Commercial Skip Hire FAQs
Can you deliver skips at the weekend?

We can deliver skips between 7.00 a.m – 12.00 p.m on Saturdays, but unfortunately not Sundays as our business is closed. If you’re interested in hiring a skip, you can do so here.

Do I need a Highways Permit?

If you wish for your skip to be placed on a public highway or road, you will require a HighWay Permit from the relevant Local Authority.

Do you have the required skip permits and licences?

We can arrange for the relevant permits and licences for your skip hire with the local authority upon request.

Is there a cost to obtain a permit?

Councils will charge a fixed fee to those obtaining a permit, from £60 upwards. We can arrange permits for you as needed.

How do I apply for a permit?

Here at Brown Recycling, we can help advise you on the process of applying for a permit, or make the necessary applications to relevant local authorities to meet the Highways Act 1980 requirements. Remember it takes 3 days for local authorities to process these permits, so plan well in advance.

Do you offer a wait and load service?

Yes, we can offer this service whereby the driver will wait whilst you load the skip. However, if you cannot complete the loading within 30 minutes then there is a waiting time surcharge.

How do I arrange for my skip to be emptied/removed/exchanged?

Once you are ready for your skip to be collected, call our friendly team and we will arrange the collection.

How full can I load the skip?

Your skip should be filled no higher than the height of the sides, and should be level so that we can safely transport your waste to our recycling facility.

How long can I keep the skip for?

Normally, skips can be kept for a maximum of 14 days; however, this time might be extended to accommodate projects and contracts. For skips that will be kept on the road, the standard hire period for a highway permit is 14 days included in the permit cost; extension of highway permits will vary between 7-14 days.

How long does it take for the skip to be delivered?

We offer next day delivery in most cases, but in busy periods it can take up to 48 hours for a skip to become available, so customers are advised to order theirs 48 hours in advance to ensure they receive it on time.

What sort of space do vehicles require on site?

Roll-on roll-off vehicles need approximately 20 ft (6 metres) length and 9ft (2.75 metres) width of floor space in order to collect any roll-on roll-off container. A roll-on roll-off bin is 20ft and the truck is 30ft, allowing for the hook to be 5ft. A total of 55ft in a straight line is required. A skip loader for a 8-14yd skip is 12ft and the truck is 21.5ft, allowing 4ft for arms. A total of 37.5ft in a straight line is required.

How much notice do I need to give when ordering a skip?

When ordering a skip, you should give up to 72 hours for us to deliver the skip to you at your property if it is going on the highway, or 48 hours if on the driveway.

How much weight can be handled by each skip?
  • 3yd = 3 tonnes
  • 4yd = 4 tonnes
  • 8yd = 8 tonnes
  • 14yd = 8 tonnes
  • 20yd = 15 tonnes
  • 35yd = 15 tonnes

14yd chain lift and 35yd roll-on roll-off are for bulky waste. Maximum tonnage handled is based on the vehicle lifting the skip, not just the weight that the skip can hold. Our chain lift skip loader vehicle can lift up to 8 tonnes, and our roll-on roll-off vehicle can lift up to 15 tonnes.

What can/can’t go in the skip?

Any construction waste can go into your skip, provided that it is none of the following:

  • Oil and petrol
  • Asbestos
  • Printing inks
  • Liquid and clinical waste
  • Gas bottles
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • White goods
  • Solvents
  • Televisions and computer screens
  • Creosote
  • Upholstered furniture (POPs) and tyres
What do your prices include?

Our price includes delivery and collection of the skip, as well as our waste management and recycling service following their collection.

What if I’ve not finished using the skip by the agreed pick-up day?

If you have not finished with your skip by the agreed pick-up day, call us as early as possible and we can usually be flexible as we have many skips available.

What skip sizes do you offer?

Our skips are available in sizes from 3YD to 35YD, with our roll-on roll-off skips available at 20YD and 35YD. Take a look at our commercial skip sizes page for more details on our range.

What types of skip do you offer?

We have a variety of skip types including: mini, midi, builders, chain lift and roll-on roll-off skips. Take a look at our skip sizes page for more information about what we have available.

When do I pay?

We take payment prior to the delivery of your skip. If you use our skip checkout, you can pay online with ease.


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