Hiring a skip bin is useful for any number of purposes. You may be moving home, need a big clear out or be working on a building project. However, there are rules around the use of skips and making sure you remain within these rules is vital.

You may wonder ‘What happens if you put the wrong thing in a skip?’ it could be as simple as your skip not being collected or it could result in additional charges being added as the skip company will need to deal with the issue. Below are some of the most common mistakes that happen when people hire skips, and how you can avoid them.

1.   Not checking for permits

There are certain permits you must have in place if you plan to hire a skip and have it on the street outside your home or premises. Your local council may require certain permits to be in place and a good skip hire firm will ensure this for you as long as you provide the correct information.

2.   Not checking for the right size

Skips come in a wide range of shapes and sizes and most house clearances, DIY jobs and other situations where you might need a skip are not one-size-fits-all. Understanding the range of skip sizes will help you to ensure you order the correct size, as you cannot overfill a skip and expect it to be collected.

3.   Putting the wrong items in your skip

Certain items cannot be put in a skip and it is important you check to ensure you can legally dispose of what you want to in the skip you have hired. Unsuitable materials such as hazardous waste or medical waste cannot be loaded into a standard skip bin and have to be disposed of in a particular way.

4.   Overfilling your skip

Skips have limit lines for a reason, and it is not safe for your hire company to remove the skip if it has been overfilled. If you overfill a skip, then there is likely to be an additional charge to safely remove the additional waste or you may need to remove it before the skip can be taken away. Look out for that maximum load line and stick to it.

5.   Not reading your hire agreement

All skips come with a hire agreement, and you should be sure to read it carefully before agreeing to the agreement. The terms and conditions will differ from company to company so taking the time to read your contract will ensure you’re aware of any specific conditions such as the maximum length of hire and fees you may incur if you do not comply with the agreement.

Hiring a skip makes it easy to manage large volumes of waste or anything you need to get rid of, but making sure you do it in line with the regulations laid out will ensure you don’t end up with any unwanted additional fees.