Skip hire faqs
skip hire faqs
Answering all your queries about hiring a skip from what you can put it in to how full you can fill it and whether you need a permit
Commonly asked questions
Bricks, hard core, rubble, soil (that isn’t contaminated), domestic waste such as packaging, furniture, furnishings, fixtures and non electrical fittings, wood, metal and plastic.
For legal reasons, there are materials that we are unable to take away in a skip. These include: Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (including fridges, microwaves, hairdryers, radios, TVs, computers, kettles and toasters), gas bottles, chemicals and solvents, batteries, clinical waste (such as syringes, soiled dressings, medicine bottles), liquids (such as oil), plasterboard, tyres and asbestos.
Powerday is fully licensed by the Environment Agency as a waste carrier, waste broker and waste manager and has been providing skip hire in London for over 30 years. Our Materials Recycling Facilities are licensed to process 3.5million tonnes of waste a year. Our vehicles are fully licensed by the Department of Transport and fully insured. Our drivers are all licensed for heavy goods vehicles and are highly experienced in transporting, loading and off loading skips.
Your skip hire price is calculated based on the size of the skip you require, the nature of the contents, your location and the permit requirements of your local council.
We will advise you on the size and type of skip you require and whether or not you need a permit from your local council. We will deliver your skip when you are ready for it and when you have notified us that your skip is full or that you have finished with your skip, we will collect it and reuse, recycle or recover the contents. We may be able to arrange a permit with your local council for you if you need to place your skip on the road (for more information about this, see the questions below about permits).
At Powerday, we recover 100% of the waste brought to our site. We reuse and recycle as much as possible and the remaining waste is recovered as refuse derived fuel and goes to power waste to energy facilities across Europe. None of the waste in your skip will go to landfill. Visit our waste management services and locations to see what happens to different materials and to find out more about our facilities.
The skip should be filled no higher than the height of the sides and should be level loaded in order for us to be able to transport the skip safely to our facilities.
If you need to place your skip on a public highway (a road) you will require a skip permit from your local council. It is illegal to place a skip on a public highway without permission.
Some councils require you to apply directly for your permit, others require your skip hire provider to apply for the permit on your behalf. We can advise you on the correct procedure for your council when you contact us by email or by phone on 020 8960 4646.
Your council will charge you a fixed fee, different councils charge different amounts but it generally costs between £30 and £50 to place a skip on a road.
You can keep your skip as long as you require but the normal period is between one and 14 days. If your skip is on the road, you will need to check the length of time covered by your permit.
If you are concerned about fly tipping in your skip, you may want to consider hiring an enclosed skip. We would be happy to discuss this option with you. You can report fly tipping to your local council, contact details will be available on their website.
We give the size and capacity of different skips and containers to determine what size skip you need. Visit our container sizes page.
Take a look at our Getting Ready For Your Skip guide to understand what you need to consider when taking delivery of your skip.
We were pleased to have awarded this contract to Powerday. They have delivered their services efficiently and reliably, achieved high recycling rates and 100% recovery, meeting our requirements throughout the project. They have been easy to deal with, reasonable and fair. We have been particularly impressed with their account management and waste reporting capabilities
Dave France, Project Director, Ecoworld Ballymore