Hiring a skip, especially for the first time, is a scary and wearisome venture, more so if not done properly. There are many hesitations and indecisions you will feel and those are definitely normal. And so here are the compiled questions commonly asked by people and the answers to them.
Why is a skip needed? First, this needs to be addressed. Skips are for disposal of your waste. This can be in the home, garden, commercial building and/or from a construction or renovation. Your rubbish is collected and then transported and dumped to appropriate facilities.
What size do I choose? This is a worry for many but really, you just have to identify the size of your waste before you can decide on which skip size to hire. Look into size guides and see what is suitable for your needs. It is a recommendation to get even a slightly bigger one for space allowance. Estimates have room for lapses, so opting for that will be beneficial for you in terms of both time and money. You get to avoid overfilling, which is dangerous and not to mention, illegal.
What are allowed in a skip? Materials that are non-hazardous can be put inside. Examples of these are home and office furniture such as sofas, cabinets, chairs, tables and the like. Wood, cement, concrete, bricks, sand, soil and dirt are good to go too. Moreover, grass, weeds, branches and other garden waste do not pose any problem and can be thrown in.
What are not allowed in a skip? Oppositely, materials with hazardous substances and chemicals are definitely not permitted to be inside one. This includes appliances like fridges, freezers, washing machines, and television sets. Tyres, batteries and gas cylinders are disallowed as well. On top of that, substances and chemicals such as asbestos, paints and fuel are not to be accepted. This is not because of limited services; it is because these are special cases where the authorized and expert people from particular facilities are the only ones that can work and dispose them. In addition, mixing them with the other waste types is basically not safe. For one, when these are transported and if they will leak, anyone who inhales them or, say, touches them can be caused a great risk in their health and well-being.
Do I need a permit and why do I have to avail one? A skip and a truck can take much space, especially if it is a big one. If the place where trash will be collected, say, your home or your office, is by a road that is public and common, it will be a necessity for you to contact the local authority. This is also true for private lands and lots. You have to ask permission for your hired skip to stay there. When none of these options work for you, wait and load stations are made available for you to make use and take advantage of.
Remember that in hiring a skip, you have to be wise so you will not expend more in time, money and space.