Skips are incredibly sturdy and resilient objects so you may think that they can take any old rubbish but that couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s true that your skip can hold pretty much anything but it’s not always a good idea to just put anything in there without checking with your skip hire company first.
Putting the wrong thing into a skip can be a costly mistake. If you do this, you can soon find yourself with a extra expense and potentially with a hefty bill left on your doorstep that you may not have anticipated. The truth is, you likely agreed to the charges in your hiring contract, the one that you may not have read in details but the same one that says that you’re liable if you put something that hasn’t been agreed with the skip hire company before hand.
Now most good dumpster hire companies will make it clear to your before hand what you can put in their skips but a lot of it can be figured out using a little common sense. If in doubt though, don’t be afraid to give them a call, chances are they’ll be more than happy to hear from you as it saves them the headache of having to separate out your waste.
Here’s an American video that discusses this topic, however a lot of what’s said in the video applies to the UK too.
If you enjoyed reading this then check out our post on finding a skip hire company.
Not every skip hire company is the same, so what should you look for in yours and how do you know if you’ve found the right one? Most people base their skip hiring decision on cost but this may no necessarily be the best idea because a low price doesn’t necessarily mean a good service. The last thing that you want is to dispose of a load of rubbish and have it sitting in your driveway for days and weeks on end. Skip collection is one of the most important aspects of the whole thing, if you can’t depend on a company to show up properly and quickly then you’re really on to a bad thing.
I’ve worked for a number of different skip hire companies in my time and I would happily recommend a few of them to people, if you’re looking for skip hire stoke on Trent, then give that link a click for a reputable company there.
How can you tell if a skip hire company is good?
Well it’s not easy, it can be hard to know how good someone is if you’ve never deal with them before. Luckily in the age of the internet you can easily find and have a look at other peoples’ reviews and see what they’re saying about a company, if you see a number of reviews saying bad things like skips have been left unattended them it can be a warning sign. I will say, take bad reviews with a pinch of salt and read between the lines, if it sounds like the customer was being unreasonable (like they very often can be) then don’t put too much weight on what they say.
Another way to find good companies is too have a look at which skips people who are working on building sites are using. Speaking to other tradesmen who have no no affiliation with hiring companies and see who they commonly use, news travels fast amongst these types of circles so it’s likely that they’ll be able to recommend you a good company if you ask. Having spoke to a few tradesmen myself who get rid of a lot of waste I also recommend this company for skip hire Stafford.
Another way to make sure that you’re using a decent skip hire company is to have a look at the information on their website, if they talk about things like permits and sorting these out for you, then you know you’ve found a decent company. Skip permits are extremely important in this industry, in face they are required by law. If you hire a skip and put it on a public highway then you are required to have a council backed permit, if a company fails to tell you this then personally I wouldn’t work with them.
So this is my first post in this skip hire blog!
If you haven’t read the about page, I’ve worked in the waste disposal industry for almost 20 years now and surprisingly, I love my work. In the skip hire business no two days are the same, you just never know what you’re going to come across. You wouldn’t believe the things that I see either, people dispose of all sorts of things that you wouldn’t believe.
I also get to help the environment in my line of work too. It used to be that everything was sent to landfill creating a tremendous amount of waste and build up of materials that could have easily been reused, fortunately times have changed for the better and people now recycle a whole lot more. I’ll admit, recycling does make some of my job a lot more time consuming but I believe the benefits to the environment are well worth the hard work that we in the skip hire industry have to put in.
Some skip hire tips from a professional
You may think that hiring a skip would be relatively straight forward, it’s not exactly rocket science no but there are a number of things that you can do to get the most from your skip hire and avoid some headaches down the line too. For example, never put the wrong type of waste in your skip. Sounds relatively straight forward right? Well no it’s not, you would be amazed the number of people out there who throw in things like batteries etc and end up having to pay more to the company that they use to sort it out. Always check upfront with your rental company what you can and can not throw away.
So what are some common things that you are likely to be unable to throw into a dumpster? Well any sorts of fluids industrial or other are a big no no. One of the most common materials I’ve seen being put into them incorrectly is oil, people think that they can get rid of oil in a skip that they may have lying around or that has been used in an industrial process, this results in a hefty bill because not only does the oil then need to be extracted but it also leaves an expensive cleaning bill too!
If you like this post, why not check out my other post on skip hire?