George Pearce, Commercial Manager of Skoup, the Skip removal service run by waste management company Biffa, has come up with some top tips to help you manage your waste production during a home renovation:
1. Research your skip provider
Once the material has been taken away, you want to know it is going to be disposed of safely and in line with regulations, so do your research before choosing a company. Ask your provider for a Waste Transfer Note, which will show you where the waste is being taken – this should be a compliant disposal site which will dispose of it properly. Typically, 95% of the waste will be recycled. If your waste is found within fly-tipping, you can typically be fined in the region of £400-£600, but up to £5000 for using a company that is proven to have fly-tipped your waste.
2. Find out what your local noise restrictions are in the area
Skip delivery and removal can be very noisy, and councils have regulations to avoid disturbance of locals, so it is worth checking and ensuring that your provider is aware of any restrictions.
3. Check whether you need to order a permit for the skip
If you’re placing it on a highway, you may need to do this from your local council. Often your skip companies, like Skoup, will let you do this from their website.
4. Make sure you protect your driveway
A skip is a heavy object and will be even heavier once you’ve filled it with materials from your renovation project, so protect your driveway and leave the drivers some wooden blocks to put the skip on in order to prevent any damage.
5. Be careful when disposing of rubble
Standard skips will allow 80-litre bags of rubble to be included but not the entire skip to be filled with rubble as this often makes it too heavy – it can be worth hiring a second skip in this instance if you have a lot of rubble to dispose of.
6. Talk to your skip provider
If you’re using a reputable company, they will have the best knowledge about how to manage skip removal and construction waste, so make sure you have a conversation with them to ensure you don’t miss anything crucial.
7. Think about materials
Not all of the materials you produce can be thrown into a skip easily – items like solvent paint and plasterboard have to be disposed of separately as they can become hazardous waste if left in a mixed waste skip.
8. Don’t over-fill your skip
Using wooden boards to increase skip size or filling waste over the fill level can make the load too heavy and too dangerous to transport on the highway.