Hiring a skip might sound fairly straightforward, but there’s a little more to it than one might expect. We know that you might have a few questions about the process of booking, loading, and dispatching your skip, and about all the legal stuff that might need to happen beforehand. Well, fret not: we’ve helpfully compiled a list of frequently asked questions (that’s FAQs, for those acronym lovers out there) to help you get started with what’s going on and why. And if there are any other questions you might have, feel free to give us a call; our friendly staff would be happy to hear from you and help you out in any way they can.

What can i put in 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 premises.

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 will happen to my waste?

One of the things we pride ourselves on a Skip and Waste is our contribution towards renewable energies. It’s part of our ongoing mission to help the environment in any way we can. That’s why when you hire one of our skips, our dedicated team will categorise your waste in order to identify what materials can be reused or recycled, and as a result, we are able to repurpose up to 98% of the waste that we collect. We are partnered with some of the most reliable waste recycling plants in the UK, as well as a number of biomass plants that are able to turn organic waste — such as plants and soil found in garden rubbish — into clean, renewable energies. And the best part is, we’ll sort all of it out for you, so you can be eco-friendly without the hassle.

How much waste can I load in my skip?

As a rule of thumb, you can generally judge how much your skip can carry by remembering that one cubic yard’s worth of a skip’s volume can contain up to one metric tonne (equal to 1,000 kilograms). For example, with a capacity of 1.52 m³ — or 2 cubic yards — a 2-yard skip can hold around two tonnes of waste. However, with larger skips — such as the 12-yard skip — it is unwise to load exclusively dense materials, as the combined weight can make collection extremely difficult. That’s why a 12-yard skip can only carry up to 8 tonnes. Don’t worry if it’s a little difficult to work out what your skip can hold; just call us for any advice you might need.

Where can I put my skip?

When we deliver our skip to your property, you’ll need it positioned in a way that allows us to collect it with minimal fuss. You’ll need to position your skip or skip bag next to a lorry-accessible road (a road with a minimum width of 4 metres), and make sure there are no aerial obstructions nearby that might impede collection, such as overhanging branches or high walls. If you need to, you can ask for advice from our driver when the skip arrives; they’re always happy to help in whatever way they can. Once you get all that sorted, you can start loading!

How can I get a public highway permit?

Normally, getting a public highway permit — also known as a ‘skip license’ — requires you to contact your local council and provide them with all the usages of the skip, including when, where, and for how long. Many councils deal exclusively with skip companies, meaning that it can be almost impossible to garner a permit if you’re outside of the industry. Thankfully, we’ll handle all of that for you, so you can get on with your day, and we’ll get you the very best price to boot thanks to our fantastic relationship with UK councils. Whenever you hire a skip with us, we guarantee to get you a public highway permit if you need one, so you can relax knowing that with Skip and Waste, you’re always legally secure.

What types of skip are there?

Standard skips are the big yellow ones you might see on a construction site or outside a garage on your way to work, and are in high demand mainly because they’re reliable and easy to use. Skips come in a variety of sizes, from the ‘mini’ 2-yard skips, to the 12-yard giants, each size being suited to a different type of job. You can check all the info at our ‘Skip Sizes’ page. Alternatively, we also offer 1-yard skip bags, a smaller but more flexible solution to the standard wait and load skips. Skip bags are ideal for smaller jobs that operate in more awkward spaces.