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Skip Hire: What You Need to Know

Hiring a skip is a great way to get rid of a large amount of rubbish in one go. Skips are usually used for specific projects such as home renovation or gardening/landscaping work. Put simply, if you’re going to generate a lot of building waste or gardening rubbish then you need a skip.

Where can I put my skip?

This will depend on size, but essentially there are two options: on your property or on the highway near your property. Remember you’ll need a space big enough for the skip lorry to drop and pick up the skip. These vehicles can be as wide as 9-10 feet and can take some maneuvering, and remember they are much heavier than your car, especially when picking up a loaded skip, but you should discuss access with Rabbit Skips beforehand.

Do I need a Highway Permit?

If you don’t have sufficient space on your own property you will need a skip permit from your local council to put it on the road. This may be a simple process – Rabbit Skips will sort the permit for you – or it can become more complicated if, for example, you require a particularly large skip, or if the skip is positioned somewhere that requires parking bay suspension as well. Make sure you plan ahead as it can take some days to get a permit, to avoid possible fines, and to avoid complaints from your neighbours who may feel they haven’t been given adequate notice. Remember, there is a charge from each local Council for the issue of a skip permit.

What size skip do I need?

When you order your skip make sure you get one that it is the right size for the job. If you’re having work done then your contractor might be able to suggest the one for you, otherwise bear in mind a 2 cubic yard skips can hold 40 black bags of rubbish, while a 12 cubic yard skip will hold 240 black bags – take a look at the Rabbit Skips website for photos of each sized skip.

Other points to consider

Think about the weight of the rubbish you are disposing – eight bin bags of soil will weigh more than eight bin bags of household material so discuss this with your supplier before booking your skip. Also, skips must always be loaded level so they can be safely transported on the road. Finally, remember there are some types of waste that cannot be put into skips – these include paints, solvents, fridges, TVs, monitors, car tyres and so on – products and materials which may be hazardous to people and the environment.

At Rabbit Group we recycle and reuse as much waste as possible, so whatever you put in your skip, we’ll do all we can to make sure it doesn’t end up heading for landfill. Book your Rabbit Skip online today, or contact us via 01903 762020 or for more information.