So, you’ve contacted your local skip hire provider and chosen a suitable-sized skip for the amount of waste you expect your project to generate.
Whilst you’re well on your way to starting your clear-out project, there are a few things you need to do to get the most out of your skip hire in Kent – ideally, before your skip arrives.
Here are 4 simple steps to follow in preparation for your skip delivery:
- Remove obstacles
Whether you intend on placing it on your private land or a public road, skips cannot be positioned if there are any obstructions in the way.
If your skip will be left on your driveway, you won’t be able to enter or exit when it has been dropped off, so consider parking your vehicles elsewhere.
If your skip will be left on the road, you need to make sure that there are no parked cars, low bridges or overhead power cables obstructing delivery. After all, skip lorries are large vehicles that require a lot of space to manoeuvre safely.
- Inform your neighbours
Hiring a skip will make it easier for you to dispose of waste and unwanted materials, but skip delivery can be highly disruptive for your neighbours.
For example, if you live in a cul-de-sac or on a narrow street, people might not be able to get past – either on foot or in their cars. And placing the skip down on the ground from the back of the lorry can create a lot of noise.
Out of respect for your neighbours, you should let them know the date and time that your skip is due to be delivered. This way, if they have plans to go out, they can park their cars further up the road so they won’t have to wait until your skip is in position. And if they’re working from home, they can take their break or lunch earlier or later to ensure they aren’t distracted from the racket.
- Check for manholes and sewers
When deciding where to have your skip delivered, it’s crucial to consider the location of manholes.
Even when they’re empty, skips are heavy containers. Manholes and sewers might not be able to withstand the weight of a truck parked over them when delivering the skip, either.
Therefore, if there are any manholes on your street or along the route, let your local skip hire company know so they can bypass them and prevent avoidable damage.
- Keep hazardous materials separate
To get the most out of your skip hire in Kent, you might be tempted to dispose of everything inside your skip – but not all materials are accepted.
Things like asbestos, chemicals, electronics, hazardous waste and tyres must be collected and treated separately from the rest of the items stowed in your skip.
If you throw any prohibited items into your skip, you’ll likely incur a penalty or fine for not complying with skip hire rules and regulations.
And there you have it!
Keep these 4 things in mind and ensure every aspect of your skip delivery runs as smoothly as possible.