Step 1 - Location & Availability
Where would you like your Skip delivered?
Ballards Skip Hire
We use a database of over 2000 fully licenced Skip Hire companies throughout the UK, managed for environmental performance, price, locality and service.
Go to our Get a Skip Price section, fill out your details in 4 simple steps and we will pick the best local supplier to meet your requirements.
Whether you are looking for a skip for an on-going project or simply clearing out a home. We will aim to supply your skip anywhere in the UK.
We will always look to recycle your waste and avoid landfill, giving you peace of mind and reassurance that your waste is reprocessed and dealt with correctly.
Reduced risk via a robust audit trail, safeguarding your legal duty of care as a waste producer.
We understand that you need to run to budget, this is why we consistently check the market to make sure our prices are fairly and competitively priced.
Our Customer Service team is on hand, to provide guidance and answer any queries should you need to contact us.
Frequently asked questions, help and advice
Skip Sizes - Approximate Sizes
|Small||4 yard open||135cm (53")||92cm (36")||128cm (51")|
|Medium||6 yard open||170cm (67")||107cm (42")||183cm (72")|
|Large||8 yard open||170cm (67")||122cm (48")||201cm (79")|
|Extra Large||12 yard open||170cm (67")||183cm (72")||201cm (79")|
What can’t go in the skip?
Our skips are used for non-hazardous waste, listed below are a number of common waste streams that are not accepted in your skip.
|Gas Bottles & cylinders|
|Other Hazardous Waste (Paint Tins, Oils, Petrol, Diesel, Aerosols & Mastic Tubes)|
|Fridges, Freezers & Other Electrical Waste (Microwaves & TVs)*|
|Food or Food Contaminated Packaging|
|More than 1 Roll of Carpet|
|Upholstered seating that may contain POPs|
In 2009 a change to regulations dictating how we dispose of plasterboard was implemented, this means the disposal of gypsum which is the main raw material of plasterboard could no longer be mixed with biodegradable waste.
The cost to reprocess tyres is much more than your average general waste item and most waste carriers will charge per unit.
Asbestos is classed as hazardous waste falling under The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. Due to the risk associated to asbestos, it requires specialist handling and disposal. If you want to dispose of asbestos please seek guidance from a local specialist.
The Waste Batteries & Accumulators Regulations 2009 was introduced for guidance around handling, treatment and disposal. Distributors (such as supermarkets) of small batteries are obligated under the regulation to also provide disposal for domestic in stores. The type and quantity of battery that you wish to dispose of will dictate the necessary handling and disposal process, please obtain further guidance.
Due to the small amount of mercury contained within Flo-Tubes (Fluorescent Tubes) it is important to separate these from other general items. Households can often find options at their local household recycling centres, for businesses and other users, there are many companies that provide a drop off facilities for Fluorescent Tubes.
Other Hazardous Waste such as paint tins, oils, aerosols & mastic tubes
Waste that is considered hazardous under environmental legislation containing substances potentially harmful to health are also prohibited from your skip. There is a variety of options available locally depending on the type of wastes you wish to dispose of.
Although not hazardous, mattresses can be both difficult and costly to reprocess. Across the UK, recycling rates for mattresses are still very low, please consider your local household facility should you be a member of the public, or seek advise from a local supplier to ensure they can process mattresses should you be a business or other user.
Fridges, Freezers & other electrical waste such as Microwaves & TVs
The WEEE Directive (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) was set up to better manage electrical waste within the waste industry. Should your waste item/s have a crossed out wheelie bin symbol, or in simple terms requires electricity to operate, please take to your household recycling centre and if you’re a business or other user (such as a school or hospital), please contact a specialist disposal company in the area.
Food or Food Contaminated Packaging
Food waste requires separate collection & treatment to prevent it from contaminating other, recyclable wastes. For this reason, we are unable to collect food or food contaminated packaging.
More than 1 Roll of Carpet
Most suppliers will accept 1x roll/room of carpet. If there are additional quantities of this waste type we must check with the supplier before booking. Additional charges may apply.
Upholstered seating that may contain POPs
Most suppliers will accept soft furnishings however due to a change in legislation in 2023 on how upholstered seating can be disposed of the following items may not always be accepted in our mixed waste skips: sofas, sofa beds, armchairs, kitchen and dining room chairs, stools and foot stools, home office chairs, futons, bean bags, floor and sofa cushions. Please let us know upon ordering to see if we can accommodate the removal of these items.
If in doubt, please get in touch with a member of the team via our Contact us section.*Waste types accepted by our Rubbish removal service.
When filling your skip, start with any heavy bulky items first, laying them flat and working up from the bottom of the skip, saving any small, loose items for the end. Items like chairs and tables produce a lot of void space, consider safely breaking down these items and other waste such as cardboard boxes to maximise the space in your skip. Make sure your skip is level loaded once complete, this means the waste doesn’t pass the skip walls. The driver allocated to collect your skip will decline to take it and need to return another day once you’ve “level loaded” it.
Consider access before you order your skip
Think about where your skip will be positioned before placing your order and how the lorry will obtain access. Narrow roads leading to the property, gates and drive ways could pose an issue if they’re small. Skip lorries with a full skip load can often weigh approximately 15 tonnes, this can place a lot of strain on driveways, especially when removing a full skip. Make special instructions to us during your order if there is anything we need to consider before arriving.
We will aim to have your skip delivered on your preferred delivery date, however in some very rare instances we may not be able to achieve this date. We will notify you of a change to this delivery date via email or SMS giving you freedom to adjust if necessary. If you would like next day delivery you need to order your skip before 10am.
Please ensure you leave correct contact details so our drivers can call ahead if there is a problem.
This is the process of swapping a skip full of waste for an empty skip, to then be used again. An exchange can be requested on an existing delivered order.
You can choose your collection date upon ordering, this can be adjusted in the "My Account" section.
Upon collection there needs to be a person present to sign for the Waste Transfer Note.
Where possible, we advise you to have your skip placed on private property, such as on a driveway. If this isn’t possible and you require the skip to be kept on the road/public highway, you will need a Road Permit. If you feel a Road Permit is needed, please include this in your quotation and the waste carrier will arrange this on your behalf through the local council. A charge of £70.00 Excluding VAT (£84 Including VAT) will be included within your quotation to cover the Road Permit for 1 month.
We will aim to get your skip as per your requested date, however please keep in mind that the terms around Road Permits differ from council to council, these changes might impact on your “Preferred Delivery Date”. We will notify you if there is a change to the delivery date via SMS and/or email.
Whilst placing your first order you will be guided to create a WasteOnline account. From here you can amend current orders, book exchanges or early collections.
We will aim to have your skip delivered on your preferred delivery date, however in some rare instances we may not be able to achieve this date. We will notify you of a change to this delivery date via email and/or SMS giving you the freedom to adjust this in the "My Account" section if necessary. If you would like next day delivery you must order your skip before 10am. All skips are subject to a maximum 2 week hire period. You will be asked to provide any skip delivery instructions or site access restrictions upon booking in addition to contact details so our drivers can call ahead if there is a problem.
This is the process of swapping a full skip for an empty skip. An exchange can be requested on any existing delivered order in the "My Account" section during the maximum 2 week hire period. During the Exchange there needs to be a person present to sign the Waste Transfer Note.
This is the complete removal of the skip following the maximum 2 week hire period. A removal date is chosen when booking a Delivery or Exchange. This can be adjusted in the "My Account" section. During the collection there needs to be a person present to sign the Waste Transfer Note.