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Everything You Need to Know Before Hiring a Domestic Skip

Hiring a skip is a convenient waste management solution for homeowners, and whilst it’s a straightforward process, you still need a few bits of know how to make the process run smoothly. Here is everything you need to know before hiring a domestic skip for your home.


Establishing the use

If you’re a homeowner, hiring a skip can help with many things, including; moving home, refurbishing, home and landscaping projects, and clearouts. Sometimes even simple DIY tasks can produce more waste than predicted, and in these cases, a skip is an easy way to gather your waste in one place ready for removal.

Consider recycling

Selecting the right skip hire company is the next thing to consider. Many skip companies are environmentally friendly these days and recycle a large proportion of waste they collect. Woodford Recycling are proud of their green credentials and aim to recycle 100% of the waste we receive.

Choosing the size

Generally domestic skips are smaller than their commercial cousins. Remember that   roughly 10 bin bags of waste. Domestic skips are available in sizes 4 – 8 cubic yards. It’s better to go bigger rather than run the risk of hiring out a second skip. See our size guide for more information.

Securing a permit

If your skip is positioned on your property, you will not require a permit. However, if it needs to be positioned on the road outside your home, a skip permit from the council will be required,  which normally lasts for 1 – 2 weeks. Any respected skip hire company, such as Woodford Recycling, can organise a skip permit on your behalf.

Delivery and access

The time it takes for the skip to arrive at and be collected from your property entirely depends on the company you choose to work with. Here at Woodford Recycling, we offer a same day delivery and collection service on all domestic skips. If you live on a narrow residential road with features such as bus stops, discuss this with us beforehand so our drivers are aware of any access issues.


It is illegal to overfill a skip, so ensure that everything you’re disposing of fits neatly into the skip without it rising above the top of the sides. Break bulkier material down into smaller pieces if you’re struggling with the fit.

Allowed items

Domestic and garden waste are both permitted for skips, including:

  • Bricks
  • Furniture
  • Soil
  • Foliage
  • Glass
  • Metals
  • Plastics
  • Cardboard
  • Paper

Hazardous waste

Clearing out your home can result in some production of hazardous items, such as:

  • Asbestos
  • Solvents
  • Plasterboard
  • Flammable liquids
  • Fridges/freezers
  • Electrical equipment

These items, along with others, are illegal to dispose of in a skip. Consult with your skip hire company if there are any potentially hazardous items that you need to dispose of; some may offer hazardous waste disposal as an additional service, like the team at Woodford Recycling.

If you’re planning a home refurbishment or gardening project, simply get in touch with the team at Woodford Recycling – our team can provide waste solutions for all domestic clients and can provide you with a free quote.


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