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Unlocking the Secrets: The Ultimate 10-Step Guide to GB Skips’ Skip Hire Process

At GB Skips, we pride ourselves on providing a seamless and straightforward skip hire process for our clients in London. While our online booking system makes it easy for customers to hire a skip, there is a lot more happening behind the scenes. In this article, we will take you through the complete 10-step process of skip hire, from determining the right skip size to the ultimate destination of your waste.

Step 1: Finding the correct size for you.

The first step in the skip hire process is determining the appropriate size for your skip. Our handy skip size guide is a valuable resource as it breaks down the best skip size for different types of projects. We advise our clients to measure carefully and book the right skip size to avoid unnecessary costs. Hiring one skip that fits your requirements is more cost-effective than booking a smaller one and needing an additional container.

It’s worth noting that skips larger than eight yards, commonly known as builders’ skips, may not be suitable for all types of waste. If you’re unsure about the best solution for your needs, don’t hesitate to reach out to our friendly customer service team for guidance and clarification.


Step 2: Booking your Skip.

Once you have determined the appropriate skip size, it’s time to book your skip. At GB Skips, we offer a user-friendly online booking process that allows you to reserve a skip with just a few clicks. During the booking, you can specify any additional requirements, such as permits, by filling out a simple form.

However, if you prefer a more personalized approach or have specific questions, our customer service team is available to assist you over the phone. We understand that some inquiries may require direct communication with a human being, and we are here to help. 020 8501 0100


Step 3: Planning job on the system.

GB Skips utilizes advanced software to efficiently plan and schedule skip deliveries across London. During this step, all the details provided during the booking process, including the collection date, permit requirements, and special instructions, are entered into our system. This ensures a smooth delivery process without any complications or delays.


Step 4: Skip Delivery Day

On the scheduled delivery day, our highly trained drivers take pride in their ability to handle challenging drop-off locations, such as narrow alleys or barns. They utilize their HGV driving skills to position your skip in the most convenient spot for your work.


Step 5: Filling the skip with your waste.

Once the skip is in place, you can start filling it with your waste. Most household and garden waste are suitable for our skips, but there are certain items that cannot be placed in them. It’s essential to review the list of prohibited items before hiring a skip to ensure compliance with waste disposal regulations. Please note that our drivers are unable to assist you in filling the skip, so if you anticipate needing help, we recommend organizing additional assistance ahead of the delivery.


Step 6: Collection Day

When your 3-4 week hire period comes to an end, our team will collect the skip from your premises. If you haven’t finished filling the skip and require an extension, you can contact our office to arrange for an extended hire period. However, it’s important to adhere to the maximum fill height indicator, as our drivers are legally unable to collect a skip if the waste exceeds the indicated line.


Step 7: Back to GB Skips Yards

After collection, your waste is transported back to one of GB Skips’ two sites either Leyton or Hainault. We strategically grow our presence across London to minimize the distance our fuel-efficient lorries need to travel, thereby reducing our carbon footprint. Once the skips are offloaded, the recycling process begins.


Step 8: Processing / Sorting through the waste

Upon arrival at the site, the waste undergoes several stages of sorting before it can be sent for recycling. Initially, the largest pieces of waste, such as doors, furniture, and large wood pieces, are manually separated. The remaining waste goes through a conveyor belt and a flip flow screen, which refines pieces smaller than 10mm (referred to as “fines”) into a separate container. An overband magnetic separator is used to extract small metallic objects like screws and nails. Subsequently, the waste passes through an air classifier to separate lighter materials like paper and soft plastics, which can be further processed into fuel. The waste is then subjected to another round of manual sorting at the picking station to ensure recyclable items are not overlooked. Finally, the fines undergo a loss-on-ignition test to determine the amount of organic matter that can be cleaned and reused as soil.


Step 9:  Waste sent for processing.

After passing through GB Skips’ rigorous sorting line, the waste is ready to be sent for processing. Some items are further processed on-site, such as wood that is shredded to facilitate easier recycling.


Step 10: Resurrecting Waste for a Sustainable Future

If you’ve ever hired a skip from GB Skips, you may have encountered some of the waste you disposed of in new packaging or products. For example, wood chippings can be repurposed for animal bedding, while paper is pulped for reuse. We strive to maximize recycling and ensure that waste is reintroduced into the ecosystem in an environmentally conscious manner.

By following this comprehensive 10-step process, GB Skips ensures that your skip hire experience is efficient, environmentally responsible, and contributes to sustainable waste management practices.


Why choose GB Skips?

🌍 Environmentally friendly waste management solutions

🔬 Advanced recycling screening technology

♻️ Proper separation and recycling of all waste materials

📞 Excellent customer service and support

Take a step towards a greener future and make a positive impact on the environment. Contact GB Skips today and let us take care of your company’s waste, ensuring that it is recycled and repurposed in the most efficient way possible. Together, let’s create a cleaner and more sustainable world for future generations. Choose GB Skips and make a difference today!