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Can you still hire a skip during the COVID-19 pandemic?
This is an understandable question; after all, at the time of writing, England is in its second national lockdown of 2020, and you might be wondering how the latest restrictions affect your ability to hire a skip from a business like Able Skip Hire Ltd.
The short answer is: yes, you can still hire a skip from us! However, we’re naturally taking the necessary precautions in line with the latest guidance, so there are a few important things for you to know.
We’re continuing to deliver skips around Lancashire
While our team is proceeding with skip deliveries throughout the current lockdown, there may be a greater risk of delivery delays at this time.
This is partly due to increased demand at a time when many people are at home with more free time on their hands, as well as possible staff shortages when drivers have to self-isolate. These were both key factors during the first lockdown, when the waiting period for orders was at one point up to two weeks; it has since dropped to three to four days.
Also during the summer, there was a shortage of mini and midi skips, but a surplus of builders skips. So, you should be mindful that even if smaller skips are out of stock when you contact us, we might still be able to provide a larger skip.
Book your skip online with us, and you won’t just get an instant quote – you’ll also be able to see whether skips are available in the size that you need.
What else should you bear in mind when hiring a skip right now?
It’s obviously crucial at the moment for social distancing to be maintained during deliveries and collections. That’s why our drivers and sorters are all using personal protective equipment (PPE) as best as they can. It’s also why we have not been obtaining signatures for waste transfer documents to avoid contact, although in line with legal requirements, the documents are still produced.
Also bear in mind that the favoured method of payment at the moment is either online payment via the website, or by telephone at the time of booking. It is preferred that cash payments are not made to the driver.
Is it a good idea to hire a skip at the moment?
As we touched on above, a lot of us are currently spending a lot more time at home. We might have therefore found ourselves with time to do things that may have previously been left on the ‘backburner’.
You might have long been itching to clear out the spare room or garage, for example, or to do redecorations or pursue a major DIY project. One thing a lot of these activities have in common, though, is that they often generate a serious amount of waste. That’s waste you’ll need to responsibly get rid of.
And at a time when we aren’t supposed to be venturing very far from our homes, it makes sense to arrange the delivery of a skip straight to your door. That way, you’ll be able to fill it with waste that can then be taken away to our recycling facility with the minimum of fuss.
That has to beat all of the hassle of loading up your car with rubbish and hoping your local household waste and recycling centre is actually open and will let you in! Plus, with the above safety measures being followed by our staff during the latest lockdown, it might have never been safer for you to hire a skip, at a time when safety really is paramount.
Able Skip Hire Ltd is one of Lancashire’s most trusted names in skip hire, with the ability to deliver skips to such areas as Blackburn, Adlington, Chorley, Preston, Bolton, and Wigan. We’re proud to have been working hard right through the pandemic, giving people something to do with their spare at-home time – even if that has meant a few skip shortage issues!