As you will all be aware, skip hire companies and skip hire can take many different formats. Commonly, skips are required when projects are being done around the home, or at work, when the need to deposit waste is on a larger scale than normal.
There are now also many environmental issues that have to be looked at. As regulations have changed over the years, the types of waste to be taken away has also now become a major consideration and most skip hire, or waste removal companies will be able to advise you of the rules and regulations that need to be adhered to.
In general, there are certain materials that you cannot put into any skips, things like Asbestos, Paint, Tyres, Gas Bottles, Fridges, Freezers, TV's, Fluorescent Tubes, Light Bulbs and Vehicle Batteries because they are considered to be hazardous waste and need to be disposed of in specific ways. If you have any questions about what waste you can or cannot put into your skip then please visit our forum and post a question for more indepth advice.
There are several sizes of skip available. A 2 cubic yard mini skip is often used for small house or garden waste removal, an intermediate size (sometimes known as a Midi Skip), commonly 4 cubic yards, is the approximate size required for kitchen or bathroom refurbishments and the larger (Builders Skip) 6 cubic metre size is generally the cut-off point between the domestic skip for larger jobs and the smaller jobs for builders. Anything over this size is considered of an industrial size (Large Skip) and additional rules and regulations then become applicable.
One further consideration, should be where your skip will be placed. If you have space for your skip on your own private land you will not need a skip permit. However, if you intend to place any skip on a public road will you need to apply for a skip permit from your local council (to avoid any obstruction issues). In some cases this may take a little time to be processed so bear this in mind and leave plenty of time. Don't leave it until the last minute. For further information on this you may wish to look at the Highways Act 1980, sections 139 - 140. Click here for an extract supplied by Knowsley Council (This is a pdf document so you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you dont have this then click here to download it)