These frequently asked questions will act as a guide in helping you with everything you need to know about hiring a skip from Livelee Hankin Skips.

Q: How much does skip hire cost?

A: Skips are often one of the cheapest waste removal solutions available in the UK, but there are a number of factors that influence the cost of your hire. The main factors include sizing, competition and permits.

The skip bin size you require is likely to be the biggest factor in the cost of your hire. Larger skips cost more than smaller bins. When hiring a skip, it is important to estimate the amount of waste you will generate, as choosing the wrong size skip can increase costs. Hiring a skip that is too small will leave you with unwanted waste, but hiring a skip that is too large will cost more than you need to pay.

If you need to place the skip on council owned land, such as a public road, you will require a skip permit. Skip permits are issued by your local council, and prices range from £15 to more than £60. If you are able to place the skip on your own land, you will not require a skip permit, which can help keep the hire costs down. Our team at Livelee Hankin Skips will be able to help and advise you on if you need a skip permit.

Q: What size skip do i need?

A: One of the best things about hiring a skip is the array of sizes available, which make them suitable for almost any job. If you are undertaking a small DIY project, you can choose a mini skip, or if you will be creating industrial amounts of waste, you can opt for a much larger skip.

Mini Skips: These skips, as the name suggests, are the smallest bins available. They are popular with both Domestic and Commercial consumers, and are ideal when only a small amount of waste will be created.

Midi Skips: These skips are a good mid-sized skip, and can be used as either the primary skip on small to medium sized jobs, or as a secondary skip on larger projects. Midi skips are able to easily fit on driveways and small front yards, so you won’t need a skip permit.

Builder’s Skips: As the name suggests, these skips are a common addition to building sites. These skips are available in 6 and 8 yard capacities, and can hold a sizeable amount of waste. They are also popular for home improvement projects, especially when multiple jobs will be taking place at the same time, such as a kitchen and bathroom refit.

Maxi Skips: These skips are the largest on the traditional skip bin shape. They are available in either 10 or 12 yards in capacity and are commonly used on commercial sites, or for large home improvement jobs. They can hold a considerable amount of waste, making them ideal for larger projects.

Q: What can I NOT put into a skip?

A: Skips are great for most types of waste, but there are some restrictions that you need to be aware of before rushing out and booking your delivery. Items that are prohibited are normally either dangerous or require specialist disposal. Most local councils provide advice and services for the disposal of waste that cannot be thrown into a skip. Items that are prohibited from skips include:

  • Hazardous Waste
  • Asbestos
  • Batteries
  • Electrical Items
  • Fluorescent Bulbs
  • Chemicals
  • Paint
  • Tyres
  • Medical Waste
  • Compressed Gas Cylinders

Plasterboard is also prohibited from skips with mixed waste. If you will be disposing of plasterboard, we can provide you with a plasterboard bag to ensure your plasterboard is kept separate from your other waste.

Q: Do i need a skip hire permit?

A: Skip permits are required when you place a skip on council owned land, such as a public road. If you are able to place the skip on your own land, such as a driveway, you will not require a council skip hire permit. Skip permits are priced between £60-£75 depending on the area and because of controlled parking, if the bay is suspended a daily charge is imposed and added to the daily rate, speak to a member of our friendly team for more clarification.

Q: Can i have a fire in my skip?

A: No, you cannot light a fire in any skip. Not only does fire cause damage to the skip and paintwork, but it is also a contravention of the fire safety guidelines. If you light a fire in your skip, you will be liable for damages and may be prosecuted by the Environmental Agency. We strongly advise that you do not light a fire in a hired skip.

Q: Is skip hire environmentally friendly?

A: You may be surprised to learn that skip hire is often an extremely environmentally friendly waste disposal solution. At Livelee Hankin Skips, we recycle 95% of our waste.

Once your skip has been collected, the contents are emptied and sorted into piles of recycling. Recycling helps reduce the amount of waste going to landfill, and also ensures that skip hire remains affordable for consumers. The waste that cannot be recycled is often incinerated and used for energy creation.

Waste that is commonly collected during skip hire and is recycled include organic waste, wood, plastic, metal, furniture, soil and rubble.

Q: Is skip hire the best option for my rubbish removal?

A: Unfortunately, not everything can be thrown into a skip, so it is important that you consider the type of waste that you have before rushing out and booking a skip. Rules and regulations are constantly changing, so even those who have hired skips in the past may not be aware of what you can put in a skip. A good example of what can no longer be thrown in a skip is plasterboard, which must now be disposed of separately to other waste after an EU legislation change.

Hazardous or dangerous materials must not be thrown in a skip, and electricals are also prohibited. Common items that are allowed in a skip include old furniture, gas cookers, wood, plastics, organic waste and even the kitchen sink.

Q: How long can i hire a skip for?

A: The length of time you require a skip is likely to vary depending on your project, with some jobs taking longer than others. Most hire periods run from 1 to 14 days but speak to a member of our team about how long you think you need the skip for. Skips can normally be collected as soon as the project is completed. Once your skip is full, you simply need to call us, and pick up will normally be arranged within 24 to 48 hours.

Most council skip permits are valid for between 2 weeks and 1 month. If you are placing the skip on council owned land, you may need to pay to renew your skip permit, which can make longer hire periods costlier.

Q: How are skips delivered?

A: Skips are delivered using either a truck or van. When you order your skip, a delivery date and time will be arranged. A delivery truck will then need access to your preferred delivery location. If you are placing a skip on the road, the lorry will need access to the area in front of the skips required location for unloading. If you are placing the skip on your own land, it is important that you are mindful of the width and height of the delivery truck, especially if you have pillars either side of your driveway.

Q: What access will the skip lorry need?

A: When hiring a skip, your lorry driver will need access to your property in order to make the delivery and collection. Some residential areas have vehicle width and height restrictions, which we can provide you with at the time of booking.

Once the lorry is at your property, the skip will be unloaded to your preferred location. There should be ample space in front of the skips destination, as the lorry will have to be positioned for loading and unloading.

As a general guide, your drive or skip location should be at least 2.75m (9 ft) wide. Skip lorries can weigh more than 8 tonnes, so the ground needs to be secure and able to support the weight.

Q: Will the skip damage my driveway?

A: In most cases, putting a skip on your driveway won’t cause any damage. Soft tarmac and paved driveways can be marked or damaged by heavier skips or the lorries loading support beams. To prevent damage, wooden planks and sheets will be used to ensure no damage to your driveway.

Q: How quickly will my skip be delivered?

A: Delivery can often be arranged quickly, and in many cases delivery can take place on the same day as the order. In most cases, your skip will be delivered within 24 to 48 hours of making the booking. If you require the skip further into the future, this can be arranged and your skip will then be delivered on your preferred date.

Q: How much waste can i put in the skip?

A: It is dependent on the skip size you choose. For example, a mini skip has a 2 cubic yard capacity, and can hold approximately 25 black bin bags.

The weight that a skip can hold is also related to the size you choose. As a general rule, 1 cubic yard is equivalent to 1 tonne. As such, a 2yard skip can hold 2 tonnes of waste, and a 5yard skip can hold 5 tonnes of waste. This rule only applies to smaller skips, up to a maximum capacity of 8yards. Larger skips need to be filled with a mixture of heavy waste (such as rubble or soil) and lighter bulky waste (such as wood or furniture), or the skip lorry may not be able to carry the load.

Q: How full can i load the skip?

A: It is important that you do not overfill your skip. You should not fill the skip past the top of the sides to ensure that it will be safe to load and transport. We will refuse to take a skip if it has been over-filled. If you have underestimated the amount of waste you have generated, you can consider hiring an additional skip.

Q: What is the usual skip hire period?

A: Most skips are hired for between 1 day to 2 weeks. The length of hire is dependent on the project that is being undertaken, and the time it will take to create, collect and throw away the waste. Once your skip is full, you simply need to call us and collection will be made within 24-48 hours.

Q: Are there any important safety measures?

A: To ensure the skip is used safely, there are a few measures and rules that should be followed. Some are carried out by us and others are the responsibility of the consumer. It is important that skip hire rules and regulations are followed to ensure the public’s safety.

It is important the skip contents do not protrude outside of the skip. This could pose a hazard for both pedestrians and road users when the skip is placed on a road or public land. It is also important that skips are not overloaded, as items can be hazardous if they fall out during transit.

Cones and amber lights should surround the skip, making it more visible at night. The skip should also have reflective markers along the sides. This is the responsibility of Livelee Hankin Skips, and is a requirement in order to obtain a council skip permit or license.

Skips should not be placed on pavements that block pedestrian access, in front of driveways, over manhole covers, drains, grates or obstruct other access points.

Hired skips should not be filled with waste that pose the risk of fire, explosion or present a health or environmental hazard.