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Things you need to know on hiring a skip

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Whether you are hiring a skip for the first time or have hired a skip before, our checklist will help you with considerations for choosing the right skip and making sure you’re prepared.

Here are 7 things to know when renting a skip.

What you can put in our skips

Here at A & R Skips one of the most important considerations is what type of waste you will be putting in a skip and whether this meets the skip hire company’s criteria.

Here are the following allowed items of waste that can be put into a skip:



Construction waste



Garden waste

Household items





How long you need the skip for

Our skip hire is for 4 days on smaller skips and on a Builders skip they can be hired for 7 days so it’s important to consider whether this will be long enough.
We offer extended hire at an additional charge, just let us know. You can also get in touch if you’d like us to collect your skip sooner.

Understand how much waste each skip will hold

We offer a range of skip sizes, from 2 tonne skips up to 8 yard skips. Whether you are carrying out a small house clearances or wanting to take on a bigger gardening project, there is a skip size to suit different needs.

We have information on how much each of our skips holds, including dimensions, how many rubbish bags it will hold and the types of project that they are suitable for.

View our skip sizes

Decide the size of skip you’ll need

After you’ve read how much each of our skips holds, you can then decide which skip size is most suited to the job. If you’re still unsure and require further advice, get in touch with us.

Consider where the skip will go

Our smaller skips will comfortably fit on most driveways. If you’re thinking of putting the skip anywhere else or are hiring a larger skip, you’ll need to measure the dimensions.

It should also be easy to access, both for disposing of your waste and for our trucks for pick up and drop off.

Skips should not obstruct pedestrians or the street.

See if you require a skip permit

A permit from your local council is required if you are wanting to put the skip on the road. If you request a roadside dropoff, we will arrange a permit.

Your skip can not be placed on yellow lines, close to a pelican crossing, near a bus stop, Within 15 metres of a junction or near dangerous bends on a busy road.

Leave instructions of where to leave the skip

You can tell us where you would like the skip to arrive, when you are ordering your skip online please leave us clear instructions as to where to leave it on delivery.

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