Where can I put a skip?

“Where can I put a skip?”, that’s the question you’ll ask, whether you’re tearing out your old bathroom and need somewhere to dispose of all the fittings and any rubble, or you’re landscaping the garden and need to quickly remove a lot of earth and stone.

You’ve made the choice to go for convenient and cost-effective skip hire to help you get rid of your waste, and the great news is that this means less back and forth between your home and the local authority site, but it also means you can concentrate on whatever project you have under way. So let’s look at your options for skip hire placement so that you can legally dispose of your waste.

Where can I put a skip?

There are several options available to you when it comes to skip placement, but your individual property will no doubt shape which choice you make. Some people find their hand forced by the way their property is laid out and the location, while others may have numerous options available to them.

The following are the most common skip hire placement types:

On a driveway

Many homes will feature a driveway, and this is a great option to avoid the need for a permit.

Is there any council paperwork required?

None at all.

Will the skip be in anyone’s way?

Because the skip is on your driveway, it shouldn’t be an obstacle for anyone else. You may want to consider access to your home or garage before the skip is placed, however.

Will it be easy to put my waste into?

It will make disposing of your waste that little bit easier without a pavement or road to navigate.

Will delivery and collection be easy?

Delivery and collection of your skip are made much easier with a driveway, with your skip hire company able to simply place the skip into the empty space. However, if you have a locked gate in front of the driveway, you’ll need to arrange for access to be available at the time of collection and delivery.

Is there a risk of others fly tipping in my skip?

You reduce the risk of fly tipping in your skip if it is on your property, but if your driveway is open and accessible from the pavement then there is always a risk of rogue individuals taking advantage.

 

On the road

This option is usually a last resort, particularly for homes with no driveways – a common issue for older terraced houses or buildings divided into flats.

Is there any council paperwork required?

You’ll need to check with your local council, but as an example, Rotherham Council requires you to get a permit for any item on a public highway or pavement. You can find a link to this here. If you know you need a permit, or even if you’re unsure, speak to your skip hire company and they may be able to give you guidance on this topic, clearing up any confusion. Without the correct permit, markings and lighting, you could be fined up to £1,000, so it’s worth asking about.

Will the skip be in anyone’s way?

Placed sensibly by the company delivering the skip, it shouldn’t be in anyone’s way. Clearly for a street of terraced houses, it may decrease available parking space on the road, but a permit means you’d be allowed to have it there. Ensure you follow the rules regarding marking and lighting for the skip.

Will it be easy to put my waste into?

Having your skip in the road probably means this is the most distance you’ll have to travel with waste in comparison with other placements, but for smaller properties this might not be hugely detrimental anyway. Be sure to keep pedestrians and road users in mind when moving waste out to your skip.

Will delivery and collection be easy?

As long as a skip delivery vehicle has enough room to lower the skip down, this should be a very easy option. Parked cars could present a problem, so if you know there is a lot of on-street parking, try to arrange delivery and collection for a time when the road is quieter.

Is there a risk of others fly tipping in my skip?

A skip placed in the road is going to be open and available to everyone passing by, unless you opt for an enclosed skip. If you’re going to be using the skip, filling it for collection the same day, the less chance people will have to sneak their waste into it.

 

In a back garden

If you have a back garden large enough, with access easy for a skip delivery vehicle, then this might be the ideal location.

Is there any council paperwork required?

You won’t need any permission from the council for a skip placed in your back garden.

Will the skip be in anyone’s way?

Because the skip is fully on your property, there is no one who can be inconvenienced.

Will it be easy to put my waste into?

A skip in your backyard couldn’t be closer to your project, so this is the easiest option. This is especially true if you’re carrying out landscaping work, you’ll practically be throwing it over your shoulder!

Will delivery and collection be easy?

This might be the most difficult place to deliver and collect a skip since it depends on what access to your back garden is like. For some homes it is physically impossible, while others might have a garden adjacent to the road, making things easier.

Is there a risk of others fly tipping in my skip?

There is almost no chance someone will fly tip their waste in your back garden unless you leave access open to them while you’re away from the property.

 

If you’re looking to make the most of the good weather and require skip hire in Rotherham, Mexborough or anywhere in the surrounding areas, simply contact Beta Skips today. We can discuss your skip hire plans, along with where it is best to have the skip placed and we’ll also guide you through any skip permit requirements.