Our research suggests that there are over 17 million skips hired in the UK every year for domestic use alone! That's a lot of skips and if you've ever looked in Yellow Pages you'll see that there are a lot of skip companies out there to choose from with no real way of knowing what kind of service you're going to get before it turns up! |
If, like us, you've ever hired a skip, chances are you will have had a good experience with a professional, licensed waste collector with no hassles or grief.
Unfortunately, this is not always the case. If you called more than one company before you actually hired a skip you may have found that some of them:
- won't quote prices over the phone
- won't tell you what time it will be dropped off, or picked up
- will only accept cash payments to the driver
You might have even had a bad experience where the driver has refused to take away your skip without throwing some of the rubbish back in your garden, demanded more money before taking it away, damaged your property by bad handling of their wagon and the skip...
We look here at all the most common questions associated with skip hire so that you know exactly what you're getting into when you hire a waste skip and understand the whys and wherefores involved in skip hire so you never have a bad experience.
Unless you personally know the company, you can't. Any fool with a wagon and a skip can get an advert designed and printed to entice you to call them, but mainly it's a lottery not just in terms of prices and service, but also in terms of what actually happens to your waste - something that depressingly few of us actually think, or even care about.
Skip companies are not actually regulated at the time of writing. The good ones operate their own licensed waste transfer stations (regulated by the Environment Agency) and are members of the Institute of Wastes Management (a professional body that promotes education and raising standards in waste management).
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