Recycling tips

When should you hire a Skip?


Had a clear-out at home and have rubbish you now want to get rid of? Or perhaps your company is moving office and there is old furniture that needs scrapping? Should you hire a skip or head to the tip?

Can I use the tip?

Local Councils run your local Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC, or tip), and as the name suggests, these are for household waste only. That can be from day-to-day activity or a one-off DIY project but doesn’t include rubbish left over by builders hired to make home improvements or renovations.

In those circumstances, the tradesperson has a legal responsibility to arrange for the waste to be taken away. They can’t just leave debris in your garden, for instance, and expect you to deal with it.

Meanwhile, any waste generated by commercial activity counts as business waste, including that from construction, demolition, industry, or agriculture. Business owners must register as a waste carrier if they prefer to dispose of their own waste regularly at a licensed commercial facility.

Alternatively, they can request a collection by a company like Fresh Start or hire a skip.

what can you put in a skip

What can you put in a skip?

Skips are ideal for throwing away bulky items that aren’t collected by the Council’s kerbside recycling scheme, such as bricks, rubble, soil, wood, and furniture.

There are some items that you can’t put in a skip, including asbestos, batteries, and gas cylinders. These are classed as Hazardous Waste and must be dealt with by experts.

Our handy Skips FAQs page includes a list.

Is it worth hiring a skip?

It depends on your circumstances.

Access to a tip is usually free, but if you have to make several journeys because you have a large amount of waste, then the fuel costs will add up.

You will also need to be aware of its opening hours and arrange a trip to fit in with your other commitments. That is more of a pain if the nearest one isn’t a short distance away, while there are often queues at weekends and on Bank Holidays.

Hiring a skip is convenient. They can usually be delivered directly to your driveway or outside your home, where it is easy to access, and you don’t have to carry cumbersome items far.

How much does it cost to hire a skip?

There is no single fee.

What we can guarantee is a competitive price without hidden charges.

Fresh Start presents a range of flexible options, providing skips in a range of sizes to residential customers, as well as those in the commercial sector across the North West of England.

That includes short and long-term hire on a contract or call-off basis.

It is worth noting that some household waste recycling centres charge a small fee to dispose of DIY waste, for example rubble, plasterboard or sheets of glass.

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What is the smallest skip I can hire?

Our range is broad enough to provide a solution for every type of job.

Whether you are giving the garden an overhaul or overseeing a large-scale commercial development, we have a skip for you. The smallest option offered by Fresh Start is a six-yard builder’s skip, perfect for domestic refurbishments or clear-outs.

You can check the specific dimensions of our skips from the link above or by asking a team member who will be happy to advise you of the best match for your requirements.

Of course, if the quantity of waste you need to move is so small that it fits neatly into your car, then one return journey to the tip makes sense.

How long can I hire a skip for?

For as long as you need!

Whether it’s a one-off hire or you require a regular service, we can tailor our offer to meet your needs. You can choose precisely how long you want a skip on site, and when you’d like us to drop it off.

Fresh Start does not charge a rental fee for short-term hire lasting up to a fortnight.

Skip hire near me

Need a hassle-free skip hire service that is quick, straightforward, and affordable? Try Fresh Start.

Get an online quote today or contact us if you’d like to know more first.

Our waste disposal provision complies fully with all the relevant regulations.

Not only that, but we strive to show our commitment to zero landfill at every opportunity and will stream the items you put in our skip to reuse or recycle as much as possible.

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