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BTS Skip Hire Ltd

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Guide to Ordering a Skip

We often are asked these questions over the phone, so we thought we'd put them on the website. If you don't see the answer to one of your questions here, then feel free to call or email us.

What size skips do you supply?
What size skip do I need?
Do I need a permit for my skip?
How do I order a skip?
Where can I put the skip?
What can I / can't I put in a skip?
How much can I put in a skip?
How long can I have the skip for?
Why are there no prices listed here?
Is my waste recycled?
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Can you give an exact delivery time?
Do you offer a service for builders and/or contractors?

 


What size skips do you supply?

We supply the following sizes of skip

Imperial
Metric
4
3.06
6
4.59
8
6.12
10
7.65
12
9.18
14
10.7
All measurements in either cubic yards or cubic feet

A standard builders skip (the sort you most often see on the road) is a 6yd skip.

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What size skip do I need?

The important thing here is to be realistic. Most people under-estimate the size of skip they need. It's a lot easier (and cheaper) to order one larger skip than have to order two smaller ones. Please bear in mind that by law the skip must be level loaded or below when picked up.

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Do I need a permit for my skip?

By law any skip placed on a public highway must have a permit, correct signage, and lights. Some boroughs that we cover require the hirer to acquire a permit, others require us to do so. Please see our areas page first to see if you need to apply for a permit, and then our links page for contact details for the various councils that require you to contact them. Please bear in mind that permits can take up to 5 working days for the council to issue, and we cannot deliver until a permit is in place. If your skip is to be placed on private land then no permit is required. The grass verge outside your house may well not be classed as private property! Permits are usually valid for two weeks from date of issue. It is rare for permits to be refused by a council, but if this is the case we can often organise a "Wait & Load" facility.

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How do I order a skip?

Simple! First decide on the size of skip you require - if you're not sure then give us a call - we can help! If the skip is going on the road, then look at our areas page to see if you need a permit. If so, contact the council first via either their website (direct access from our areas page), or via phone - details on the links page. Then give us a call on 0208 5030051 and we'll get a skip to you as soon as possible.

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Where can I put the skip?

Skips can be placed on the highway, subject to a valid permit (see above). We cannot place skips on a public right of way, such as a pavement. Alternatively we can place the skip on any private land accessible to the lorry. Please make sure you have written permission to use the land if it is not solely owned by you (such as a shared parking area), or if the lorry has to cross common land to get to your private area.

Please remember that it is possible that damage could occur to ground around the skip location, both from the skip itself, and the stabilising legs used when picking up heavy skips. This is most likely on tarmac or block paved areas. If you are unsure if any possible damage may occur, please contact us. Bear in mind that (as with all skip firms), we cannot be held responsible for any damage to private property incurred if the lorry is ordered off the public highway

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What can I / can't I put in a skip?

There are a few restricted items that (again by law) cannot be placed in skips. These include Asbestos, paints/solvents, gas canisters, any liquids, batteries, fluorescent lighting tubes, tyres, fridges and freezers, TV's, or computer monitors, food waste, medical waste, animal carcasses, and toxic or hazardous chemicals. Waste of these types requires specialist disposal. If using the skip for hardcore or earth please do not order a size greater than 8yards, as the lorry will not be able to lift it.

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How much can I put in a skip?

By law, level loads only are allowed in a skip. If you overload the skip beyond the metal sides then the driver may refuse to take the skip until some material has been off-loaded. According to the highways act we can only transport safe loads.

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How long can I have the skip for?

Our standard hire period is a maximum of two weeks. Please contact us for details if you require a skip for a longer period.

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Why are there no prices listed here?

We pride ourselves in being able to supply some of the keenest prices around. As such our prices vary depending not only on size, but also the distance you are from one of our depots, and whether you require a "Wait & Load" facility. We will endeavour to supply the best possible price when you call to book.

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Is my waste recycled?

We recycle a large percentage of the waste we remove. It is impossible to give a specific figure as it depends, after all, on what you are throwing away. Generally, we aim to recycle as much as possible in order to reduce impact on landfill and the environment. Please see our environmental policy for further details

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Can you give an exact delivery time?

As I'm sure you're aware, traffic in and around London (our operating area) can be unpredictable at the best of times! We aim to give you at the very least an AM or PM delivery time on the day of your choice. If you do specify an exact time we will do our utmost to meet this. All our drivers are in constant radio contact with our main depot so we can advise you of the progress of your order if necessary.

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Do you offer a service for builders and/or contractors?

Yes we do, as we are a licenced and registered waste carrier. Please see our trade pages if you wish to open an account.

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