Frequently Asked Questions: Skip Hire
Please find answers to the most frequently asked questions below
Where can I place a skip?
For householders correct positioning of the skip is vital. Most drives are suitable but thought should be taken to the quality of the surface: as lorries can be heavy. Tell us what you have. Also you may have exposed drain covers, low branches, or a restricted access. Please do not hesitate to call us for advice.
**Once the skip has been placed by our driver it must not be moved**
Do I need a skip permit/ licence?
Any skip placed on a public highway requires a permit from the council. SMS skips will arrange a skip licence or permit for you, along with lighting on the skip to comply with regulations.
How much access does a skip lorry need?
We have various sized skip lorries that can deliver the skip you have ordered. For smaller entrances we have a lorry which requires a minimum width of 8.5 ft or 2.55 m. This is for 2 4 yard skips. For larger skips we need a minimum width of 9.6 ft or 2.9 m.
Also, consider if there are any cables or low hanging trees over the area which could restrict access.
What size skip should I get?
Skips must not be overloaded. The contents in the skip must not exceed the fill level. This isn’t our rule to get you to hire a bigger skip - it’s the law! The reason for this is that although we place a net over every skip before moving it, if a skip is overloaded items could still dislodge and cause injury to pedestrians or motorists. It may also be too heavy for the lorry to legally lift.
What can I put in a skip?
Environmental legislation restricts these wastes within the skips: mattresses, computer monitors, televisions, aerosols, gas containers, paint cans, fridges or freezers. However, subject to prior notification we can deal with these waste types for you. Please contact us for further information. Also, a fire must never be started in a skip.
**Please note that we do not accept any form of asbestos**
When can you deliver the skip?
Our delivery times are Monday to Friday 7.00 to 17.00. We aim to deliver skips within 24 hours where possible. For skip collections please allow 2 working days.
How can I pay for my skip hire?
Payment including VAT is accepted with major credit or debit cards when placing your order with our Sales Office. You can also visit one of our depots or our New Milton Head Office to pay cash when ordering your skip. Unfortunately we do not accept cheques.
What happens to the waste once the skip has been taken away?
The waste is transported to our Waste Recycling facility, where it is sorted to recover all recyclable material. We send the minimum amount of waste to landfill.
Do you hire skips with drop down doors?
Yes, we do a 6 yard builders skip with a door so you can use a wheel barrow to fill it. Ask our sales team for more information.
How much can I fit in a skip?
Another way that we can help you relate skip sizes to your needs is the rough number of black plastic bags that typically fit into them.
**Please note that all skips must be level loaded (no higher than the top edge of the skip). The driver has the right to refuse to take any skip that they feel is unsafe to lift.**
The table below gives you the overall dimensions of each size of skip. The end heights (how high you will have to lift your waste to put it in) as well as the rough number of domestic dustbin bags that each size of skip will hold as well as which sizes are available with a drop down door*
|Skip Size||Black Bags||Length||Width||Height|
|2 yard||24||1.90m (6 ft 3in)||1.4m (4ft 7in)||1.10m (3ft 3in)|
|4 yard||48||2.6m (8ft 6in)||1.7m (5ft 7in)||1.1m (3ft 8in)|
|6 yard*||72||3.2m (10ft 6in)||1.9m (6ft 3in)||1.1m (3ft 8in)|
|8 yard||96||3.8m (12ft 6in)||1.9m (6ft 3in)||1.25m (4ft 1in)|
|10 yard||120||3.6m (11ft 10in)||1.9m (6ft 3 in)||1.5m (4ft 11in)|
|12 yard||144||3.8m (12ft 6in)||1.9m (6ft 3in)||1.85m (6ft 1in)|
Ro-Ro Skip information
Ro-Ro skips or bins are designed to deal with large amounts of waste which makes a cost effective way in disposing of your waste. They are mainly used on the larger construction or demolition projects. The 15yd bins can be used for carrying inert material such as soil, brick rubble or concrete whereas the 30/40yd bins are used only for light weight commercial or waste wood.
|15 yard||6.09m (20 ft)||2.43m (8 ft)||0.91m (3 ft)|
|30 yard||6.09m (20 ft)||2.43m (8 ft)||2.14m (7 ft)|
|40 yard||6.09m (20 ft)||2.43m (8 ft)||2.43m (8 ft)|