The 7 Keys to Powerful Skip Hire

Our research suggests that there are over 17 million skips hired in the UK every year for national use alone! That is a whole lot of skips and if you’ve ever looked in Yellow Pages you will understand that there are a whole lot of jump businesses out there to choose from with no actual means of knowing what sort of service you are going to get ahead of it turns up!
If, like us, you’ve ever hired a jump, chances are you will have had a fantastic experience with an expert, licensed waste collector without any hassles or grief. Waste King Rubbish Clearance
Unfortunately, this is not always the case. If you predicted more than one company before you actually hired a jump you may have discovered that some of these:
– won’t quote prices over the phone
– won’t Let You Know What time It’ll Be dropped off, or picked up
– will only accept money payments to the motorist
You may have had a bad experience where the driver has refused to remove your jump without throwing some of the rubbish back in your garden, demanded more money prior to taking it away, damaged your property from bad handling of the wagon and the jump…
This guide is right for you: It answers all of the most frequent questions related to skip hire so that you understand precisely what you’re getting in to when you hire a jump and also understand the whys and wherefores involved in skip hire so you never have a bad experience. . .EVER!
How do I tell which jump businesses in the Yellow Pages are the good ones?
If you don’t know the business, you can’t. Any fool with a wagon and a jump can get an advert printed and designed to entice you to telephone them, but mainly it is a lottery not just concerning prices and service, but also with regards to what actually happens to your waste – something which depressingly few of us actually believe, or perhaps care about.
Jump businesses are not actually regulated in the time of writing. The good ones run their very own licensed waste transfer stations (governed by the Environment Agency) and are members of the Institute of Wastes Management (an expert body which promotes education and raising standards in waste management).
The bad ones are just cowboys which often fly-tip your waste and therefore add to your council tax bill – cos the council are the ones who have to clean it up! (Flytipping is presently costing neighborhood councils over #2.5 million a year! That is our tax money!) “Every 35 seconds, somebody, somewhere is fly-tipping in the UK”
Why is it that skips cost so much money?
No-one is pretending skip hire is cheap, but think about the costs involved:
Skip Wagon #35,000+
Vehicle Insurance #2000/year per automobile
Public Liability #1250/year per automobile
Employer’s Duty #1250/year per automobile
Skip Wagon motorist #25,000/year
Fuel #20,000/year
Landfill taxes #18/ton rising by #3 every year until 2010 at which it will endure at #35/ton
Recycling costs Cost of buying shredders, trommels, weighbridges, picking channels etc – #countless
Shortly adds up does not it? Getting rid of waste isn’t a cheap business, but it must go somewhere! Why isn’t my jump dropped off and picked up once I request it?
This isn’t always the skip company’s error – too many individuals don’t know that hiring a skip is nothing like calling a cab. Just think about what goes into the typical skip lorry driver daily – it is heavy haulage we’re referring to here, and a lot of things can go wrong on a pick-up or fall off which can slow down the whole day’s schedule, such as a customer placing poisonous waste in a jump, overfilling it, or even the driver being given wrong drop off details by a customer.
We release a national trade magazine for the industry called”The Skip” ( and through this we are pushing for more skip businesses to incorporate new technologies such as Vehicle Tracking to enhance delivery programs and take-up of this sort of improvement is increasing all of the time.
In the meantime, you should be patient awaiting your jump because it is seldom a case of deliberately bad customer service.
Why not they take the jump away if the rubbish is just within the remaining line?
It is not the skip driver being unreasonable – it is the law! They’re legally bound to not take unsafe loads and sadly many people dictate smaller skips than they need in order to save a few quid. Our guidance – order a larger skip than you believe you need because you’ll always fill it – just don’t go over the line!
What actually happens to my rubbish if they take it away?
If you are not asking this question, you should be. Landfill space in the UK is running out quickly. It is estimated that by 2010 there will be virtually no landfill space left in Britain and also the government is raising the landfill taxation that waste management businesses have to pay every year. The top skip businesses are investing heavily into new plant and technologies to the point that many are recycling over 90%! Employing these business eventually reduce costs and massively increase recycling rates – something we must be interested in.
The most important thing is – the more economical the jump, the less probable it is that the waste has been managed.
Why won’t my neighborhood skip company take a charge card or perhaps tell me costs over the telephone?
This is mainly a historical matter. Most skip hire companies have evolved within the past 25 years from building and demolition companies, along with the conventional way they do business is by issuing invoices or cash-in-hand! Also, a lot of businesses charge for waste disposal from the tonne and won’t always estimate an exact price because they don’t know precisely how much it is going to cost them to eliminate until it comes in. Why is it that I get quoted so many distinct prices for the same service from other businesses?
The answer’s in the question – you don’t receive the exact same support from other companies! You receive various levels of support from various businesses. The majority of the time, you get exactly what you pay for. When you’ve had a bad experience, you are going to wonder whether it actually was worth rescuing #20 by going with the cheapest you could find.
Plus there are additional factors such as skip permit prices. All skip businesses should inform you that you require a permit if the jump is to be on a highway. These permits are supplied by the local council – sometimes the company by law must sort it out to you, sometimes you are going to have to go directly to the council .
The variances in skip permit price across the UK are staggering – some council’s charge nothing and issue them the exact same day, some charge #70 and force you to wait weeks prior to issuing.
At the end…
It is up to you. At this point you understand pretty much everything necessary to make an informed choice concerning which skip hire business to use.