Whether you’re renovating your house or cleaning out a deceased parent’s flat, getting rid of rubbish can be a challenge. Only certain items are allowed to be tossed in a rubbish bin, while others need to be recycled. One way to solve your rubbish dilemma is by hiring a skip bin.

Sizing a Bin

Most companies which offer skip bins for hire can provide several different sizes of bins. They usually offer small two-yard skips that can hold up to 40 filled bags of rubbish, all the way up to 12-yard skips that can hold up to 110 rubbish bags. If you are tossing pieces of furniture, old boxes, garden waste, and construction waste, then you should consider a hiring a large skip, or you can get help from the skip hire company to determine the size of skip you’ll need to dispose of everything.

Although you can have a skip emptied and brought back for you to refill it, it may be more cost-efficient to simply hire a larger size of skip so that everything can be disposed of in one load. If you end up with leftover furniture, garden waste or other bulky items, you can contact the local council in your area about hauling it away, but they charge small fees for hauling away bulky waste. In addition, they may not pick up certain items, such as old car parts or hazardous materials.

Separating Rubbish

When checking the rates for a skip to hire in Northamptonshire, you should ask whether the rubbish being tossed into the bin needs to be separated. Some companies want you to separate out recyclables, while others will do the work for you. However, there are still some items which should not be placed in a skip, and most companies will not pick up the bin if they find the following items in the skip:

  • TVs and computer monitors
  • Plasterboard or asbestos
  • Batteries
  • Tyres
  • Gas cylinders
  • Electrical appliances
  • Solvents, paint tins, or fuels

For anything else, the skip hire company will separate and recycle what they can.

Skip Regulations

When hiring a skip, you may need a permit for it, but it depends on where it is being set. If it fits on your property, then you won’t need a permit for it. However, if it is too big for your property and needs to be put on a public street, then you’ll need a permit from your local council.

In addition, the skip will need to be clearly marked so that it can be seen at night to prevent vehicle accidents. It must be marked with the following:

  • Reflective markings
  • Traffic cones
  • Safety lamps for nighttime
  • The name and contact information of the skip bin company

If a skip bin on a public road is not appropriately marked, then you could face a fine of up to £1,000. When hiring a skip that is going onto a street, ask the company if it already has reflective markings on it, as many of the bins do. However, if it doesn’t, you can buy reflective tape to put on the skip to avoid expensive fines.