FAQ's

What trade bodies are Groundskips members of?

All of our accreditation’s can be found at the bottom of the page. We are an accredited contractor with CHAS. Members of RoSPA, The Royal Society for the prevention of Accidents and ISO qualified across a number of areas.

Do you offer a wait and load service?

Yes you get 30 minutes included in the price of the skip.

How do I arrange for the skip to be emptied?

You can call our office or book an exchange on our website.

How do I stop fly tipping in my skip?

We would suggest hiring an enclosed skip with a lid.

How high can I fill the skip?

By law you MUST NOT over-fill your skip. To ensure the skip is safe to transport, you must ensure that it is not filled past the top of the sides. Over-filled skips will not be taken under any circumstances. If you are unsure YOU MUST ASK THE DRIVER before you start to fill your skip.

How long can I keep a skip for?

Generally speaking, we provide you with a skip for up to 2 weeks. When you want your skip removed please contact us to arrange collection. If you think that you’ll need it for longer, please get in touch to discuss this with our team.

How much space do I need for delivery/what access is required?

As a guide we would ask for 9-10 feet width on the entrance to a driveway to allow the skip lorry to get in. However, it may be possible for the skip to be dropped onto the driveway from the entrance to the property. We can put skips over walls and hedges, but they must be no higher than 3ft.

How soon can I get my skip?

We require 24 hours’ notice but can sometimes fit you in the same day.

My driveway isn’t large enough, can it go on the road?

We can arrange a skip permit for you to place the skip on the road or public land.

Do I need a permit?

If you’re planning to place the skip on your own private land, you won’t need a permit. If you intend to have it situated on a road or on other public land, you’ll probably need a permit. In many cases, we can apply for the permit on your behalf, although some local authorities require that you contact them yourself to arrange one.

What can and can’t go in a skip?

We have a full description of what can and can’t go in a skip over on our page here. If you are still unsure or have some special requirements please contact the office on 0800 111 4011.

What size skip should I hire?

  • 4 yard small skip A small skip holds 4 cubic yards and is perfect for small kitchen and bathroom refurbishment jobs.
  • 6 yard small builders skip A ‘6 yarder’ is one of the most common skip sizes and is great for DIY or building projects such as removing a medium sized kitchen.
  • 8 yard large builders skip The 8 yard skip is the most widely used skip size and is the biggest skip available for heavy waste such as concrete, soil and rubble. Common uses include residential refurbishment projects, shop refits and office clearances.
  • 12 yard skip Maxi skips are used for bulky refurbishment works or large house clearances. They cannot be used for heavy waste as the skip lorry would not be able to legally carry it. Because of it’s larger dimensions, some councils will not allow it to be put on the road, so you will need to make room for it in your garden or driveway.

Where do you deliver to?

Ground Skips provide skip hire delivery in North London, West London, Hertfordshire and St Albans. You can find a full list of specific areas here.

Where is the skip waste taken to?

Waste is taken to our Waste Transfer Stations and segregated into its different categories by a process of screening and picking. This then enables the different materials to be taken to various selected locations for reprocessing and re-use, further reducing the use of landfill sites.

Will a heavy skip damage my driveway?

Some driveways, block paved & soft tarmac, are susceptible to damage it is advisable to place down protection to put the skip on in some cases.