Skip hire – what you need to know


Hiring a skip doesn’t need to be a hassle. However, the amount of choice and range of options available can be overwhelming.
If you hire skips regularly, you’ll know what to look out for already and hopefully the tips below can still help. If you are new to skip hire, here a few handy hints to help you on your way:

1.     Is it legal?
Skips require a permit and these are issued to licensed waste collectors. They usually take 48 to be authorised by the local authority. Ward can sort the permit for you and ensure that the waste in your skip is processed in line with environment agency regulations.

Be wary of any providers who are not able to provide registration and certification documents, as penalties for illegal dumping of waste are high.

2.     How much does it cost?
It varies depending on what type of skip you need, where you live and for how long. Typical prices for a 3 cubic yard skip start from £130 for one week hire. However, there are discounts available for multiple skip hire.

Get a full breakdown of the range of Skips and Roll on/Roll offs available.

You can get online quote in four easy steps.

3.     What can I put in the skip?
You can put a range of waste into your skip, this includes:

–    Industrial Waste

–    Builders Waste

–    Household Waste

–    Garden Waste

–    Packaging Waste

–    Hardcore/Rubble

–    Wood, Metal, Bricks, Soil and Stone

If you stick with this sort of waste and don’t overfill the skip, you shouldn’t have any problems.

4.     What can’t go in a skip?
Skips can’t be used for all types of waste, the following need to be disposed of separately in special waste collections:

–    Food Waste

–    Televisions

–    Computer monitors

–    Fridges/Freezers

–    Hazardous Waste

–    Full paint cans

–    Gas Canisters

–    Aerosols

–    Tyres

–    Plasterboard

–    Mattresses

Also, too much of anything is a bad thing. Skips have a fill line and over filling a skip, even with allowable waste will cause problems with collection as it is dangerous to transport a skip with too much waste. If you have a lot of rubbish to clear, to be on the safe side, order a larger size.

5.     When will it be delivered/collected?
Whenever you want, within reason. We can usually get a skip out to you within 48 hours or less if required. You can book in the date and time you want your skip delivered and we’ll bring it to your specified location.

When you want the skip picking up, we’ll come and collect it and dispose of the waste responsibly. We’ll do our best to get to you as soon as we can, however we would urge you to be patient, as sometimes things don’t go to plan on previous jobs – particularly if skips are overfilled or contain hazardous waste.

6.     How do I pay?
Gone are the days of the driver taking cash at the door – and be wary of anyone that still does. Our online quote system takes the hassle out of payment. You have the option to pay by credit or debit card or we can send you an invoice.

7.     Why does the price vary so much?
There are a range of suppliers of skips each with varying standards. Costs vary due to the prices of permits in different areas and the overheads incurred by the hire company including vehicle and public liability insurance, land fill tax, fuel, waste recycling and disposal costs.

Ward offers a competitively priced and regulated skip hire service, with delivery and collection services throughout Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire.

8. What happens to skip waste?
Worryingly, many people are not really interested in what happens next, they are just happy to have their waste removed. Responsible waste disposal is essential to increase recycling and reduce waste to landfill.

The cheaper the skip hire costs, the less the likelihood that the waste is being responsibly managed.

Ward aims to divert 100% of the waste it collects from landfill. All waste from skips is processed at one of our four state of the art processing plants in the East Midlands. It is sorted and separated into different types of material including paper, cardboard, glass, wood, metal and soils. Where possible it is recycled and turned into bio fuel, sold to the construction industry as aggregates or metals for manufacturing.

Still got questions about skips?
Visit our FAQs page or contact our waste specialists on 0345 337 00 00 for advice.