How do I place an order for a skip?

Call our dedicated skip hire team on 0800 731 3332 to organise delivery, collection and the exchange of your skip or complete the contact request form and we will contact you. We will also be happy to advise you on any aspect of skip hire.

What size skip do I need?

Our skip sizes range from 4 cubic yards, 7/8 cubic yards and 12 cubic yards. To help you decide, remember that one large skip will be more cost effective than 2 small skips. Skips must be level-loaded for safety reasons. You can only put light waste into the larger skips. As a guide – a 4 yard skip can hold 30-40 bin-bags, a 7/8 yard skip can hold 60-80 bin-bags and a 12 yard skip can hold 100-120 bin-bags. This guide is based on light rubbish and not building material.

How much notice do I give?

We normally require 24 hours’ notice for deliveries, collections and exchanges. However, on some occasions, we can offer a same day service – depending on your location. For those who have time restrictions, we will try our best to fit within your schedule. We can also offer a ‘Wait & Load’ service where you fill the skip within half an hour while we wait – so Local Authority permission is not always needed. Extra time may be arranged if booked in advance.

How and when do I pay?

We accept credit and debit cards and payment is taken prior to the start of the hire.
If you wish to hire on a regular basis – there is the option to become an account holder with up to 30 days credit. Please ask for details about instant Account opening or Download our account form online on this website.

What waste can I put in the skip and what waste is not allowed?

Skips are suitable for inert waste or building materials like concrete or brick, wood, cardboard, metal, plastic, garden waste and general junk.

What you can’t put in a skip are the: Hazardous or toxic waste including Asbestos, Paint, Solvents or paint tins, Liquids, Japanese Knotweed, Fluorescent bulbs, Gas barrels, Batteries, Fridges or Freezers, TV’s or computer Monitors.

Where can I place the skip?

The skip can be placed on the road if the local council give authorisation in advance. This is via a permit or licence. We can, where possible, arrange for the permit for you, but in some cases, you may have to apply yourself – depending on the council’s requirements. A full list of permit and licence details are found on the link below.
We can place the skip on your property if we have the space to gain access and the room to put the skip down. (Again, in some cases, there are council restrictions in place) A skip Lorry needs a width of up to 9⅟2 feet depending of the kind of waste. If the skip only contains light waste, it may be possible for a smaller lorry to collect it. A mini-skip Lorry is 8 feet wide. Some drives (soft tarmac or paving) can sustain damage when placing or picking up a skip. Heavy skips may also potentially cause damage as stabilisation equipment may have to be used on collection. Please note that once you request our lorry to leave the public highway, you are taking responsibility for indemnifying any liabilities.

We can also offer a ‘Wait & Load’ service where you fill the skip within half an hour so Local Authority permission is not always needed.

Do I need a permit or licence?

The skip can be placed on road if the local council give authorisation in advance. In most areas, we as your skip hire company are responsible for getting skip licences, also sometimes called skip permits. However, in some boroughs you’ll need to do it yourself. Click on the link below for further details.

We can also offer a ‘Wait & Load’ service where you fill the skip within half an hour so Local Authority permission is not always needed. This section takes you back to the dedicated page.


Placing a skip on the pavement is not permitted. In most cases, you don’t need a skip licence if you’re putting the skip entirely on private land.

You may need to put safety lights and markings on or around the skip. This could include:

• traffic cones
• night-time safety lamps
• tarpaulin/plastic cover

Contact your local council to find exact rules for lights and markings in your area. Some councils will implement fines if you don’t put up the required safety lights and covers – these fines can be up to £1,000. All the relevant contact information can be found at the link below.

How can I dispose of hazardous waste?

Call our dedicated Hazardous Waste team on 0800 731 3332. They will be able to advise you on how to proceed if you have hazardous waste to dispose of. Hazardous waste includes:
Batteries, Asbestos, Chemical waste, Contaminated soil & stones, fridges, freezers, tyres, Fluorescent light bulbs / lighting, Toners, Paints or empty paint tins and Waste Oils.

Do I need a permit or licence?

The cost of the skip includes 7 days hire. If you need to keep the skip longer, please discuss with our dedicated team at the time of placing the order.

What happens to my waste?

When we collect the skip from site, it is taken to one of our Material Recycling Facilities. (A materials recycling facility is a specialized plant that receives, separates and prepares materials for recycling.) O’Donovan’s have invested hundreds of thousands of pounds in being able to take your waste, separate it all out and recycle/re-use the maximum amount possible. The contents are weighed, tipped and sorted through using a combination of automatic equipment and hand sorting. After the items are sorted, they are separated – for example: Large items such as furniture, mattresses and carpets and oversized bits of wood, and metal are removed and sent to separate bins for recycling. Cardboard, metal, newspaper, wood etc. are then sent to their next destination for further processing. Construction waste like bricks and rubble (also called ‘ recycled aggregates’) are crushed using state of the art equipment and graded as per the WRAP quality protocol before going on to be reused in construction projects. All of our recycled materials are graded and come with quality certification.

While landfill has a role to play in waste management, it is the last resort in the hierarchy when it comes to disposing of waste – as it is the least efficient at recovering materials and energy from the waste stream. It also has the greatest environmental impact. By demonstrating excellence in environmental practice across the sector – O’Donovan Waste Disposal Ltd recycle an average of 95 per cent of all waste collected from its clients each month.