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What Projects Need Skip Hire?

Skip hire is very beneficial to many different projects, as it is an efficient and easy method of disposing of large amounts of waste. Here at Newbery Recycling Ltd, we offer skip hire to clients in Barnstaple and across Devon, so have a lot of experience and knowledge about the kinds of projects that require skip hire.

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This is why we have put together this helpful guide to residential and commercial skip hire, and some of the projects that may benefit from it. How Does Residential & Commercial Skip Hire Work? The actual process of skip hire is quick and easy to learn, so we thought we’d give you a quick run down before letting you know what kind of projects need skip hire. Hiring a skip can seem confusing if you’ve never done it before, so let’s break it down. Skip hire is as simple as ringing up a company and asking for a skip to be delivered to your commercial property. You’ll use this skip for as long as you need it, filling it with rubbish or whatever you need to dispose of. Once your skip is full or you have no need of it anymore, the company you have hired it from can come back and collect it. The skip is then out of your hands, and the skip hire company will get to work to recycle and dispose of whatever you have put in your skip. The size skip you want will often depend on your project. If you are disposing of a large amount of bulky weight, a large skip will be needed, but if you do not think you are disposing of that much, a smaller skip will be a better choice. Skip hire is normally based on weight and not volume of weight, but can also be priced based on the size of skip you hire. So when looking to hire a skip, inquire about whether you will be charged based on your skip size, or the amount of waste that you put in your skip. What Can’t Be Put In A Skip? While most materials are absolutely fine to put in a skip, you need to think carefully about what you put in them, as some hazardous materials need to be disposed of separately for environmental reasons. If you are unsure of whether a material can go in a skip, always ask your skip provider for a list of items that may be forbidden. Here are some of the most common items that need to be disposed of properly:

● Electrical equipment ● Fridges ● Freezers ● Batteries ● Paint & paint cans ● Liquids ● Solvents ● Oil, petrol & diesel ● TVs & computer screens ● Tyres ● Plasterboard ● Clinical waste ● Medical waste ● Asbestos

Projects That May Need Skips

Construction Sites

One of the main commercial areas that need skips is the construction industry. Whether it’s building or demolishing, a construction site will usually generate tons of weight. This could be debris, dirt, construction materials or anything that comes up during the construction process. Hiring a skip for this type of project will allow the company to quickly and easily dispose of a vast amount of waste.

Construction projects will usually utilise large skips, as commonly a lot of large items will be disposed of, as well as a vast amount of waste. Large skips mean time is not wasted ferrying back a lot of small skips that fill up easily, instead taking more time to fill between hires.

House Clearances & Moving

When a house clearance is undertaken, this commonly means a lot of waste will need to be disposed of. This could be everything from small items, to large furniture pieces. Having a skip means you’ll avoid frequent trips to the rubbish tip to dispose of waste, instead of just dumping it all in a skip outside your property and then allowing the skip hire company to take it away.

Another use of skips for residential clients is when you are moving house. As you pack to move, you’ll probably find yourself generating a lot of waste from things that you don’t want in your new house. This could be furniture, waste from your attic or just old things that you think it’s time to get rid of. With a skip, you can pack up everything you want to take with you and then simply dump the remaining waste in the skip.


Offices can actually generate a lot of waste, especially one that deals with a lot of paper documents. While these should always be shredded to keep confidential information a secret, once shredded one of the best ways to dispose of a ton of paper is by using a skip.

Another reason offices might need a skip is when they are downsizing or upgrading to a new office. When downsizing, this might involve getting rid of a lot of furniture or other equipment that the company has no space for in the new building. Even when upgrading to a larger space, a skip might still be useful to have a proper clearout. Old and useless waste does not need to be moved to the new space, so this is the perfect time to dispose of it.


Gardening usually generates a large amount of green waste, especially if a large project is being undertaken. Removing grass, plants, trees and other garden materials could be key to whatever you’re doing, but are also quite hard to dispose of in large quantities by yourself. Hiring a skip allows you to dispose of a lot of green waste at once, including large items like trees.

Skip Restrictions

It should be noted that you can’t just put a skip anywhere, a few restrictions apply. The biggest one is that you can’t put a skip on the pavement. This can disrupt pedestrian safety by making them walk on the road, and is especially a pain for those who rely on the pavement to walk, such as disabled people.

If you want to put a skip on a public road you need to contact your local council to try and arrange a skip licence. Skip licences are used to ensure the skip is placed safely. In most areas skip hire companies are responsible for helping to get your skip licence, but in some places, you may need to do so yourself.

You do not need a skip licence if you’re putting the skip entirely on private land. If you’re having a skip delivered, ensure you have a suitable place to put it, so the skip hire company does not have a tough time dropping off or picking up the skip. Skip lorries that drop off your skip typically need a fair bit of access to deposit the skip, as they are quite large vehicles. It should be noted the largest skip any council will allow on a road is an 8-yard one, so if you want a bigger skip than this you need to put it on private land.

Your skip must also have proper markings and safety features on it, especially if on the road with a licence. This could be traffic cones, reflective markings and the contact details of the skip hire company. If you don’t put up safety lights and markings, you could be fined up to £1000.

Large & Mini Skip Hire From Newbery Recycling Ltd

Now that you know the kind of projects that need skip hire, it’s time to get your skip sorted. Whether you’re clearing out before a home renovation, or needing to clear a large-scale construction project, work with Newbery Recycling Ltd.

We can offer a great selection of skips for your needs, ranging from 3.5 yards to 12 yards. The smaller option can hold around 40+ bags of rubbish, while the 12-yard can hold 120+ bags. We’ll then take your rubbish to our site, which includes a waste transfer station, weighbridge and tipping facilities.

Along with standard skip hire, we also offer commercial wheelie bin hire. This allows us to collect and handle both hazardous and non-hazardous waste for your project. If you need skip hire for your project, give us a call today at 01271 441 121.

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