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The dos and don’ts of skip hire

There are a number of things that you should bear in mind when you decide to hire a skip, regarding what you can and cannot put into the skip, which size you will require for your project and whether you’ll require any permits. Here, we run through the relevant information you will need in order to proceed with successfully hiring and filling your skip.

When do I need to hire a skip?

If you are carrying out a home improvement project, you are likely to need a skip to dispose of any construction waste in. These projects could include:

If the project is small, you may not need a skip, but most household projects merit the hire of at least a small skip, taking the strain off your other household rubbish bins. Make sure you get the most out of hiring your skip by reading our handy guide!

What can be put in a skip?

When placing items into a skip, it is important to be aware and mindful of the correct things to be putting in. The following can be safely placed in a skip:

  • Bricks and rubble
  • Wood
  • Metal
  • Hardcore
  • Furniture
  • Furnishings
  • Non-electrical fittings
  • Plastic
  • Packaging
  • Domestic waste such as food and food packaging
  • Soil (not contaminated with asbestos, oil or other chemicals)
  • Solidified paint

What can’t be put in a skip?

Items that can be considered hazardous and harmful cannot be placed into a skip, and these can include any of the following:

  • TVs
  • Computer monitors
  • Asbestos
  • Tyres
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • White goods
  • Paint
  • Paint tins (unless empty)
  • Plasterboard
  • Batteries
  • Medical waste
  • Solvents
  • Oil
  • Petrol and diesel
  • Explosives

Skip hire safety measures

When hiring a skip, you will need to ensure you have a relevant permit from your council if you wish to keep the skip on the street where your property is situated. After this, there are various other safety measures to take into account:

  • Cones and amber flashing lights should be placed around the skip in the dark to warn road users of its presence
  • Reflective markers should be fixed onto both ends of the skip
  • Ensure the skip is not placed over any manhole covers, drains, grates or other utility access points
  • Ensure the contents don’t protrude from the sides of the skip, as this creates a hazard for road users and pedestrians
  • Make sure not to over-fill the skip
  • Make sure the skip does not contain any hazardous materials which could pose a risk of fire, explosion or environmental damage
  • Take a look at our guide on how to load a skip for more information!

David Brown Skip Hire are proud to provide an expert skip hire service to customers throughout Harlow, Epping, Bishop’s Stortford and the surrounding areas. We also offer recycling services for all household, commercial and industrial waste, so for any more information on these services, our skip hire, or for any other enquiry, get in touch with our friendly team of experts today and we’ll be glad to help with any queries you may have.

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