September 9, 2016

Hiring the Correct Sized Skip

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Welcome to the Skip Advisor – here to make sure that you hire the correct sized skip for your needs!

If you are thinking about hiring a skip then you have come to the right place.  A skip is often exactly what you need to help make a project go smoothly, such as:

  • Clearing household rubbish
  • Garden/ground developments
  • Building projects

At Abbey Skip Hire we have a wide range of skip sizes available.  Some skips have drop-down doors on them for easy access, they serve as an handy ramp for wheelbarrows.  This is useful for occasions where heavy material is being loaded to the skip.

2 Yard Skip

2yrd Skip

These skips are perfect for small amounts of domestic waste, such as a single moderately sized bathroom suite or similar, special deals can be done on this skip in CA1, CA2 & CA3 postcode areas.

Approx. size:

  • Height: 3′
  • Width: 4′
  • Length: 5′
3 Yard Skip

3yrd Skip

These skips are perfect for small to medium amounts of domestic waste. They can be used to hold up to 3 tonnes of soil, stone, block-work etc. Drop-down door variants available for easy loading.

Approx. size:

  • Height: 3’2″
  • Width: 5’3″
  • Length: 6’9″
6 Yard Skip

6yrd Skip

These skips are perfect for larger amounts of domestic waste, or can be used to hold up to 6 tonnes of soil, stone, block-work etc. Drop-down door variants available for easy loading.

Approx. size:

  • Height: 3’6″
  • Width: 6′
  • Length: 10’9″
8 Yard Skip

8yrd Skip

These skips are perfect for large amounts of domestic waste, or can be used to hold up to 8 tonnes of soil, stone, block-work etc. Drop-down door variants available for easy loading.

Approx. size:

  • Height: 4′
  • Width: 6′
  • Length: 11’4″
12 Yard Skip

12yrd Skip

These skips are perfect for large amounts of domestic waste, or can be used to hold up to 8/9 tonnes of soil, stone, block-work etc. This is the largest size skip for heavy waste such as soil or stone. They also have a drop down door which doubles as a wheelbarrow ramp & makes them so much easier to load.

These skips are perfect for large amounts of domestic waste, or can be used to hold bulky materials such as ceiling tiles, insulation, etc. This is the largest size skip for heavy waste such as soil or stone but must not be overloaded, as this can cause damage to block paved & tarmac drives when being uplifted. They also have a drop down door which doubles as a wheelbarrow ramp & makes them so much easier to load.

Approx. size:

  • Height: 5’1″
  • Width: 6’4″
  • Length: 12’3″
16 Yard Skip

16yrd Skip

These skips are for large amounts of light bulky commercial or household waste, ideal for wood.

Approx. size:

  • Height: 6’7″
  • Width: 5’10”
  • Length: 13’10”

All information about skips sizes is approximate, as provided by Abbey Skip Hire

What can I put in a skip?

The best answer to what can be put in a skip is to list what cannot be put in a skip. Here are the most common items that cannot be disposed of in a skip:

  • Liquids
  • Oil, petrol, diesel
  • Paint & Cans of paint
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Gas canisters and gas bottles
  • Asbestos
  • Electrical appliances & equipment
  • Batteries
  • Tyres
  • TVs & computer screens
  • Fridges, freezers and air conditioning units
  • Plasterboard
  • Hazardous & toxic materials
  • Clinical or medical waste, including syringes

The other rule on what goes into a skip, despite what you see out in the streets, is that a skip cannot be overfilled. It must be a ‘level load’. If you do order a skip and fill it so that material is poking out above the sides, you risk the skip company charging you a lot more at the point of collection, or you being asked to remove the excess waste before they will take the skip away.

What skip size should I hire?

Skips come in lots of sizes – from the very small to the very large. Despite the country going metric years ago, the skip industry is still clinging to the cubic yard as the volume measure for a skip. A cubic yard is 1 yard (3 foot or 0.92 metres) high x 1 yard wide x 1 yard deep and is roughly the size of two standard washing machines or dishwashers, or one upright fridge freezer. The most common skip you see in a residential street is 6 or 8 cubic yards.

Where can I have a skip delivered by Abbey Skip Hire?

If you look at our map of areas covered, it indicates that you may be subject to a slight surcharge in out laying areas, although we are happy to serve each & everyone of you I hope it is understandable just how long a journey of some 20 miles out of Carlisle City on Country lanes can take in a Heavy Goods Vehicle & thus engaging the driver on a single job as oppose to 3 or 4 ‘quicker’ City jobs…

Are there any access issues for skip lorries?

As a guide, skip lorries are normally at least 8.5 feet wide. If the entrance to your property is not wide enough for that sort of vehicle (and bear in mind they can also weigh at least 7.5 tonnes, so the ground needs to be strong enough to withstand that sort of pressure), then the skip will need to be placed on the road and you will require a skip permit.

Skip permits are required by law

If you place a skip on any public road or pavement you will need a skip permit (or skip licence as it is sometimes called). Failure to do so and your skip can be removed before you have filled it and you are likely to be liable to a fine. There is no requirement for a permit if you put a skip on private land, such as your driveway or field.

Fly Tipping

What is Fly Tipping?

Fly tipping is any waste that has been unlawfully left in a public area. It is a serious offence to fly tip. Offenders can be fined up to £50’000 or even sent to prison. Reports of fly tipping should be made to your local district or borough council (refer to the links below) or to the Environment Agency on 0800 807060. Contact your local district Council.

What do I do if I encounter a fly tipping incident?

Don’t confront the fly tipper yourself. If you do see someone fly-tipping, then it is helpful if you can take note of the following details:

  • The location of the incident
  • The time that it occurred or the time that you discovered it
  • Vehicle registration of fly tipper
  • A description of the vehicle, inc. the colour, make and model
  • Any other distinguishing features of the vehicle (e.g insignia, contact numbers printed on vehicle)
  • The type of rubbish that was dumped

Then report this information to your local district Council or the Environment Agency.

Carlisle City Council Customer Contact Centre telephone number: 01228 817200 or Carlisle City Council Customer Services Contact Form. Your details will remain confidential.

Fly tipping can result in a £50,000 and/or six months imprisonment.

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