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Skip Hire: Everything you need to know

19 May 2022

Whether you’re looking to perform some building works, refurbish your home or renovate your garden, skips are perfect for removing waste from all types of household and commercial projects.

But if you’ve never hired one before, you may be confused on where your skip should be placed and what can and can’t go in it.

As specialists in skip hire, we have provided this complete guide to explain everything you need to know about hiring a skip.

Read on so you can fully understand where and what you can put in your skip from W&S.

Contact us today to arrange your skip hire.

What can you put in a skip?

Suitable objects that can be put in your skip can be categorised into household items and heavy materials as outlined below.

Household items

These are everyday domestic objects such as wood, tiles, paper, furniture and cardboard, garden waste and clothes.

Heavy materials

Typically associated with building works, heavy materials that can go into your skip include concrete, bricks, metals, pottery and clay, rubble and stones.

What can’t go in a skip?

The following items are not permitted into our skips:

  • asbestos (or anything resembling asbestos)
  • fluorescent tubes
  • gas bottles/cylinders
  • tyres/batteries
  • solvent cans & paint cans
  • fridges/freezers
  • tv's and computer monitors
  • clinical/medical waste
  • tree roots
  • plasterboard/gypsum
  • fire extinguishers
  • liquid wastes (as described in the Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005)

See our Terms of Hire for more information.

Can skips take plasterboard?

No – plasterboards are not permitted within our general waste skips, however contact us for specific information on our plasterboard accepted skip hire.

Can skips take mattresses?

Yes, however there is a limit of only two double mattresses or four single mattresses.

Can skips take garden waste?

If you’re looking to renovate your garden, you can hire a skip with W&S to dispose of any wood, metal, concrete, soil and green waste.

What are the different skip sizes?

Skips come in a whole range of sizes, which means there will always be one suitable for the project you’re completing. From 4 yard to 12-yard skips, there’s more information about the different skip sizes in our skip size document.

Where can skips be placed?

Popular areas for your skip’s location include driveways and gardens. Provided there is suitable access, you can place a skip on private land (as there should be no risk to public safety).

Can skips go on the road?

You can place your skip on the road, but you’ll need a permit from the council to ensure its location is not causing issues with public safety. We can help you with an application.

Can skips go on grass?

Yes – whilst this may be considered challenging, skips can be placed on the grass of your front or back garden provided there is suitable access.

Skips versus bags

Skip bags are considered an alternative to skips which can also be used for the disposal or household or garden waste.

We don’t recommend using skip bags for a number of reasons. For instance, they may not be the most durable and can easily tear, especially if they are overfilled with sharp objects like nails.

They are also not environmentally friendly as they are made of plastic, meaning the bag itself will only end up at a landfill after one use.

Where do skips get emptied?

As well as owning a multitude of waste disposal sites across the south, our established connections with local councils and waste authorities means we can appropriately empty the contents of your skip at licensed waste recycling centres. This enables us to sort and recycle as much waste as possible before transferring any remains to the nearby landfill.

W&S are your skip hire specialists

From skip hire to tailored recycling services to suit the individual needs of each of our clients, we are completely committed to helping our customers resolve their waste problems.

We are a team consisting of recycling professionals that deal with commercial, residential and industrial clients from around the country. We pride ourselves on delivering outstanding customer service.

For more information on how you can hire a skip in your area, get in touch today via our contact webpage or call us on 01202 675564.

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Locate your nearest household waste centre and scrap yard using the list below. Unsure of where your waste needs to go? Contact our team and we'll be more than happy to help. For your local council charges visit the Oxford Council and Dorset For You websites.

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