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Where can a skip be placed?

Hiring a skip is a great way to get rid of rubbish and unwanted goods in one go, however if you have no drive or limited space in and around your home or work place, it can be difficult to know where to keep it. Don’t let lack of space get in the way of hiring one, though. Many people think they are restricted to their drive when it comes to storing a skip, but in reality, you can, by law, keep it on the road. As all road is council owned, permission is needed and they must be alerted in advance. There is usually a small cost for hiring the road space, though it varies from region to region. Ask your skip hire company, who will also be able to arrange everything with the council for you, for a cost estimate.

Basics of a skip permit

If you wish to have a skip placed on a public road you will need to acquire a skip permit. In the first instance you will have to contact your local council.

Skip hire companies are, in the majority of areas in the UK, responsible for acquiring skip permits. In the areas where this is not the case, then individuals will need to apply for a skip permit personally. A skip permit is not required for a skip that is only on private land.

A skip will need to be easily identifiable, and this can be done through reflective markings, safety lamps, or traffic cones. The name of the skip hire company should also be visible on the skip, together with their telephone number

What cannot be placed in a skip

Skips are useful in being able to take away large amounts of our unwanted items, but there are some substances and materials that can’t be placed in them. An open skip can’t be filled with asbestos, solvents and oil, or any liquid that is corrosive and which is consequently a danger to humans and the environment as a whole.

Anything that is regarded as a hazardous material and a danger to health can’t be placed in a skip. This covers items such as food, medical and biological waste, TVs, fluorescent tubes, batteries, paint, and droppings. The bodies of dead animals should also never be put in a skip.

Large amounts of plasterboard can’t be placed in a skip either, and fridges and freezers need to be checked before they can be disposed of. A skip should also not be used for bulky items, including tree trunks, concrete and large rocks.

How to work out what skip size you will need

There are a wide variety of skip sizes, and getting the appropriate size can make a huge difference regarding cost. The Skip Hire Company, for instance, offers skips that range from a 2 yard mini skip right up to an 16 yard skip.When looking to get the best value for money you will need to know how much waste and unwanted items you intend to dispose of. Estimating how many wheelie bins would be required, to handle what you intend to put in a skip, is one way of calculating the size of skip you’ll need.

Because an overfilled skip can’t be legally collected, it’s an idea to consider utilizing a skip that is the next size up from the one you estimate you’ll need. This will also work out cheaper than the alternative of paying for two smaller skips that can hold as much as a bigger one.