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Skip Hire - What You Need to Know

Last Updated Sep 14, 2018 · Written by Jaclyn Fitzgerald


If you need to dispose of a lot of waste because of spring cleaning or because you’re doing a big building project, one of the best ways to do this is by hiring a skip.  The good news is that hiring a skip is not difficult at all and you’ll find one that is perfect for the job.  Here’s what you need to know. When you’re ready to go ahead with hiring a skip, find a local skip hire company.

Options in Skip Bins


When it comes to hiring a skip bin, you have several options to choose from. The first is the size.  Skip bins range in size from 2 cubic metres through to 25 cubic metres or larger, depending on how much waste you have to get rid of.  The second option is the actual type of skip bin that you hire.  Skip bins can be for general household waste, for building or renovation, for dirt, for bricks and concrete, or for green waste.  If you are just doing a big spring clean, for example, you might want a general household waste skip.  However, if you are digging up a big expanse of concrete to make room for a garden, you’ll want a bricks and concrete bin.  Be aware that skip bins aren’t one size fits all – you’ll need to get the right type or you’ll find that you cannot chuck away the rubbish that you need to!

The Process of Hiring a Skip


The process of hiring a skip bin is actually quite simple.  You can call the company and state your needs and they will recommend the best skip for you in both size and type.  You will also tell them at this time how long you will require the skip for (a day, a week, a month, etc).  Alternatively, you can book your skip online.  The company will then deliver the skip to your address at the required time, placing the skip in a convenient yet safe place.  They will leave the skip for the agreed period of time and then come back and pick it up when it is full.  You pay for the skip either upon hiring or upon pickup depending on what the company prefers.  The cost will have been outlined to you before you agree to hire the skip.  Be aware that if you put the wrong materials in the skip, you will be charged extra to cover the increased costs of disposal for the company.

What You Can Put in Skips


The skip bin is an incredibly handy way for disposing of waste as you can put so many different types of rubbish in it.  There are different types of skip bins that dispose of different types of waste so you do need to be sure that you get the right bin for your needs.  However, generally speaking, skip bins will accept renovation waste, general household waste and green waste.

What You Can’t Put in Skips


Even though the skip is for the disposal of waste, there are some things that you should never put in it.  These include:
  • Asbestos

  • Fibro

  • Paint

  • Oil

  • Tyres

  • Food scraps

  • Batteries

  • Chemicals
 
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