How do I hire a skip and use it safely?

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How do I hire a skip and use it safely?

Postby admin » Thu Apr 28, 2016 2:02 pm

When you hire a skip, you will need to have a skip permit in place before you place it on a public highway (which includes pavements, roads and highways). You need to ensure that the permit is up to date and covers the types of waste you are getting rid of.

What requires a permit?

You will need a permit for:

    hippobags andother skip bags
      Building materials
          Applying for a skip permit

          Most councils let the skip hire company apply for the permit but a few councils require the person who is hiring the skip to get the permit. Your council will be able to give you more information on the permit and how to obtain one.

          Skip permits are generally valid from one day to four weeks, but they can be renewed. The permit must be issued before the skip is placed on the public highway.

          If you do not have a permit in place, the skip can be removed and impounded (and this can be done without warning sometimes), which may cause delays to the work.

          You should check with your council where you can place the skip because it can vary from council to council. If your skip is placed entirely on private land you probably wont need a skip permit.

          Follow the link below to find out more about skip licences or permits fromyour local council.

          Approved waste carriers

          You will also be responsible for making sure that your wasteis disposed of by an approved waste carrier.

          So you need to make sure that the skip hire company has a valid waste carriers licence and that the company is an approved waste carrier.All companies that transport and dispose of waste are required to have a waste carriers licence by law.

          Search for an approved waste carrier

          You can search for an approved waste carrier on the Environment Agency website.

          Placing the skip and making sure your skip is safe

          It is important to place skips on the road rather than the pavement, unless your permit allows the skip to be placed on the pavement. Dont place skips on the highway in places where they might become a nuisance or a danger to road users.

          Safety measures

          Safety measures to follow are:

            use cones and amber flashing marker lights around the skip when it’s dark and/ or hard to see because of fog, mist and other conditions
              fix reflective markers on both ends of the skip
                avoid placing the skip on the pavement, manhole covers, drains, grates or other utility access points
                Make sure:

                  the contents dont stick out from the sides of the skip: this is dangerous for road users and pedestrians
                    the skip isnt over-filled and its contents are stable, covered with netting or dampened to stop the waste materials from inside blowing out
                      the skip doesn’t contain materials likely to pose a risk of fire, explosion and won’t release toxic fumes or present a health or environmental hazard
                        Enclosed skips

                        Consider hiring an enclosed skip. Enclosed skips are lockable to prevent unauthorised access. They are also the safest type of skip as they stop contents from falling out or overhanging, and stop dust from flying up when items are put into the skip.

                        Make sure you have any necessary planning permission and that youre following building regulations for your project. For more information visit the planning permission and building regulations section.


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