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How does hiring a skip work?

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How does hiring a skip work?

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Are you thinking of hiring a skip but are unsure how the process works? Then read on. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at what you can expect when arranging skip hire in Durham and Washington. Our friendly team have put together a quick step-by-step guide to follow when hiring a skip for your rubbish removal project.

Your local skip hire company get in touch.

Skip HIre in Durham

The first thing to do when you want is hiring a skip is to get in touch with your local skip hire firm. If you live in Durham, Washington, or anywhere else in the northeast, you should consider using Ward Bros Skip hire – one of the best-established companies in the area. We’re based in Langley Moor and we serve domestic and commercial customers across the region. We have a great reputation, with many glowing reviews from our happy customers.

To contact us, call 0191 336 0811, email info@wardbros.co.uk, or send us a message via the website. When you get in touch with us, we can provide you with all the advice you need and schedule the services you require. We’ll work with you to find a date and time that suits you best.  

Choose the right size skip

When you get in touch with a skip hire company, they’ll ask you what size skip you need. If you’ve never hired a skip before, you may be unsure what size is right for your project. If so, that’s fine – simply ask the team and they’ll be more than happy to advise you.  Most domestic jobs require three to four-yard skips. These are known as mini and midi skips respectively and are ideal for home or garden rubbish clearances.

Whether you’re getting rid of unwanted junk or renovating your bathroom, chances are that a skip of this size will suffice. Six- and eight-yard skips are maxi skips are a good choice for larger domestic projects or commercial jobs. At Ward Bros, we supply skips in a wide range of sizes, even offering sizeable RORO skips. An 18 yard ‘Roll on Roll Off’ skip is a step up from a traditional skip. They’re ideal for construction and industrial organisations which need to dispose of high volumes of waste. RORO skips are well suited to demolition and construction. They’re also a good option for ongoing manufacturing waste. If you want more information see out skip size guide here.

Consider whether you need a permit

Before you can go ahead and hire skips in Washington or Durham, you’ll need to work out if you need a permit. Skip permits are required to control how many skips are placed on a road at one time. This is understandable when you consider how much space they take up and the effect they can have on parking and the flow of traffic. Not having a skip permit is against the law and you could be fined heavily. The skip may be removed at any time. This can be highly convenient for your project. 

If you’re placing the skip on private land such as your driveway or field, you won’t need a permit. At Ward Bros, we can arrange a permit on your behalf, contacting your local council to arrange one as soon as possible.

Wait for your skip to be delivered

Skip Hire in Gateshead

Wards Bros will deliver your skip to your home or business at a time that’s convenient to you. We strongly advise that it’s placed on land that is flat and reinforced. This will ensure that it can take the heavyweight of a skip and its contents. If your driveway has a decorative design, we recommend placing the skip on the road instead. Although you’ll need to pay for a permit, you won’t risk the large skip causing damage to your driveway.

Start filling your skip

One of the best things about hiring skips in Durham or Washington is that the list of items you can put in them is almost endless. You can fill your skip with everything from wood, gardening waste and rubble to metal, furniture, and bricks. This makes them ideal for clearing your home or business of old or unwanted items or for disposing of waste after building or renovation works. There are some things you can’t put into skips. These include batteries, plasterboard, gas cylinders, tyres, paints, fuel, and solvents.

If you have prohibited items to get rid of, we recommend contacting your local council. They will be able to advise you on how best to dispose of items you’re unable to place in your skip. When filling your skip, make sure you only load rubbish up to the height of its sides. Filling the skip too high may mean that we’re unable to collect it.  This is because moving a skip which isn’t ‘level-loaded’ is against UK transport laws. 

Wait for us to collect your skip

Once you’ve filled your skip, you simply need to wait for us to collect it for you. We’ll agree on a date to collect it, making sure you have plenty of time to complete your project. Here are Ward Bros, we have onsite recycling facilities which allow us to recycle as much collected waste as possible.

We’ll take your skip directly to our waste transfer station where we’ll get to work extracting and recycling various reusable materials. Some people are worried about sending so much rubbish to landfill when they hire skips. However, our efficient and environmentally friendly recycling service means we’re able to save as much of it as possible for ending up there.

Contact Us

As you can see, the process of hiring a skip in Washington and Durham couldn’t be easier. For further information about our skip hire service, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Call us on 0191 666 0167 to discuss your requirements with one of our friendly team. We can answer all of your questions and provide you with a competitive quote.


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