Commercial Skip Hire Guide – What Businesses Need to Know About Hiring a Skip

Most businesses will need to hire a skip at one time or another – whether it’s a one-off event like an office renovation or part of your regular requirements as a construction or demolition company. Perfect for getting rid of large volumes of non-hazardous commercial waste, skips can be a key part of responsible business waste management.

SL Recycling provides industry leading waste management and skip hire services to business of all scales. We’re market leaders and are committed to excellence but retain the personal touch of our family-run roots.

In this blog, we provide an essential guide for businesses looking to hire a commercial skip.

What is Commercial Skip Hire?

There are many occasions when a business might be producing a higher-than-average volume of waste – whatever the sector. Whether an organisation is clearing out an office, conducting refurbishment or demolition work, or disposing of a backlog of product packaging, skips come in handy on many occasions. Commercial skip hire refers to a service offered by some specialist business waste management companies to collect and remove this waste. Businesses pay to rent a large outdoor container which they then fill with the waste in question. Once full, the skip hire company removes and processes the waste.

Commercial Skip Hire Cost

The fees payable for a commercial skip hire service vary according to certain factors. These include the size of skip you want to hire, the length of time you need to hire it for, and the location of your site. It’s also important to bear in mind that cheaper is not always better. As a responsible busines owner, it’s vital you look at credentials and experience too. Choosing a quality waste management provider who upholds an environmental commitment and strives to divert as much of waste from landfill as possible is likely to be the best option.

For specific guidance on what the skip hire charges will be for your business, contact our team. We’ll create a quote tailored to your circumstances, delivering cost-effectiveness and quality of service every time.

Do I Need a Permit for Commercial Skip Hire?

If you are intending to place your skip on a commercial site owned by your business, you don’t need a permit. If the particularities of your site mean the skip needs to be placed on public land (e.g., a road, pathway or pavement) you must get permission whether that be from a local authority or a private landowner.

Typically, your commercial skip hire company will handle the permit application on your behalf. In order to qualify, it is also likely you will need to comply with the following guidelines:

  • The skip should not block the pavement or property entrances.
  • Utility access points should not be covered.
  • The skip should be at least 15m away from any junction.
  • If in parking bay or on yellow lines, suspension of parking laws must be arranged.

What Size Commercial Skip Do I Need?

The size of skip you require will depend on a variety of factors, most importantly the type and volume of waste in question, as well as the rate at which you are producing it. More than that, it is also important to consider where you will locate your skip. If you have a large site, choosing a larger size will not be an issue. However, businesses on highstreets such as offices will need to place skips on the road or on pavements. As a result, choosing a smaller skip but perhaps arranging multiple collections (if necessary), might be a better idea.

At SL Recycling, we offer a full range of high-volume skips to businesses all over South Wales and beyond. Available from 8 cubic yards all the way to 50 cubic yard roll on roll offs (ROROs), we are able to cater to a variety of commercial waste requirements – including demolition and construction waste. If you’re not sure what skip is right for your business, don’t hesitate to give our team a call for bespoke recommendations.

What Can I Put in a Commercial Skip?

Whilst it’s easy to assume that anything goes when it comes to skip hire, that’s not actually the case. Not every material can be put in a skip, particularly when it comes to controlled waste.

When we say controlled waste, we’re talking about toxic or hazardous substances like oil, asbestos, and solvents, alongside clinical waste, WEEE equipment, and even hard drives that contain personal data. The reason for this is that these materials require specialist handling and should be separated from other waste streams. As a general rule of thumb though, if the material you want to dispose of is non-hazardous and non-confidential, it can be put in a commercial skip.

Have hazardous waste you need to get rid of? Read our guide to managing and disposing of it properly here.

How To Keep Commercial Skip Hire Safe

Though your commercial skip is full of things you no longer need, it’s still important to think carefully about security. As a business owner, you have a legal duty of care for all the waste you put into it. As a result, it’s important you carefully control who has access to your skip. A good way to do this is to properly cover the skip when not in use, preventing passers-by from rummaging in it or disposing of their own waste.

Another thing to consider is road safety if your skip is placed near or on a road. In certain circumstances, you may need to apply reflective marking to the edge to ensure the skip is conspicuous in the dark. You also might want to use traffic cones to guide vehicles safely around skip.

Commercial Skip Hire with SL Recycling

SL Recycling is a commercial skip hire company and waste management provider based in South Wales but serving a variety of locations. We work with businesses in a range of sectors, processing their commercial waste in the most environmentally friendly way possible.

If you’re interested in learning more about our skip hire process, contact our team today!

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