household waste

Skip hire

At Sackers we can provide skips to your home, club or organisation; arranging delivery and collection to suit you. We’ve made the process as easy as possible – here are a few pointers before you call us to order:

Quick Guide:

Step 1 Establish how much waste you have and what size skip you need
Step 2 Plan where you intend to site the skip. Check minimum access requirements and plan ahead if on a public highway
Step 3 Double-check that the waste you plan to dispose of is suitable for general waste skips.
Step 4 Plan when you require the skip and when you need it collected.
Step 5 Call us on 01473 830373 to book and pay for your skip now.

          

See below for a more comprehensive guide:-

Choosing the Best Skip Size
The most obvious advice we can give is that you firstly need to decide on the skip size that you need. Take a look at skip sizes available. We’ve listed the dimensions and given you a rough idea of the number of black bags of waste that each skip can hold (remember, this is an approximation only).

Siting the Skip on Private Property
Now that you’ve chosen the size of skip, it’s time to consider where the skip will be sited. Ideally you’ll have privately-owned property for the skip to be sited; a driveway, hard-standing or garden.

NB: A standard skip lorry requires a minimum of 10ft (3.3 metres) width to gain access, regardless of the size of skip ordered.

Siting the Skip on the Road/Grass Verge
If you don’t have your own private property on which to keep the skip, or you don’t have enough room the skip lorry to access your property, the alternative is to place the skip on the road or grass verge outside the property.

In order to use public roads/verges, your Local Authority must first give permission. In most cases we’re able to apply for a permit on your behalf. Permit charges vary depending on whereabouts you require the skip – we would let you know at the point of order. Council permits can take between 1 and 5 working days to obtain and the application period depends upon your location. Please plan ahead when siting a skip on public land.

Any skip that is sited on the road MUST have a light at each end and traffic cones to alert other road users of its presence at all times. We will provide these for each skip that is placed on the public highway.

Choosing the type of Skip needed
Now that you know the size of skip you need and know where you’d like it sited, it is important to consider the type of waste you need to dispose of; skips vary depending upon the waste they are to contain.

You now need to establish whether the waste you will be putting into the skip will be heavy waste (e.g. soil, brick, hardcore, rubble etc), or light waste (e.g. timber, metal, general waste). As a general rule, any skip larger than 8 cubic yards is NOT suitable for heavy waste types as our skip lorries cannot lift them when filled.

Filling your Skip
When filling your skip, you must ensure that waste is not piled higher than the top of the skip itself; this is a legal requirement. It is against the law for our drivers to carry skips loaded beyond this point on the highway and so, if your skip is over full, we will be unable to collect until some of the waste is removed.

Using boards around the skip in an attempt to increase its capacity is NOT an alternative; skips filled in this way are also illegal for our drivers to carry and so, for the same reasons, we’ll be unable to collect unless the skip is emptied to the correct level.

To prevent wasted space within the skip, we would recommend that any large or bulky items you have to dispose of are broken down into smaller pieces.

Items NOT Suitable for Disposal in a Skip
Certain types of waste CANNOT be placed in general waste skips under any circumstances – many of these waste types are either hazardous or need to be disposed of in a specific way. Items not suitable for a skip include:

  • Plasterboards
  • Asbestos
  • Fridge/Freezers
  • Batteries
  • Tyres
  • Gas Cylinders
  • Pressurised Containers
  • Pain Wastes/Thinners
  • Fluorescent Tubes

How Long can I have a Skip for?
Before you finalise your order you need to establish when you actually require the skip on site. You need to consider the maximum hire period of 10 days. Remember, if you have a skip delivered on a Friday, you will have use of it across two weekends.

We always aim to collect skips within 24 hours of a collection call. If you know that the skip must be removed by a certain date, it may help to book your collection when ordering the skip.

Sackers are friendly, approachable and above all professional in how they manage our various waste streams and continue to introduce innovative ideas that both reduce costs and increase our ability to recycle.

John Richardson - Waste & Environment Manager, NHS Ipswich Hospital