How to choose the perfect skip for construction waste disposal

Posted on 21 March 2019 by Admin

Skip hire is one of the most fundamental aspects of construction waste management. Choosing the right type for your construction site is a crucial factor in determining how efficient and cost-effective your waste management will be. It goes without saying, then, that you can’t simply go with just any skip for your construction waste – there are a number of factors to consider when deciding on the optimal solution for your situation. Here is what you should look out for the most.


The type of waste

If you want to make sure you’ll make the best use of the skip you hire, it’s important to keep in mind what types of waste skips are best suited for. In general, skips are the best for waste that can’t normally be disposed of through standard means, though they definitely can be used to remove any general waste that gets generated in the construction process. It is also a great means of disposing of inert materials, such as aggregates, concrete, ceramics, etc. Skips can also be used to dispose of soil. But that’s not all, as skips can also be used for a variety of recyclable materials that can be segregated on-site into dedicated skips, such as:

  • plaster
  • timber
  • electronics
  • metal
  • soil
  • hardcore waste
  • green waste
  • plastic, paper, and other dry mixed recycling


The size

Most companies offer a big selection of skip sizes, so that you can pick one that best suits your needs. It’s best to consider the overall weight and scope of your project before you decide how big a skip you need. For example, 2-yard skips are best suited for domestic rubbish, 4-yard skips can be used for slightly larger projects and garden rubbish disposal. For house renovations and construction, however, you shouldn’t use skips smaller than 8 yards. There are also large sizes, like 12-yard skips, but they’re best suited for even larger projects, such as large house clearances and commercial areas. At Hawk Rubbish Clearance, we offer a selection of 8y, 10y, 12y, and 16y skips to best suit your needs.

When choosing the size of skip, it’s important to consider the fact that the total mass of the vehicle and waste cannot go above 18 tonnes. A 10y skip can be loaded up with heavyweight and lightweight materials in a 1:1 mass ratio, in order to take the best advantage of size and weight limits. If you’re disposing of exceptionally heavy waste, we offer roll-on roll-off containers with a capacity of 16y to 40y. For the lightest waste, it might be a better idea to consider a tipper van,  with a weight limit of 2 tonnes, though it’s important to keep in mind that this service is only available as part of our wait and load service, as opposed to skips which are also available for delivery.


Management of site waste

It’s best to choose the size and number of skips in accordance with the needs of your site. For example, if you want to perform on-site segregation, it’s best to hire a number of smaller skips to facilitate that. If you’re handling specialist waste that needs to be kept dry or otherwise secure, enclosed tips are what you need. Low-sided containers make it far easier to load heavy materials onto them, so consider that if you’re dealing with particularly large waste.


Other factors

Always make sure that you hire skips in compliance with all the environmental legislation in place. Don’t hesitate to ask your waste management provider for advice – they should know better than anyone what type of skip will suit your needs the best. Lastly, and this is very important, always book skips ahead of time so that you can be sure you’ll get the service you need exactly when you need it.