It may feel daunting if you have not hired a skip before, or you are already in the process of hiring one. Navigating the do’s and don’ts may seem straightforward but Staffordshire Skip Hire is here to help you maximise your skip hire vehicle.
Moving house or a shop renovation project could accumulate waste, bulky items such as sofas, fridges, and dusty insulation materials.
Whatever materials you need to dispose of, having a place to put it and ensure it’s recycled (if possible) effectively will give you peace of mind.
You will have more time to focus on the task at hand plus there are plenty of benefits of hiring a skip, some of which you may already know.
Choose the correct skip size
Thinking about how much waste you need to get rid of, is essential for choosing the right size skip. Picking the right size container can be tricky if you have not hired a skip before. Here at Staffordshire Skip Hire, we offer a wide range of different sizes to suit different customer’s requirements.
What you can and can’t put in skips
There are certain items that need to be disposed of elsewhere, such as a recycling centre that accept items that could include harmful chemicals.
Hazardous waste such as fluorescent bulbs contain mercury, batteries due to the possibility of lead inside, electrical equipment and appliances, solvents, and paints (unless the paint has solidified) cannot be put in a skip.
Another less obvious example is tyres and more specifically plasterboard which can release toxic gas when mixed with other materials.
Although there are some materials that should not be added to a skip, there are plenty of items that can, including –
- Domestic waste
- Gas cookers
- Construction waste
- Non-electrical fittings
- Solidified paint
- Food and its packaging
- Garden waste
Safely using skips
Making sure your skip is placed on a flat surface and the materials are distributed as evenly as possible to avoid accidents when it’s full. Place flat items down first and break up large items into smaller pieces. If you and someone else are able to lift larger items, load them in first and add lighter items last.
Our final bit of advice is to not overfill your skip.