A Guide To Hiring A Skip In 2023 – Key Things Homeowners Need To Consider

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Are you a homeowner and are looking to carry out the renovation of your dreams? Or perhaps looking to upgrade your garden this summer? Or in need of a serious clear out? Then hiring a skip will definitely be on your agenda. And can make your waste clearance a whole lot simpler.

In the UK, hiring a skip is very straightforward. And with a great deal of local skip hire providers offering multiple skip sizes and affordable prices, hiring a skip for your property waste clearance is a no-brainer. In this article, we will offer you a helpful guide on hiring a skip in 2023. Plus, the important things you should always consider.

Understanding What Skip Size You Will Need

One of the first things you will always need to consider before hiring a skip is to understand which skip size you will need for your level of waste clearance. Skip sizes tailored for home waste disposal range from 2-yard skips up to 8-yard skips. And each size will be suitable for different types and sized waste clearances.

2-Yard Skip

A 2-yard skip is the most affordable option simply because it’s the smallest of skip sizes and is commonly referred to as a ‘mini skip’. These types of skips are well suited for small-scale DIY projects or small garden renovations.

4-Yard Skip 

Referred to as a ‘midi skip’, 4-yard skips are a recommended option if you are planning on small refurbishment work for your kitchen or bathroom. Or for a larger-scale garden renovation. 

6-Yard Skip

Commonly referred to as ‘small builder skips’, these sized skips are ideal for small building renovation projects like a complete kitchen fitting and re-design.

8-Yard Skip

An 8-yard skip is recommended for larger-scale building renovations such as double and single-storey extensions where a lot of building waste like concrete rubble will be amassed. These sized skips are referred to as ‘builders skips’.

The Cost Of Hiring A Skip In 2023

The cost of hiring a skip in 2023 will vary due to certain factors such as location, skip size, duration and the provider. Average skip hire prices that have been given by Checkatrade for home clearances include: 

  • Mini Skip (2-3 yard skip)  – Average cost – £105
  • Midi Skip (4-5 yard skip) – Average cost –  £190
  • Builder Skip (6-8 yard skip) – Average cost –  £305

Skip Hire Permits – Do You Require Them?

Ultimately, a skip hire permit is a legal requirement which is a licence granted to you from a local council that allows you to place your skip in a certain area. However, not everyone requires a skip permit. You only have to obtain a skip permit if you plan on placing your skip on public land like the side of the road.

If you do have private land where you plan on placing your skip on a driveway or other area that won’t affect any public access, then you don’t have to get a skip permit. If you do have to get a skip hire permit, many skip hire providers will offer to sort your permit out for you and include it in the overall price. This is recommended as it saves you the time and bother of having to do it yourself. 

What Types Of Waste Cannot Be Placed In A Skip?

Unfortunately, not everything can be disposed of in a skip. There are certain items that are deemed hazardous to the environment and are harmful to human health. These types of items commonly include:

  • Asbestos-containing materials
  • Tyres
  • Batteries
  • Medical waste (used needles, soiled dressings, radioactive materials etc)
  • Fridges, freezers
  • Any flammable substance
  • Oil, petrol and diesel
  • Electrical appliances
  • Gas canisters or bottles
  • Plasterboard
  • Mattresses
  • TVs and computer screens

When in doubt of a certain item you plan on placing in a skip, always contact your local council or skip hire provider.

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