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The Do’s and Dont’s of Skip Hire
It is important to make sure you don’t fall foul of any local or legal legislation, or breach any safety requirements. Doing so could get you in trouble or incur extra hire costs. By following some simple do’s and don’ts you will make sure you keep within the terms of your skip hire agreement.
Do order the right sized skip
It is important to make sure you order the right sized skip for your needs. Getting this wrong and you could end up paying more than you need to for a skip that is larger than you want. Order a skip that is too small and you run the risk of hiring twice in order to completely dispose of all your rubbish.
If you’re unsure about the size of skip that is right for your needs, see our skip size guide or ask Able Skips when placing your order. We will be able to advise you on the size most suitable for your needs.
Do think about safety
Safety is an important consideration that cannot be ignored. Consider the positioning of the skip. Will it be located on a highway? What types of rubbish are you throwing away and how much is there?
If the skip is to be located on a highway then a permit will be required along with traffic cones and a safety light to ensure the safety of other road users. Your skip hire company will be able to provide this to you as part of the hire agreement.
Don’t Overfill the skips
All skips must be filled level to the top of the container. Overfilling a skip will cause the vehicle to exceed its legal weight limit. In such situations the driver would then be liable for prosecution. Also, an overflowing skip poses a serious safety issue to other road users. Skips that are overfilled will be refused by the driver and could incur an extra charge for remove of the excess waste.
Don’t burn rubbish in the skip
Under no circumstances should a skip be used to house a fire for burning rubbish. Doing so will be in contravention of fire safety guidelines. It will also damage the skip and paintwork. As a result you will be liable for costs incurred to repair and re-paint the skip. You also run the risk of being reported to the Environment Agency and Fire Service who may then prosecute.
Don’t dump dangerous materials or un-permitted materials
For safety reasons it is important that you pay attention to the types of materials you are putting in the skip. Do not dispose of any dangerous materials such as asbestos or un-permitted items such as fridges, freezers, tyres, any unsealed oil or paint cans. These are items that need to be disposed of in a safe manner to avoid endangering the safety of others.