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Top 10 Questions for Skip Hire in Manchester

Skip hire companies have the essential job of obtaining skip permits for any individuals or firms which may need them. The majority of this process can be handled for you efficiently and problem-free. Keep reading to discover all the information you need regarding obtaining a skip hire permit in Manchester and have some of the most frequently asked questions conclusively answered.

1. Where Can and Can’t Skips be Placed?

Skips cannot be placed onto a public right of way, such as a pavement or footpath. Generally, skips which are being placed onto private land don’t require a permit. However, skips that are placed onto public space, such as on the road opposite a house, require a permit – which a waste removal company can simply sort out for you. 

A skip permit is also not only required for skips, but for any hippo and skip bags which are going to be placed in the area prior to obtaining a license as well.

2. What Waste can be Disposed of in the Skips?

Most waste items are fine to be disposed of in skips, however, there are specific items and materials which you cannot dispose of using skip hire. It is important to know which materials you can and cannot dispose of before arranging a skip hire. The major types of waste which you cannot dispose and that you must consult with a waste disposal service about specifically are: 

  • Paints, solvents and other chemicals
  • Hazardous waste (e.g. asbestos – as mentioned above – and explosive materials)
  • Fluorescent bulbs
  • Mattresses (there is an additional charge per mattress if you wish to dispose of these with a waste disposal company)
  • Medical waste products
  • Compressed gas cylinders
  • Plasterboarding (a specific type of skip can dispose of these)
  • Electrical Items
  • Tyres

2. What are Chain and RoRo Skips?

Chain skips are the most common and convenient solution for domestic use and are ideal for any small waste disposal solutions such as small-medium building projects, house clearances and gardening projects. These can be placed on a public road with a permit. Alternatively, these types of skips are so versatile they can be used for commercial projects. For example, you can hire multiple skips to separate your waste types into different groups.

RoRo (meaning Roll on – Roll off) is a type of skip and container which is frequently used by commercial clients with larger waste disposal needs. These heavy-duty solutions are the obvious choice for commercial use and large scale projects (e.g. moving vast amounts of bulky waste) due to their large size and guaranteed durability. For those who work in the construction industry and on building sites, RoRo skips offer the perfect solution to all your commercial waste removal needs, as they are made to deal with heavy materials such as brick, concrete, soil, wood and metal of all shapes and sizes.

4. Is Next Day Delivery Available for Skips?

Yes – Total Waste Services offer next day delivery is on all RoRo and chain skips in Manchester, Telford and Liverpool amongst our other waste removal services. This means you do not need to wait around for space to be cleared before continuing with any commercial projects. 

5. Why are Waste Removal Companies so Strict on not Overfilling the Skip? 

People are often unaware that placing too many items in the skip can actually be extremely dangerous to members of the public. For example, items could fall out and hit passing civilians and/or vehicles – including the user themselves. Your skip hire company will simply unload the excess items, leaving the customers with more work to remove and dispose of the excess waste. Also, if overweight, it would be illegal for the driver to carry the skip on their lorry.

6. How do you Safely Dispose of Waste in Houses Suspected of Containing Asbestos?

A general rule to follow is this: Houses built prior to the mid-1980s are very likely to contain asbestos; those built between the mid-1980s and 1990 are likely to contain asbestos products; whilst those properties built in the 1990s or any time after that are quite unlikely to contain any asbestos-containing products.

If you suspect there are asbestos-containing products in your house, then you should never attempt to remove this by yourself as it could cause long term damage to both yourself and others living in the property. 

It is also imperative that you do not knowingly place any asbestos in household waste or recycling collections. Once asbestos has been located, you should contact your local waste removal services and they will dispose of it safely and efficiently for you.

7. What Size Skip do I Need?

It’s essential to do a quick waste estimation prior to beginning the process so that you are aware of what size of skip you need in comparison to how much waste you have to be disposed of. This is not only important to prevent against over-filling, but also in relation to ensuring that you make the most out of your chosen skip size and get good value for the price you’re paying.

As mentioned above, chain skips come in a wide array of sizes ranging from 2 to 16 yards. RoRo skips, meanwhile, are only available in 20 and 40-yard sizes. Ultimately, there are a lot of choices available to ensure that you find the perfect size skip for your waste removal needs.

As a general rule, you can assign a full bin bag value to each skip size to get a good estimation of what solution you need. For example, the 2-yard skip will hold approximately 15-20 bin bags within it.

8. What Happens to your Waste after Removal?

This tough question requires a detailed answer. The disposal and recycle journey that your waste will take is highly specific to the exact materials you are disposing of. Different waste materials such as paper, glass, cardboard, metal and plastic will all embark on a far different recycling journey after being left out for collection.

Sandfold Lane Household Waste and Recycling Centre is the most likely destination for the waste of those based in the Manchester area  as it is able to recycle the likes of: 

  • Batteries
  • Cans
  • Cardboard
  • Cell Batteries
  • Computer Monitors
  • Fluorescent Tubes
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Gas Bottles
  • Glass
  • Green Waste,
  • Oil
  • Paper
  • Rubble
  • Scrap Metal
  • Textiles
  • TVs
  • Tyres
  • Wood

9. How can you Ensure that as Much Waste is Recycled as Possible?

This is essentially dependant on two major factors: how environmentally conscious the waste disposal company you’re working with is and how much energy you’re willing to put into the sorting process. Total Waste Services implement a fully eco-friendly waste disposal practice whenever possible, leaving you confident that you are contributing to the cleanest removal of waste items possible.

Also, we’ll help you to recycle as much of your waste as possible by providing different skips for different types of waste. This will allow the waste to be appropriately sorted,   in less waste being sent to landfill unnecessarily.

10. How can I be Waste Free Today?

  1. Select your service
  2. Pick a date
  3. Get confirmation
  4. Get waste free

It Really is that Simple.

With no hassle quotes and 5-star local reviews, Total Waste Services are a full-service waste removal company based in Manchester. Get a quote today and one of our professional, friendly team will be on hand to answer any further queries and get you on the way to fulfilling your waste removal needs.

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