Skip Hire – A Comprehensive Guide For Beginners

Whether you are clearing your garage, undertaking a DIY gardening project, or shifting your office, hiring a skip bin is the best way to deal with your debris and unwanted materials.

However, if you have never hired one before, the process can turn out to be a little intimidating as there are so many things that you need to consider before finalizing your skip hire company.

What is the cubic size? What is the current skip hire prices? What are Mini Skip, Builder skip, and other different skip sizes – With so many questions and industry jargon, a first-time skip hirer can feel a bit at sea. To make the process easier for you, the experts at RMS skips have answered the most common questions about skip hire in this article.

In this article, we have covered everything you need to know about hiring a skip for your residential or commercial waste management requirements. If we have missed out on any information, you can always contact our experts and get your questions answered.

A Beginner’s Guide For Efficient Skip Hire Process

What to put and what not in a Skip Hire?

Skip bins take care of all your waste management needs effectively, and before you know it, the waste will be out of your sight and mind. But, you cannot put just about anything in your skip bin. What can you put in a skip hire? To answer this question precisely, we have mentioned all the waste materials that should not be thrown in skip hire.

If you do put the below-mentioned items in your bin, it can increase your skip hire cost dramatically and can lead to legal fees. These are the things you should prevent throwing in a skip bin:

  • Asbestos
  • Batteries
  • Medicinal waste, including syringes and biohazard products
  • Electrical appliances and equipment
  • Paint cans/paint
  • Fridges, freezers, and air-con unit
  • Gas canisters and gas bottles
  • Oil, petrol, and diesel
  • Plasterboard
  • Hazardous and toxic materials
  • Fluorescent tubes

What are the different Skip Sizes – Which one to hire?

From as small as 4 yard Mini Skips to as huge as 27-yard bins, skips are available in multiple sizes. The ideal size of the skip hire depends on the amount of waste you want to dispose of. For e.g., if you want to clear out a garage, the ideal size would be 4-6 yards, and if you have to deal with construction waste, you may need a builder skip.

Furthermore, you should take into account that you have enough debris to fill the bin; otherwise, you may end up paying extra. Your skip size chart will help you choose the appropriate bin size and prevent you from paying elevated skip prices.

Skip Permit – Do I need one?

If you are planning to place your skip on a public highway, then you might need a permit from the council. These permits cost extra and may take a few days to arrive. Hence, it is recommended that you make arrangements for your skip hire permit well before the delivery of your bin. If you fail to do so, the suppliers can cancel the delivery or postpone it.

Duration & collection – how long can I hire a skip for, and when is it collected?

Ideally, the skip hire prizes cover a period of 14 days. Most companies allow flexible collection dates.

You have the option of specifying when you want the skip picked up at the time of hire or requesting a collection later once you have the complete information. Skip providers usually collect within a few days of receiving a request. So if you need the skip by a specific date, make sure to give them plenty of notice.

What are the safety rules you should follow while skip hire?

Depending on the location, your city council will have certain rules that you must follow if you are planning to hire a skip. Some of the rules include –

  • Keeping your skip bin covered.
  • Highlight the location of your skip with lights or cones.
  • Acquiring a permit if you are planning to place the skip on a public road.

Your skip hire company will inform you about the guidelines in advance and also help you attain the permit for the skip.

Are there any weight restrictions for skips?

Yes. There are weight restrictions on waste disposal when you hire a skip. However, these restrictions are rarely an issue for household waste management. If you are hiring a skip bin bigger than eight cubic yards and planning to fill it with construction waste such as sand, bricks, and soil, you need not worry about weight restrictions.

Will a skip company help me load my skip bin?

No. Skip companies do not provide loading and unloading services. Your skip hire cost will not include the labor charges for loading the skip. However, skip companies can also offer man & van services. After availing of this service, all you have to do is keep the skip bags ready, and the skip professionals will collect the waste.

Where does my collected waste go?

Your rubbish will be transferred to a local licensed commercial waste station after it is collected from your location. The company will sort through the waste at the transfer station, selecting what is recyclable, biodegradable, and non-recyclable. Depending on what the waste type is, the waste will either be incinerated, taken to an energy facility, recycled, or taken to a landfill site.

For more information about what happens to the waste that you put in a skip bin, refer to our blog.


From skip sizes to safety requirements, we have covered everything that you need to know about hiring a skip. For detailed information on skip hire prices and placing an order, get in touch with the experts of RMS skips and wave goodbye to waste management hassles forever.

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