Almost everyone will be familiar with the site of a skip in a driveway or on a building site, but unless you work in the construction or building industry, you may not have any experience when it comes to hiring one. Skips come in many different sizes and formats, from mini skips to four or five-yard midi skips, roll on roll off models and larger, 20-yard volume skips.
While the type and size of skip you need will depend on the job in hand, a midi skip is the ideal choice in a wide range of situations. Whether you’re planning a room renovation, garden clear out or a house move, see below for our handy guide to why a midi skip is the perfect size.
What is a midi skip?
A midi skip is a medium-sized skip which comes in an average size of three to four cubic yards in volume, and they can hold a weight limit of approximately three tons. This translates into enough space to hold around 35-45 full black bin bags of waste or 18 wheelbarrow loads of soil. They’re an ideal choice for projects including house clearances, bathroom or kitchen refits, garden clearance or smaller construction projects.
They can also easily fit into the space of a private driveway, making them ideal for DIY projects or home renovations. Some larger midi skips also come with a convenient drop door, which allows wheelbarrows of soil, rubble or other waste to be easily dumped inside.
The benefits of choosing a midi skip
Before you choose the right skip size for you, it’s worth considering the type of waste going into it. While skip sizes are clearly labelled with the volume of waste they can hold, a bulky item like an old wooden table will take up more space than bin bags full of soft waste. Unless you have a way to break down old furniture or larger items, you may need a bigger skip than you think.
Having said that, a midi skip is in most cases the perfect in-between size for domestic or smaller construction projects and there are many benefits to be gained from choosing this type of skip. To find out more about why a midi skip is such a good choice, see our guide below.
It saves money
Most private skip hire firms offer free collection and delivery services, so you won’t have to spend money hiring a vehicle to transport the skip yourself. Hire rates are often very reasonable too and you can hire the skip for as long or as little as you need it, depending on your budget and requirements.
As mentioned above, most companies will pick up and drop off a skip on your behalf, all you need to do is schedule a time to suit you. Hiring a midi skip also saves you the time and effort of driving back and forth to a rubbish tip. Save the hassle (and mess) of loading up your car with bags of waste and choose skip hire instead.
You don’t need permission from the council
In the majority of cases, choosing a midi sized skip means that you won’t need to obtain a skip hire permit from the council. A permit is necessary if you’re planning on placing the skip on a public road or highway, but a midi skip can comfortably fit on most private driveways so a permit is not necessary.
While permits aren’t too expensive, it’s still a useful saving to make if your budget is tight. If you do require a permit, you’ll need to apply at least four working days before the skip needs to be placed on the road. You can apply through your local council website and you’ll also need third party insurance to protect against damages. One skip is allowed per every 20 metre stretch of highway and the skip must be positioned in a way that does not obstruct other road users.
It’s the ideal size for home renovations
If you’re planning a home renovation like a new bathroom or kitchen, then a midi skip is the perfect size to hold all of your building waste and old furniture. Even if you’re only redoing one room, a full renovation can produce a lot more rubbish than you might think, so it’s best to overestimate and choose a midi, rather than a mini, skip.
In most cases, you can also place your midi skip on your driveway, so there’s no long walk or drive when it comes to throwing away your bags of waste. While skips can hold many different types of waste, including wood, metal, furniture, bricks and plastic, they cannot accept electrical equipment, fridge freezers or fluorescent tubes so you’ll need to make further arrangements if these types of waste are involved.
It’s environmentally friendly
Choosing professional skip hire is the best way to make sure that your waste is being recycled in an environmentally friendly way. Skip hire companies almost always have their own waste management and disposal solutions, as well as processes to ensure that as much waste as possible is recycled.
Instead of taking several trips to a landfill site or throwing all your waste away, hire a midi skip and have the peace of mind that your rubbish removal is being dealt with in an environmentally friendly way.
Ideal for smaller construction projects
If you’re planning a smaller or residential construction project, chances are that you won’t need a large skip for your rubbish. Even so, you’ll still need somewhere to collect your waste and a midi skip is the ideal size. Larger skips like the roll-on roll-off variety are best suited for projects on building sites, but the medium-sized midi skip can easily fit on a domestic driveway or smaller building site. As mentioned above, in most cases you won’t need a skip permit either, saving you money if budgets are tight.
The perfect size for garden waste
If you’re planning on clearing out your garden then a midi skip is the ideal size for your garden waste. As mentioned above, many skip companies also offer recycling and waste disposal services, so hiring a skip will ensure that all of your green waste is collected and disposed of in an eco-friendly way. Soil, leaves and twigs can also be messy, so avoid the risk of soiling spilling in your car or home by throwing everything into a skip.
If you’re looking for professional and reliable midi or mini skip hire for your next project, get in touch with the team at Paul Riddel Skips Ltd. Our four-yard open midi skips are perfect for domestic projects such as kitchen refits and can hold approximately three tons of waste. If you’re in need of something larger, we also offer eight-yard open maxi skips, plus rubbish collection and waste disposal solutions for scrap metal, hazardous waste, asbestos and farm waste.
We can also arrange any necessary council permits on your behalf and offer delivery and collection services to your door at a time convenient for you. With flexible quotes and a professional service to suit domestic and commercial projects, give us a call today or visit our website to find out how we can help.