Everything You Need to Know About Hiring a Skip

Moving house is a hassle. It takes time and money to pack everything up, find a new home, and get everything there in one piece. But when it comes to moving waste, you   have a number of options for disposing of it. You could take it with you in the car, or leave it with your current council. You could even pay someone else to take   care of it for you! In this guide I’ll cover the most common skip hire questions plus some things that may not occur to you when you need to hire a skip.

What’s a skip?

Before we go any further, I have to mention a tool you might not be familiar with: a skip. A skip is a large bin with a chute, and it’s sometimes found in garages or backyard sheds. It’s used to store household waste.  Skip being essential  How useful would it be to have a bucket full of household waste you have to drive to the local recycling centre and empty, or carry around with you in the back seat? Having a skip means you only have to carry your waste from one place to another – so everything is organised and you’re saving yourself time and effort.  If you have a small garage or backyard, that’s probably all you need. If you have a large family, you might not have much space. If you’re moving to a larger property, you’ll need to get more than one skip.

Skip hire types

Whole household rubbish bins  These bins are for your whole house and garden. You can fill these with anything from tyres, lawnmowers, and gardening tools, to building materials, cleaning products, and any recyclable waste. The process of collecting them and removing the waste from the car is also often known as ‘trimming the brush’. You then tip this over a large container for collection.  Landfill  With a landfill skip, you put everything you’ve taken to a dedicated landfill site. You’ll pay extra if you opt for this option.  Household skip  A standard skip that can be hired for personal use. If you’ve got a small garden then a whole household bin may be enough.

Cost of hiring a skip

If you’re still living in the same house you rented from the council (or the place your rented home was in). The cost of hiring a for a month or two could be the same as moving out altogether! The difference is that if you do move away, you’ll have to pay to have the removed.  If you’re moving to another part of the country or into a flat, then you’ll often have to pay a deposit, unless you’re moving with your own or van. This is normally for around £250, and can include removal, hire, fuel, tipping and so on. You’ll need to take it back with you, so you can use it as a standard, or to tip it out once your new home is cleared.

Skip hire safety

There are some serious health and safety issues associated with lifting rubbish and dumping it in a skip. There are only 2 places in the world where lift workers can carry household rubbish. And those places are the UK and Romania.  Because the lift doesn’t have the same sort of steering and handrailing systems as a standard skip, it’s recommended that if you have a small child, or a friend that you can’t trust with household rubbish, that you don’t hire a skip lift.  For more information, check out this video from the UK Household Waste Recycling Group.  Size and how it fits into your garden  A skip is a metal container, often with handles on the front and back so that you can lift it up.


If you have got this far, I can only hope that you have found useful information about what to expect when you are hiring, and what to be aware of. If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact me and I’ll try my best to answer you. If you don’t want to leave a comment here, you can also send me an email.  Have you ever hired a skip or waste removal service before?  If you are planning on hiring a skip, you’re likely to have a number of questions, and they are a good start to the rest of this guide.  This guide is an ongoing series, and we’ll be adding to it all the time.  I hope that you found this guide useful.

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