As a family run business, with the surrounding community at the heart of our endeavors – Sheridan Skips, has been operating as a drop-off point for those wishing to donate vital supplies for Ukrainian Refugees.
Why Our Ukraine Appeal Matters
Following mass devastation across the country of Ukraine due to the conflict with Russia, millions of Ukrainian people have been displaced. Many Ukrainians had no choice but to flee their homes and jobs, leaving their belongings and everything they knew behind.
With an influx of Ukrainian refugees across Europe trying to rebuild their lives the best they can, donations are incredibly valuable to them. Consequently, the Sheridan Skips team decided to utilise our resources to enable us to act as a drop-off point for those looking to donate items to Ukrainian refugees.
Local Communities with a Big Heart
The communities of Lancashire and Greater Manchester didn’t hold back in showing love and support for the people of Ukraine, with a large number of donations from people around the North West region.
The Sheridan Skips team decided to spread awareness by collaborating with our Lancashire based Marketing Agency, The Hatch.
The Hatch designed and produced dedicated posters and distributed them around the village of Sabden, where their headquarters is located.
Thanks to their support further propelling the fundraiser to new heights, an abundance of generous donations were delivered including items such as camping equipment, baby clothes, bedding/sleeping bags, toiletries and more.
Sheridan Skips’ CEO, Anthony Sheridan, commented: “I’m absolutely thrilled with the success of the Ukraine Appeal so far, and incredibly grateful to everyone who has donated to it. It is our hope that these donations will be able to help the people of Ukraine, following such traumatic events.”
Support our Ukraine Appeal
As the war continues to displace Ukrainians, Sheridan Skips is committed to continuing to support them with continuation of our Ukraine Appeal.
To find out more information about the Sheridan Skips Ukraine Appeal, you can call a member of the team on 0161 647 7668.
When hiring a skip, one extremely important aspect to consider and determine is whether you need to get a skip permit. However, getting to grips with skip permits, licenses, and legislation can feel like a daunting task if you are not familiar with the waste removal industry.
However, it doesn’t have to be as complicated as it sounds – Sheridan Skips is on hand to assist you throughout every step of the waste removal process.
Skip Permits – What Are They and Do I Need One?
According to The Highways Act 1980, skips cannot be placed on a public highway without permission from Highway Network Management. In giving their permission, the Highway Authority will ensure that all skips are placed safely, posing no danger to traffic and pedestrians travelling around it. Thus, if you wish to keep a skip on a public road, it is a legal requirement for you to apply for and retain a skip permit.
You won’t require a skip permit if you are keep your skip on private roads, driveways, or any other private property. When it comes to un-adopted roads it’s always best to double-check, even though these roads do not have to be maintained by the Highway Authority.
All applications are directed to the local governing authority, which is the local city or county council.
Before applying for a skip permit, consider the following key points to increase your chances of the permit being successful:
The skip will not be placed on double-yellow lines
No utility access points should be blocked or covered
If drives will be blocked, you should have written permission from the property owners
Whether the skip meets the necessary criteria to be left overnight unattended
Once receiving your application, the authority will consider a variety of factors, including:
How wide the road is and how safe it would be to place the skip on said road
How busy the road is and whether the skip may cause a significant obstruction, adding to the traffic
How close the skip will be to the property
Any dangers that the skip may cause
Cross-checking against scheduled road maintenance to ensure that no roadworks will coincide with the duration the skip is placed on the road
Permission may be granted unconditionally, or it may be subject to specified terms and conditions, such as:
Location details – it should not block the pavement, any crossroads or junctions, access to property, or too much of the road, and should not reduce visibility for drivers.
The maximum size of the skip allowed onsite – typically an 8-yard builder’s skip, which is the most common skip used for domestic properties.
How to ensure the skip is visible – skips must be visible to drivers and pedestrians even in the dark.
The disposal of the contents – the contents of the skip should be disposed of safely and appropriately.
How many days on the highway the skip is allowed to stay – skips must be removed on or before the date of the permit’s expiry.
Additional terms and conditions may apply, depending on the individual circumstances of your situation.
The price and conditions of the application vary from council to council. For example, in Manchester companies must provide insurance details that prove possession of public liability insurance of at least £10 million, plus a certified waste carrier license, and pay £128 upfront. The permit is then issued by Highway Network Management – you can contact Highways with any complaints or questions about applications and permits.
What is Covered by Your Skip Permit?
As a skip permit holder, you will be entitled to keep your skip on the road outside your property for the agreed term, allowing you to fill it to the brim with the items you wish to dispose of.
However, a skip permit does not just pertain to the location of the skip – in order to be granted a license, the skip company will be required to prove they hold a waste carrier license. This means that, once you are done with the skip, you can then remove it from the road and be rest assured that the items in your skip will be disposed of effectively.
In addition to this, your neighbours or passers-by are well within their rights to report a skip that they think might be unlicensed, either by calling the skip company directly or by reporting it to the local council or government over the phone or via a feedback form platform. If the skip gets reported, then enforcement officers will be dispatched to investigate the matter.
As skip permits are a way to ensure public safety is maintained, being caught using a skip without a license may result in a hefty fine. The same applies if you are caught breaking any of the terms and conditions of your permit. In some cases, this can cause the permit to be rescinded effective immediately.
Fines for unlicensed skips are most typically issued to the skip company that is named on the side of the skip. However, in some cases, it is the requirement of the council that the customer organises the permit. In these cases, the skip hire company can pass the fine down to the customer.
Thus, it is good practice to always check that a valid permit is in place for your skip, whether it was your requirement to acquire it or not. This will ensure that neither you nor the hire company will be fined by the Highways Authority or your local council.
If you are completely new to skip permits, and you think you may have been using a skip that you should have got licensed, don’t panic. If you simply forgot or didn’t know, apply for a skip permit immediately.
You will receive a monetary penalty, plus the upfront cost to backdate the skip permit to when you first placed it on the street; however, this will be a lot less hefty than the fine you will receive if you are caught without a license.
This does not just refer to skips – you still need a skip license for other waste removal containers, such as a skip bag or a Hippo bag, if they are to be located on a public highway. It is also worth noting that these bags come with additional terms and conditions relating to the waste that can be disposed of in them, prohibiting certain hazardous items and heavy objects.
Another instance where you might not realise you need a skip permit is if you opt for a one load service, where the skip arrives and leaves within a day. Even if the skip is only on the public highway for a single day, it can still pose a danger to the public, and thus you will still be legally required to purchase a skip permit.
Frequently Asked Skip Permit Questions
Applying for a skip permit for the first time doesn’t always have to be a daunting task. To assist you in your journey, our experts have collated and answered some of our most frequently asked questions about skip permits.
How long does a skip permit last?
The license period of a skip permit depends on two factors – how long you need the skip license for, and how long the council are willing to grant it for. This means that a skip permit can significantly vary from anything between 1 week to 28 days, depending on the situation.
If you require the skip for longer than this, you may be able to contact the council in advance to discuss a longer-term solution. Otherwise, permits can be extended for an additional fee. You can find more information about this below.
The term as to which the permit is granted should be stuck to at all time, as if you exceed the duration of the skip permit without notifying the relevant council or applying for an extension, then you will face the risk of a fine or the permit being revoked.
Where do I get a skip permit from?
A skip permit should be obtained from the relevant local council – that is, the legislative authority where the skip is to be situated, and thus the owner of the public road. In some cases, it is the responsibility of skip companies, or your chosen skip hire business, to obtain the license. In others, filling out the application form is up to the property owner to apply for skip licenses and permits.
The license fee of a skip permit varies from council to council. Some municipalities may charge a set price per skip, whereas others may charge per skip, per week. The license cost might also take into account other fees for skips, such as single parking bay suspension fees, comprehensive parking suspension fees, or a parking permit when the skip is to be placed in a controlled parking zone, in accordance with the relevant council safety restrictions.
In these cases, you may have to apply separately for a parking suspension permit from the council’s parking services team. Though this will not directly affect the cost of skip permits themselves, this can increase the overall fees for skips on the whole.
What happens if I forget to get a skip permit?
If you forget to get a skip permit, and thus have possession of an unlicensed skip, you can receive a monetary fine, plus the cost to backdate the permit to the time you started using it. It is up to the issuing council in respect to how much this fine might be.
Can I renew my skip permit?
If you have a valid skip license that is about to expire, you can pay an additional fee to renew your permit for up to another 28 days, depending on the highway authority. If it has already expired, you will need to apply for a new permit as soon as possible to avoid incurring any fines.
Can someone else complain about my skip permit?
Members of the public might contact highway network management to make a complaint if you are violating the terms and conditions of your permit. These conditions will be stipulated by your local council when issuing your permit.
Terms and conditions can include the need for safety lights, reflective markings, traffic cones, contact details of the skip company, and that the skip is not blocking the pavement. If these terms are violated, you can be fined up to £1,000.
Can my skip permit be revoked?
Your permit can be revoked if you fail to comply with the terms and conditions of your skip license, such as location, dimensions, visibility, lighting, or not using a suitable rubbish clearance service. Even if it is not revoked, you may incur a hefty fine instead.
For many, the COVID-19 pandemic has been an opportunity to sort out home improvement projects for which they had previously lacked the time. And, of course, the downside of this is finding suitable disposal for the large amounts of waste that projects like these generate; however, in Manchester and the surrounding areas like Oldham and Trafford, you can easily book a skip online to prepare for your next spring clean or renovation project.
Hiring a Skip for Bulky Items
The Cambridge Dictionary defines spring cleaning as cleaning “all of a place, especially your house, very well, including parts you do not often clean”. To spring clean can also simply mean “to organise something, getting rid of the things you do not need”.
Unfortunately, though, some objects up for disposal can pose the problem of finding adequate removal. For example, while paper waste like newspaper, cardboard and paper packaging is unlikely to be overly arduous to handle, your heart may understandably sink if, during your annual spring clean, you decide it’s finally time to get rid of a sofa or chair that is damaged beyond repair. How are you supposed to get rid of that?
Plenty of other possibilities abound. Perhaps a son or daughter has recently moved out of the home, leaving behind a bed and bedside table you no longer have a practical use for. Alternatively, your microwave or vacuum cleaner might have permanently broken – leading you to buy a new one whilst remaining stumped about how to dispose of the old one, which you might not be able to sell.
The situation could be even worse if you have accumulated a wide range of waste as a result of undertaking DIY work in your home. You could currently have surplus plasterboard, bricks, mortar and glass strewn about various rooms.
Even if a skip permit is granted, you would only be able to use it for the specific skip you are hiring and exactly where and when the applicant has said they seek to place it. However, if the permit application succeeds, you would be able to start filling your skip to the brim.
What could you fill it with? We have already mentioned quite a few examples – but others include doors, fridge freezers, cookers and mattresses at an additional charge. Rest assured that, whatever type of household waste you want to get rid of, we have a suitable size of skip available.
An Environmentally Friendly Way to Dispose of Waste
When people do resort to fly-tipping, it is often due to the perceived ‘hassle’ of finding a site that indeed has a licence to accept waste. However, fly-tipping is a short-sighted approach that comes at a huge cost to the planet.
For example, if the waste includes dangerous chemicals, these could contaminate the soil and, as a possible consequence, harm local wildlife. This nonchalant method of waste disposal can also inconvenience locals and even risk their health by attracting flies and pests.
Once we have retrieved the skip from your home, the container will be taken to a local waste transfer station so that staff there can closely examine the contents. Some of these could be recyclable – in which case, they will eventually be sent to a local recycling centre.
However, the skip could also potentially be found to contain hazardous materials, such as asbestos, batteries or medical waste. As it would be dangerous for materials like these to be left on a landfill site, our team will make sure they are delivered to a more appropriate place.
Household waste you would be able to transfer to the skip include furniture, plastic bottles, paper, cardboard and clothes. However, not all of your home’s waste could be from inside the building proper…
Examples include grass, flowers, hedge cuttings, weeds and bark – any of which a specialist company would be able to turn into compost. This, in turn, could be used to nourish soil and so help plants to grow – a great way garden ‘waste’ can be seamlessly returned to the earth.
Save Time and Effort
You might be well aware of the importance of taking various eco-friendly measures but – understandably, given the fast pace of modern life – lack enough time to research everything you should do to reduce the strain your waste disposal methods place on the planet.
Such repeated journeys could initially seem necessary if, say, you have pursued a major construction project at your home and amassed an awful lot of waste as a result. However, if renovation projects are a common thing at your property, we can help to significantly lower the average time it would take you to (responsibly) clear waste materials from your residence after the renovation work.
As we have previously mentioned, you could need a skip licence if you don’t have any particular private land on which the skip could be placed for as long as you need it. However, in many instances, obtaining this licence can be surprisingly straightforward.
The application will be sent to the local authority, who will assess it on the strength of various safety factors, such as how wide and busy the road is and therefore whether the skip could cause a major obstruction there. Also taken into account will be the skip’s proximity to the property.
You could be fined if you hire a skip for which a permit is not in place. Also, even once a skip permit has been granted, particular terms and conditions will apply to its usage – and our friendly team can easily guide you on these if any terms have left you confused.
Hire a Skip for Your Spring Clearout Today!
We offer a wide range of skip sizes – from four cubic yards, which can hold about 30-50 full bin bags, to 16 cubic yards, which are capable of accommodating as many as 170-200 bin bags full of household waste. If you are unsure which skip size would be best for your particular needs, please phone us on 0161 647 7668. When you feel ready, you can click here to book a skip online.
If you have a long history of overseeing refurbishment, remodeling and renovation projects, you are probably all too familiar with the arduous experience of taking repeated trips to the tip to offload the tonnes of waste generated as a result of property improvement work.
In your case, perhaps the work in question has been a domestic project, like fitting out a new kitchen or bathroom, or one of the commercial projects often appealing to businesses – such as repainting an office in new colours as part of a rebranding exercise.
Naturally, you need to find legal means of waste disposal – but taking your waste to a tip, otherwise known as a landfill site, can have a wide range of drawbacks in itself. Tips are so busy that you may need to wait in a long queue before you can even start manually loading and unloading your vehicle.
This loading and unloading can also be time-draining – especially if you have a large number of bulky items that need transferring. Depending on the amount of waste you have in total, you could also find yourself needing to make multiple trips even when all of this waste has come about due to just one building project.
Fortunately, for both domestic and commercial customers, we provide skip hire in Manchester as well as surrounding areas like Bury, Tameside and Ashton-under-Lyne. While finding a solution for project waste is difficult, a skip can provide you with the best and easiest way to dispose of this material.
What Project Materials Can I Put in a Skip?
It could have eluded your notice just how efficient a skip hire service can prove for helping you to discard various types of waste. While not all materials would be suitable for a skip, a specialist skip hire company like Sheridan Skips can still advise you on what materials you should leave out – and help you with finding alternative ways to dispose of them.
The Builders’ Skips (Markings) Regulations 1984 govern what you legally can and can’t put in a skip. This law is in place to help prevent materials from being handled in a manner damaging to the environment – especially as certain waste is capable of emitting dangerous chemicals.
So, what items can you place in a skip? Good examples include many materials often routinely used in property improvement work, such as wood, tiles and plaster. We offer skips in which you could also load heavy building materials like rubble, stones, clay, bricks, metals and concrete.
Our friendly team can even help you with spring cleaning – as paper, cardboard, clothes and furniture could all also go into skips we are ready to supply. With a skip collection service, we can also handle large amounts of garden waste – for example, if landscaping work has just been completed in your garden and loose grass, weeds, flowers, bark and hedge cuttings now need removal.
Though garden debris comprises roughly 14% of the average household bin, most kinds of garden waste can actually be recycled. Once we have sorted through your skip and identified garden materials that would be eligible for composting, we can send these to a specialist company that would be able to create compost that is ideal for nourishing soil and helping plants to grow.
So, what items are you legally barred from putting in a skip? These items include animal waste, gas cylinders, batteries, paint, tyres, lighting fixtures, TVs and other, similar electrical devices. Also on the list is asbestos. When materials containing asbestos are disturbed or damaged, they release fibres that, when inhaled, can cause serious diseases.
What Skip Size Is Best for a Commercial Project?
We offer four different sizes of skips – and, if you are a landlord or property developer overseeing improvement work on a commercial property, you could understandably be eager to discern which of these sizes would be ‘just right’ for your needs.
After all, opting for the wrong size could require you to subsequently hire a new, more suitable skip, therefore costing you extra time and money – neither of which your business might have in particularly large supply. So, you should try your best to make the right choice the first time around.
You could find this size of skip particularly cost-effective for disposing of plasterboard, as this must not be placed in a skip with mixed waste. Instead, plasterboard has to be kept separate, such as in its own skip – but your particular project might not result in quite enough plasterboard wastage to justify you hiring one of our larger, and thus more expensive, sizes of skip just for it.
Nonetheless, you could find that your waste disposal needs are much more significant than what our smallest skips alone can meet. Often, businesses can be involved in multiple property developments and improvements at once – and this can see demand for waste collection services soar.
If your business is indeed occupied in this way, you could feel drawn towards our 8-yard skips, each of which can hold eight tonnes of bulky waste. You could even contemplate our 12-yard skips, which are each good for containing up to 12 tonnes of heavy waste, or 16-yard skips – any of which can hold as many as 170-200 full bin bags of waste.
If you are struggling to decide which of our skip sizes would best suit your particular commercial requirements, we would welcome you to give us a call on 0161 647 7668 for a chat about the issue. We can schedule regular skips for commercial projects underway in Manchester and surrounding areas.
Which Skip Size Should I Hire for a Domestic Renovation Project?
Various examples of home renovation projects abound. These include installing new kitchens and bathrooms, converting garages and lofts and even just a little redecorating, such as repainting a wall or applying new wallpaper to it. However, all of these projects can create various kinds of waste.
Exactly what kinds of waste they do create will be a major factor in which type of skip should be hired in the aftermath. Still, before choosing between our skip sizes, you should look into whether you could find new uses for at least some of the ‘waste’ your renovation work has left behind.
Minimising the amount of your domestic waste in this way can also make it easier for you to utilise cheap skip hire – since, the smaller the skip, the less expensive it will likely be to hire. A skip measuring four cubic yards can suffice for many smaller home renovation projects, like bathroom refits – and is also our most popular skip size.
It’s worth heeding that you could also need a skip permit if the skip will need to be left on public land – rather than, say, a driveway or garden, if neither of which you own is quite large enough to accommodate the skip. Reassuringly, though, we have helped domestic clients with obtaining skip permits and are thoroughly familiar with the process.
This is just one reason why our professional team can help you to save time, as they can also arrange to retrieve a skip on the same day they initially provide it. Alternatively, they could turn up to collect the skip the following day, if this would be more convenient for you.
Over time, the appeal of a home can naturally fade due to natural wear and tear, as well as other instances of physical damage your home’s occupants or visitors could inadvertently inflict upon the property. Perhaps a wooden floor in your kitchen has become warped due to your kids having spilled drinks on it or paint has started peeling or cracking on some parts of your home’s walls?
Situations like these could call upon you to embark on a residential renovation project – which shouldn’t be confused with refurbishment work; however, often you might see the words ‘renovation’ and ‘refurbishment’ used seemingly interchangeably. While refurbishing is often about overhauling a space, renovating is usually more about restoring it to a good condition.
So, while – for example – some of your home’s existing roofing materials might have chipped or fallen away as a result of a treacherous storm, you might not strictly need to replace those materials with materials of a different style. If that roof had comprised, say, ceramic tiles, there might still be new ones available in the same style as your old ones.
Hence, a home renovation can – perhaps surprisingly – actually be more time consuming than a home refurbishment, as the former would likely require you to think more carefully about how the work would accommodate many of the building’s existing features and quirks. This could be especially true if the home is a period property with unique decor.
This certainly doesn’t bode well for the environment, as landfill sites contribute heavily to climate change. Therefore, you want to minimise how many of your waste materials end up there. You should also be careful where else you leave them – as, when hazardous waste is left in the wrong place, chemicals in this waste can potentially contaminate the soil and harm local wildlife.
One definite example of a ‘wrong place’ in this context would be land without a licence to accept waste. Dumping waste in this manner is known as ‘fly-tipping’, an illegal practice that, were you to engage in it in the process of home renovation waste clearance, could see you fined.
The bottom line is, if your home-renovating activities leave you with any unwanted waste, you should start researching local waste carriers who would be licensed to rid your home of these excess materials in a responsible and eco-friendly manner.
Why Hire a Skip When It Comes to Home Renovation Projects?
In scope, renovating a home is subtler than remodelling it, for example. Whereas remodelling entails changing the building’s structure or layout, renovating is more about revitalising what is already there, such as by repairing it or updating it to something more contemporary.
Renovating a kitchen, for example, could involve installing new light fixtures, updating outdated appliances and – for certain parts of the room that are beyond easy repair – replacing entire kitchen cupboards, windows, tiles and worktops.
Remodelling is more ambitious and, in a kitchen, could include installing a kitchen island or knocking down one or more of the room’s walls to make for an extended kitchen. All of these moves would change the room’s structure and layout and so constitute remodelling rather than renovating.
While all of this has (generally positive) implications for renovation costs, these can remain prohibitive – and not just in terms of money – if you fail to plan your renovation project carefully. Examples of DIY waste you could garner include unused tools, cans, brushes and materials – perhaps as a result of you having miscalculated exactly how many of each you needed.
Some types of materials and other waste items are bulkier than others, however – as you could find out for yourself if your renovation project turns out to need more extensive work than you had originally expected. You could need to strip out a particularly large kitchen unit or, in more extreme circumstances, arrange for entire walls to be demolished so that they can be fully replaced.
Certain kinds of construction waste, like whole bricks and blocks, you might easily be able to reuse yourself without needing to send them anywhere beyond your home’s boundaries. However, even when you recognise how the construction industry as a whole could repurpose some of your surplus materials, you might still need help with transferring them from your hands to tradespeople’s.
After all, as much as you might be aware of your environmental responsibilities, you might not know how you can make sure that as little of your home renovation waste as possible ends up in a tip. Besides, if you were to take your own car to a tip to dispose of waste, you may end up needing to make multiple journeys, in the process creating fuel emissions that even further damage the planet.
How to Manage Your Waste Correctly with a Professional Skip Provider
However much waste you might need to offload, we have a skip size to suit. While our 4-cubic-yard skips can hold the equivalent of about 30-50 full bin bags, this range increases to approximately 80-100 in the case of our 8-cubic-yard skips and roughly 100-120 for our 12-cubic-yard skips.
We can even accommodate the timeline of your home renovation project; with our same-day pickup and collection service, we are able to bring an empty skip to your property before returning later that day to collect this container.
Our service here includes placing the skip in a place where it won’t provoke objections from the local council. This place could be land belonging to your own private property, such as your driveway or perhaps a private road. However, if circumstances mean the skip would need to be left on a public highway instead, you should research whether you would first need to apply for a skip permit.
In consulting with you, we can also make sure the timing of our return trip will work for you. That way, you will be able to fill the skip with home renovation waste in time for us to retrieve the now-full unit. So, once we do take this skip away, what will happen to it?
It’s also worth emphasising that we can handle the various types of waste that you might generate in the process of remodelling your home. So, if you will indeed be remodelling your home rather than refurbishing or renovating it, you could take comfort from how we are able to, on your request, swiftly take away such demolition waste as rubble.
Alternatively, you might want to undertake work in a commercial capacity, such as if you are a landlord or property developer and intend to let someone else live in a residential property from which you will nonetheless amass revenue. Fortunately, we are trained in processing commercial waste the local council might not be able to take off your hands.
Provided your home or workplace is in Manchester or any of the surrounding areas, like Stockport, Sale or Bury, our skips could help you to remove any kind of waste from the property. Our expertise even extends to collecting garden waste so that a new, eco-friendly purpose can be found for it. Please give us a call on 0161 647 7668to learn more about our skip hire solutions.