Safety is essential when hiring a skip for domestic or commercial waste, and Chorley skip hire is no different.
Skips are large heavy containers that can hold all manner of messy and broken things, so anyone booking a skip should be aware of skip hire best practices beforehand.
The first step is hiring the correct skip size for the amount and type of waste you intend to dispose of.
For example, if you’re getting rid of soil and rubble from a garden remodelling, a drop-down skip is easier and safer to fill.
If you aren’t sure about the best skip for your project and location, a reputable Chorley skip hire company can help you.
Once you’ve booked your skip, follow the safety tips below for skip hire without a hitch.
Prepare for the skip delivery
When arranging the skip delivery, you should have discussed the safest place for the Chorley skip hire provider to place the skip.
The delivery truck must be able to access the property with no blockages or risks from things like trees, overhead wires, or gates.
The skip must be set down on a flat stable surface that doesn’t block footpaths, entrances, or utility access.
When the truck arrives for delivery, make sure the area is clear of obstacles (such as a car parked on the driveway) and any pets or children are safely indoors.
The same applies for when the skip is collected after you’re done filling it.
If you’re concerned about damage to the ground, enquire in advance whether the skip provider can supply wooden battens to prevent the skip from sinking into or cracking the ground beneath it.
For skips placed on public roads, you must inform the hire company at the time of booking so they can obtain a permit from the council.
Do not attempt to move the skip after it’s been set down under any circumstances – contact the provider if there’s an issue with the placement.
Stick to public safety rules
If there’s nowhere to put a skip on your property, you must have a skip permit in order to place it in a public space.
This mustn’t be within 15 metres of a junction, and mustn’t block any entrances, exits, or utility points.
Additionally, all safety regulations must be met, including:
- Safety cones placed around the skip
- Reflective strips visible from all angles
- Fitted with a safety lamp turned on at night
- Clearly labelled with the company name and contact number in case of emergency
These should prevent anyone driving or walking nearby from experiencing an accident or injury due to the skip.
It’s also recommended to either hire a covered skip or cover the skip yourself with a tarpaulin sheet to prevent neighbours or passers-by from putting anything unwanted in your skip when you’re not around.
Fill the skip responsibly
Always follow the guidelines for waste limitations for the size and type of skip you’ve hired.
This means only loading it with permitted materials, and never going above the fill line around the inside of the skip.
There should never be items sticking out over the edges that could fall out and cause injury or damage.
It’s best to load heavier and sturdier items at the bottom and add smaller loose items on top to keep the contents steady, preventing waste from shifting or falling unexpectedly when you’re putting more in the skip.
Resist the temptation to overfill – some people try using ‘greedy boards’ around the inside to raise the edges of the skip and fit more in.
However, this is illegal, and a responsible skip hire company will refuse to collect an overflowing too-heavy skip.
Even if they agree to take away the overflow waste, you’ll end up paying extra for it.
Overfilling isn’t worth the risks – hire a skip a size bigger if you think you might end up with excess rubbish.
Wear gloves and lift items carefully
Don’t be tempted to just toss items carelessly into the skip, and definitely not from a distance.
This could result in a flying object accidentally hitting someone, or jagged edges from broken items sticking up from the skip.
You should lift items into the skip standing right next to the edge for easy access, and set them down inside by laying items as flat as possible and stacking evenly.
Be careful not to trap your fingers between heavy items and the sides of the skip.
If you need to put heavy or bulky items in the skip, never try to lift and carry them by yourself.
Enlist the help of a family member, friend, or neighbour to help with loading heavier waste into the skip rather than risking a serious injury.
When lifting larger items, always bend your knees and lift from the legs while keeping your back straight.
It’s a good idea to place the skip as close by as possible so you don’t have to carry anything too far.
You should also wear gloves to prevent your hands from slipping while carrying items to the skip and to protect them against any sharp or broken edges.
No fires or hazardous materials
Though it may be tempting to burn rubbish inside the skip to make room for more waste, you should never do this, nor should you let anyone smoke near the skip.
Not only is lighting fires a serious risk to nearby people and property, it will damage the skip and the ground underneath it.
You’ll then be responsible for repair or replacement costs for both the skip and the road or driveway.
To prevent the risk of fire or explosions, only general waste is permitted to go in the skip, while hazardous materials are forbidden.
Don’t think about sneaking hazardous items in by hiding them amongst general waste, because they’ll be found when the waste is sorted and you’ll be held responsible for them.
Here’s a list of hazardous items you should never put in a skip:
- Gas cylinders
- Fluorescent tubes
- Light bulbs
If you’re unsure whether a particular type of waste can go in the skip, contact your skip company to ask.
A Chorley skip hire provider will be happy to clarify which items are safe to put in your skip and which types of waste aren’t allowed to keep both you and the waste disposal team protected.