Frequently Asked Questions
If you've got a question about our Skip Hire or how the Skip Hire Network service works, look no further. We've tried to answer all of the questions about Skip Hire we can think of, so take a look below, and if we've missed anything; contact us and let us know.
What can I put in my skip?
Skips are used for the removal of non-hazardous
waste such as building debris, household items and green waste etc. If you need to dispose of
hazardous waste you need special permits and containers. It is illegal for you to mix hazardous
waste with non-hazardous waste.
You may also request skips for scrap metal. These are available at a minimal cost and sometimes, even for free, depending on transportation costs and the volume of metal contained.
What types of skips are there?
There are two types of skips - covered and open. Open skips are the most commonly used; however, covered skips, in which the contents are protected from weather conditions, can be arranged at extra cost.
What will happen to my waste?
Your waste will be processed at an authorised treatment facility according
to all UK and EU legislation.
If you require a detailed summary of what happens to your waste we can provide this information for a fee.
How full can I load my skip?
By law you MUST NOT over-fill your skip. To ensure the skip is safe to
transport, you must ensure that it is not filled past the top of the sides. Over-filled skips will
not be taken under any circumstances.
If you are unsure YOU MUST ASK THE DRIVER before you start to fill your skip.
Where can I put my skip?
A skip can be placed anywhere on private property A skip can be placed
anywhere on your private property provided that the driver can access the location when the skip
wagon returns to collect it. You may NOT move a skip when it has been placed, or you may make it
inaccessible. Always give clear instructions to the skip wagon driver when he arrives at your
If you want to place your skip on public land (i.e. the road or pathway) you will require a permit from your Local Authority. Skip Hire Network will arrange this for you and any Local Authority charges will be added to your quote.
What skip size do I need?
This depends on the size and quantity of your waste. Skips are normally
better suited to the removal of dense and heavy waste, but can of course be used for any legal waste
Our skip size guide should be able to help you but if you’re still unsure call 0300 100 0028 for advice or send us an email.
What is regarded as Hazardous Waste?
Below is a list of our unnacepted and Hazardous waste. If you have any of
these, please call us to arrange appropriate removal, as this will require a special license and
type of waste removal solution.
• Corrosive liquid
• Biological waste
• Medical waste
• Laboratory waste
• Gas canisters
• Waste oils
• Motor oils
• Vehicle batteries
• Vehicle wheels
• Fire extinguishers
• Florescent tubes and light bulbs
• Televisions and computer monitors
How wide does our driveway or entrance have to be?
As a guide we would ask for 9-10 feet width on the entrance to a driveway to allow the skip lorry to get in. However, it may be possible for the skip to be dropped onto the driveway from the entrance to the property.
Do I need to inform the council?
We would always recommend calling your local council and enquiring, giving them as much detail as possible. As a rule of thumb, you won't need to inform them - but if you need to leave your skip on a public highway (such as a sidewalk or street) you must obtain a permit. We can do this for you, if you inform us.
How long can we keep the skip for?
Skip Hire Network will provide your skip for 2 weeks as a standard. Each additional week is charged at a further £10 + VAT.
4 Yard skips are enough for a small DIY project, such as a new bathroom. 14 Yard skips are the size of a car which is perfect for medium DIY projects. For larger projects (Like a full house refurb) we recommend a 16-20 Yard Skip.
We will accept any solid, non-hazardous waste. This means we cannot take the following items: Asbestos, fluids, lead-acid batteries, asbestos, box-style televisions and monitors, fridges and freezers, fluorescent tubes, clinical waste and tyres unless otherwise arranged with a representative, as these require special handling and permits.
All general household, commercial and garden wastes other than these are acceptable.