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Skip Hire Costs

Cost Of Hiring Skips in Adelaide


Thanks to the rapid rise in environmental care and pollution awareness, people have grown increasingly attentive of where and how they dump their junk. Neighborhood trash bins, local junkyards, and back-alley dumpsters are all well and good, but when the waste level is enough to fill several black trash bags, you might want to choose something else. Hiring a skip – also known as a “dumpster” in US and Canadian English – is one of the best options available for waste containment and disposal.

If you’ve never rented a skip before but are looking to hire one, below are some commonly asked questions regarding skip hire costs, sizes, policies, and etcetera. It’s actually not that complicated, but it can be intimidating for anyone unfamiliar with the concept.


Why Hire A Skip?

Hiring a skip is infinitely better than disposing large quantities of waste, soil, green waste, vegetation or rubble in your local junkyard, landfill, dumpster or – even worse – your own backyard. A skip hire operator or company typically loans out their skips for a set time period. For that duration of time, the skip is yours. You’re free to throw whatever you want or need to dispose of in it. Once the time’s up, the operator comes to collect the skip and the waste in it.

Registered companies either operate their own waste processing and/or disposal facilities or are in agreement with third party processing facilities. Either way, you’re assured that the rubbish you got rid of will be properly processed and will not – for the most part – just be dumped in some open landfill.


When Should I Hire A Skip?

While hiring a skip is definitely not an everyday affair, it’s become a sensible practice in most major cities. Small- to large-scale events that involve a good deal of trash disposal can benefit from hiring one or several skips at a given time and for a given period. Garden parties, outdoor galas, room refitting, house refurbishments, and building renovations are just a few examples of such events.

Most skips are engineered to cart and contain leftover soil, rubble, gravel and loose debris. They can also hold general waste such as scrap papers, shattered glass, soiled rags, and excess food. In the case of renovations, refits, and clearances, skips can even hold awkward, bulky items such as television sets, dismantled furniture, and scrap wood.


What Are Possible Skip Hire Costs?

Skip hire costs heavily depend on the size of the skip you’re looking to rent, the kind of waste you’ll be disposing of, how long you’re planning to hire it for, and where in the country you’re based in. There are other factors to consider but these are the main four. Mini skips can range from 2 yards to 6 yards, regular skips from 8 to 12, and maxi skips from 14 yards up. To put things in perspective, an average 8 yarder can go for as much £220 – not counting the cost of a skip permit and other papers they might require.


What Do I Put In A Skip?

Typically, skips are constructed from heavy-duty material such as hardened plastic, steel alloys, plated aluminium, and other such combinations. The ones specifically made for construction refuse and debris would be made of sturdier metals. That said, the things you can dispose of in a skip make up quite the list. The substances you cannot dispose of are a little easier to enumerate.

Liquids and oils such as petrol, diesel, and gasoline absolutely cannot go into a skip. On that note, gas canisters and gas bottles are also a no-no. Other items include paint cans – whether empty or not – and plasterboards, hazardous and toxic materials such as unknown chemical compounds, batteries, electrical appliances, air conditioning units, freezers and fridges, and clinical or medical wastes – think syringes, infected scrubs, and used hospital equipment.


What Happens After?

Once all your waste is disposed of and your skip is loaded, the skip hire operator or company comes back at an agreed time to collect your skip and the waste inside. There are no extra charges for labor when it comes to transporting the skip to and from your location. Afterwards, it’s the company’s call on how to process the refuse in your skip. It usually depends on the type of trash you threw.

Construction-related debris such as splintered wood, broken planks, gravel, shattered cinder blocks and scrap metal can be taken to junkyards or recycling centers to be reused. More organic waste – think soil or dead plants – will usually be sent to government-regulated compost pits. The more generic the trash – shattered glass, used party cups and plates, plastic utensils, paper towels – the harder it is to guess how it’ll be processed, although rest assured it will go through proper segregation.