area.

Skip lights

Fines and penalties

If you don’t put up the required safety lights and markings, you could be fined up to £1,000.

Unfortunately, if you’re not able to have your skip delivered on private lands, such as a driveway, you’ll need it placing on the roadside and for this, you’ll have to apply for a permit. These vary in cost depending on the local council, but it’s vital to obtain one or risk being fined.




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