Frequently Asked Questions

How long can I keep a skip for?

The normal hire period is 14 days, but we can arrange a longer or shorter hire period if required.

How quickly can I get a skip?

We can usually deliver a skip to your property on the same day that you call us. However, if the skip is going on the road, you will need a permit from the council. This is something we arrange but takes 5 workings days to process, there is also an additional charge.

What is meant by 'Off Road' and 'On Road'?

A Skip placed OFF-ROAD is situated either on private land or a driveway.

A Skip placed ON-ROAD will be on public land such as footpaths and highways. In this situation a Road Permit will be required from the council and this does incur an additional charge.

What skip size do I need?

Please refer to our Which Skip is Right for you article to obtain a rough estimate of the type of skip you may require. Unless ground space is an issue, go for a skip that is slightly larger than what you think you might need. That’s because the room inside the skip seems to disappear quickly when you start adding items! If you need more advice for choosing a skip size, contact us on 01245 8013872.

What is a drop door/drop end skip?

A drop-end skip is a normal skip, but one end drops down to create a ramp into the skip. This is very useful for accessing the skip with a wheelbarrow. Skips that are available with the drop end are 4 yard, 6 yard and 8 yard.

What can I put in my skip?

Skips are designed for the disposal of inert, non-hazardous materials. This includes items like bricks, tiles, hardcore mix, furniture, blocks, paper, top soil, concrete, ceramics, wood, plasterboard, plastics, metals, doors and green waste. Skip sizes 10 yard and above are for lightweight waste only and cannot be filled with soil, hardcore bricks etc. If you are in doubt please call the office for further advice.

What can't I put in my skip?

You cannot put the following in a skip, if you are unsure feel free to call us:

  • Asbestos
  • Tyres
  • Fridge and Freezers
  • Gas Bottles and Cylinders (full or empty)
  • Human/animal waste
  • Clinical waste and syringes
  • Hazardous and toxic waste
  • Oils and filters (engine, hydraulic and cooking)
  • Petrol and diesel
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Liquids and sludge
  • Paint and paint tins (unless empty)
  • Solvents
  • Resins
  • Explosives

Where can you drop off/collect?

We operate 5 days a week (Monday to Friday). A same day drop off and collection service is available.

Which towns in Essex do you cover?

We deliver skips to a 10 mile radius of our main depot in Chelmsford. These towns include Basildon, Billericay, Brentwood, East Hanningfield, Great Notley, Hatfield Peveral, Heybridge, Hutton, Maldon, Pitsea, Rayleigh, Shenfield, South Woodham Ferrers, West Hanningfield, Wickford and Witham.

Will my driveway be big enough to fit the skip?

Your drive will need to 11 foot (3.3m) wide to allow our truck access. It will also need to be free from low hanging trees and power lines that may cause an obstruction.

How do I pay?

All skips can be paid for prior to hire by all major credit cards. We are able to take payment over the phone.

Do you recycle the contents of the skip?

At SB SKIP HIRE we aim to recycle 90% of all our waste and to reduce the need for landfill.

How do I arrange for my skip to be collected?

Simply call one of our team on 01245 801387. It usually takes between 2 to 3 working days to collect your skip from when the request is made.

I have a heavy load, what is the biggest skip I can have?

For heavy materials such as soil, clay, hardcore, concrete and bricks etc. The largest skip we can supply is an 8 Yard Skip.

How full can the skip be?

All skips should be filled no higher than the height of the sides and should be level loaded. Should anything be stacked higher than the top edge of the skip or hanging over the sides it will be deemed unsafe to transport and the driver will not be able to collect it.

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