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4 Reason to Hire a Skip this Summer

Summertime, when the DIY jobs can no longer be postponed or ignored. Hopefully, the warm and dry weather can give you just the right environment you need to get your jobs done. However, the weather is not the main reason people delay doing their DIY projects. The main reason is that they are unsure about what to do with the waste that is generated.
Hiring a skip, that is delivered to your door and then collected after you have finished, is the obvious and perfect solution. Here are the top 4 reasons you will need a skip this summer.

1. Garden Projects

Even if you are not completely renovating your garden, but you decide to do some replanting you should consider a skip. You can increase the natural light and open up once dark and dingy areas of your garden by cutting down or trimming trees and bushes. Large skips can include drop doors, which will help you keep the mess to a minimum. It may also be time for you to throw out old garden furniture or broken equipment, so go ahead and add it to the pile.

2. Clearing out Garages and Sheds

Sheds and garages are usually the storage place for items we think will come in handy one day but rarely do. Since the weather is getting better by the day, it could now be time to take on the storage issue head-on and create some usable space in your garden shed or garage. A skip will mean you can throw out anything you are unnecessarily hoarding and reclaim a feeling of organisation.

3. Garden Maintenance

Now that summer is here, it may be time to repair or replace any garden features you may have. This could be anything from water features, fences or tree houses. If you want to change rotting decking, you may be concerned about how you will dispose of the waste material. Hiring a skip gives you a place you can put any decaying wood or defunct materials, making it easier for you to restore or replace garden features.

4. Home Renovations

Bathroom and kitchen can often lead to more waste than can realistically be transported by car alone. Not only can using a car be unpractical in terms of frequent trips to the dump, but it will also leave your car a mess of dirty and muck. This is why hiring a skip for home renovations is one of the most common requests a hire company will receive. There are a range of skip sizes available to match the needs of your renovation. No job too big, no job too small.

There are the top 4 reasons you should hire a skip this summer. Now that the good weather is on the way, there is no reason to delay your DIY jobs. Time to get your tools out and book yourself a skip. Hiring a skip will make it easier for you and help your job go a lot smoother.

Booking A Skip For The First Time

Yellow metal skip full of old bricks

There is certain Information that will be needed when booking a skip. To make things easy when you book it is best to have all the relevant information to hand.

This is a list of the information that you will need when you make the booking:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Delivery Address
  • Delivery Date
  • Collection Date
  • Contact Details
  • Payment Method

If you need a skip for a particular date and time it is best to book giving as much notice as possible to avoid disappointment. Please consider what materials you are planning to dispose of in the skip as there are some materials that need specialist disposal. Any hazardous materials should be separated from the rest of the waste.

This is a list of items that should not be put into a skip:

  • Electrical items
  • TV
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Tyres
  • Batteries
  • Chemicals
  • Paint
  • Gas
  • Asbestos
  • Fluorescent Tubes
  • Medical Waste
  • Oil, Petrol, Diesel
  • Plasterboard and Gypsum Materials

The best place to keep your skip is on private property, although, we do realise that in some circumstances that may not always be possible. When the skip is going to be left on the road a permit will be needed from the local authority. There will be an additional cost for this, and it is a good idea to apply for this in plenty of time before the skip is due to be delivered.

Whilst the skip is on the road it is your responsibility so please make sure that it is in a place that is not going to cause problems for any other person, especially neighbours. Ensure that the skip is not going to make access to other properties difficult or dangerous. During periods of darkness, it is important to consider that the skip should be clearly visible to any road users and pedestrians. Lighting and cones may be necessary to ensure the safety of others.

Another point to consider if the skip is to be left unattended at night-time is that other people may consider this the perfect opportunity to dispose of their rubbish. They may put items from the list of things that should not be disposed of into the skip. These items would need to be removed and disposed of in the proper way. There could be costs involved in the disposal of these items and it could mean that there is not enough space in the skip for the items that you wish to dispose of. This would result in the necessity of having more skips than originally planned for and this would provide an extra cost. It is best, therefore, to cover the skip in a way that would help to prevent this from happening.

Dealing With Waste from Your Home Renovation

As we all know, renovating your home is no small task, rather one that requires an awful lot of problem-solving along the way. Of course, you’ll want to get every detail just right: from having the very best doors and windows installed, to picking out the perfect furniture, to choosing the right colour scheme so as to really complement your property. But with so much to consider, what often falls by the wayside is dealing with the waste this type of enterprise inevitably creates. And make no mistake, there’ll be plenty of it.

Bring In The Professionals 

This, then, is when hiring the right waste management or skip hire company becomes an essential part of any responsible renovation project. Get the right people to help you out and you won’t have to worry about health and safety or damaging the environment, leaving you free to concentrate on the job in hand. What’s crucial is that you don’t try and handle offloading any waste yourself. Obviously, leaving bulky items out in the open is a real no-no (it’s both illegal and could get you fined), and chances are they’re not going to fit into a normal household bin.

Think About Your Outgoings

So, for just about any renovation project, big or small, hiring a skip is really the right way to go. There are, however, still several factors to consider before you do. For one thing, what kind of waste is being created? Will it fit in a skip? Perhaps it could be recycled, something we should all be thinking about these days. The thing to do is to try and estimate how much waste is going to need clearing. For instance, what will it weigh overall?

Recycle If You Can

The good news is, if you do go ahead and hire a skip, they come in a range of different sizes, so you should, in theory, be able to find the right one for you and your renovation. Skip hire, in general, is a tried and tested way to save you both time and money, but it’s also worth donating some leftover items if they’re in good enough condition. Furniture or kitchen appliances often take up an awful lot of room, and it could be as simple as asking friends or family if they’d be interested in taking them off your hands. You might be surprised at the positive response!

A Few Simple Rules

What it’s really about is taking responsibility for the excess materials your project produces. But by sticking to a few simple rules there’s no reason you can’t dispose of them easily and efficiently. So remember, don’t dump the waste yourself, think about the volume you’re creating, hire a skip if needs be, and donate as many items as you can. Because once all that’s taken care of you can get back to work creating that new and exciting living space, safe in the knowledge you’ve done the right thing when it comes to waste disposal.

Can You Put Your Old Mattress in a Skip?

Most people do not think about their mattresses on a daily basis. Since they are usually around for several years, the majority of people think very little about them. When it is time to dispose of your mattress, it normally takes up lots of head-space. A mattress is one of the trickiest bulky household waste items to get rid of since you are not allowed to put it in a skip. If you decide to put your mattress in a skip, you will pay extra to cover the additional costs for the skip operator.

What Else Can’t You Put in a Skip?

Generally, you cannot put harmful or hazardous objects into a skip such as explosives, diesel, petrol, oil, solvents, liquids, gas cylinders, medical waste, batteries, plasterboard, fridges, fluorescent tubes, tyres, asbestos, computer monitors, TVs, and more.

How Long will Your Mattress Last?

This depends upon the mattress type that you have; for instance, memory foam, pocket-sprung, etc. Typically, if you cannot remember how long you have been using your mattress, then you should consider whether you will have to get a new one. Your mattress might feel comfortable after using it for an extremely long period, but it might not provide you with the support your body needs, plus it will be less hygienic than the time it was still new.

The Sleep Council is an impartial, advisory organisation that provides helpful advice and raises the awareness of why it is important to have a good night’s sleep. The organisation recommends that you should buy a new mattress every 7 years. On average, this period will see more than 20, 000 hours of using your mattress, and considering adults shed approximately 0.5 kilograms of dead skin cells every year and also every night they lose about half a pint of fluid, disposing of your mattress after such an extended length of time makes a lot of sense.

What Are Your Options for Disposing of Your Mattress?

There are many options for disposing of mattresses, with varying costs involved. However, you should try to look for a service that will involve recycling your mattress (as a whole or in part). Statistics suggest that around 7.5 million mattresses are thrown away in the United Kingdom every year, and most of them end up in a landfill. This is not good for the environment.


In most cases, old mattresses are fit for recycling. If you need more information on recycling your mattress, you can ask The Skip Company when we come to collect it. The experts will tell you if you can take your mattress or advise you on what you should.

Donate Your Mattress

If your mattress has some life left in it, you can give it to someone in need or donate it to a charity. This way you will be helping a fellow human being and at the same time help the environment by making sure your mattress will not end up in a landfill.

Ask the Council

Most of the local councils in the UK offer bulky waste disposal and collection service. This covers items like mattresses and beds. Some local councils offer to collect mattresses for free, but most of them do it for a fee. You will have to leave your mattress in a designated place outside your house for it to be collected. However, there is no guarantee that after the local council have collected your mattress it will not be taken to a landfill. Therefore, when you consider effects on the environment, this option is not the best to go for.