If you haven't used a skip before then here's most of the advice you'll ever need. Just ring or email if anything is unclear - we want you to get exactly what you need.
You'll need to consider the SIZE of the skip you need, WHERE you are going to keep it, WHAT you are allowed to put in it, WHEN you need it (and HOW LONG for), whether the ACCESS for the lorry is OK and WHICH company to use (this one of course!)
What size of skip should I order?
It can be hard judging the volume of rubbish you create. And how to best fill the skip, without it overflowing. So it is best to get a bigger skip than you first think, or plan on getting several in sequence. Remember that the bigger skips are also taller so it can be harder to load your rubbish into them.
If our driver finds that you have overfilled it (anything over 6" / 15cm above the top of the skip) then you will have to partially empty it before it can be removed - and you may have to pay an extra fee for the delay this causes. We aren't legally allowed to move a skip that is too heavy or if there is a risk of things falling off when driven away.
Our biggest skip holds 16 cubic yards - about 150 bin bags. This one would be too heavy for the lorry to lift if it was filled with something dense like soil or rubble so can only be used for lighter weight bulky rubbish - perfect for a house clearance for example.
12 yard skips are nearly as massive - about 110 bin bags - and could be used for any density of waste.
10 yard skips are bigger than most - about 90 bin bags
The most common builders' skip is the 8 yard one. This holds 8 cubic yards of rubbish - about 75 bin bags, can weigh about 8 tonnes when full.
Great for big construction jobs or house clearances.
6 yard skips hold about 55 bin bags / 6 tonnes
4 yard skips hold about 35 bin bags / 4 tonnes.
3 yard skips hold about 25 bin bags / 3 tonnes.
Where shall I store the skip?
If you can clear enough level space in your front drive or garden next to the road then that is always best. The lorry would reverse up to your garden to lower the skip. It can be lifted over a low wall or hedge. We recommend that you lay a sheet or two of plywood over your driveway to spread the load and avoid the risk of uneven settlement. Please note that we cannot accept any responsibility of damage to the ground if you want us to come off the road onto your land.
If your property isn't an option then a skip can be parked on the road if parking rules allow after first buying a permit from the local authority. Don't worry, we can arrange that for you in most areas but it will be an extra fee. We also need to ensure the skip is lit at night (another small fee) and you are advised to keep it covered with a tarpaulin to prevent everyone else filling it before you can.
If a parking bay needs to be suspended then you will need to make that application yourself to the local council - but beware - this is VERY expensive.
If you want to check which is the local council for any postcode then visit ukpostcodedata.com
What mustn't I dump in a skip?
The rubbish in your skip will be hauled away and either recycled or dumped into land fill (eg an old quarry). UK laws rightly demand that certain dangerous thigs are handled separately to protect the environment and people involved in the industry. So you must NOT ever sneak the following things into your skip - we'll see when they are emptied and you could be in BIG trouble!
Asbestos of any kind - the dust as it is handled can kill
Fridges and freezers - the refridgerant gases need extraction to stop our ozone layer being destroyed
Electrical goods or batteries - TVs, computers etc need special recycling - take to your council recycling centre or the store selling you the replacement
Plasterboard needs special disposal - we can take it for an extra fee (but not all skip companies will)
Tyres - leave these with the fitter selling you the replacement - but we can take them for a small extra fee (but not all skip companies will)
Fluorescent tubes - take to your council recycling centre or the store selling you the replacement
Liquid paint (eg in part used tins)
Chemicals, solvents, engine oil, petrol, diesel, explosives, gas cylinders, clinical / medical waste
Contact your local authority civic amenity site to ask how best to legally dispose of such things.
When do I need to book a skip?
We ask for 24 to 48 hours notice of when you'd like a skip to be delivered.
If a permit is needed to place it on the road then the council permit scheme would need 4 to 7 days or so.
What access does the lorry need?
On the days of delivery and collection our lorry will need to do a three point turn to back up to the skip. If anything is parked in the way then we won't be able to operate, so please speak to your neighbours, and reserve the area with your own car if possible (so long as you'll be there to move it of course!).
Note that the lorry is heavy, especially when lifting a full skip, so its back wheels need to be on something strong to avoid that surface being damaged. We can use extra supports to spread the load on baulks of timber but need to avoid cracking paving stones or manhole covers etc. If you want us to drive off the public highway then it is at your risk - we do not accept responsibility if the surfaces get cracked or subside under the weight of the lorry or skip. If you put a couple of sheets of plywood or OSB down then that will reduce the risk considerably.
If your site is in a restricted location, and the council refuse collection lorry cannot get there then our lorry won't be able to either.
Which company should I choose?
Price is the first factor for everyone, so check out several operators in your area. You'll see that our prices are competitive.
Only ever use a company that is licensed by the Environment Agency and that you can trust to dispose of your rubbish legally. Much of our costs are the charges for that final disposal but there are some illegal operators who just flytip your rubbish on a quiet back street nearby. If that ever happened, you could be prosecuted as well as them. Our licence number is CB/GE5842LS and can be checked on the Environment Agency website by looking for this number, our name (WD Skips Limited) in their Waste Carriers and Dealers register.
Use someone competent, reliable, friendy and local. Ours is a family firm and have 25 years experience in the industry. We cover central, north-west and south-west London.