Skip or Tip – What’s the best option for you?

Posted on 27th April 2016

When it comes to disposing of household, garden, or construction waste, there are quite a few different options available – but which one you choose can depend on a lot of different factors.

From the type and size of the waste you have to get rid of, through to your location, budget, and even local laws, there's a lot to consider when clearing out the rubbish from your home or garden, so it's worth taking the time to weigh up your choices.

The two main alternatives for most people will be skip hire and the local (often council-run) tip or recycling centre. To help you to know which is best for you – skip or tip – we're going to run through the pros and cons of each option and help you decide which to choose before you start your next project or clear-out.

Types of Waste
Depending on what sort of waste you're disposing of, you might find that some skip companies and some tips and recycling centres won't accept it.

Most councils and local authorities publish lists online of what they'll accept (a quick Google should bring it up), and most skip hire companies will let you know before you book. You can view our list by clicking here - what can go in a skip?

There are also certain types of waste that many skip companies and tips won't or can't accept – either because they're too difficult to dispose of, breach environmental laws, or they simply lack the facilities to treat it. For some of these items, like tyres, paint, and some electronics, there are usually council-run collection schemes available, or the opportunity to sell or donate the waste to shops, garages or traders – so it's always worth asking around before you throw those old paint cans back in the shed.

You'll usually find that the tip is better suited to bulky items like furniture and white goods, things that can be carried easily enough (once you've recruited some friends), and items that won't mess up the inside of your car like construction or garden waste would – things that you should hire a skip for.

Location
For many people the local tip or recycling centre will be just a short car journey away. But when that journey takes you some distance becomes down winding country lanes, and when you need to make more than one trip, you may begin to look for alternatives.

While it's true that most of us will have access to a tip or recycling centre in our area, actually getting there isn't always practical – especially for people who live in rural areas. Luckily, many skip hire companies, AMA Skip Hire included, provide either nationwide service or will service large areas of the countryside.

Saving you the time, hassle and fuel cost of travelling to and from a tip, and allowing you to dispose of far more than the tiny free allowance that many tips offer, skip hire is a great alternative for people without easy access to a tip.

AMA Skip Hire offers nationwide coverage, and by visiting www.amaskiphire.co.uk and clicking on the "Locations" menu, you can view all the areas that we cover, and find local phone numbers to call.




Price
As well as avoiding the hassle of a long trip to the dump, skip hire can also save you money if you have a large volume of waste to dispose of.

Many tips and recycling centres will often give you a small allowance – one boot-load of waste a week, for example - which is perfect for long, slow projects, or people looking to just clear out small parts of their home.

For bigger jobs, though, the cost of visiting the tip can quickly rise. Unless you're willing to hire a van and enlist friends and family to help with the heavy lifting, local councils regularly charge between £20 and £40 for collecting bulky items from your home, and some even charge similar rates if you deliver the item to the dump yourself.

Ultimately, the cost of waste disposal depends on what waste you have and how much of it there is – large amounts of waste are best suited to a skip, but if you're just getting rid of the occasional small load, you might be better off heading to the tip.

The Law
The laws around waste management can be very strict, and anyone caught breaking the law faces hefty fines, no matter where they live in the UK. Some of the biggest fines that you could be handed result from incorrect disposal of waste, and from fly-tipping.

Fly-tipping fines can be easily avoided by not fly-tipping (obviously!) and making sure that your waste is always being handled by registered professionals, whether that's the local council or a waste disposal company. Many people have been struck with large fines in the past because they trusted third parties with their waste, who then dumped it illegally.

Fines from incorrectly disposing of waste (such as deliberately, or accidentally, mixing hazardous waste in with household waste) can also be avoided by relying on professional help. Just as recycling centre staff will be on hand to guide you in how to dispose of your waste correctly, AMA Skip Hire staff can fully explain the rules and regulations to you when you book, and check your waste thoroughly before disposal to ensure that you're not breaking any laws.

Which option wins in the legal stakes depends mostly on who you trust more – the council or the skip company – and whether you think you're likely to need the skip company's help to make sure you're obeying the law.

It's worth noting that keeping a skip on the road or on private land can require a permit, but all good skip hire companies (us included) can arrange those for you.

You can find out more about the rules of skip hire by reading our complete guide to skip hire - just click the image below.





Ease of Use
Regardless of how much either the skip or tip costs, you will quite rightly want to use the option that is easiest and most convenient for you – and as with all the other considerations, there are pros and cons to each option.

For most people, skip hire is the most flexible and sensible option – the skip is delivered to your door at a time and date that suits you, you can have it for as long as you need it, and you won't risk messing up the inside of your car with bags of garden rubbish or sacks of rubble. Opting for skip hire also means that you can't fall foul of council regulations, you can dispose of as much waste as you need, and you can shop around for cheap skip deals.

On the other hand, people who live in flats can often find it better value to visit their local tip, especially for smaller jobs, rather than pay for the necessary permits to keep their skip on public land. Generally speaking, as we've said above, taking your waste to the tip will often be a good option if you have only very little waste to get rid of, and if you're confident that you won't need to pay any fines or fees.


If you want to find out more about all the skip hire services we offer, and how we can help you with different waste types, skip sizes, skip permits, and much more, call us today on 0330 660 0825