Skip hire is the process of renting a skip from a waste management company. A skip is a big, usually open-top waste container that is designed to be loaded onto a specific kind of collecting lorry.
You may want to hire a skip if you are cleaning your house thoroughly and have a lot of huge garbage bags and heavy things that need to be removed. It can be placed on your driveway or (if you get a special permit) on the side of a public street.
When do you need to hire a skip?
The average London resident produces about 1 kg of waste every day. However, sometimes people have more rubbish than this, so to get rid of it they may need to rent a skip. Here are a few of the most popular reasons for renting a skip in the London area:
- Cleaning up at the end of the season and discovering a lot of bulky things to throw away;
- If you need to dispose of construction debris during home renovation or any other building projects;
- A company needs to get rid of old furniture and equipment when redesigning the office, moving out or closing down.
- Environmentally-conscious residents who want to hire skips rather than use public waste disposal services, who dump garbage into landfills without proper sorting out and recycling.
You can find a skip-hiring business on every corner, but keep in mind that each one operates under different rules and regulations. Some skip rental businesses, for example, won’t take old furniture like sofas and couches. Others may avoid toxic chemicals, materials that can be dangerous such as certain types of cleaning agents triggering chemical reactions, and items like batteries that can leak harmful materials. For those who care about the environment, some businesses offer green and eco-conscious disposal methods.
There are a few factors that can affect the price you pay for skip hire: the size of skip you need, what you’re disposing of, your location, and any handling or service fees from the company.
What happens to my garbage after I’ve put it in a skip?
Some cheaper skip rental companies care less about the environment and may send your garbage to a landfill or dumpsite. A more high-end skip hire companies are more likely to recycle your garbage. Some companies may even have their own sorting facility to separate recyclables before shipping them to the appropriate recycling facilities.
Recycled materials usually make up approximately 60% to 70% of the waste in a skip. Some skip companies have their own waste processing facility, so ask your company about their procedures. It also depends on how recyclable your waste is.
Do you need to hire a skip?
If you’re decluttering for any reason or have waste that your regular disposals can’t handle, hiring a skip is the way to go. A professional skip hire company is the best way to ensure your waste will be managed responsibly.
While a skip hire may be an additional expense, it is the most responsible and convenient way to get rid of your waste. A waste management service that caters to your needs and has the right skip size for you is often a cleaner option.