Skip Hire Guide &
Frequently Asked Questions
What waste can I put in a skip?
- Garden waste – An 8 tonne skip is the biggest size skip that we allow to have soil and stone due to legal weight limits
- Mattresses – an extra charge will occur per mattress
- Soils and stones
- Furniture – that is not upholstered. Please read the upholstered furniture FAQ for more information
- Cardboard & paper
- UPVC windows
- White goods
- Household appliances
- Car parts
If you have an item to dispose of that isn’t on this list, or the list below detailing what cannot be put in a skip, then please contact us, and we’ll be happy to give you the answer.
What waste can’t I put in a skip?
- Clinical, Medical, or Human Waste
- Electrical items
- Computer monitors
- Fluorescent light bulbs
- Food waste
- Gas tanks or cylinders
- Paint or Paint Cans
- Glues and Solvents
- Upholstered furniture
- WEEE Waste
- Hazardous/Toxic Materials
- Tree roots
If you have an item to dispose of that isn’t on this list or the list above detailing what can be put in a skip, then please contact us, and we’ll be happy to give you the answer.
Why can't I put upholstered seating into a skip?
Upholstered furniture is any household seating that may contain POPs, including but not limited to:
- Sofa beds
- Kitchen and dining room chairs
- Stools and footstools
- Home office chairs
- Bean bags, floor and sofa cushions
Please contact us on 0114 236 6222 about the seating you need to dispose of, and we will discuss with you whether you require a man and van service instead of skip hire.
How much does skip hire cost?
At Mr Rubble, skip hire prices start from as low as £140.00+ VAT. Our smallest skip holds approximately 15 bags of rubbish.
We offer a range of skip sizes to suit all needs. Our skips page shows the price for each of the skips we offer.
Note: If you will be disposing of only green waste, then a discount of £10 is available.
Note: If you wish to place the skip on a public road outside your house, then you will need a permit from your local council to do so. Mr Rubble will arrange this for you. Different local councils charge different amounts:
What do I need to do when hiring a skip?
Firstly, You need a reasonable estimate of how much waste you are going to need to dispose of. It’s best to be conservative with your estimate so that you can fit all your waste in the skip. A sound estimate will allow you to remove all the waste you need while not overspending on a skip far too large for your needs.
The best way to do this is to try and think about how many standard bin bags you’d likely fill. From there, you can use our book a skip page to see which skip holds a similar amount of bin bags.
Secondly, it’s important to consider where the skip will be placed when it’s delivered to your home. Ensure that you either have adequate private property space for the skip you want to order or that there is adequate space on the public road outside your house. We provide measurements of all our skips, so you are in the best position to ensure there will be room.
How much waste do skips hold?
Our full range of skips and the approximate number of rubbish bags they will hold is summarised below:
|Approximate Rubbish Bag Capacity
|3 tonne skip
|5 tonne skip
|8 yard skip
|10 yard skip
|12 yard skip
|14 yard skip
|16 yard skip
We ask that you only load the skip up to the level of the top of the skip, i.e. don’t mound rubbish over the top of the skip. Doing so will prevent the skip from being loaded onto the truck when we pick it up to take away.
How much space do I need to place a skip at home?
It’s important that you not only have the space to place the skip but also that you can easily access it to use and that our drivers are able to get to that location. Our delivery trucks require a reasonable amount of space, so ensure the area the skip is going to be placed is clear of any obstructing items.
We suggest ensuring there are approximately two car lengths of space to safely deliver and collect the skip.
What can I do to prepare for a skip arriving at my home?
Some less-obvious obstructions to consider could be:
- Drain covers
- Any running cables
- Overhanging tree branches
It’s important to consider the area where you are placing the skip. Skips can be placed in gardens if there is clear access, but it’s not advisable to place the skip on soft ground. A driveway or solid-floor garden area is more suitable.
If you have any concerns about where you will place a skip or whether our drivers will be able to access your location, don’t hesitate to contact us.
How long do I keep the skip for?
If you have limited time or space, we offer a ‘wait and load’ service whereby our driver will stay with you while you load the skip and take it away immediately.
What happens to the waste after my skip is taken away?
Mr Rubble operates with environmentally green principles at our core. We make every effort to recycle as much of the waste that goes into our skips as possible. When we collect your skip, it is taken to our recycling facility in Sheffield, and currently, over 98% of the waste our customers put in our skips is recycled here.
All waste is separated into dedicated bats and goes through our picking station to pull out all recyclable materials, which can be processed and sent on to other facilities for further processing or energy recovery facilities.
What areas does Mr Rubble cover for Skip Hire?
Can I put a skip in my garden?
Can I put the skip on the road or path outside my home?
If you are placing the skip on the road and not on private property, then you will need a permit from your local council to do so. We will arrange for your permit if you request a roadside dropoff. We only charge for the amount paid to the council to obtain the permit; there are no additional costs.
Do I need to be there on delivery of the skip?
Do I need to inform the council about my skip hire?
Is there any skip hire etiquette?
- Don’t place the skip somewhere that will obstruct neighbours.
- Ensure there is plenty of space on the road for cars to pass safely.
- Don’t overfill the skip. Your waste should not sit higher than the top edge of the skip.
- Let us know if you are planning to dispose of any potentially hazardous items, as these are dealt with separately and will incur additional costs.
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