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The Good Skip Guide

The Good Skip Guide

Where Can I Find A Skip Company?

In reading this you’re already searching the internet, which is a great way to find a good skip company. You will want to check they have a waste carriers licence, and the price (see below for cost). You’ll find any skip you see down your road will have a name and number on, this is a requirement by law and does make it a lot easier to see which skip companies operate in your area. You’ll find some you get in touch with may be skip brokers, this can have its pro’s and cons. With the Waste Place you can send out for multiple quotes with the knowledge everyone responding is fully licensed.

What Can I Put In My Skip?

Our first answer would be to ask the skip company you have decided use. Skip companies are very happy to offer advice. There are a few waste streams which you commonly cannot put in a skip:

  • Oil, Petrol, Paint
  • Gas canisters, pressurised containers
  • Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Asbestos
  • Tyres
  • TV and Computer Screens
  • Plasterboard
  • Batteries
  • Fridges and Freezers
  • Hazardous and toxic materials

Most companies will be able to offer advice if some of your waste is on the above list!

What Skip Size Do I need?

See below for our basic guide to what you can fit in a skip;

  • 2 yard skip – 20-30 bin bags. 4 household bins. 1 Sofa
  • 4 yard skip – 30-40 bin bags. 8 household bins. 2 sofa’s
  • 6 yard skip – 50-60 bin bags.  12 household bins. 3 sofa’s
  • 8 yard skip – 60-80 bin bags.  16 household bins. 4 sofa’s
  • 12 yard skip – 100-120 bin bags. 24 household bins. 6 sofa’s

For trade or builders waste, view the end of our builders’ waste guide, in the estimation section (link).

How Much Does A Skip Cost?

Skip prices vary depending on a number of factors; the size of the skip, the waste material going in the skip and location (distance from skip companies base of operation). Also, if you go over the time period of hire, need a road permit from the council (a good skip company will organise this for you) or put banned items in the skip, it could incur further cost.

Above we have provided a guide to help you estimate the volume of waste you have to help guide the size of the skip you need. Then you will want to check the prices of the skip with the waste type you have to be removed. On our quote search you’ll find this all set up so the quotes you receive are specifically for your size and material requirement.  Following this we recommend that you check with the skip company you choose to see is there is an extra cost on the length of time you hire for.  Most skip companies will expect you to have the skip for 1-2 weeks, if you go over this time their maybe additional charges, and finally don’t forget about the VAT on top!

What Is A Skip Permit?

A skip permit applies when the skip you hire is on any public road or pavement. A permit is issued by your local council. If the skip is on private land, such as a driveway, then a skip permit will not be needed. Most skip companies will be able to apply on your behalf, although some councils require the hirer to handle this themselves. Our advice is to check with your skip company who will ensure you are covered.  The average cost of a skip permit is £15-£35 but can be higher or lower and is totally dependent on the area that you live in.

As well as a skip permit if the skip is placed in a controlled parking zone (CPZ), in a residents parking bay or metered parking area then you will need a parking bay suspension as well from your council. The price varies greatly, in London being as much as £80 per day, although in some areas this may be free to apply. This is generally charged on a daily or weekly rate so it is important to think this aspect through as to where you will place your skip.

Where Can I Put My Skip?

Before hiring you need to consider where it will go. Discussion with the skip company as to their access needs may help. You will want to be as close as possible to the waste source.

One factor already explained is the skip permit and parking suspension fee. As well as this you will also want to consider the ability for the skip lorry to get to your drop off point, skip lorries are normally 8.5 -9.5 feet wide, and will need space to manoeuvre and turn to drop your skip off, also the lightest are the 7.5ton so will need a fairly solid ground to ensure they don’t get stuck.

When dropping the skip, the lorry arms raise in height, so low hanging trees can be an issue. Most drivers are very good at dropping in specific locations, if they can get their vehicle in place. And remember they can usually drop over low fences and walls.

It is also possible, when the skip is empty, to move the skip once dropped, but you have to remember it needs to be collected, so can’t be placed in an inaccessible position!!


This guide is aimed to offer supporting information and advice to hiring your skip, if any doubt talking to your chosen skip company before drop off will be valuable to ensure there will be no issues with your skip hire.

Ben: 24th Nov 2017 14:06:00

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