It really is very simple to decide whether a skip is the best solution for your needs. Instead of just leaping into a decision, ask yourself the following questions before making a decision: What type of waste should it contain? Will this waste fit in your car? Or could some be recycled or donated? If you decided to hire a skip, check our guide how to cut costs of skip hire.
Skip hire London conditions can vary from site to site, with some requiring permits and others restricting the movement of vehicles. Restrictions are often in place for good reason, so make sure you check before you choose a location as this can all affect where and when a skip can be collected. Remember, putting a skip on a public road requires a skip permit from the council which can be additional cost of your skip hiring.
If you’re filling a skip and have extra recyclable materials, get in touch with your skip supplier and ask if they’ll lower their prices. The standard skip is for mixed general waste – pretty much anything, but hazardous waste – but the more recyclable materials you have in the load, like metal, cardboard, green waste or inert waste, the better. Just tell your supplier beforehand so they can give you a more accurate price. Keep to the level load line when filling your skip too. If it goes above, you may be charged extra or have the contents removed by your supplier.
One more option to cut your costs of skip hire is considering is teaming up with your neighbours, to share the cost. It can also be a good idea if you’re having larger building work done, as you could get the contractor to decide how many skips you’ll need based on their rates of progress, and then share the costs between each other.