Skip hire
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While your household rubbish bins can handle most of your domestic rubbish on a week to week basis, sometimes a project comes along which needs a bin that has a larger capacity for waste. House revamping, basement clear out, house extension jobs and garden makeovers will all generate a large amount of rubbish that requires a legal and quick method of collection and disposal. Hiring a skip is the most simple and cheapest way of disposing of significant quantities of rubbish, assuming that you select a skip of the correct size and use it properly and responsibly. To help you, below is a practical guide demonstrating how to hire a skip in 3 easy steps.

1. Decide on the size of skip you require

Selecting a skip of the correct size is critical; it’s better to hire one that’s marginally bigger than you require as this will end up being less expensive than realising later on in your job that you actually need to hire a second skip. Generally speaking skips can be hired 4 sizes:

Mini – this will hold the equivalent of 25 to 35 filled refuse bags.
Maxi – a 4 yard skip can take around 35 to 45 filled refuse.
6 yard – the most popular skip size, a builders skip has a capacity around 65 to 85 full refuse and is ideal for construction and house renovation rubbish
Large – this is for bigger or unusually shaped household items but shouldn't usually be used for soil or other heavy waste. Large skips will hold up to 210 full bin.

2. Ensure that your skip hire company is a certified rubbish carrier

It is required by law that any provider which transports and manages refuge materials has to be a approved rubbish operator and licensed to do so. This is required to prevent illegal waste disposal by rogue rubbish transportation companies. It is simple to check on approved rubbish carriers in your city using the search engine on the Environment Agency’s site.

3. Use your skip carefully and legally

It is illegal to overfill a skip; talk to your skip rental company as to what constitutes overfilling and ensure that you stick to their recommendation. Also, there are particular kinds of waste that cannot be placed in a skip for disposal. Such materials include: fridge-freezers, gas containers, asbestos, any kind of liquid (e.g. paint etc), car tyres, fluorescent lighting, vehicle batteries, tv's, medical rubbish and any chemical that could be toxic or a fire hazard.
If you need to dispose of any of these items ask for advice from your skip rental company or ask the council.