DIY enthusiasts are dominating the skip market

Posted 16 June 2016 by Helen Christie

Finding your ideal property is a lengthy process and can become quite costly. In recent years, there has been an increasing trend of do-it-yourself home improvements...

People are choosing to invest in their new homes by adding extensions, loft conversions and conservatories. Since people have gained a deeper interest in home improvements, domestic skip hire has become more popular.

DIY enthusiasts are dominating the skip market for domestic purposes. If you are planning to hire a skip however, it’s a good idea to plan ahead - figures for domestic skip hire see a 280% increase when the bank holiday hits and people have an extra day off work to arrange their home improvements. So what do you need to know about hiring a skip for the first time to fulfil all your domestic DIY dreams?

What waste can I dispose of in a skip?

Items such as domestic food/ packaging waste, plastics, paper, furniture, metal, rubble, bricks, wood and uncontaminated soil can all be disposed of in skips. Certain items like electrical appliances, plasterboard, tyres, asbestos, solvents, batteries, chemicals, oils, compressed gas cylinders, clinical and medical waste are not allowed in skips. As you are disposing of your waste make sure you are adhering to the guidelines and legislations. If you want to get rid of some of the prohibited items above, contact your skip provider and they will offer advice and might be able to issue you with separate bags.

What size skip do I need?

Skips come in a variety of size, here is a rough guide:

  • CramBags (unique to Skip Scanner are 3 bags which can fit indoors and through doorways etc. They are then collected by a ‘Man with a Van’ service. Ideal for anyone living in apartments or with restricted access)
  • Mini. 2 Cubic Yards (ideal for a small spring clean or garden clear-out. Holds a little over 20 bin bags, 1.5m3)
  • Midi. 3 Cubic Yards (Ideal for clearing a couple of rooms or a small renovation project. Holds about 40 bin bags, 2.3m3)
  • Midi Plus. 4 Cubic Yards (similar to the Midi. 3 but holds 50 bin bags, 3m3)
  • Standard. 6 Cubic Yards (Ideal for house clearance or small commercial projects. Holds about 70 bin bags, 4.5m3)
  • Large. 8 Cubic Yards (Ideal for domestic or commercial projects. Holds about 80 bin bags, 6.1m3)
  • Extra Large. 10 Cubic Yards (Similar to a large skip but holds about 90 bin bags, 7.6m3)
  • Other skips include the Maxi. 12 Cubic Yards which is more suited to industrial and commercial projects.

Do I need a permit for my skip?

If you have room on your private property for a skip you will not require any further permission from your local authority. If that is not the case a permit usually the skip provider will arrange a permit and they can cost from £15 to £60. Read through the terms and conditions to double check whose responsibility it is to meet your local council’s regulations.

How can I get the most for my money?

Websites such as finds your nearest and best skip hire companies to assist you with your projects. Just type in your post code and dates you will be requiring a skip and all the information such as cost, size etc. will be displayed from multiple local companies. Once you have decided on a skip that is most suited to you an online booking can be made straight away, taking less than five minutes.


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