The very process of hiring a skip from our company is exceedingly simple: you contact us, we figure out which skip size suits your needs best, then we deliver the skip to the address that you have specified and pick it up once it is filled! However, there are still some specific considerations and details that you should definitely know about before your chosen skip arrives at your location. Here at Skip Hire Isleworth we are always doing our best to ensure that our clients have all the information that they could possibly need and, in order to make sure that nothing is left out, we have created this short guide to some of the peculiarities of hiring a skip that every client of ours has to be aware of. Find out what to expect from the service and get ready to feel a whole lot more confident once we deliver it to you!

  1. Depending on the size and the location of your chosen skip, you might need to obtain a permit. That is not an issue if you can place the skip entirely on a private land – however, if it is placed on a public road, a special permit from your local council is an absolute necessity. Luckily for you, our employees are ready to take care of the permit for you, so worrying about it is not something that you should do. What you definitely should do, however, is be aware of the fact that most councils require an early notice of at least 3 days prior to the date when the skip is supposed to be used in order to give the department enough time to issue the permit – we advise all of our clients to take this into account when planning to hire a skip. It is also worth noting that it is illegal to place the skip on a pavement even if a permit has been acquired.
    In case the request for a permit gets rejected or there is not enough time to acquire it, Skip Hire Isleworth also offers a ‘wait-and-load‘ service, which means that we will stay at the scene until you load the waste into the skip and then take it away immediately afterwards.
  2. You are not allowed to put certain types of materials into the skip. There are some restricted items that cannot be placed in a skip – these include toxic waste, car batteries, electrical equipment and hazardous materials, such as asbestos, certain types of paint and the like. Trying to hide them amongst other types of waste will do you no good either, as we go through all of the items individually before recycling them at our very own waste transfer station.
    Putting prohibited items into a skip results in some heavy fines and we do not want to see our clients go through that! If you need to get rid of the restricted waste anyway, contact us and enquire about alternative removal strategies, which we are always ready to offer to you.
  3. You will have to load your skip in the right way. There is a strict policy of a ‘level load‘ when it comes to filling your skip. It means that the waste inside it cannot reach over the edges of the skip, as transferring an overfilled skip to our waste transfer station is not only extremely dangerous, but also illegal. If we arrive to pick up a skip only to find that the waste inside it has been stacked up too high, we have no other option but to suggest hiring a second skip – which means extra money and a considerable amount of wasted time.
    It is also important to abide by the weight regulations of every skip. Skips have different weight limits which cannot be gone over if we are to take them to our waste transfer station safely. Do not be afraid to enquire about the weight limit of your chosen skip if you are unsure about it – we are here to help you! 

Hiring a skip is indeed extremely easy and incredibly straightforward if you arm yourself with some basic knowledge beforehand. Be prepared to consider getting a permit, make sure to avoid putting restricted items into the skip, pay special attention to the way in which you load it and everything else will be taken care of for you by the dedicated employees of Skip Hire Isleworth!