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Most construction businesses are likely to need to hire a skip, whether it is regularly or as a one off. In this guide we aim to provide you with all the information your business needs to know when hiring a commercial skip.

What is a commercial skip

Commercial skips are used by businesses that have a high-level of waste, often construction or demolition type businesses, however other businesses also hire commercial skips. Such as an office which is being refurbished or maybe a company that needs to dispose of packaging or other commercial waste products. Businesses can hire a single or multiple skips from commercial skip hire companies such as David Brown Skips. These can then be filled to the agreed level and the skip hire company will collect them and arrange the disposal of the waste. Most waste can be recycled and currently 100% of the metal and cardboard waste collected by David Brown Skips is recycled and not sent to the land fill.

What can you put in a commercial skip

Most things can go into your commercial skip including:

  • Metal
  • Hard core & rumble
  • PVC windows & doors
  • Timber
  • Soil
  • Office furniture
  • Asbestos

There are some items that cannot go into a skip: electrical items, fluorescent bulbs, medical waste, batteries, tyres, gas cylinders, fuel, paints and solvents. Find out exactly what you can and cannot put in your skip here.


Asbestos is a hazardous product which requires expert attention and a specialist sealed skip so no toxic fumes can escape. These sealed skips are then transported safely to a dedicated Environment Agency approved asbestos disposal unit. Find out more about our asbestos removal skips here.

What size are commercial skips

Commercial skips come in a variety of sizes depending on what waste you wish to dispose of and the amount of waste you have. Sizes comprise of 4-yard, 6-yard, 8-yard, 10-yard, 12-yard which is a large skip suitable for office and shop refits and building site clearances. If you’re undertaking a large construction or demolition project with bulky waste a roll-on-roll off 20-yard skip would be the most suitable size. If you have limited or an awkward space you can order multiple skips or we offer same day or regular intervals exchange skip service. Visit our skips size page to help you decide which skip to book or call us on our freephone number 0800 998 1216 and we will be happy to advise you.

Do I need a permit

If you’re planning to put your hired skip on a commercial building or construction site then you do not require a permit. Please ensure your skip is located in the most suitable and safe area of the site. If you’re unsure where to locate it ask our team for advice. If you there is no space available on the site and you plan to put your skip on a road or pavement then you will require a permit from your local authority. At David Brown Skips we are very happy to organise your permit for you. You will also need to adhere to the skip hire permit rules:

  • The skip should not completely block the pavement
  • Utility points such as manhole hole covers and drains should remain accessible
  • You cannot place your skip within 15m of any road junction.
  • If you’re planning to put your skip on a restricted parking area, you may need to organise an exclusion of the parking laws whilst your skip is in place.

How do I arrange my commercial skip hire.

At David Brown Skip Hire we offer a full commercial skip hire service including specialist covered asbestos skips, same day delivery and exchange skips and permit organisation. We are an extremely ethical company and committed to sustainability, with 100% of all metal and cardboard waste and 95% of other waste being recycled. For more information on our skip hire service call our freephone number 0800 998 1216 or complete our online form.

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