When renovating your new house or clearing up the garden, you can soon find yourself wasting money on repeated trips to the dump, or being fined for not disposing of your rubbish properly. |
Hiring a skip can make your project quick, clean and cheap. You can also feel assured that at the end of your hard work you can relax as your waste is collected and recycled by professionals.
What Size Of Skip Do I Need?
While skips come in sizes to suit any job, it's best to opt for a larger skip at the beginning, as hiring an extra skip to take care of excess clutter can end up costing you much more. Here's a quick rundown of what's on offer:
Mini - Typically 1-3 cubic yards and can take 20-30 black bags full of waste. Ideal for a spring clean that a domestic bin can't quite handle. Midi - 3-5 cu yards or 35-45 Black Bags. Can deal with larger jobs, including a full refurbishment of most rooms. Builders - 6-8 cu yards or 65-85 Black Bags. There are few projects that a builder's skip can't take care of. It is perfect for disposing of rubble, tiles and other building debris. Large - 10-14 cu yards or 150-210 Black Bags. Best suited for jobs involving bulky, awkward items, like furniture and kitchen units. Can't be filled with construction materials as it would be too heavy to lift. Where Can I Place My Skip?
Mini and Midi skips fit in most gardens and driveways, but larger skips must be placed on the road. You should take care that your skip doesn't disrupt traffic or obstruct driveways, drains or manholes.
You need to get a permit before putting a skip on the road. It's best to consult your local council about the regulations, as some need you to obtain the permit, while others require that the skip hire company sort it out for you. You may not need a permit to place a skip on private land, but again, it's best to check with your local council.
What Safety Measures Do I Need To Know About?
You should only put in enough waste to fill the skip and ensure that waste is not piled high or spilling out the sides of the skip, as this can pose a risk to road users.
It is required by law that skips are clearly marked with clear, reflective markers and have cones placed near them. Failure to provide these could mean charges from the council if they must come out to make the skip safe.
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