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What is the law governing skip hire?

April 20, 2021

If you’re using a new skip hire company, do you know the laws controlling where the skip can be placed, what can be put into it, and other key points? To prevent yourself from having issues down the line, it is best to understand and abide by these rules before hiring a skip. Here are a few of those rules –

Where can you put a skip?

If you are normally going to place your skip within your land boundaries, a permit is not required. However, if you are going to place your skip on the road you will probably need a permit from the local authority to do so. Anyone can apply for a skip permit through the city council and we can help you with this. It can take around three to five days for clearance.

Materials that you cannot add to a skip

There are typically several objects that cannot be contained in a skip. If you have the following things to dispose of, you may want to call us so we can help to get someone to dispose of these types of products for you. Items that you cannot load up in your skip and are prohibited include:

• Refrigerators
• Freezers
• Tires
• Batteries
• Oil, solvents, or even paint
• light bulbs
• Televisions
• Gasoline bottles
• Pesticides and medical waste like syringes
• Virtually Any additional hazardous waste, such as asbestos

This is by no sense a comprehensive collection of products but includes the key areas of waste which are deemed to pose a danger to human health or the environment. If these things are put in your skip, either by mistake or by someone else, a skip hire company can decline to retrieve the skip or bill you separately for the removal of the hazardous waste.

Fly tipping is illegal

Fly-tipping is a problem that you might be dealing with, whether the skip is stored on private or public property, and it’s something that you must be careful of, since there were 711,000 cases of fly-tipping last year, owing to the UK economy EUR 36.4 million (DEFRA), much of which was  domestic waste. Under the eyes of the government, you are accountable for the waste that is placed into your skip. The unsafe method of fly-tipping is risky since you don’t know exactly what was dropped into the skip, it can even be over-filled, posing dangers for passers-by. To mitigate the problem, it might be best to use a cover for your skip if it is stored on-site overnight; instead, you might invest in a closed skip that can be secured. All of these methods will also avoid any debris or light material from escaping out of the skip.

Safety Considerations

There are some vital safety concerns that domestic skip consumers should be mindful of, these safety standards should be enforced by the skip company, so it is still advised that they be reviewed to keep the public secure, not just this, but you will be fined £1000 if they are not complied with!

• In the event of an emergency, the contact’s name and telephone number of the skip hire firm must be clearly stated on the skip.
• Reflective marks should surround the rim of the skip.
• Traffic cones shall be used to direct traffic around the skip.
• Security lamps for night time must be used


Investigation is required if you choose to hire a skip that and can save you a lot of trouble in the future if anything goes wrong. DEAMERLTD is devoted to providing great customer service across Hertfordshire and North London. We have a team of professionals who are committed to providing you identify the correct facility and skips to meet your needs, and we are also committed to being environmentally conscious. Give us a call today or visit the skip hire Hertfordshire page for further details.


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