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Commercial Waste Management
waste is our business

Skip Hire

Here at Coopers Recycling we have a wide range of skips available to suit all scales of project, building works or waste collections.

Our experienced and friendly team will advise you on the best size of skip needed for your project. Based on our experience we will always advise you to have a skip 1 size larger than you think. It works out cheaper than a second skip!

A Guide to Skip Hire

If you have waste to dispose of, you need to order a skip from Coopers Recycling Ltd, Staffordshire. Skip hire is easy, and through our many years experience of skip hire and recycling this has proven to not always be the case! By reading this brief guide you can ensure that all legal requirements are met and you get the most out of your skip hire.

5 Steps to Hiring a Skip from Coopers Recycling Ltd

Step 1: Establish how much waste you have, and what size skip is required.

Step 2: Plan where you intend to site the skip. If this is on your own property, make sure you have the minimum width required for the lorry to gain access (10ft).

Step 3: Double check that the waste you plan to dispose of is suitable for general waste skips.

Step 4: Plan exactly when you require the skip for, taking into account any application periods should a road permit be required.

Step 5: CALL US ON 01785 550550 and PLACE YOUR ORDER!


The best advice we can give is that you need to establish exactly how big a skip you need. Look through our Skip hire page and look at the skip sizes available. We list the dimensions and roughly how many black bags worth of waste each skip can hold (although it is worth remembering that this is an approximation only and we would always advise going up a skip size).


Now you know the size of skip required, its time to consider where the skip will be sited – i.e. whether it’s going to be off road on private property, or on the road. Ideally you will have privately owned property for the skip to be sited, meaning on a driveway, hard-standing or privately owned garden.

Note: a skip lorry requires a minimum of 10ft (3.3m) width to gain access, regardless of what size skip you have ordered. We operate a small skip lorry and a larger skip lorry to give the greatest amount of access to your property.


Now you know the size of skip required, and where the skip will be placed, it is important to consider the actual waste to be disposed of. Certain skips are not suitable for certain waste types. You need to establish whether the waste you will be putting in the skip will be heavy waste (e.g. soil, brick, hardcore, rubble, etc), or light waste (e.g. timber, metal, cardboard etc). As a general rule, any skip larger than 8 cubic yards is NOT suitable for heavy waste types as the lorries cannot lift larger skips filled with heavy waste. If you are in any doubt please refer to our skip hire page.


Before you finalise your order you need to establish when you actually require the skip on site. You need to consider the maximum hire period of 10days. For example by having the skip delivered on a Friday you will have use of the skip across two weekends. We always aim to collect skips within 24 hours of a collection call, this is not always possible. During busy periods local skip hire collections can take up to 72 hours.

Therefore if you know the skip MUST be removed by a certain date, it is critical that the collection is booked when ordering the skip hire.


When filling your skip you can only load it level with the top of the skip. This is a legal requirement. It is actually against the law for our drivers to collect skips loaded beyond this point on the highways. Likewise, using boards around the side of the skip in an attempt to increase its capacity is also illegal.

To prevent wasted space within the skip, we would recommend that any large bulky items you have to dispose of are broken down into smaller pieces. We believe it is better for our customers to hire a skip that is not completely filled, than to have a skip that is too small – and end up needing to hire a second skip, at further cost.

To ensure low cost skip hire, it will be better to over-estimate than under-estimate the size of skip you need.


If you do not have your own private property on which to keep the skip, or there is not enough access for the skip lorry, it leaves you with the option of placing the skip on the road or grass verge outside the property. In order to do this your local council must first give permission. In most cases local councils will allow us to apply for permits on your behalf. Some councils however insist that you, as the homeowner apply yourself. Either way, inevitably all councils charge for the privilege. This charge varies dependent on where in the UK you require the skip, but we would inform you of the exact amount at the time of order.

Council permits can take between 1 and 5 working days to obtain, and the application period varies dependent on your location. This delay needs to be taken into account when deciding on the dates for hiring a skip. Any skip that is sited on the road MUST have a light at each end and traffic cones. This ensure it is clearly visible to motorists at all times. In most instances we are able to provide these – this will be confirmed at the time of order. In the rare instances we are unable to provide these items for you, they can be obtained from your local tool hire shop. It is important to note that whilst the skip is outside your property, you are responsible for its lighting and coning.

The following types of waste CANNOT be placed in general waste skips under any circumstances. These include:

  • Any electrical items ( televisions sets, computer monitors)
  • Plasterboard
  • Asbestos
  • Fridge/Freezers
  • Batteries
  • Tyres
  • Gas Cylinders
  • Pressurised Containers
  • Paint Tins
  • Food Waste
  • Fluorescent Tubes
  • Liquids of any description
There are many other types of hazardous waste. If in doubt, please feel free to contact a member of our team on 01785 550550 or consult the Environmental Agency.

Coopers Waste Management Services

Downings Yard
St Albans Road
ST16 3DR

tel: 01785 550550

email: info@coopersrecycling.co.uk
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