Skip hire guide for beginners

Skip hire guide for beginners

Looking to reap the benefit of skip hire but don’t know where to start? Hiring a skip for the first time can be daunting – especially when there are so many things to consider. But relax, Chorley Skips are here to make it that little bit easier.

Although we are based in Chorley, we cover all areas in the northwest, so whether you’re looking for skip hire Bolton, Leyland, Preston or Wigan, we can help.

How to choose the right skip size

At Chorley Skips, we supply an extensive range of skips – offering a suitable disposal solution for everyone. The perfect skip for your project will depend on the amount and type of rubbish you need to get rid of – not to mention how much space is available for the skip.

Choosing a skip that’s too small won’t do you any favours. You’ll end up needing to hire a second (or third) skip to remove the leftover waste, and paying more than necessary if you order a skip that’s too big.

The larger the skip, the cheaper it works out per cubic yard of waste, however, you need to make sure that you have enough waste to fill it to maximise your investment in Bolton skip hire, for instance. It’s also worth knowing that the council doesn’t allow skips larger than the 8-cubic yard builders skip on the road. These must be positioned on your private property – be it your drive, garden or building site.

For DIY jobs, hiring a mini or midi domestic skip will save you tireless trips to the tip – making it easier for you to dispose of materials on-the-go. Builders tend to opt for the 8-cubic yard maxi skip as these come with drop doors, enabling them to load waste – without lifting it over the sides of the container. Our larger domestic skips (12 and 16-cubic yard open skips) are great for refurbishments and house clearances as they can hold bulky waste.

If you’re unsure which skip you need, feel free to get in touch and we will happily advise you.

How to get the most out of skip hire

Hiring a skip allows you to get rid of waste both quickly and safely. But regardless of whether you opt for skip hire Horwich, Chorley or skip hire in Bolton, there are restrictions.

Knowing what can and can’t be thrown in skips will help when loading your skip – keeping prohibited waste out and, in turn, avoiding hefty fines for not complying with stringent skip hire regulations.

Here’s what you can put in a skip:

  • Bricks
  • Cardboard
  • Furniture
  • Metal
  • Paper
  • Plastic
  • Polystyrene
  • Rubble
  • Soil
  • Wood

Certain things need to keep separate from the waste stored inside a skip – including hazardous waste. Asbestos, chemicals and clinical waste are all examples of prohibited items that must be kept out, as should oil, petrol and diesel, electrical equipment (including fridge/freezers, TVs, computers) and plasterboard.

Before you tip everything in the skip, don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01257 475 300 and double-check that our skips are suitable.

For more information about our skip hire services in Bolton, or elsewhere, please contact us by completing the online enquiry form.

If you would like to receive a free no-obligation quote for skip hire, email your requirements to and we will provide a great price. If you’re happy with the quote, the team will get started right away and arrange skip hire for a time and date that works best for you.

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