Well obviously there is the web. Searching on Google for the expression ‘skip hire’ and the name of the region you are located (for example, skip hire London) will deliver plenty of results, some of which will doubtless be skip brokers or lead generators. Ignore the latter, unless you are very cash rich and time poor. |
The law requires that all skips placed on a public highway must have the name and contact details of the skip operator clearly marked on their sides. So, have a look around for a skip in a neighbouring street, note down the name and number and call them up. Generally speaking the more skips you see marked with the same operator’s name, the better value they will be, because it is likely that that skip company is based locally.
Check with the Environment Agency that the skip operator is properly licensed to carry waste . Ask for their waste carrier license number, enter it on the Environment Agency website to check if it’s valid. You should see the skip company’s name and license expiry date. If not, do not use them. It is also wise to ask for a copy of their public liability insurance in case they accidentally damage your property when delivering or collecting the skip.
Skips come in lots of sizes – from the very small to the very large. Despite the country going metric years ago, the skip industry is still clinging to the cubic yard as the volume measure for a skip. A cubic yard is 1 yard (3 foot or 0.92 metres) high x 1 yard wide x 1 yard deep and is roughly the size of two standard washing machines or dishwashers, or one upright fridge freezer. The most common skip you see in a residential street is 6 or 8 cubic yards. Confusingly they are both referred to as a ‘builders skip’ so when comparing prices with different operators, make sure you and they are clear about exactly what sized builders skip you are talking about. The ideal skip size depends on not just the amount of waste you are creating but also how much space you have to put the skip .
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