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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to some of the commonly asked questions.

What can I put in my skip?
Skips can be used for general waste which is typically anything involved with a general cleanup around the house and property that is neither liquid nor of a hazardous nature.

What can’t go in the skip?
No hazardous waste. This includes TV’s, monitors, fridges, paints, solvents, liquids or any asbestos can be placed in the skip. To dispose of any of these materials you need to contact your local council. They will be able to provide you with a contact who can dispose of anything hazardous or not accepted in your skip (i.e. food waste).

How much notice do I need to give when ordering my skip?
Most suppliers will be able to deliver a skip within 24 hours of ordering, however, we suggest skips are booked as far in advance as possible especially if a permit is required. Some suppliers may require up to 5 days to arrange your permit. Ordering as far in advance as possible ensures you are able to get the most competitively priced skip. The amount of time required to arrange a permit can vary depending on the local council and the skip supplier.

I don’t know what size skip I need?
The website provides a scale drawing of skip sizes to help you select. Click on the view button at step 4 of the order process to determine the size of each bin. A 6 cubic yard skip is the most common size.

How much does it cost to hire a skip?
It depends on the size of the skip and the number of suppliers that have skips available in your area. Just put your details into the website, and it will offer the lowest price to meet your requirements, with no obligations.

How long can I keep the skip?
You can order a skip for up to 28 days.

What if I’m not finished with the skip by pick-up day?
If unforeseen circumstances mean that you have not finished with the skip, you should advise the supplier as early as possible. Provided the skip has not been booked out on another job, they can usually be flexible. This also depends on the permit that your bin has, if a new permit has to be arranged, the skip may have to be removed while it is organized.

When and how do I pay for the skip bin?
All skip orders are paid for at the time of ordering on the website. We accept payment by all major credit cards, over our secure server (see Security page).

How much weight can I put in the skip?
This depends on the size of the skip. During the order process you are told the weight limit for each different skip size. The pricing is based on 150kg per 1 cubic yard. If you exceed this allowance you may incur an excess weight charge.

How high can I fill the skip?
Skips can be filled level to the top. (Suppliers face prosecution for unsafe or overweight loads)

What do I do with hazardous chemicals?
You cannot put any hazardous waste into the skips. Anything of a hazardous nature should be disposed of carefully with the right procedure. If you are unsure of how to dispose of any hazardous waste you need to contact your local council.

Will they be able to get up my drive?
Your drive needs to be at least 3 metres wide for a normal truck with a 9 cubic metre skip bin (allow wider access if necessary for a larger truck). You should also ensure there are no low hanging trees, power lines or the like, that may hinder the access and placement of the container at time of delivery. Once ordered you should contact your supplier and discuss the location of the skip bin if you think that access may be difficult. Most suppliers will have smaller trucks for tricky locations.

Do you service business/commercial customers?
You will be able to order a skip from the site using a credit card. However we do not offer charge accounts.

Can I get a skip delivered on Sunday?
You can order a bin for Sunday delivery using bookaskip.co.uk, however the choice of suppliers will be limited. If possible request the bin to be delivered on the Friday or Saturday prior.

Can I hire a permanent skip from bookaskip.co.uk?
Currently this is not a service that we are able to offer. We intend to offer this service in the future.

Does bookaskip.co.uk supply wheelie bins?
Currently this is not a service that we are able to offer.

Are there Suppliers available in my area?
bookaskip.co.uk has most areas of the United Kingdom covered with a large number of skip suppliers.

Why don't you have a flat rate for all of the UK?
bookaskip.co.uk believes in giving the customer the best price available. We work with a network of local skip hire companies to ensure we offer the most competitive price for a service that meets the customers requirements.

When would I need a permit?
Permits are required by most local councils for skips that need to be placed on public land, including footpath berms, and the highway. Permits can be arranged for a maximum of 28 days. In most cases the supplier will be able to arrange a permit for you. A few councils require that the hirer must apply for the permit, we will advise you during the booking process if you are required to arrange the permit.

How big will my skip be?
The skip’s size is measured in cubic yards. To get an idea of the skip size, view the scale drawing on our homepage at step 4 of the order process which will show you a picture of the skip in relation to a person. 1 cubic yard is the equivalent 1 yard wide by 1 yard long by 1 yard high. So a 6 yard skip has the capacity to hold 6 ‘cubic yards’.

What happens to my waste after my skip has been collected?
All of our skip suppliers are certified waste license carriers. Waste is disposed of in accordance with Local Council regulations. We do not condone any sort of fly-tipping and encourage all suppliers to recycle as much waste as possible.

If you have any more questions, contact us at admin@bookaskip.co.uk

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