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Annual Face Lift Skip Transportation

Rubbish skips come in all shapes and sizes but due to the nature of the product and what they are used for, they will almost certainly get abused on sites whilst being filled up and they end up looking battered and beaten and very sorry for themselves – unfortunately they don’t stay looking shiny and new for long!

Our customer is a skip supplier and waste management company who are very aware of image as well as safety. Once a year they have a sort out of their damaged and abused skips and if they think they are salvageable and not beyond repair, will send them off over their Christmas shut down period for refurbishment and a bit of a face-lift.

Before Christmas (We’ve been busy – we don’t even down tools between Christmas and New Year!) we sent two of our artic flatbed trailers into our customers premises on the South Coast to each collect a full load of tatty sorry looking skips, not the best looking load in the world but due to their stack-ability a nice easy safe load never the less. Once loaded, they were transported overnight up the M1 to their destination near Alfreton in Derbyshire.


In general skips are commonly used to hold open-topped loads of construction and demolition waste, garden waste or other waste and litter types. The construction debris may originate from a building, renovation or demolition site; building supplies can be delivered to a site in a skip that is later used to remove waste so cutting down on transport costs. Skips are also used for various cleaning out jobs that need material to be taken away, and at factories producing large quantities of scrap metal. The material in the skip may be taken to a landfill, recycled or recovered/disposed of in some other way. There are a wide range of uses of skip bins including constructions, building, home renovations, handyman maintenance or repair projects, garden or green clean up.

Skip hire companies typically print “level fill” on the side of skips to instruct users that the contents should not fill or have contents showing above the height of the sides of the skip. This is in part for safety, so that contents do not fall out posing a risk to passers-by and is also aimed at maximising revenue for the skip hire company. Many tradesmen and builders will make use of what are termed “greedy boards”, old doors and other scrap sheet based material, to artificially heighten the sides of the skip and thus get more value for money for tradesmen or builders. If they do that, the skip hire providers will charge them an extra fee as the skip will be classed as overloaded, so the only winners are the skip hire companies.

If you have something out of the ordinary that you want transporting, why not pick up the phone and call us on 0800 915 23 23 to discuss it with us further. Alternatively, use one of our online forms and we will get back to you.