Handy Skip Hire Guide
To make your life easier, we’ve created this handy guide to using your skip. From what you can put into a skip to avoiding any extra charges, we’ve got it covered!
Skip Hire FAQs
You’ll find the answers you need to help you through the skip hire process on this page. If you have a question that isn’t answered on this page, please contact us, and one of our team will be happy to help.
What waste can I put in a skip?
Here is a list of the most common items that our customers use our skips to dispose of that are suitable to be put in a skip:
- Garden waste
- Soils and Stones
- Cardboard & Paper
- UPVC Windows
- White goods*
- Household appliances*
- Car parts*
If you have an item to dispose of that isn’t on this list or is on the below list (detailing what cannot be put in a skip), please contact us, and we’ll be happy to give you advice and more information.
* These items can be put into your skip, but they will incur an extra charge or may only be accepted in small quantities. Please contact us so we can discuss this with you and make the appropriate arrangements.
What waste can’t I put in a skip?
We can deal with all types of waste for you but for some items we need to know about them in advance to advise you on the best method of disposal. If you plan on disposing of any of the following items then please contact us and we can help make the arrangements:
- Clinical, Medical, or Human Waste
- Electrical items
- Computer monitors
- Fluorescent light bulbs
- Food waste
- Gas tanks or cylinders
- Paint or Paint Cans
- Upholstered furniture – please read about this here
- Glues and Solvents
- WEEE Waste
- Hazardous/Toxic Materials
- Tree roots
If you have an item to dispose of that isn’t on this list, or the list above detailing what can be put in a skip then please contact us and we’ll be happy to give you the answer.
How much does skip hire cost?
The cost of hiring a skip will depend on three things, what size skip you need, the type of waste you would like to dispose of, and where you’d like to place the skip.
Fast Skips skip hire prices start from as low as £125.00 + VAT with skips ranging from a 4-yard to a 40-yard Roll-On Roll-Off.
No matter how much waste you have to dispose of, we will have a skip size to suit your needs. Visit our skip page to see which size is best for your project. If you’re not sure, we have a skip size calculator built into our skip hire journey. Add the amount of waste you have and it will automatically suggest the best skip for you.
If you wish to only dispose of green waste, we will provide a £10 discount.
Please note, if you will be placing your hired skip on a public road outside your property, you will need to gain a permit from your local council. Our Fast Skips management team will arrange this for you.
What do I need to do when hiring a skip?
Now that you’ve decided you need to hire a skip, there are a few things you need to first.
Firstly, where possible, try and estimate how much waste you will need to put into your skip. We suggest being as conservative as possible when estimating to make sure you will definitely fit the waste into the skip. Ensuring a sound estimate will help to avoid overspending on a skip that is too large for the amount of waste you have.
A tip to make this easier is to try and think how many bin bags you will most probably fill with your waste. You can then go through our skip hire journey and use our skip size calculator. Here, you can enter the amount of bin bags, and the calculator will suggest the best skip for you.
Secondly, you will need to decide where your skip will be placed when we deliver it to you. If you have private property, including a drive, please make sure there is enough space for the skip to be delivered. Measurements will be included when selecting your skip.
Likewise, please ensure adequate space on the public road if this is where your skip will be placed.
How much waste do skips hold?
Our skips are available in a range of sizes to ensure we can cater for all amounts of waste. We want our customers to be able to have a skip size that is perfect for their needs to avoid hiring a skip that is too large.
The smallest skip we have available to hire is the 4-yard Midi Skip. This will hold approximately 40 rubbish bags. To make things easier, we have listed our full range of skips below alongside the approximate number of bin bags they will hold:
Midi Skip (4 yard) 40 bin bags
Midi Skip (6 yard) 60 bin bags
Builder’s Skip (8 yard) 80 bin bags
Maxi Skip (10 yard) 100 bin bags
Maxi Skip (12 yard) 120 bin bags
Maxi Skip (14 yard) 140 bin bags
Maxi Skip (16 yard) 160 bin bags
Roll-On Roll-Off (20 yard) 200 bin bags
Roll-On Roll-Off (40 yard) 400 bin bags
When loading your skip, please only load your rubbish to the level of the top of the skip. If the skip is filled above this line, it will mean our trucks cannot pick it up.
How much space do I need to place a skip at home?
The 4-yard Midi Skip is one of the smallest skips we have available to hire. This size is perfect for domestic projects and will fit comfortable on home driveways. If you need to hire a bigger skip or place your chosen skip on the road, please use our skip size measurements to ensure there will be the required space.
It’s also important to ensure there is enough access space for the skip. Our drivers need to be able to access your location to place the skip. Please allow a reasonable amount of space for our trucks and remove any possible obstructions where possible.
We recommend an approximate space of two car lengths to allow a safe delivery and collection of the skip.
If our vehicle can’t access your designated delivery area for any reason out of our control, your order may be refunded, but a charge will be applicable for the Wasted Journey. The Wasted Journey charge could be anything up to £200, depending on your location.
Spreading the cost of skip hire with Klarna
When choosing your preferred payment method in the checkout, you can choose Klarna. Klarna offers two different Buy Now Pay Later Credit Products in the UK (BNPL Products):
- Pay in 3 instalments allows a consumer to spread the cost over 3 equal payments. This product is completely interest-free.
- Pay in 30 days allows a consumer to get up to 30 days to pay for their goods with no interest.
Please note: Klarna’s Pay in 3 / Pay in 30 days are unregulated credit agreements. Borrowing more than you can afford or paying late may negatively impact your financial status and ability to obtain credit. 18+, UK residents only. Subject to status. Ts&Cs and late fees apply.
For more detailed information on using Klarna, please visit our Skip Hire Klarna page.
What can I do to prepare for a skip arriving at my home?
Before your skip arrives at your home, please ensure the area where it will be placed and your access road is clear, and obstructions are removed.
Some obstructions you may not have considered include:
- Drain covers
- Any running cables
- Overhanging tree branches
When choosing where you will have the skip placed, make sure there will be no risk of damage. For example, we can place skips in gardens, but it isn’t advised because they are soft ground and easily damaged. So instead, we recommend a driveway or other solid-floor garden where possible.
Any damage to property or driveways that we are invited on to, that isn’t through driver error, is at the customer’s risk and Fast Skips Ltd are not liable for the cost of repairs.
If you would like to discuss where you will be having your skip placed or check whether our drives can easily access your location, please contact us, and we will be more than happy to assist.
How long do I keep the skip for?
The length of our skip hire is 7-days as standard. However, if you would like to keep the skip for a longer period of time, please let us know, and we can arrange this for you. We offer extended hire for £12.50 + VAT for each additional week you would like the skip.
When you have filled the skip and finished with it, let us know you’d like us to collect it, and we will arrange this for you. Please note that we are unable to give specific collection dates and during busy times of the year a removal can be longer than anticipated. With this in mind, it is the customer’s responsibility to ensure that the skip isn’t delivered in an area that blocks any access points or vehicles, etc.
If you have limited time or not enough space to keep the skip, we can offer a ‘wait and load’ service. This service means our driver will stay while you fill the skip. They will then remove it immediately when you have finished.
What happens to the waste after my skip is taken away?
It is our mission to ensure everyone at Fast Skips takes full responsibility for improving our environmental impact. We work hard to exceed all requirements that are in place to protect the environment.
Fast Skips operates with environmentally green principles at our core. Every effort is made to recycle as much of the waste our skips collect. Once our driver collects your skip, it is taken to our recycling facility in Sheffield. Here, we currently recycle over 98% of the waste our customers have filled the skips with.
We have dedicated and segregated bays for all the waste. It then goes through our picking station, where our employees pick out any recyclable materials. These are then sent to other facilities for further processing or energy recovery facilities where they are further processed.
What areas does Fast Skips cover for Skip Hire?
Fast Skips is a trusted supplier of domestic skip hire nationwide.
Can I put a skip in my garden?
Skips can definitely be placed in your garden as long as there is enough space for us to access it with our delivery vehicle. However, please bear in mind that skips are very heavy, even more so once full. Damage to your lawn is highly likely if the skip is placed on the grass. Furthermore, the delivery truck will need access to the resting spot. Doing this may potentially cause additional damage.
Can I put the skip on the road or path outside my home?
The skip can be placed outside your home on public roads, however, it must not violate any road rules in that area. For example, skips cannot be placed on double yellow lines. You cannot block public footpaths, so please make sure there is enough space for the skip to be placed without obstructing road users.
If you choose to place your skip on the road, you will need to have a permit from your local council. The Fast Skips team will arrange the permit for you. There are no additional costs for arranging this, and we will only charge you the amount paid to the council to obtain the permit.
Do I need to be there on delivery of the skip?
You do not need to be present when we deliver the skip, as long as you have given us clear instructions of where you would like it to be placed, and we can access your property. If you can no longer be present for the delivery and wish to be, please contact us, and our team will help make additional arrangements.
Do I need to inform the council about my skip hire?
If you need a permit because your skip will be placed on a public road, we will contact the council for you and arrange the necessary permit.
Is there any skip hire etiquette?
Things for you to consider when hiring a Fast Skips skip:
- Don’t arrange for the skip to be placed somewhere that will obstruct neighbours
- Allow plenty of space on the road for cars to pass the skip safely
- Don’t overfill the skip. The waste shouldn’t sit above the top edge of the skip
- Please inform us if you are planning to fill the skip with any potentially hazardous items as we will have to make additional arrangements, and they will incur additional costs