Top tips for Skip hire Edinburgh

Waste types – what can you put in a skip ?

The most simple answer to what can be put in a skip is to list what can’t be put in a skip. Here are the most typical items that cannot be disposed of in a skip:

Clinical or medical waste, including syringes
Electrical appliances & equipment
Fluorescent tubes
Fridges, freezers and air conditioning units
Gas canisters and gas bottles
Hazardous & toxic materials
Oil, petrol, diesel
Paint & Cans of paint
TVs & computer screens
Beware once any prohibited items are found once the skip is emptied you are likely to end up paying extra and the restricted items returned to you. We recommend that you keep an eye on your skip if it’s in an open and public area since people could put their own rubbish in your skip. If it happens, unfortunately you’re accountable for the waste that is inside your skip.

Skip size – how big should you hire ?

The perfect size of skip is dependent upon the quantity of waste and how much space you have to put the skip. The larger the skip, the cheaper it can work out per cubic yard/metre of waste removed. But make sure you have enough waste to fill it, otherwise, you’ll end up paying for thin air. Also, bear in mind most councils don’t let skips greater than 8 yards to be placed upon a public highway.

Skip hire cost – how much should I expect to pay for skip hire ?

Skip prices differ substantially due to a range of factors including size of skip (larger ones cost more), geography (often the South is more expensive than the North based on higher costs of disposal and operation), and whether or not you require a skip permit (i.e. if the skip is placed on or off-road).

The national average price for an off-road 8-yard skip is around £250 (£300 including VAT

Bear in mind that hiring a skip (before any permit fee) typically costs around 20%-25% greater than having the waste removed by a man & van, unless you are getting rid of lots of very heavy dense materials like rubble and soil. This is mostly because man & van just need to go to your site once, whereas skip lorries come twice – once to drop it off and once more to collect. So, unless you have a lot of heavy, messy waste which needs to be contained, it will normally be cheaper and quicker using a man and van clearance service.

Skip permits – what is a skip permit or skip license ?

When you put a skip on a public highway (often referred to as an ‘on-road skip’) rather than private land, you will need a skip hire permit from your council. This needs to be organised prior to any delivery of the skip. Skip permits (or skip licenses) cost extra and take some time to organise. We organise the permit for – so it’s not and, if it’s in a controlled parking zone (ie. on a single yellow line or in a resident’s parking or pay & display bay), you will also require a parking suspension. Both charge a nominal fee and take at least a few days to arrange.

CPZ suspension – just what is a CPZ suspension fee ?

A controlled parking zone (CPZ) is part of a road where you can only park under certain conditions. For example, it requires a residents’ parking permit, is a pay & display bay, or yellow lines. CPZs apply to skips too. So, if you are planning on locating a skip in a CPZ, you will need a CPZ suspension in addition to any skip permit. These add to the cost of your skip hire. Normally your skip hire company will sort it out for you.