Important Information To Know Before Hiring A Skip

If you have not hired a skip in the past or used a professional company for commercial waste disposal, you might be unaware of how strict regulations can be regarding banned items. The following items are not allowed to be included in a standard skip, so will have to be disposed up at an extra cost, separate to your other waste.

  • Electrical Equipment
  • Plaster Board
  • Refrigerators or Freezers
  • Televisions and Computer Monitors
  • Batteries
  • Paint Cans
  • Tyres
  • Asbestos, Chemicals, Solvents, or Other Hazardous Waste Materials
  • Oil or Fuel, including empty gas containers

The items in the list above are not all banned, so make sure you check with the company you are hiring your skip from, as they might have more items on their list of restricted items. It is not wise to attempt to hide any banned items within the skip, as the contents get separated out when they reach the disposal site and other items are recycled, so there is a high chance of getting caught and incurring a fine.

Examples of Skip Hire Permits

You will be required to obtain a permit if you plan on placing your skip on a footpath or public road. If you plan on placing the skip on private property, no permit is necessary.

You can purchase a permit from your local town council, and they are usually valid for a period of time ranging from 1 to 4 weeks. Costs can vary, but here are a couple of examples:

  • Residential street located in Camberley, Surrey – £70
  • Residential street located in Glasgow – £51
  • Residential street located in Eccles, Manchester – £15

Limits on Weight

Each company that hires out skips will have a set maximum limit for the weight of their skips. Putting too many items that are heavy in the skip will make it impossible for the lorry that collects it to lift it from the ground. If it was able to, it may put the lorry over its legal weight. Then you will be forced into the undesirable task of removing items from the skip to lower the weight.

Therefore, you should take extra care if you plan on placing bricks, earth, or hardcore, especially if it is weight. Call up your hire company if you are worried about weight limits.

As a rule, skips that are up to 8 square yards in size can be filled completely with heavy items like earth or bricks. However, larger skips should not be completely filled, use items that are lighter to fill the space remaining.

Skips up to 8 Square Yards – Can handle heavy load when full

Skips up to 12 square yards – Limit to 40 percent heavy items and 60% light

Skips up to 14 square yards – Maximum 30 percent heavy items, 70 percent light

This is only a general guide.

The most popular skip in the construction industry is the 8 yard one, however, if you will be loading mostly light but bulky items, it might be better to opt for a 10-12 yard skip.

It is a good idea to contact your hire company and find out their exact requirements when it comes to weight limits, while you are getting your estimate of cost.

Time Limit

Some companies that hire skips offer a single price good for 1-2 weeks, then add additional costs as more time is required, usually measured in a few pounds for every additional day. Some companies have no limits for time, however, they generally cost more.


If you are looking to lower costs, it might be smart to hire a specialist in house clearing to get rid of items you might want to put into your skip. These companies will often remove the items for free, as they sell them to make a profit. They might be interested if you have scrap metal, or other items you believe are simply junk. It just depends on your plans for the skip, as one person’s junk is another’s treasure.

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