When it comes to large skips, including 10s, 12s, 14s and 16s, there are 2 ways to go about charging: haulage and tonnage and fixed cost pricing.
Haulage and tonnage is a standard practise amongst skip hire companies and waste managers. The idea is quite simple: the skip is charged at a basic rate, usually capped 2 tonnes, and then any further weight is charged on top.
An alternative model is fixed cost pricing. Again, this method does exactly what it says, a single price is given to the skip and, as long as the weight is within the allowance of the skip, no further charges will be added to the bill.
Whichever method you choose, you need to make sure that you are getting the best value for your money. This is really important for skips of this size where the weight and contents can vary quite a lot and you have a specific budget to keep.
So, which one is best for your site?
Haulage and Tonnage
The advantage of haulage and tonnage is that if you don’t intend to fill the skip, you could make a saving. However, you will need to do your maths carefully to make sure that this is the case. Estimating the weight of your waste takes a practiced eye and working out the costs can be quite time consuming. And, let’s be honest here, if you don’t intend to fill the skip, you should have probably opted for a smaller skip size!
Haulage and tonnage costs also vary quite a lot. If you are running a site that produces a few different waste streams, the cost of each skip load is likely to be different. While this may be an advantage for lighter waste types, you may find that your heavier wastes cost significantly more than you would otherwise save.
Fixed Cost Pricing
The main advantage of fixed cost pricing is also the most obvious: you know exactly how much your skip will cost upfront, before you have filled it. This is ideal if you have a tight budget for waste management and need to know your costs as soon as possible. With fixed cost pricing, it is much easier to estimate the overall cost for your project at the beginning, rather than having to wait and see.
While fixed cost pricing can appear to be more expensive than haulage and tonnage, you must remember that you won’t be faced with any additional charges on top. This means that in many cases, fixed cost pricing actually makes the skip a lot cheaper because no further premiums are added. Furthermore, you won’t need to spend time working out the exact weight of your waste: as long as you don’t go over the weight allowance of the skip, you don’t need to worry at all.
Fixed Cost Pricing with WasteSURE
At WasteSURE, we are determined that all our clients should get the best value for money on all their skips, from mini skips through to ROROs. This is why we have chosen to charge fixed cost pricing instead of haulage and tonnage.
The most important factor at WasteSURE is that all our projects are fully compliant from the very beginning and we work with our customers to get the right solution for their waste, even if that isn’t the most profitable for us.
To find out more about fixed cost pricing or to book 10s, 12s, 14s and 16s with us, get in touch today.