For businesses, schools and individuals, it’s often in your best interest to be organised as it will make for streamlined processes and a generally easier way of living. This is the same for handling your waste. Whether you are doing a business, school or home renovation, or just a general clear out, you need to make sure that you not only consider what you dispose of, but also how you dispose of it. This is where an effective waste management solution is needed, and often, this comes in the form of skip hire.
Renting a skip can solve plenty of problems, such as separating the waste into recyclables and non-recyclables, creating a hazard-free working environment, and speeding up the process altogether, whether that is a renovation or construction project. However, especially for large businesses and schools, skips can also be helpful generally for streamlining the amount of waste that you produce, especially if you produce large volumes daily.
However, despite how helpful waste management solutions like skips can be, they can cost a pretty penny, but it’s undoubtedly worth it. This is because it can help save you money on landfill tax and the petrol you’d use transporting waste. What’s more, it allows for a clean and organised environment. This is especially important as, if your commercial business or school is cluttered and untidy, it can reflect badly on you and also potentially incur health and safety hazards.
With this in mind, we can understand why businesses, schools and homeowners want to save money on their waste management solutions. Whether you are looking for budget skips or ways you can save money surrounding skip hire, below, we have collated together ways you can make your waste management cost less.
Guide to Saving Money for Skip Hire Cost
There are a variety of nifty things you can do to save money on your skip rental, and also practises to keep in mind when ordering your skips, that will, in turn, save you more than you originally thought. Read on to see some more tricks of the trade.
Collect a range of skip hire prices
One of the best ways to save money when organising a waste management solution is to collect a variety of skip hire quotes from a range of waste management companies. Bear in mind that prices may differ depending on the level of service, how long you can rent the skip for, and also, how far the company will have to travel to deliver the skip to you. Don’t be afraid to mention other quotes you have received from waste management companies, as this could prompt the skip hire company you are contacting to offer you a better deal.
Make sure to keep a note of all of the companies’ services and quotes as this will make them easier to compare when you are making your decision.
Be informed about skip sizes
There are a range of standard skip sizes that you will need to consider when you are searching for skip hire. Below are general skip sizes that a waste management company will offer:
- Mini Skip – two cubic yards volume and a dimension of 4 x 3 x 3 feet
- Midi Skip – four cubic yards volume and a dimension of 6 x 4 x 3 feet
- Small builder’s skip – six cubic yards and a dimension of 10 x 4 x 4 feet
- Large builder’s skip – eight cubic yards and a dimension of 12 x 6 x 4 feet
- Large maxi skip – twelve cubic yards and a dimension 13 x 6 x 6 feet
Be honest with yourself about the amount of waste you are likely to produce; for instance, if you are having a large scale renovation, you will likely produce a large amount of rubble – a heavyweight skip load that should be put in a large skip.
What’s more, for construction projects, one of the best ways to minimise costs is to not over order on materials as this will lessen the amount you spend overall, and also will minimise the amount that goes to waste. Being stringent and spending time working out finances will help you make honest decisions that will better reflect your budget.
Maximise skip size
If you are certain you want a smaller skip more affordable, then you need to think of ways that you can maximise the small space. Infact, there are many throwing away tips that you can utilise which will save space in bins and skips, helping you to discard more waste, whilst saving money.
For example, if you are throwing out cardboard boxes and packaging, make sure to flatten these out and place them on the bottom of the skip. This is the same for any waste that can be broken up, dismantled or flattened. Carelessly throwing away items will mean that they are likely to fall in an awkward and cumbersome way, thus taking up more space than needed. Prioritise putting the larger and lighter items at the bottom of the skip as they will pack down easier than heavy items.
Another way to maximise skip space is making sure that you aren’t throwing out any hazardous items that aren’t allowed in skips, as this is not a productive use of space. The following items are not allowed to be thrown in skips as they are deemed hazardous:
- WEEE Recycling – so computers, monitors, televisions and printers
- Fluorescent lights
- Medical waste
- Fuels – such as oils and gas cylinders
- Fridge freezers and washing machines
Of course, although it’s important to make the most of all available space in your skip, you certainly shouldn’t order a smaller skip size than you truly need as this could incur further costs. For example, you may find that you need to unload and reload your skip multiple times to make everything fit, meaning you need to hire the skip for longer than expected, or you may even need to hire a brand new skip altogether.
What to consider when collating skip prices
As mentioned above, it is important that you collect a variety of skip prices so you can find the best option that suits you. Yet you should also keep in mind…
Length of Time
Many renovation and construction projects overrun their designated time slot. This may be due to bad weather or sickness of staff – whatever the reason, you need to make sure that you are hiring a skip for a reasonable amount of time. However, the longer you hire the skip for, the more expensive it will be. It can be tempting to hire the skip for the shortest time to save money, but what if your project does overrun? If this is the case, you may end up forking out more money in the long-term as you re-hire skips to help you finish your project.
How reputable the company is
When collecting skip prices, you need to bear in mind that the price offered will reflect the quality of service. Although not all affordable skip hire companies services will be below par, there are likely to be a few that you should steer clear of. A good way to see if the company is reputable is to check out their website – does it perform quickly? Is it well designed? If the company doesn’t have a website at all then that is certainly a bad sign. What’s more, look out for testimonials, accreditations and years of experience – these are all good indications that they have the right training and qualifications to carry out their job.
Other ways to save money on waste management
If you are coming to the conclusion that you need to save more money on your renovation or construction project, there are a variety of other ways you can save money and cut costs for waste management.
Recycling – Separating waste is actually a great way to make money as recycling companies will buy recyclable goods off you. This can be done by hiring a smaller skip which you can use to store recyclable goods in. What’s more, this will also help alleviate extra landfill tax costs.
Choose sustainable options – One of the best ways to minimise waste and save money, in the long run, is to invest in sustainable options like reusable containers, paperless operations and using recycled materials. All of these will mean that less waste is generated, meaning that you don’t need to hire as many skips.
Sell old furniture and reuse pieces – Selling furniture that you are planning on throwing out is a great way to make some extra cash on the side of your business. Also, instead of buying new furniture altogether, see if you can source second hand or upcycle the old pieces.
Black Country Skip Hire: Budget Skips in the West Midlands
Here at Black Country Skip Hire, we pride ourselves on offering both fast and affordable skip hire options for domestic and commercial properties from Cannock to Dudley. We can offer a variety of different skip sizes, delivered to your door quickly and efficiently.
Our 25 years of experience, as well as being a friendly and family-run company makes our service second to none. To find out more about our skip hire options, simply give us a call today.