People hire skips for many reasons; you might be clearing rubbish from your attic, renovating your kitchen, or need somewhere to dispose of equipment when moving offices. Skip hire is a highly convenient way to deal with rubbish or unwanted items, but there are several rules and regulations that must be followed. If you’re hiring a skip for the first time and want to know more about the rules in place, read on for our handy guide.
What can’t be put in a skip?
Skips take all sorts of waste, including building rubble, wood, plastic, green waste and furniture. However, there are certain items which can’t be put in a skip as they can pose a public health risk. These include asbestos, fridges, oils, tyres, paint, pesticides and medical waste.
Do I need a skip licence?
If you’re intending to place a skip on land which isn’t your own (e.g somewhere which isn’t a private driveway), then in most cases you’ll need a licence. Most skip hire companies can apply for a licence from the council on your behalf to save you the trouble. If you’re applying for a licence personally, ensure you do this in advance of your skip being delivered as it can take a few days to process.
Domestic skip hire carries certain safety rules and regulations and failure to comply could result in a fine. The name of the skip hire company and a contact number must be prominently displayed at all times, in cases of emergencies. You’ll also need traffic cones if the skip is placed in the road, reflective markings around the edge of the skip and nighttime safety lamps for visibility.
If you’ve obtained a skip licence (because the skip is not being placed on your private property), there are still several regulations to adhere to. Your skip must not be placed within 15 metres of a junction, it can’t block any utility points (such as manhole covers) and it must not block any pavements or entry/exit points (unless you have permission to do so).
If you’re looking for reliable skip hire for your next project, get in touch with the experts at Batesy Skip Hire. We’re proud to offer a range of high-quality skips in various sizes, delivered straight to your door. From midi skips to builders skips and roll-on/off models, we’ve got it all and we’ll ensure that all waste is disposed of in the most environmentally friendly way possible. For more information about our skip hire or to discuss your requirements, give us a call today or visit our website.