If you are looking into hiring a skip, it is essential that you correctly prepare for your skip delivery so that the entire process runs as smoothly as possible. Whether you have hired a skip before or it is your first time hiring a skip, here are 6 things you need to know to help make sure you are prepared.
Remove any hazards to allow for lorry manoeuvring
Your site must be clear in order to prepare for the delivery of a skip. The skip can not be placed if there are any obstacles in the way preventing delivery. Ahead of the delivery date, you should check the size of the skip that is being delivered and ensured that you have cleared a suitable space that would fit the skip.
Making sure you have cleared a suitable space also ensures that the skip lorry driver has enough room to manoeuvre safely. If there are narrow roads on the route and you believe it may cause an issue for the lorry driver, you should notify the skip delivery company before the delivery date. If you are aware of any height restricted bridges or low hanging power lines, you should also notify the skip delivery about these too as they can cause problems.
Check if you need a permit
If you need to place the skip on the road, a permit from your local council should be arranged. In most circumstances, a skip is permitted outside your home providing that it isn’t an obstruction and it doesn’t violate any traffic rules.
If you have narrow roads nearby, and there is a possibility that your neighbours may not be able to get through for the period the skip is being delivered, we recommend notifying them of the date and time your skip will be delivered so they are aware of it. This will give them time to plan ahead and make any necessary changes to their schedule. You can browse Skip Hire in Manchester here.
Ensure you know how much waste each skip will hold
Skips comes in all different sizes, from a 4 yard skip to a 16 size skip, therefore it is important to understand how much waste will fit in each size. Whether you are taking on a big gardening project or you are carrying out a home clearance, there is a different size skip to suit every need. For example, a 10 Yard Skip will fit approximately 80-90 bin bags.
Understand which items you can’t put in a skip
When hiring a skip, it is important you recognise which items aren’t permitted with regular skip hire and require an additional charge.
These items include:
- Hazardous waste – this includes chemicals such as pesticides, acids, oils, fridges, fluids and asbestos. Additionally, any containers used to house hazardous waste cannot be put in skips.
- Batteries – Batteries and battery packs contain acid, therefore they are not permitted in skips.
- Gas tanks/cylinders – Gas tanks are not permitted in skips, however some recycling facilities accept gas bottles.
- Tyres – Tyres are not permitted in skips, however some recycling facilities accept gas bottles.
- Electrical appliances – electrical items such as fridges contain chemicals that damage the environment. All electrical and household appliances must be taken to a recycling centre.
- Paint – Paints are not permitted in skips, as they contain chemicals that can be harmful to the environment. Paint can be disposed of in your household waste if it is dried on paper or cardboard.
- Medical or human waste – medical or human waste cannot be disposed of in hired skips.
- Glues/solvents – Glues contain chemicals that can be harmful to the environment, and glues and solvents may be disposed of in your household waste if it is dried on paper or cardboard.