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Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I order a skip?

Simply choose the skip you require using our skip size guide, then either call us on 020 8208 2211 and speak to one of our friendly operators; or enter your details in our online skip order form.

Want to get rid of any hazardous waste?

Call us on 020 8208 2211 and speak to our hazardous waste department.

What size skip do I need?

At P.B.Donoghue, we offer a full range of skips from 3 cubic yards to 40 cubic yards. The Skip Size Chart on our website will give you an idea of what's best for you. Some are great for a bit of DIY, perhaps re-doing that kitchen or bathroom, others are for more commercial uses.

If you are unsure of which skip is right for your project, please contact our skip hire specialists on 020 8208 2211, we'd be more than happy to chat directly with you to make sure you get the skip you need.

Will my drive be damaged by the skip?

Block paved and soft tarmac drives can be damaged when placing skips on them. Heavy skips, which require stabilising equipment may also potentially cause damage. While we will take every care to prevent damage, please be aware that once we leave the highway you agree to indemnify us for any damage that occurs whilst on your property. So they can be safely transported, all skips must be level loaded and larger skips (over 8 yards) must not contain heavy materials. If you need advice please call our sales team on 020 8208 2211 who will be more than happy to help.

Where can the skips be placed?

We will place your skip in the most convenient location which might be your driveway or the road. If we need to place the skip on the road you will need a permit, correct signage and lights. Please contact us if you cannot place on private land and we will organise a permit for you. Alternatively, we may be able to organise a wait and load facility.

When and how do I pay?

All skip hire orders are paid for at the time of ordering. You can pay online when you place your booking, or our friendly sales staff will take your payment details over the phone. We accept payment by all major credit cards.

What am I NOT ALLOWED to put in my skip?

Fridges/Freezers, Tyres, Paint Cans, TV's/Monitors, Asbestos, Clinical/Medical Waste, Fluorescent Tubes, Solvents, Liquids, Oil, Batteries, Plasterboard (max 10% of load), Hazardous/Toxic Material.

If you'd like to get rid of any of the above, please contact us and speak to our hazardous waste department.

Do I need a permit?

Permits are required by most local councils for skips that need to be placed on a public highway or road. In most cases we will be able to arrange a permit for you. A few councils require that the hirer must apply for the permit, we will advise you during the booking process if you are required to arrange the permit. Some councils take up to 4 working days to grant a skip license so please take that into consideration when ordering a skip to be placed on the road.

I need a skip on my drive, how wide is your lorry?

A standard skip lorry requires a minimum of 10ft (3.3 meters) width to gain access, regardless of what size skip you have ordered.

How long does it take to get a skip?

Next day or sometimes same day depending on where you are and when you order it. However, if a permit is required we would need advance warning as this process can take up to 4 working days. The amount of time required to arrange a permit can vary depending on the local council and the skip supplier.

How long can I keep the skip?

The normal skip hire period is for a maximum of 14 days.

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