Thinking of hiring a skip?
When there is a build-up of junk in the garage or box room, a house clearance or following some DIY, there is often a thought that you should get a skip to clear the rubbish. Often this is right, but not always.
There are alternatives to skips out there that might suit your needs. They may prove cheaper or much less hassle. It is all going to come down to your own needs and how much junk you have.
Skip bags are popular because they are small and convenient. Fill the bags and the company will take them away. Trickier with bulky items, but if you have a lot of those, consider rubbish removal services.
Rubbish removal services will take all your rubbish away if it is all in one place. You can get your rubbish together on the driveway or garden and they will take car load of the rest. Ideal if the work is already done.
But skips are the best option in a lot of cases, and you can find cheap skip hire at Red Skip Hire. But you will need to choose the best one for you and – let’s face it – the best for your neighbours. I don’t mean that they might dump stuff in there, although that happens, but it will often be on the highway. One of the larger containers may be unpopular if it sits on the public highway for a long time.
Usually a mini or midi skip will often be suitable. They are no bigger than a car and are the most common to come across. Most DIY jobs will fit into these. They are reasonably priced, starting about £75, depending on the drop-off address.
Builder’s and Maxi skips are larger, and would only be recommended if there was a lot of work to do, but would be done within days. These can cause issues with neighbours but if it is necessary it may prove more economic than two of the smaller ones.
You might want to consider a lockable skip. This safeguards against any prohibited waste being dumped in the skip. You might face a fine because of somebody else’s sneakiness. Naturally, they cost more, but might give you peace of mind.
The list of items that can’t be thrown in a skip is important to know. Most of these can be disposed of at the local recycle centre. In the case of medical waste there are other options, so consult a GP or Hospital for advice there. However, take televisions, fridge freezers, tyres, florescent tubes, gas bottles, light bulbs & liquids to the tip. Get specialists to remove asbestos.
There is plenty that is fine. If the bulk of your needs cover rubble, soil, domestic waste, wood, plastic, metals, furniture & cardboard then skips are for you. Obviously, consider recycling what you can domestically, but if you are thinking skip, you may have too much.
Some skip hire companies will arrange a permit for you, but others will expect you to do it. Costs vary by Council, but anywhere between £15 and £60 seems a good guide for most. Talk to the skip hire company about that when booking. Permits are only needed on public land, like roads. Therefore, if you have a driveway, it will make skips even more cost effective because you won’t need a permit.
So, it’s important you think about the cost & convenience to you. But if a skip suits you there will be an ideal option too.