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Last edited 21 Feb 2021
What to do before you hire a skip
When you hire a skip aim for one that’s slightly too big for your requirements. This could save you a lot of time, energy and money in the long run. Because it’s all too easy to underestimate how much waste your project’s going to create. And if your skip is too small, you’ll have no choice but to hire a second one.
You are free to put your skip anywhere on your private property, provided the driver can access the location but you should be certain of where you want it. For your convenience choose a space big enough and close enough to the site you’re emptying but easy for the driver to access it.
There are a couple of things to remember:
- Don’t put your skip over any utility access points.
- Be aware of any overhead cables or overhanging trees and inform the skip lorry driver of any issues.
- Give the skip lorry driver clear instructions when they arrive at your premises.
- Once the skip has been placed it should not be moved, otherwise it might become inaccessible for the driver.
Before your skip is delivered, a skip permit will need to be in place. If not then you could be fined. Skip permits are issued by your local council. Depending on the council, applications for skip permits are made by you or the company providing the skip.
It normally takes at least a few days to arrange a skip permit, so allow for this in your planning. When you arrange to hire a skip confirm with the company whether they organise the permit or you do.
Make sure you are clear with your skip hire company about how long you will need it, because you don’t want your skip being removed too soon. On the other hand, remember that more days typically cost more money, so it may be more cost effective to get some help loading the waste to reduce the time you hire it for.
Equally, if it’s important the skip is removed from your property before a certain date, especially if you needed a permit because it is on a public land. Make sure that you get a clear commitment from the company you hire a skip from about when they will remove it.
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