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6 Important Things To Consider Before Hiring a Skip

Posted in Services
On 07 Mar 2019
By Jessica Keynes

Biffa has recently increased their infrastructure for skip hire in the Yorkshire region offering same day delivery on 6 and 8 yard builder skips. Book before 11am (Mon-Fri) for same day service!

If you're planning to hire a skip, whether you're in the construction industry or not, it's a good idea to refresh yourself on some key aspects to consider before placing your order.

Here are 6 important questions to consider when hiring a skip to avoid unnecessary costs or delays down the line:

1. What skip size do you need

Before you order a skip, first consider what size container you need for the job. Biffa’s skips range from a 6-yard “builder’s” skip to a 35-yard roll on roll off with both open and closed top options. Skips are often overfilled resulting in increased costs to remove the excess waste for safe transport. Below is a quick guide to skip sizes and what they're suitable for.

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Skip sizes explained:

Builder’s skips (6 & 8 yard skips)
      • Used for a small office or home clear outs
      • Has the capacity of approximately 50- 60 bin bags
      • Can be used to dispose of up to 8 tonnes of soils, rubble or heavy builder’s waste

Note: No skip larger than an 8-yard builder’s skip can be used to dispose of soils, rubble or heavy builder’s waste.

Maxi Skips (12 & 14 yard)
      • Used for a larger office, house, garage and garden clearances
      • Has the capacity of approximately 100 -140 bin bags
Roll on, roll off containers (20 & 35 yard skips)
      • Designed for large industrial and commercial scale projects
      • Has the capacity of approximately 220 – 360 bin bags

2. Do you need a skip permit?

For both domestic and commercial skip hire, having a place ready for the skip upon delivery will reduce delays and additional costs.

If there is a driveway or front garden available at the property that is large enough to accommodate the skip a permit isn’t required. However, if the skip must go on the public highway or a grass verge, you must obtain permission from the council in the form of a permit before arranging delivery with the skip company.

NOTE: The council determines how much prior notice you will need to give for them to approve the permit, this could be up to 14 working days.

Hiring a skip with Biffa includes advice on if a skip permit is required as well as the issuing authority or we will gladly arrange any permits required for you.

3. How much does a skip permit cost?

Skip permit prices vary between councils with the UK average for a skip licence coming in around £20-30.

Guide to UK builder’s skip licence fees*

4. Do you require same day or next day skip delivery?

Booking in advance will ensure you receive the lowest price when hiring a skip. However, it’s good to know there is the option to request a skip for the same or next day from a reliable and reputable company if needed.

Biffa supports the booming Yorkshire construction industry by providing same day 6 and 8-yard skip hire.

We also offer a nationwide next day service (depending on availability) for larger skip hire.

5. How long will you need the skip?

The length of time you can hire a skip for depends on the company, permit conditions (if applicable) and how quickly the skip is filled. The collection of the container is usually arranged with the initial hiring of a skip to ensure availability.

6. Do you need to dispose of any restricted items?

During a renovation of a commercial or domestic property, you may need to dispose of some electrical items, fridge or freezers and other items that can’t be put in a skip. Doing so could result in additional charges to sort and dispose of the waste correctly.

Guide to what can and can't be put in a skip 

Visit Biffa’s skip hiring page for a quick and easy quote. For further advice or help to find the right skip for the job, call Biffa’s skip team on 0800 307 307.


About the author

Jessica Keynes

Jessica Keynes

Jess works with Biffa’s communications team to create interesting and diverse content for the industrial and commercial industry. Her favourite subject is sustainability, so keep an eye out for helpful tips!