Skips – your questions answered

Whether you’re a homeowner who’s finally gotten round to booking a skip for that much-needed clear out or renovation project, a business requiring skips for waste management on-site, or a building company undertaking domestic or commercial works, it’s a good idea to be prepared prior to the skip’s arrival.

Although skip hire with TJ is straightforward and simple, here are some questions and answers to consider ahead of time to ensure delivery day goes as smoothly as possible…

How much space does the skip vehicle need to access my property?

As a general rule, each of our vehicles needs an access way which is at least 13ft wide. Please make sure that your entrance/driveway has the width to accommodate this before booking and inform us of any access queries and instructions upon booking too.

Where will the skip be placed?

You can make a request for where you’d like the skip placed on the booking notes for the driver’s attention. When deciding where to locate it, consider the most convenient position for filling it. Also keep in mind that if you are placing it on your multiple car driveway, you’ll need to leave sufficient space to get your cars in, so don’t block the entrance unless you’re happy to park elsewhere! Please also consider that an empty skip will weigh much less than a full skip, therefore they can’t be placed too close to properties or vehicles as they may swing when being collected and have the potential to cause damage.

What will happen on delivery day?

  • Your skip will arrive sometime between 7am and 6pm on your allotted day.
  • We don’t offer time slots, but if you’d like a better idea of when your skip may arrive, you can call us on 08000 463 964 on the delivery day and find out what position you are in the delivery schedule. You can also opt for priority delivery where we will guarantee delivery by 3pm for an additional £20 charge, or urgent delivery where we will guarantee delivery by 11am for an additional £35 charge.
  • Although you do not have to be in when the delivery is made, if you do plan to be out, we recommend that you specify delivery instructions to ensure that the skip is placed in your desired position.
  • Your skip delivery should take between 10 and 20 minutes, depending on your location, accessibility etc.

What can go in a mixed waste skip?

  • Wood
  • Cement
  • Rubble
  • Tiles
  • Bricks
  • Electrical cabling
  • Metal
  • Glass
  • Kitchen and bathroom fixtures and fittings
  • Flooring
  • Old toys and furniture
  • Garden waste

What can’t go in?

  • Liquid waste of any kind
  • Batteries
  • Fridges
  • Freezers
  • Televisions or computer screens
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Clinical waste

For more information, read our informative blog: What can you put in a skip?

Some materials need to be segregated and dealt with separately for health and safety reasons such as plasterboard and asbestos. TJ can supply plasterboard-only and safe and secure asbestos-only skips if required but you’ll need to ask for these specifically. 

Where does my waste go?

All the waste that goes into our skips gets taken back to one of our Materials Recovery Facilities. We have four of these dotted along the south coast, two in Portsmouth, one in Southampton and one in Yapton. We process all waste in line with WRAP protocol.

Once the skips arrive, they are emptied and everything is sorted into categories to ensure that as much as possible is recycled or reused. We are dedicated to diverting as much waste as possible from landfill and endeavour to recycle up to 100% of the waste that comes through our doors. 

The vast majority of skip waste is able to be recycled – TJ’s extensive knowledge of a range of recycling centres in and outside of Hampshire helps make all this recycling possible. We even utilise unwanted rubble in the production of our own in-house recycled aggregate, iBlend.

If you have any queries about your skip, either ahead of time or on the allotted delivery day, please email or call us on 08000 463 964. Find out more about the services we offer…

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