Whether you’re hiring a small skip to dispose of domestic garden waste or an extra-large skip for your commercial construction job, there are certain guidelines that must be followed to help you get the best out of the service. Whilst a skip is essentially an oversized bin, there’s more to the disposal process than simply slinging your waste into the container.
When it comes to skip hire, it’s important to ensure you’re using the vessel to its full potential and that you’re taking the correct safety precautions. Hiring a skip is the most efficient way of getting rid of large quantities of waste, but what can you do to make sure everything runs smoothly? Below, we explore a few things that should be considered prior to your upcoming project, along with how you can make the most out of your skip.
Choosing your skip: a brief guide to skip sizes and types
Selecting a skip for your operation is an important decision that should not be made lightly. As well as ensuring your skip is large enough for the task at hand, there are also other features that may be worth enquiring about. For example, certain containers come with the option for a cover so that the skip is concealed when not in use. Not only does this rule out the possibility of fly-tipping, but it also means your waste cannot be tampered with. Construction materials such as bricks, scrap metal and wood could be hazardous if in the wrong hands, so it may be an idea to cover your waste overnight to avoid anyone getting hurt or accidents from occurring.
Further to this, there is also the option to hire a roll on/roll off skip. These are the largest skips available for hire, making them suitable for commercial construction jobs, industrial clear outs and large shop fittings. This is the safest option for excessive amounts of bulky waste and construction debris and can be hired in different sizes depending on the scale of your project.
Choosing an appropriately sized skip is crucial as overfilling your vessel could result in an overflow of waste, putting passers-by at risk. Further to this, your chosen firm will likely refuse your skip if it’s full to the brim. A skip hire company will be able to advise you on which size is best for your operation, however, it’s also beneficial for you to have a rough idea about sizes to help you make an informed decision.
For small domestic renovation and clear-out projects, a 3 or 4 cubic yard skip will likely suffice. However, for a larger home or big garden landscaping venture, opting for a 6 or 8 cubic yard skip will ensure you don’t run out of space midway through the task. Anything above 12 cubic yards is classed as an extra-large skip and is usually used on building and manufacturing sites.
At Doncaster Skip Hire, we supply the above mentioned skips and some extra sizes to ensure every customer is accommodated for. Click here to browse our skip sizes.
Skip contents: items not accepted by skip hire companies
A domestic skip lends itself to a wide range of household clearance tasks. From garden landscaping jobs to bathroom renovations, there are many different scenarios in which a skip could be beneficial. Cardboard, bricks, plastic, metal, soil, wood and many other materials are commonly accepted. However, materials and items that are deemed hazardous are not permitted to be disposed of via skip. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Televisions and computer monitors
- Fridges and freezers
- Fluorescent tubes
- Medical waste
Before hiring your skip, be sure to liaise with the company at length to find out what they will and will not take to ascertain whether or not the skip hire is worth it. If it does turn out that a large portion of your waste is classed as hazardous, you may need to contact a company with specialist services to ensure these items are disposed of safely.
Loading your skip
Once your skip has been delivered, it’s time to begin the loading process. As previously mentioned, hurling items in at random is not the best approach. In order to make the most of the space, there needs to be a logical strategy in place. Further to this, there are certain safety precautions that need to be adhered to to avoid any injuries. To assist you in loading your skip safely and efficiently, we’ve listed some top tips below.
Clear the surrounding area
If you’re loading particularly bulky or heavy items into your skip, it’s important to clear the surrounding area of any possible obstacles. Chunky branches or big pieces of litter could cause someone to trip up if unseen, so be sure to survey the land around the skip carefully before any loading takes place to avoid any accidents. Also, if something is particularly heavy, err on the side of caution and grab someone to help to avoid straining or pulling any muscles.
This will need to be decided in advance but ideally, your skip will be placed on flat and stable ground and will be in close proximity to your home to make things simpler for you. The area must also be accessible for the delivery lorry to ensure a smooth and safe drop off.
To make the most of all space available, load flat items first followed by bulkier bits of furniture. Also, if you have bin bags, make sure they are full and tightly knotted so that as many as possible can be crammed in. Be careful when loading sharp or broken objects and (as previously mentioned), do not overfill the container. As well as being potentially dangerous, your skip will not be collected if it’s overfilled and it will likely cost extra for your team to remove the excess waste.
Once your skip is full, arrange for it to be picked up at the first available opportunity. The longer your skip is left in the street, the more likely it is that your waste will be added to or tampered with, so it’s preferable to get it picked up as soon as possible. Many businesses offer ‘wait and load’ services, meaning your skip can be delivered, loaded and removed all on the same day. Similarly, if you require a skip on long loan, it’s also possible to hire one out for a few days at a time.
Doncaster Skip Hire: a reputable business offering same day skip hire for your convenience
At Doncaster Skip Hire, we supply a wide range of skips that are suitable for both domestic and commercial projects. Whether you’d like a ‘wait and load’ service or you require a skip on long loan, we’ve got every aspect of skip hire covered.
We operate throughout the Doncaster area including in Barnsley, Rotherham and Worksop and we can also travel further afield for bigger customers.
Our staff members will be able to advise you on which skip is most suitable for your requirements and they will also be on hand to answer any questions you have throughout the process. We strive to offer a friendly, professional and convenient service, ensuring our customers return again and again. We are also committed to recycling items wherever possible and we are constantly altering our methods to be as eco-friendly as possible.
To get a quote for your skip hire, contact us and get your project under way with Doncaster Skip Hire.