Whether you are a homeowner having a run-of-the-mill clear out, or a contractor needing to dispose of rubble on a work site, having an efficient way to dispose of a large amount of waste is essential.

The answer? Hire a skip!

Easier said than done – do you know what you should look for when trying to choose a skip hire company? Before you go ahead and make that booking, there are a few factors you need to take into consideration.

In this article we’ll discuss everything you need to know before you hire a skip.


What Skip Size Do You Need?

Before you choose a skip hire company, you need to determine which skip is the right size for you. This depends on what you are using the skip for, and what materials you are going to be disposing of.

Skips come in a variety of different sizes. These include 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 yards, as well as roll on, roll off skips, which are significantly larger for construction or industrial work.

For small scale domestic use, such as house renovations, a skip between 4- 8 yards is probably an adequate size for you.

However, you may want to enquire how many bags of waste the skip can contain to determine whether any of these sizes are suitable for your needs.

A roll on, roll off (or RoRo) skip is a large-scale skip of 17 yards or more that is suitable for construction waste. This includes materials such as metal, soil, plastic, furniture or packaging, making it appropriate for building sites.

A company may have different types of skips for different materials, such as metal, plastic and wood, for the purpose of recycling, so you will need to check which type of skip applies for your needs.

Not sure what size of skip you need? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our skip specialists today!


How Much Does a Skip Cost to Hire?

Before you book your skip hire, you should be aware that the price may vary depending on 4 factors:

  • The size of skip
  • How long you would like to hire it for
  • The weight of any waste
  • Your location

Our advice is to get a quote from a few companies you are considering in order to determine who can offer you the best price. You could be over charged by one company, when another was prepared to offer you a more competitive price.

Get a quote for your skip hire needs today >


Skip Collection & Delivery

Most skip hire companies offer a fixed time agreement, but you can also enquire as to whether flexible collection can be arranged.

It is worth determining a collection date once you have hired your skip, so you know that it will be collected swiftly once you have filled it. You might also want to find out if there is a standard collection fee.


Look for a Certified Skip Hire Company

Before you make your booking, you need to find out if the company you want to hire from is fully licenced. If they are not a certified skip hire company, you may find that you have issues with them later down the line, ranging from pricing disputes to poor collection availability.

You should also be aware of what the company intend to do with the waste. We recommend that you ask about their recycling policy. You want to make sure that your waste is recycled and not illegally discarded.


Do You Need a Skip Permit?

When browsing through company websites, you may have read that you need a permit, but when is this necessary?

If your skip is going to be placed on a public road, you will need to apply for a permit from your local council. However, if your skip is going on private land, such as a driveway or a garden, a permit isn’t needed.

Here are some rules you need to follow for skip placement:

  • Do not block access to driveways or utility access
  • Keep the skip more than 15m away from junctions
  • A parking suspension will be given to those who place skips on yellow lines
  • A skip cannot be placed on a pavement


How Much do Skip Permits Cost?

There are no fixed costs for skip permits from your local council, meaning it may cost anywhere between £60-£150. The permit will last for up to 30 days, so if you need it for longer you will have to renew it.


Check Reviews & Ratings

Lastly, this may seem like a fairly obvious point, but having a quick online search for customer testimonials may help you to narrow down your list of possible businesses.

Any company website may make their services seem promising, but a customer review detailing their own experience is a more credible source for whether that business is the right choice for you.


Skip Hire Services from ETM Recycling

At ETM Recycling, we believe that hiring a skip should be a hassle-free experience. Our clients rely on our waste management fleet (the largest in the South West!) because we’re the most reliable and efficient choice you can make.

We offer a range of different skip sizes, from 4 – 12 yards, to large scale RoRo skips, for both domestic and industrial purposes.

To arrange skip hire from ETM Recycling, please complete our enquiry form and we can provide you with a quotation.

For any further enquiries or advice on hiring your skip, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our friendly team.