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When utilizing a commercial skip for waste disposal, it’s essential to be aware of what can and cannot be placed in it, permit requirements, skip sizes, safety measures, and more. This comprehensive guide provides insights into commercial skip usage and the regulations associated with it.

  1. What Can Go in a Commercial Skip?

While hiring a commercial skip offers convenience, it’s crucial to understand that certain items are prohibited. These include toxic, harmful, or non-recyclable materials such as:

  • Paints, solvents, and aerosols
  • Asbestos
  • Tyres
  • Plasterboard
  • Oil
  • Batteries
  • Clinical or medical waste
  • TVs, electronics, WEEE equipment
  • Mattresses
  • Fridges and freezers
  • AstroTurf
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Unshredded paper
  • Hard drives containing personal data

If you’re unsure whether your waste is allowed, please contact us for guidance to prevent issues with skip collection.

  1. When Should You Hire a Commercial Skip?

Commercial skip hire is ideal for projects generating larger volumes of waste than your regular operations. This includes scenarios like:

  • Office clearouts
  • Office or retail unit renovations
  • Demolition or refurbishment work
  • Landscaping projects
  • Disposing of substantial product packaging
  1. Choosing the Right Commercial Skip Size:

Selecting the appropriate skip size is crucial to avoid unnecessary expenses or inadequate space. Here are the available sizes and their capacities:

  • 4-yard mini skip: Suitable for small office clearouts, holds 40 black bags (3m³ capacity).
  • 6-yard builder skip: Designed for soil and rubble from construction or demolition work, holds 60 black bags (4.6m³ capacity).
  • 8-yard mixed waste skip: Most popular for full office clearances and refurbishments, holds 80 black bags (6m³ capacity).
  • 12-yard mixed waste skip: Suitable for light waste without soil or rubble, ideal for commercial landscaping, holds 120 black bags (9.2m³ capacity).
  • 20-yard roll-on roll-off (RoRo) skip: Suited for larger sites with heavy mixed waste, holds 200 black bags (15.3m³ capacity).
  • 30-yard roll-on roll-off (RoRo) skip: Ideal for construction debris, heavy materials, and bulky items, holds 300 black bags (23m³ capacity).
  • 40-yard roll-on roll-off (RoRo skip): The largest RoRo skip, suitable for large commercial clearouts, holds 400 black bags (30.6m³ capacity).

For assistance in determining the right size, contact us at 0333 301 0705 or email

Hire a Commercial Skip

  1. Skip Permits and Licences:

Skip placement on commercial sites typically does not require permits or licences. However, if your skip needs to be on a public road, you’ll need to obtain permission from the local authority or landowner.

Some common skip permit rules include:

  • Not obstructing pavements or entrances.
  • Avoiding covering utility access points.
  • Maintaining a minimum distance from road junctions.
  • Arranging parking law suspensions if needed.

We can assist in arranging permits on your behalf, ensuring compliance with these rules.

  1. Ensuring Skip Safety:

Aside from permit compliance, additional safety measures can be taken:

  • Applying reflective markings to the skip’s edge, especially if it’s near the road.
  • Using traffic cones to guide vehicles around the skip if it obstructs traffic.
  • Clearly displaying the skip hire company’s name and contact information on the skip.

We provide the necessary equipment and advice to ensure safety compliance.

  1. Skip Access Control:

When you rent a skip, you are responsible for its contents. Prevent unauthorized use by using a cover or opting for a skip with a lockable lid, ensuring waste is only deposited by authorized personnel.

  1. How WasteSURE Can Assist:

WasteSURE offers a wide range of products and services to address your commercial waste management needs. To learn more about our waste management service or discuss your requirements, please contact us at   0333 301 0705.

In conclusion, understanding the rules and regulations surrounding commercial skip usage is crucial for a smooth waste disposal process and compliance with local authorities. WasteSURE is here to provide expert guidance and reliable solutions for your commercial waste management needs.

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