Frequently Asked Questions

Hiring a skip for the first time may seem complicated, but Excel are here to make it a simple task. There are lots of questions we get asked many times over, so to help you we have listed the most popular below. If these don't answer your questions then please call 0208 507 7696 and our friendly staff will be happy to help.

What size skip do I need?

Please see our size guide under the skip sizes section which will give you 'a close as possible measurement'. Unless ground space is limited, try and go for a slightly larger skip as you will be surprised at how quickly your skip will fill up.

What can / can't I put into a skip?

Skips should be used to dispose of inert, non-hazardous waste i.e wood, bricks, metal, earth, household furniture, chairs, sofas to name a few. We are unable to accept asbestos, fridges, fridge freezers, gas bottles and tyres. If you have any queries about these items please contact our offices where a member of the team would be happy to assist you.

How full can the skip be?

Skips must be level loaded (please note this is painted on every skip) - i.e they must not be filled above the edge of the skip. This is to ensure safe transportation. It is illegal to overfill a skip.

Where can I put the skip?

If it is on private property, then virtually anywhere the lorry can reach. Some of our lorries have 'extending arms' allowing us to drop skips in places other companies can't! (please request a lorry with extending arms on booking a skip). If the skip is going to be placed on the road then we will need space for the lorry to park in order to drop the skip directly behind it.

Do I need a skip permit?

If the skip is going on the public highway then yes. If a permit cannot be obtained and no private land is available then we can offer a Wait and Load service. Please view the skip permits section to check permit prices as they vary.

How quick can I get a skip?

Same day if it's going on private land or if it's going on the road some permits can take up to 3 days (please note each council varies so please view the skip permit section).

What are your drop off / collection times?

Our working hours are 7am - 4pm Monday to Friday Saturday 7am - 1pm.

How long can I keep a skip for?

Skips can be kept for up to 4 weeks although if you need it longer please call the office to discuss your needs. If any questions haven't been answered please call 0208 507 7696.