Skip Hire FAQs

Check out our most frequently asked questions on skip hire

Skip Hire FAQs

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about skip hire:

Do I need permission from the local authority when hiring a skip?

If you are hiring a skip that is to be placed on the public highway, you need to gain permission from your local authority. GBN may be able to arrange any permits for you although this is dependent on issuing Authority, these charges may range from between £50- £150 per permit with any additional costs being added upon confirmation from Issuing Authority. The council will charge a small fee which is within the price we charge you. The council will then issue a licence which is valid for one month.

How do I know what size skip I will need?

GBN offers many skip sizes to meet the full range of household requirements.  Refer to our skip sizes on the skip hire page as a guide.  Alternatively, give us a call and we will be happy to advise you.

Do you offer a waste disposal service for builders and contractors?

Yes, we provide skip hire, recycling and waste services to households and businesses including builders and contractors. Please contact us.  

What if I cannot get a skip licence?

If your council refuses a licence, which is rare, we can offer a wait and load service. A wait and load service is when a driver arrives with a skip and waits whilst you load up the skip with your rubbish, ready to take it away as soon as you are done. Wait & Load services has a 40 mins time frame allowed. This does not require a permit.

How long can I keep the skip for?

The normal skip hire period is two weeks but this can be extended to to 3 weeks with permission at point of sale

How much can I put in the skip?

Your skip can be loaded to the level load line but should not exceed this line, any excess waste may be removed before removal of skip takes place.

Is there anything I cannot put into a skip?

Certain wastes are legally required to be collected separately and cannot be placed in your skip. These include asbestos, batteries, tyres, fridges, televisions and other electrical items.  See the full list of what can and can’t go in skips here.

What access do I need to provide?

The vehicle delivering your skip will be an LGV and rather large, so please make sure that there is sufficient access to allow it in and out safely. If you are unsure, please contact us and we can provide you with the approximate dimensions required.

Is my waste recycled?

We recycle as much as possible and achieve an average recycling rate of 94% for all the waste we process.  Find out more about how GBN recycles and what happens to your waste.

Still Have Questions?

If you have any questions not answered here, please give us a call and we’ll be happy to help!