Bin There, Done That: Tips for Hiring Skips

Overflowing bins are the sign of a negligent waste disposal routine, and a major health hazard. Have you ever wondered that by throwing waste in huge amounts (including food, cement and wood), you are inviting germs into your home? Let’s not forget the horrid smell that ‘will’ follow you every time you pass the dumpster to your home. Was cleaning your house worth all this?

Next time you want to dispose waste material such as this, hire a skip service. If you are spring cleaning or getting rid of that last DIY project gone bad, then skip is the perfect option to get rid of all this rubbish.

Following are some tips that will help you in hiring a skip:

Tip #1

Hire a Skip Online

Do not go looking in your phone directory to find a skip service. Neither should you ask your neighbour for the number of the skip service he/she hired recently. Instead, go online and look for the top skip services in UK and then compare the prices to see which one falls in your budget. Your disposal needs might be different than theirs and you might end up paying more when you could have gotten the skip elsewhere in so much else.

Tip #2

The Best Priced Skip is Often Close to Home. Find it.

If you want a skip service that will not charge you daily or weekly, then hire one that is near to you. Some skip services charge around £120 per week if they are not in your local area. There is a chance your local skip service will be overbooked but it is better than paying £120 plus £20 for their admin fee. So what if your skip arrives after a week! You can at least keep it for an unlimited amount of time.

Tip #3

Ask the Skip Company Which Skip Size Is the Best for You

Skips come in various sizes, from two to forty yards. You need to know exactly, which one will be best suited to your waste disposal needs. Though, the bigger the space, the better you will be able to load the trash. However, bigger skips will cost you around £200. Tell the company what kind of waste you are trying to dispose e.g. is it furniture, food, or rubble. The company will then tell you how much weight a skip can handle, which will give you an idea about which is the right one for you.

Tip #4

Do Not Leave Air Pockets

Puffed up trash bags tend to take more space than the ones which have been compressed to let all the air out. If you are disposing something that needs trash bags, then after filling them, make sure there are no air pockets. Stack the bags in a row and fill the empty spaces with small objects like buckets or wood slats.

Tip #5

Sort Your Waste

To maximise your skip’s space, sort your waste and throw the small things in your local bins. Use the blue bin for bottles and paper, brown for garden waste, green for general waste like crockery, toys, diapers, etc and black for food. Leave the furniture, wood, metal, rubble and other big things for the skip.

Tip #6

Avoid Food Pileups

If you had a week-long party at your house and have tons of food wasting away, then a skip might not be the best choice for you. If you are hiring a skip for more than a week, then the food in the skip can produce a horrid smell, which will make your house stink. If the food is not rotten, then give it in homeless shelters or simply throw it away in the local bins.

Tip #7

Elevate Your Skip

As the skip fills with waste, it puts a lot of weight on your pavement or back yard. When the moving truck comes around, the skip is either rolled off or dragged from its resting place. This can make scratches on your pavement. To avoid this, either put your skip on bricks or roll a carpet underneath it.

Tip #8

Book Your Skip In Advance

In case, the skip service near you is overbooked, call other skip services and book in advance. If you are planning your cleaning next week then call ahead so that your skip arrives exactly on the day you want it to.

Tip #9

Keep the Skip on Your Property

If you have a huge backyard, then it is better that you keep the skip there. Skip companies charge extra if the skip is damaged in any way. With the skip on your property, you can avoid vandalism and the next door neighbours who might try to sneak in their waste into your skip.

Tip #10

Get Your Skip Permit Before You Get Your Skip

If you do not have enough space on your property then get a skip permit from your local council. Whether you are putting the skip on your pavement or on the road, you need a skip permit in both cases. The permit usually takes two to three days. Sometimes, the council even denies the permit. Therefore, before hiring a skip, get a permit so that your skip does not get hauled off by the authorities for illegal parking.

Tip #11

Load the Skip Carefully

To avoid spilling, load the skip with heavy waste first and set the small waste aside. When a skip is rolled or lifted onto a truck, it wobbles and hence small waste such as soil can fall from the top. Once you are finished with loading all the big waste into the skip wait for the pickup service to arrive. When the skip is loaded onto the truck, toss in the small waste.

Skip is the best option for getting rid of large waste. However, if you want o throw away small things, a skip bag is a great alternative to the local bins. A skip is a cost effective way to get rid of and recycle all the unwanted waste in your house.

 

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