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Everything You Need To Know About Skip Hire

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Skip hire for both domestic and commercial use is one of the most convenient and cost-effective waste and rubbish removal solutions. Whether you are clearing out rubbish and debris during a large-scale construction project or simply just doing some spring-cleaning, you’re bound to end up with a hefty amount of waste that will need disposing of, quickly and cheaply.

Ordering a skip for the first time (or anytime!) can be quite daunting. There are many factors to consider when choosing which skip to hire for your project, so we wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t know where to start.

Luckily for you, we’ve explained everything there is to know about skip hire, covering type and size of a skip as well as potential barriers and permits. We’ve also given you some hints and tips at the end so you know what to do from start to finish when it comes to rubbish removal and waste collection.

What type of skip do I need?

Here at Total Waste Services, we offer two types of skips:

  • Chain skips

These are ideal for domestic use and are perfect for smaller projects, such as house clearances, garden renovation and builders. They range from 2 to 16 yards and with a permit, they can even be placed on a public road for your convenience. Chain skips can also be used within the commercial sector and several can be hired to organise your waste into different streams.

  • Roll on Roll off (RoRo) skips

RoRo skips are perfect for commercial use and other large-scale projects that need to shift large amounts of bulky waste, such as soil, brick and concrete. These are often used for building sites and range between 20-40 yards.

What size skip do I need?

So now that you’ve decided on which type of skip is suitable for your project, next is to choose the size of your skip.

The size of your skip is a vital factor and should be considered carefully. If you hire a skip that is too small, you won’t be able to fit all of your waste in it and will be a potential danger. Hire a skip that is too big, then you’ll be wasting your money by not filling the space that you’ve paid for and that would be rubbish.  

Ordering the right skip for you should match your project goals, whether it’s renovating the kitchen of your dreams or leading a large scale construction project. The larger the project that is expected to have a hefty amount of waste, the bigger the skip you’ll need. The smaller the project with less waste, the smaller the skip you’ll need.

Our chain skips come in a range of sizes, starting at 2 yards and going all the way up to 16. Our RoRo skips, on the other hand, are offered in two sizes: 20 and 40 yards. That’s a huge range of sizes for you to work with, so we’re certain you’ll find the perfect size for your project.

What skip hire limitations do I need to understand?

Like most things, skip hire also has its limitations that need to be understood before you book.


Skips can be used in many different areas, such as your driveway, a construction site and even the side of a public road.

It’s important to be mindful of the location and to choose somewhere suitable for the skip to be delivered as it’ll be transported using a heavy loading vehicle. Ensure that there is easy access for the loading vehicle and ensure it can be manoeuvred safely.

This also includes the journey to and from the project location as there are some routes that have height, weight or width restrictions for example, tunnels with low ceilings and bridges, which trucks won’t be able to navigate through and over.

Types of waste

When possible, inform us of the waste type you require to dispose of at the time of booking. Some waste types are much heavier than others, for example soil and bricks are much heavier than wood and plastic so we can recommend the perfect size skip based on the waste.

There are a few types of waste and debris that cannot be disposed of using skip hire. Therefore, it’s important to understand before you book which types of waste you want to get rid of. Examples of waste that you can’t throw into a skip are:

  • Hazardous waste, such as asbestos and explosives
  • Electrical Items
  • Tyres
  • Fluorescent bulbs
  • Chemicals, paints and solvents
  • Medical waste
  • Compressed gas cylinders
  • Plasterboard (however, this can be disposed of using another dedicated skip.)
  • Mattresses (we can dispose of these however there is an additional charge per mattress)

For these types of waste, you can dispose and/or recycle using other services, which can be found through your local council or online.

Do I need a permit?

Depending on where you plan to site your skip, you may need an environmental skip hire permit from your local council.

If you want to put your skip on private property you do not need a permit. However, if you want to place your skip on a public road or highway, you will need to apply for a permit from your local council at an additional charge, but don’t worry we include this in your quote and arrange the permit for you. Just be mindful that some councils require time to process the application and give a decision.

All skips placed on a public highway must meet and maintain certain criteria outlined in the permit. If they do not, then you will, unfortunately, be liable for any subsequent action.

Hints and tips

We understand that there’s a lot to take in from this guide, so we’ve left you a few tips to take away:

  • Don’t overfill the skip. This can be dangerous and in some cases, makes it impossible for it to be lifted and removed.
  • Don’t have fires in the skips. This is illegal and you will be liable for replacement or repair costs.
  • Don’t mix hazardous waste with any other waste material, as this will incur additional costs and may mean we are unable to take your waste away.
  • Fill the skip to an even level, make the most of your skip after all!
  • Make all considerable efforts to deal with your waste responsibly and in line with UK waste law.

Start your next project

Whether you need to hire a skip for a home renovation project or a large-scale commercial project, let us help you get rid of the waste and debris. Get in touch today to receive a quote and start your next project today.

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