Skip Tips & FAQ's - West Country Skip Hire

Skip Tips & FAQ’s

We provide an extensive range of skips for hire for both domestic and business use, from 2 to 55 yards in cubic capacity.

Call the Sales Team now on 0800 048 9979 to discuss what you need and we’ll soon have your requirements sorted. Or request a call back here. E-mail in office hours and we’ll be in touch today to help you.

Handy Skip Advice

When can I expect my skip?

We deliver throughout our working day (0700hrs – 1700hrs) and it is helpful, but not essential, if you can be present for the delivery. This ensures you are happy with the position of the container and you can sign for its hire. If you can’t be present, you can sign for it online and leave us instructions about where to place the skip.

We can give estimated times for deliveries but we cannot guarantee them. A really useful tip is to have your skip delivered the day before you actually need it – this means it will be there ready for an early start and not subject to any delivery delay.

How long can I keep my skip?

Our standard hire period is for 14 days. This allows a skip to be kept over two consecutive weekends, if required.

We can arrange for collection sooner if you wish. Longer periods of hire are available, chargeable on a daily basis, please ask. Whatever you decide, please ensure you ring us or book online for your collection.

What does it cost to hire a skip?

This depends on the size of skip you need, the waste type, your postcode and whether the skip will be on the public highway or private property. For a guide on prices and skip information please visit the Skip Size & Price page on the tabs above or contact us on 01752 267280 or request a call back here (link) and one of our team will be able to help you.

What waste can I put in my skip?

Most general mixed non-hazardous, solid waste can be placed into the skip – There are a few exceptions, such as:

  • Asbestos or possible Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) (Asbestos disposal skips are available and quoted on request)
  • Batteries
  • Chemicals, e.g. brake fluid or print toner
  • Equipment containing ozone depleting substances, e.g. fridges & freezers
  • Fluorescent light tubes
  • Hazardous / harmful waste containers (Identified by hazardous markings)
  • Liquid wastes e.g. paint, varnish
  • Oils & paints e.g. car oil
  • Pesticides
  • Plasterboard Conditions apply. Please ask about disposal options). Plasterboard skips can be ordered.
  • Soils – Conditions apply. Must not be placed in mixed waste skips. Classification required.
  • Solvents, Adhesives
  • TV’s & Computer monitors
  • Tyres, Tracks
  • Wet concrete / screed
  • Wood, Grade D, Treated Pre 2007, Testing required.

If you are unsure about the waste you have, simply ring us or request a call back and we will clarify this for you straight away.

What is Hazardous Waste?

Hazardous waste refers to any discarded material or substance that poses a significant threat to human health, the environment, or both. It is characterised by its potential to cause harm due to its toxic, reactive, flammable, corrosive, or otherwise dangerous properties. Hazardous waste can come from various sources, including industrial processes, commercial activities, medical facilities, and households.

These wastes require special handling, treatment, and disposal methods to minimize the risks they pose. The improper management of hazardous waste can lead to pollution of air, water, and soil, as well as negative impacts on ecosystems, wildlife, and human populations.

Common examples of hazardous waste include chemicals, solvents, heavy metals, pesticides, radioactive materials, medical waste (such as infectious materials and sharps), and certain types of electronic waste (WEEE-waste). Due to the potential dangers associated with hazardous waste, The Environment Agency have established strict guidelines and regulations to ensure proper handling, transportation, treatment, and disposal of these materials.

What is your position on the disposal of plasterboard?

You can place a small amount of plasterboard on your skip; we just need you to bag it and place it of the top of the load so that we can remove it before the skip gets tipped.

If you have large amounts of plasterboard we will be happy to quote to provide skips for that sole use. Please be aware that plasterboard must be free from other materials, such as Ceramic Tiles and Foam etc.

Please ring us or request a call back and we will clarify this for you straightaway.

We can obtain 100% recycling rates for plasterboard when it is separated upon collection.

Please don’t overload your skip!

An overloaded skip is a hazard. The lorry may struggle to lift the skip and your overfilled waste can be dangerous to other people and road users as the skip is being lifted or transported.

The contents of a skip should not exceed the height of the skip’s sides.

If your skip is overloaded, the skip lorry driver reserves the right to either remove the excess waste from the skip, or may refuse to remove the skip altogether, and this could incur a wasted journey charge.

Is my waste recycled?

Most wastes are sorted using modern plant and equipment and recycled for further use.


Wood is sorted into different categories and chipped to supply the panel board industry. The woodchip is also used as fuel for waste to energy plants where the recovered wood is used to generate electricity.

New Regulation come in to force on the 1st September 2023 regarding Hazardous Wood. They apply, mostly, to Waste wood from the Construction and Demolition industries, but apply to most wood from pre 2007 treated with preservetive. Please ask for more details.

Plastic Film

Plastic films which are mainly recovered from packaging. This material, consisting of both plain and mixed colours, is baled and transported to specialist plastic recyclers within the UK.


Steel is dispatched to a specialist metal processing plant for shredding and cleaning before continuing its journey to the smelting works in the UK and abroad.

UPVC Windows

UPVC windows and doors contain recoverable plastics and metals. Once recovered these products are shredded to separate the metal and UPVC and are reprocessed into new products.

Cardboard & Paper

Card and paper products are separated manually and mechanically and are sent to specialist processing mills in the UK.


100% recycled in to new glass products.


100% of clean plasterboard material is sent for remanufacture into fresh plasterboard and into agricultural applications.

Concrete & Hardcore

Broken concrete, hardcore and masonry wastes continually arise. We collect, transport these materials to specialist sites where they are screened and crushed. The result is the production of top grade recycled aggregate.

Soil (Subject to classification and possible testing)

All the soil we collect is transported to specialist sites where they are screened graded into different products. They can be used for a variety of applications from simple bunds to golf course construction and general landscape works.

Green Waste

All green waste is collectively separated for onward transport to specialist compost manufacturers.

Top Skip Tips

Be sure to order the right sized skip. It’s better to over-estimate than under-estimate the size you need. To prevent wasted space break down large bulky items into smaller pieces.

Make sure the area you wish to place your skip is suitable. Remember a fully loaded skip and vehicle can weigh in excess of 18 tonnes.

A standard skip lorry requires a minimum of 9ft (2.75 metres) width to gain access, regardless of what size skip you have ordered.

Before you finalise your order establish when you actually require the skip on site. You need to consider the hire period of 10 days.

If you know the skip MUST be removed by a certain date, it is critical that the collection is booked when ordering the skip.