Skip hire is a fantastic option when it comes to disposing of any waste from your home or business. Whether you are having an extension built, tidying up the garden or clearing out the attic, hiring a skip is a quick and convenient way to get rid of your rubbish.

At Wastefair, we provide a reliable and cheap skip hire service to homes and businesses across the UK.

We can provide skips for jobs of all sizes. Whether you need a mini skip for household rubbish or a builders skip for construction waste, we can provide a full range suitable for jobs big or small.

What are the benefits of choosing Wastefair for skip hire?

Below are just a few of the many benefits of choosing Wastefair to handle your skip hire needs:

  • Nationwide service
  • Lowest prices
  • Online payments
  • Manage orders online
  • Recycle up to 99% of waste collected
  • Fully licensed

What type of rubbish can I put in the skip?

You can fill your skip with a wide range of different waste types that are commonly produced from house clearances, building work, garden landscaping and many other jobs. This can include wood, soil, rubble, hedge trimmings, furniture, household items, kitchen cabinets or old bathroom suites.

What you put in your skip will depend on the size you have ordered, as there is a weight limit. For example, if you will be using your skip for heavy construction waste such as rubble or soil, the maximum size you would be able to use is an 8 cubic yard builders skip.

Is there anything that I can’t put in my skip?

There are some materials which you are not allowed to dispose of in your skip. The reason for this is that some items contain hazardous materials which can harm the environment. They can also be dangerous to human health, so they have to be disposed of separately under UK legislation.

Some of the items that are restricted include:

  • Paint tins
  • Solvents
  • Fridges
  • Gas cylinders
  • Computer monitors
  • Batteries
  • Tyres
  • Chemicals
  • Asbestos
  • Plasterboard

What sizes do skips come in?

Skips come in a wide range of sizes to suit different waste disposal needs. They are measured by volume, usually in cubic yards. The smallest of which is the 2 yard skip, often referred to as the mini skip. It can hold approximately 25 bags of rubbish, which is ideal for small domestic projects.

Next up is the 4 cubic yard skip, which can hold around 35 bags of rubbish. This skip is roughly the size of a small car and is often described as a midi skip. The 4 yarder is an excellent choice for garden clearances and household refurbishment jobs.

If you have a more significant waste disposal job to tackle, a builder’s skip could be the best option. These are available in both 6 and 8 cubic yards. As the name suggests, these are the most common sizes used by builders for construction waste, such as soil and hardcore. But they can just as well be used for household waste such as old furniture or bathroom suites.

We can also supply 10-16 cubic yard skips and industrial 20-40 yard roll-on roll-off containers. For further information about the range of skip sizes we have available, click on the link below.

>> Skip Sizes

Do I need a permit to hire a skip?

This depends on where the skip will be located. You will only need a permit if it is placed on public property, such as a road, pavement or grass verge. You do not need a permit if your skip is on private property, such as a driveway or within your business premises.

If you do need to get a skip permit, we can arrange this for you as part of the service. Simply let us know during the order process, and we will make the necessary arrangements with your local authority. They do charge a fee for this, so if you can have the skip on private property, it will save you a few pounds.

How do I order a skip for hire?

We have built our booking system with speed and simplicity at its core. The first step is to enter your postcode to view the range of skip sizes we can deliver. Select the right size to meet your needs and provide us with the details of when and where you want the skip delivered. You can then make payment with our secure payment platform, and we’ll send you an email to confirm the order once your booking is complete!

How much does it cost to hire a skip?

The cost of hiring a skip will depend on the location and the size of skip you require. The cheapest skip available is the 2 yard mini skip, which is suitable for small DIY projects and clearances. If you need a larger skip, such as an 8 yard builders skip, it will naturally cost more. The cost will also increase if you need to have your skip on the road, as you will need a skip permit, which the council charge a fee for.

When will my skip be delivered?

We will make sure your skip is delivered on the day requested, which in most cases will be Monday to Saturday. If you order before 3pm Monday to Friday, we can usually deliver your skip the next day.

Although we can’t guarantee an exact delivery time, we will do our best to arrive within either a morning or afternoon slot of your choosing.

It is important to make sure the skip lorry can access the delivery area, as a failed delivery attempt will usually incur a fee for the wasted journey.

Do I need to be in when the skip is delivered?

No, you don’t need to be home when we deliver your skip. As long as we can access where you want it delivered, we can take care of everything.

If you are not going to be in, simply provide us with any relevant delivery instructions when placing your order. For example, you might want the skip to be dropped at a particular side of your driveway. Or you might want to ensure the skip doesn’t block access to your garage.
Whatever the case may be, let us know when ordering, and we will ensure your instructions are passed on to the delivery driver.

Can I fill my skip above the top?

It is important not to overfill a skip, as you risk being asked to remove excess waste before it can be collected. No matter what size you order, you are only permitted to fill them to a level load. This is a safety requirement, as transporting an overloaded skip is dangerous, as waste could fall and cause injury or damage to others.

To avoid this issue, please make sure you order a skip size suitable for your waste disposal needs. If your skip is full and you have additional waste to dispose of, we are happy to arrange an exchange.

How long can I keep the skip for?

You can usually keep your skip for up to 14 days from the date of delivery. You can provide a preferred collection date at the time you place your order. Alternatively, you can let us know when you have finished, and we will arrange your collection. In most cases, this will be the following working day, although it can sometimes take a little bit longer during busy periods.

Can I put electrical items in my skip?

Unfortunately not, as electrical items such as old TVs, fridges, computers and monitors are classed as hazardous waste. Due to The Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations 2013, electrical items have to be kept separate so they can be recycled and disposed of in a safe and environmentally friendly manner.

Can I get a skip with a drop door?

Having a skip with a drop down door makes loading waste into the skip so much easier. This is especially the case with heavy waste materials such as soil and hardcore, which can then be walked directly into the skip with a wheelbarrow. It can also make loading large bulky items such as furniture easier too.

Most skips can be provided with a drop door, but this will sometimes depend on location and availability. Let us know when placing your order if a door is required, and we will do our very best to provide this.

Where does my waste go when the skip is picked up?

When your skip is full and ready for collection, we will pick it up and take it to a local waste transfer station, where it will be processed. The waste gets sorted into a variety of waste streams, including wood, metals and plastics. This helps to ensure that as much of the collection is recycled as possible. We are proud of our commitment to the environment by sending as little to landfill as possible!

What size is a mini skip?

The mini skip is the smallest skip offered by skip companies and is perfect for small DIY jobs, garden clearances and general tidy-ups. For most companies, the mini skip is a 2 cubic yard skip, which will hold the equivalent of about 25 bin bags worth of rubbish.

Instead of a 2 cubic yard skip, some companies offer a 3 cubic yard skip as their smallest skip. They will refer to this as a mini skip, which can be slightly confusing. But rest assured, the cost of hiring the skip is based on the actual size of the skip ordered, so whether it is labelled as a mini skip or not won’t make a difference.

What is classed as a builder’s skip?

As the name suggests, a builder’s skip refers to the size of skip most commonly used for building projects. There are generally two different skip sizes that can be classed as a builder’s skip – the 6 cubic yard and 8 cubic yard skip. These are both heavy-duty skips that can be used to dispose of large volumes of construction and demolition waste, such as soil, rubble and stone.

Although labelled a builder’s skip, they can be used for many other domestic and commercial waste disposal jobs.

What is a roll-on roll-off skip?

A roll-on roll-off skip, sometimes referred to as a RORO, is a large skip used to dispose of large volumes of waste. These containers are primarily for commercial use but can be used by domestic customers too. However, you will need plenty of space as these skips range from 20 to 40 cubic yards, which are much bigger than the average skip you will see on a neighbour’s driveway.

Due to the size, these containers should only be used for lightweight materials such as plastics, wood and cardboard, so they are not suitable for disposing of soil and rubble.

Do you use local skip hire companies?

We utilise a network of both local and national skip hire companies to deliver skips to our customers across the UK. All of our partner companies are verified and tested to make sure they meet our standards for cost, service, recycling and reliability.

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