Getting Ready For Your Skip

Picking up the phone and ordering your skip has never been easier with Powerday, but there are a few things you need to consider first, from the access to your property to thinking about the type of waste you have. Take a look at our step-by-step guide and make your skip hire simple and stress-free.

Vehicle Sizes

Skip Lorry
Skip Lorry
Roll On/Off Lorry
Roll On/Off Lorry

We have a range of vehicles at our disposal, so depending on what type of skip you’ve ordered, you might find one of several different lorries pulling up to deliver your skip.

Vehicle Type Length Width Max Height
Skip Lorry 6.82m 2.97m 3.4m
Roll On/Off 8.8m 2.97m 4.95m
Dustcart 11.5m 2.6m 3.81m

If you know your road, or the area leading to your property, is particularly tricky for bigger vehicles, it might be wise to check with our team which type of lorry will be arriving. You can then use the dimensions of our lorry to ensure they will fit on your street.

Don't forget that certain vehicles will require more room to the rear or side depending on how they are loaded, but if you have any queries, please contact us.


The key to a successful and hassle-free skip hire service is ensuring that we have access to your property and the spot you’d like your skip left in. There are a number of factors which you’ll have to bear in mind when ordering a skip, the following are a few of the common issues which come up:

Road Sizes

All roads across the UK are different, and while many will easily allow access for a lorry and a skip delivery, it’s important that you factor in the width of the road when ordering a skip.

The layout of the road itself is also important, with curved roads particularly tricky to leave a skip on. If your road gives plenty of access for a lorry, but doesn’t have space for a skip, speak to our team about alternative arrangements which could be made for your skip hire.

Road size and parked cars

Parked Cars

While you might think that your road is quiet and lorry-friendly, efforts to deliver a skip could be hampered by parked cars. Parked cars, whether on one side of the road or both, make access that much more difficult.

Check that your road doesn’t get blocked by parked cars during the time you’re planning to have your skip delivered and collected.

Height Restriction Bars

With our vehicles being taller than most standard cars, it’s prudent to consider height restriction bars and bridges when ordering your skip. If you know that there are height restrictions for vehicles in your area or leading to your premises, let us know and we’ll help to make arrangements to navigate a new route or discuss your options.

Height restriction bars


Does your property feature gates? If so, you might want to ensure our team can gain access if you’ve asked for your skip to be delivered or collected on your property.

Whether you’ve got big iron gates or a garden gate, please bear this aspect of your property in mind and consider the width of the gate if our vehicle or skip is required to pass through.



Due to the greater dimensions of our vehicles in comparison to everyday traffic, we have to take special consideration when delivering and collecting skips. There are a lot of hazards out on the roads, many involving the increased height and width of our lorries.

Overhead Hazards

Phone Wires

Phone Wires

This is one hazard which can be extremely dangerous for our vehicles and the general public. Often these overhead cables are well out of the way, but to be certain, check ahead of booking your skip and we will make arrangements to find an alternative route if there are low overhead cables.



Whether they’re on your property or not, trees might not seem like an issue but they are likely to block access for our vehicles and may well create a dangerous environment.

Is your driveway shared?

Shared Driveway

A lot of properties these days have shared driveways, joining two drives together for both houses to use. If you have a shared driveway, it’s worth speaking with your neighbour about your intentions to have a skip delivered.

Even if you know a skip can easily fit on your allotted side of the driveway, common courtesy suggests you should speak to your neighbour first as it could help to avoid tensions at a later date.

If you don’t have a driveway and will need to have your skip on the road or public highway, just let us know and we can advise you on how to get a permit from your local authority.



Should your property be on a cul-de-sac or a road with no through-route, this is something you will have to factor into skip hire. Our lorries need enough room to manoeuvre in and out of your street safely.

Keep in mind how much space there is for turning if your street has a lot of parked cars, too. By letting our drivers know about the layout of your road you can help avoid ticking off your neighbours and blocking other vehicles.

Driveways, Manholes & Sewers


A lot can depend on the quality of your driveway. If you know that your driveway surface won’t sustain the heavy load of skip, it’s best to avoid causing any further damage to it.

Manholes and sewer entry points should also be considered, we don’t want to block these or damage them by putting the weight of a skip on any structurally unsound areas.

By speaking to our team about these issues when you book your skip, we can create a strategy to work around them, helping to avoid damage to property and speed the process up.

Unsuitable Waste


Our skips are great for a variety of purposes, so whether you’re carrying out home and garden DIY projects, or you’re a contractor looking to get rid of building waste, we’ll be able to help.

It’s important that you tell us in advance which waste types you need to dispose of as there are some items and materials which might need special collection (e.g tyres, electronics, batteries, chemicals, refrigerators, asbestos etc.). We provide COSHH bins in a range of sizes for waste that is considered to be hazardous.

Speak to our team when you order your skip to discuss the type of waste you’re looking to dispose of.

The Power of Skip Hire

We hope you’ve found these categories informative for your own skip hire queries, but rest assured that if you have any further questions, our team will always be happy to help.

We recycle as much waste as possible and turn the residual materials in renewable fuels, helping to avoid your waste going to landfill.

Contact Powerday today to discuss your skip hire requirements and any additional information you think our team may need to know. Call us on 020 8960 4646 or request a call back using the form below.

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