FAQs

What can I put in my skip?

One of the top reasons to choose Reds Skip Hire is that you can put almost anything into our skips, from cardboard, metal, wood, and timber to various types of construction and demolition waste. There are a few exceptions, including large electrical items like TVs and computers, tyres, medical waste, asbestos, paint, and petrol. If you’re not sure what you can and can’t put into one of our skips, just ask us. If you can’t put something into a Reds skip, we may be able to suggest an alternative disposal method.

Is there a minimum / maximum duration that I can keep the skip for?

How long you can keep a skip depends if it’s placed on your private property or a public road. If it’s on your own property, such as your driveway, you can keep it for as long as you need it. Extensions can often be arranged if you need the skip for longer or we can come to collect it early if your project is completed before the agreed collection date. However, if the skip is on public property, you can usually only keep it for two weeks. UK law states that skips of up to 8 yards can be placed on a road for a fortnight as long as the person or company has a skip permit.

What types of skips do you provide?

As one of the leading skip hire companies in Essex, we have made sure we offer a fantastic range of domestic and commercial skips. We provide small 2-yard skips, which are ideal for DIY jobs at home, all the way up to huge 14-yard skips suitable for industrial building projects. We also offer a multi skip option, allowing you to mix and match our skips to suit your needs.

How full can I load my skip?

When loading your skip, it’s important not to fill it too high. Overloading a skip is not just illegal and could land you with a hefty fine but we may not be able to collect it if it’s overflowing above the top of the container. This is because it would be dangerous to transport. You should be sure to only fill the waste to the top of the skip.

What skip size do I need?

What skip size you need depends on the nature and size of your project. Whilst a small 2 or 4-yard skip might be suitable for a small house or garden clearance or kitchen renovation, a larger 12 or 14-yard skip may be required for commercial building jobs. 6 and 8-yard builders skips are popular due to their versatility. They’re commonly used for larger domestic projects as well as commercial rubbish disposal. Read our detailed skip size guide to find out more.

What will happen to my waste?

As the need to protect the environment becomes increasingly urgent, more people are wondering what happens to their waste once we take it away. The good news is that we strive to be very eco-friendly here at Reds Skip Hire, with our team ensuring that as much rubbish is recycled as possible. Through our Zero Waste to Landfill policy, we aim to prevent waste from ending up in a landfill where it can cause harm to the planet.

Do you recycle the contents of the skip?

Yes, we’ll aim to recycle as much rubbish as possible, sorting and separating it at our fully-equipped waste transfer station. Paper and card is washed and pulped so that it can be used again, plastic is reprocessed and made into new items such as plastic bottles, and glass is melted down and remoulded so it can be reused. So much of the waste we collect can be recycled, which is fantastic news for the environment.

Do I need a permit?

You’ll only need a permit if you plan to place the skip on a public highway, such as a road or footpath. You can acquire a permit from your local council – make sure you do this in advance of your skip being delivered since it can take a few days to receive it. If you’ll be placing the skip on your own property such as your driveway, you won’t need a permit.

How do I arrange for the skip to be emptied?

Once your skip is full, simply contact our team on 01268 649053. We can arrange to take it away to our waste transfer station where we can begin processing your rubbish. If you need the skip returning to continue your project, just let us know and we’ll return it as soon as possible.

How far in advance do I need to book skip hire?

You don’t always need to book skip hire far in advance. In fact, at Reds, we can usually offer same or next day delivery, ensuring that your project can commence whenever you’re ready. We can provide fast delivery of your skip to your site on any day of the week.

Do you have any prices available for your skip hire?

For a skip hire quote, simply get in touch with our team. You can call us on 01268 649053 or email us at book@redsskiphire.co.uk. You can also book a skip online by completing the form on the website. At Reds, we’re proud to have some of the most competitive prices for skips in Essex.

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