Answers to Skip Hire Questions

What size skip should I hire?

At Farwell’s we have something for everyone with a range of skips in a variety of sizes. Choosing the ideal skip size for you should always be based on the amount of waste you are creating and where you plan to place your skip.

For household and general waste, a mini (1.4m) up to a 10 yard (7.5m) is usually sufficient. For larger building projects and house clearances, our 6 yard and 10 yard skips offer greater capacity and we also offer a roll on/roll off skip service up to 35 yards (27m).

Remember, the larger the skip (providing you have enough waste to fill it), the cheaper it works out per cubic yard of waste removed. But please bear in mind, if your skip is to be placed on a public highway most councils will only issue permits for skips of up to 10 yards.

If parking is restricted or space is of the essence, then our wait and load service or grab hire lorries could be the better solution for you. For more information on our range of skip sizes, dimensions and capacities, please visit our skip hire page or call us for further information on 01590 682 527.

How long can I hire a skip for?

Our customers generally only require a skip for 1-2 weeks, however, at Farwell’s we can accommodate requests for skips to be collected earlier or left for longer, depending on your individual requirements.

Please remember to consider any skip licences or parking suspensions that may be in place within your timing plan, as the longer you have the skip for, the greater the cost is likely to be. Click on our skip permits advice page for more information.

How soon can you deliver my skip?

We would suggest booking a skip as far in advance as possible, especially if a skip licence is required as this can take up to 7 working days to arrange.

Usual delivery is within 24 hours, however, we pride ourselves on our service and if your requirement is urgent then we may be able to offer you a skip the day you call. Complete our Skip Hire Quote and online booking form.

Where should I put my skip?

Most driveways can accommodate a skip if it is easily accessible by lorry and the quality of the surface is able to support a heavy vehicle.

You will be unable to move your skip once it has been placed, so it is important that you provide us with as much information as possible on where you would like it delivered and make sure that your skip is not obstructing any drain covers or utility access points.

If you require your skip to be put on public land (such as the road or pathway), you will require a permit from your local authority. This is something that Farwell’s will arrange for you. Please see our skip hire permits advice page to find out more about the process involved.

See our list of non-conforming wastes which should not be placed in your skip.

Do you need a permit to have a skip?

If you are not planning on putting your skip on private property, then you’ll need a skip hire permit from your local council to allow you to put your skip on a public highway. You will also need a special parking permit if you plan to place your skip on yellow lines, in a parking bay or in pay and display. This is something that Farwell’s are only too happy to arrange.

Please allow up to 7 working days within your schedule for us to obtain your skip hire permit. Timeframes and cost vary between local authorities, but most skip hire permits are valid for two weeks and can be extended subject to an additional cost.

What materials can you place in a skip?

As a general rule, you can pretty much put anything into your skip with the exception of hazardous, noxious and explosive items. These include things such as food and animal waste, liquids, electrical goods (TV’s fridges etc), plasterboard, asbestos, batteries, tins of paint, tyres, medical waste, gas cylinders, solvents and fuels. Soil and rubble can be disposed off within our skips as long as you let us know at the time of booking.

Please make sure that you do not overfill your skip. A skip should only ever be filled level with the top, as anything beyond this point makes it dangerous for us to transport. Overfilled skips will not be removed until they are safely loaded.

What happens to the rubbish I put in my skip?

Farwell’s are a fully-licensed and registered waste carrier and take the disposal of your unwanted waste seriously. We aim to be as environmentally friendly as possible, depending on the type of waste you place in your skip. We try to send as little as possible to landfill, and take great care in sorting through our skips. Where possible we will segregate your contents for either recovery or recycling with the aim of helping to achieve sustainable solutions.

Please contact us for further advice about hiring one of our skips or complete our online booking form.