Scrap Yard Guide

Common Mistakes We Have Seen In The Skip Hiring Industry

– Exceeding Weight Limit

– Skip For Wrong Waste

– Not Having A Permit

– Aggregates


Everything You Need To Know About Scrap Yards

Here in the UK, one of the most cost-effective ways to dispose of waste and rubbish is to use a skip. Skip hire is so popular in fact that in every town up and down the UK, you’ll find skip hire companies as well as a multitude of skips already being filled on people’s driveways and roadsides.

Booking A Skip

Booking a skip itself couldn’t be easier however, if you’ve never done it before, there are a few common mistakes that could crop up. To help you get it right first time, here’s the ultimate guide to the most common mistakes when booking a skip and more importantly, how to avoid them.

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2. Booking The Wrong Size Skip 

This happens all too often. People estimate the amount of waste they’re going to want to dispose of and most of the time either under estimate or over estimate. One of the best ways to avoid doing this is to simply check out our guide to skip sizes online. This will break down each skip size, what it’s capable of holding and give you a much better idea as to what you’ll need.

Equally, if you’re still unsure, it’s just as easy to call our office and explain to them the work you’re carrying out. Our team will then be able to help advise you on the best-sized skip for the job intended.

Simply doing this will undoubtedly save you money as booking a skip too large will cost more than you need. Likewise, booking a skip that won’t hold all of the waste you want to dispose of will mean hiring another skip altogether. Hiring the skip size you need, will always be the most cost-effective option.

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Exceeding Your Weight/Size Limits

While some may think it’s simply about filling a commercial or domestic skip as much as you can, there are weight limits and of course guidelines when it comes to placement of said waste within the skip. If you’re using smaller skips that we would class as mini skips, it’s best to stick with the lighter materials such as wood and packaging and perhaps heavier materials such as brick and concrete.

If you’re thinking of hiring a larger skip, or even industrial sized skips then you may find yourself limited on the amount of heavy materials you can place in them.

This is simply down the weight limit a skip lorry may find itself being able to lift back onto itself. This can make a skip too heavy to transport back to the skip yard safely. If you’re not sure about the size skip you need, once again, don’t be afraid to ask our team.

Hiring A Skip For The Wrong Waste

This is something we encounter quite often. All too often people hire skips in order to dispose of waste that’s actually prohibited in a skip. There are a number of items that cannot be placed into a skip, from fridges and freezers along with other white goods, as well as electrical items and more.

That way you’ll have a better idea of what to expect. Don’t be surprised at different prices however. In the world of scrap, things will always vary and scrap prices can change on a daily basis

Not Having A Permit In Place

if you have a driveway you intend to place your skip on, you don’t need to pay too much attention to this point. If you don’t and you intend on placing your skip on a public road, then you’ll need to listen a little closer. For those using their own private property, skip hire requires no more than a phone call with a date and time to have your skip delivered. If you intend on using a public highway however, then you’ll need to call your local council and inquire as to whether you need a permit. Costs can vary however, there are instances when they aren’t needed at all. It’s always best to call and find out ahead of time so you know when to book your permit for.

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Contact Mackers Skip Hire Today

If you’d like more information on our skip hire services, simply contact us today on 01268418533. Our team will be on hand to offer you any advice and guidance and ensure you avoid the common mistakes when booking a skip.

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