Nothing is more inconvenient than trying to load up a too-small car for a tip run, where you have to book slots in advance. Often these slots can only be once a day too, resulting in you having to find elsewhere to store your waste. Instead, skip hire can be useful for getting rid of your waste with ease.
This article will cover things you should think about before hiring a skip, from skip sizes to choosing a company to rent from. We will also cover what can and cannot be put in a skip once hired, as well as where that waste will end up. The final section will focus on how our team and services at Cherry Hill Waste can help you.
Know Your Skip Sizes
Choosing a skip may seem fairly self-explanatory, but skip size is deceptively important. Ensuring you have the right size the first time can prevent any hassle or overspending, with your project continuing without any delays. Consider where you might put a large skip too, with driveways not always being an available option.
Mini Skip Hire
Not only arguably adorable, mini skip hire can be useful in its compact nature. Mini skips are just another name for small skips that mostly measure two cubic yards. Deceptively big, these sound little, however, they can fit much more inside them than you may think. They are well-suited to garden jobs or small home projects.
Medium Skip Hire
From four cubic yards to eight cubic yards, medium-sized skips are perfect for those in-between jobs. Redoing kitchen and bathroom spaces can be complex, needing lots of fittings to be removed. It’s important to get these items out of the way, as kitchens and bathrooms are vital features of any home and need to be up and running as soon as possible.
Large Skip Hire
For the largest projects, ten cubic yard and twelve cubic yard skips can be fantastic options. These are the biggest domestic skips, used for building projects and house clearances. The size is so great they are even used on small construction sites, so you know you will be getting a skip large enough for the biggest of domestic jobs.
Consider When and Where
How do you figure out how long you might need a skip, and why should you? Knowing how long you need a skip is important in assisting you to find the right skip for your project, as size isn’t everything. Once you have worked this aspect out, choosing the right company becomes another hurdle. Luckily, we discuss in the following section what to know.
Working Out How Long You Need It
Before renting a skip, it’s good to know how long you need the skip for. A good indicator of the duration you will require a skip is by what you are using it for. If you’re revamping your home and undergoing lengthy renovations, chances are you will need a skip for quite some time.
If you are still unsure of how long you might need the skip, try asking a potential local skip hire company. This way, you can get professional advice, while also learning the company’s policy on extending renting times.
Choosing A Company
After working out the amount of time you will need a skip, you can begin to think about where you should get your skip from. To get the best price, it’s worth requesting a quote from several different companies. This way, you can see what a reasonable price to pay is. Next, ask about their policy on renting times. If your project takes longer than you had originally thought, you may need to extend how long your skip hire is. Make sure the company you choose offers extensions on time.
Delivery and returns are other important aspects of hiring. As skips aren’t exactly something just anyone could return themselves it’s vital to know how a potential company will transport the skip to and from you. You should also enquire about whether this is included in the original quote, or if there will be an additional charge for the transport.
Finally, read the reviews on a company before opting for their services. This can help give you a true indication of the skip quality, as well as the level of customer service. Many businesses may seem professional on the surface, but it’s vital to do your own research.
Putting Items In
Hiring a skip, while useful for a vast variety of materials, does come with a strict set of rules of what you can and cannot put in. While we have listed a few do’s and don’t’s below to make it easier upon you, you should always check with the company you are renting from what they do and do not allow.
What You Can Put In
Largely, most companies will offer different types of skips for different materials. This means there isn’t one definitive list of items you can put in, however, there are a few general rules around putting items in.
Carpet, wood, metal, bricks and tiles are generally safe to put in a skip. These materials are typically non-hazardous and can be disposed of relatively easily. Most home materials should be safely disposed of in a skip, but it is still best to check with your skip hire company.
Garden and food waste can mostly be put in skips too. For environmentally friendly waste disposal, opt for a specific green skip to make sure your plant waste is recycled without needing to be separated from other materials.
What You Cannot Put In
Do not put hazardous items in your hired skip, as this can be dangerous not just for your well-being, but for those who pick it up too. This includes, for example, batteries, medical waste, fridges, and televisions. If any item you want to put in could cause a fire or danger, check the company you have rented from too.
It’s vitally important that you do not attempt to burn any items you have placed in your skip. This can damage the skip itself while increasing the risk of uncontrollable fires.
Any other items you shouldn’t place in your skip will usually be outlined by the company you hire from. Check with them if there is anything you feel unsure about, or reread the contract you signed as this will usually list prohibited materials.
Where The Waste Goes
It can be easy to believe that your waste will all just be put in a landfill when hiring a skip, making it less than appealing. Why that may be true for some companies, many companies are now beginning to offer greener alternatives for environmentally friendly waste disposal.
For disposing of general domestic waste, it can be interesting to know where your items will eventually end up. This mostly depends on the company you opt for, as different businesses will treat rubbish in contrasting ways. The items will be taken to a facility where they can be sorted into categories, to determine where they should go next. Most items, thankfully, can be turned into other products, ready for a new life in construction.
Compostable waste is thankfully being recycled more efficiently and successfully with environmentally friendly waste disposal. Green skip hire is therefore a great way to ensure your garden scraps are turned into new materials. The majority of garden waste can be mulched and turned into agricultural fertiliser, going back to the land in a useful way. Herbicides should not be disposed of in a skip, however, as these can be toxic to local wildlife and need to be responsibly put in waste.
How We Can Help
At Cherry Hill Waste, we are experts in renting our skips to meet both domestic and commercial needs. Our skips come in various sizes, meaning we can provide for projects big or small. You also need not worry about where the materials you waste will end up, as we are committed to environmentally friendly waste disposal.
Our customer service is like no other skip-hire company. We aim to provide the most cost-effective range in the area, evidencing our commitment to our customers. Our reliable team will deliver and retrieve skips at times that suit you, to prevent disruption to your busy schedule.