Almost everyone needs to hire a skip at some point; therefore you need to know the process of hiring one. The process can become complex for some people, especially if there is confusion about the skip size and weight.
So, if you are new to the process of hiring a skip or are unfamiliar with the laws and permits that surround it, here is a complete guide for you. If you are looking to hire a mini skip, we also cover this too.
1. What Size of Skip Should I Hire?
One of the most common questions among people new to skip hire is deciding which size of skip to hire. The size of the skip you are about to hire does not only depend on the amount of waste, but also on the amount of space you have to put that skip. The ideal size can be determined by keeping these two things in mind. But keep in mind that the larger the skip, the more waste can be removed in one go; hence you wouldn’t have to pay for additional permits.
2. How Much Does a Skip Hire Cost in Poole?
The prices of a skip depend on a lot of factors including its size, geography, and whether or not you need a skip permit. The bigger the skip is, the more it is going to cost you, additionally, the average price for an off-road skip is usually from £250 to £300. Different companies offer different prices for their skip services but it is important to remember that hiring a skip costs 20% more than having the waste you’d put in the skip removed by man and van services.
So, unless you have a lot of dirty, runny waste to dispose of, it is cheaper for you to hire a man and van service to dispose of your waste.
3. What Type of Waste Can You Put in a Skip in Poole?
The list for what can be placed in a skip is vast, so here are a few things that cannot be disposed of in a skip at any cost.
- Toxic or hazardous materials
- Fridges, freezers, and AC units
- Clinical and Medical waste
- Paint, Cans/Tubs of Paint
- TV and Computer screens
- Fluorescent bulbs
- Toxic liquids
- Gas cans and glass bottles
- Electrical wires or other equipment
- Batteries, old cells
It is also important to bear in mind that if any of these materials are found in your skip at the time of disposal, you will be charged a fine for it and the items will be returned to you. Keep an eye on your skip to make sure nobody else puts their waste in. Because after the collections of the filled skip by the company, you will be held responsible for the waste found in your skip.
The skip you hire needs to be placed somewhere for the duration of its use. Most homeowners make room for the skip on their property which does not require them to have a permit. But if you put your skip on a public highway, you will require a skip permit from the council.
Skip permits are necessary and have to be organized before the skip has been delivered. They require a fee and it can take a few days to arrange one. Most skip hire companies can arrange the permits for you if you tell them in advance, and deliver it to you at the time of skip delivery.
5. What is a CPZ Suspension?
CPZ stands for Control Parking Zone and refers to the part of the road where you can only park under special circumstances. CPZs apply to several things and in this case, it applies to skip use, too. So if you are planning to park your skip in a CPZ, you will need an additional permit from the council. These two permits must be obtained before you can place your skip on a CPZ. The cost of this permit is added to the hiring cost and most companies take care of these permits for you.
6. What Kind of Skip Should I Hire: Mixed Waste Skip or Inert Waste Skip in Poole?
If you are hiring a skip for your house, you should always consider hiring the mixed waste skip rather than an inert waste skip. This is because in a household, you will be getting rid of several different waste materials. Inert or chemically inactive waste skips are for construction sites and home projects that only have inert waste to dispose of like cement, rubble, soil, and sand. Inert waste is not disposable so it gets recycled into other construction projects meanwhile the waste from mixed waste skip gets sorted and recycled accordingly.
Mixed waste can be an assortment of anything found in a household like a builder’s waste, refuse from the garden, furniture, mattresses, carpet, and other household junk. Inert waste skips are cheaper than mixed waste skips and the former are generally hired by construction companies and tradesmen rather than homeowners.
7. What Are Wait and Load Skips?
A wait-and-load skip is exactly like it sounds. The skip is delivered to you but the skip lorry waits for you to load the waste into the skip and then removes the skip immediately. This is a great option for you if your waste is ready to go and there is limited space for you to place the skip.
8. How Long Can I Hire a Skip for?
The average hiring period for skips is up to two weeks but the date of collection is flexible. You can specify to the skip hiring company when you want it removed and they will pick it up within a few days of your request. If you need the skip for a longer period, mention it to the skip hiring company at the time of hire. It depends on the company if they want to charge you extra for it or do it without any additional cost.
One thing to remember is that if you have a skip permit for two weeks and your skip is placed on public property for more than the allotted time, you may be fined. For you to extend your skip hiring period, you will also need to extend your skip permit.