Skip hire costs

MouldyOldDough
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We have had three 8cu yd skips on our drive for 2 months whilst our extension is being built
What is the likely cost to the builders (and so "us") of this extended hire period?
The hire company don't appear interested in collecting them 
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  • la531983
    la531983 Posts: 1,664
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    In my experience skip companies dont charge "per week", its "per skip", and usually get the money up front.
  • Section62
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    We have had three 8cu yd skips on our drive for 2 months whilst our extension is being built
    What is the likely cost to the builders (and so "us") of this extended hire period?
    The hire company don't appear interested in collecting them 
    It depends on the arrangement between the hire company and the builder.  The bulk of the cost comes when they eventually empty the skip at the waste transfer station (or whatever system they have).  If the hire company need them for another job then they will collect them soon enough... if they have adequate spares then they may as well be stored on your drive as taken back to their own storage (including the double handling that involves).
  • Jonboy_1984
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    If they are not collecting them it would potentially suggest to me that the builder may not have paid for them(or their wider monthly account if they have a number of sites on the go), many small contractors get them delivered and then pay when ready for collection and the daily rental figure is finalised…

    The cost can vary enormously depending on whether they are segregated waste with recycling/resale, potential or general mixed waste that will be charged at landfill rates.
  • frugalmacdugal
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    edited 20 November 2023 at 1:13PM
    Hi,
    if name or number on skip you could phone up and enquire, you won't need to mention the situation.
  • GDB2222
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    We had some trouble getting the skip firm to collect the skip we hired. From what I can see, construction is a bit slow at the moment. 
    No reliance should be placed on the above! Absolutely none, do you hear?
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    la531983 said:
    In my experience skip companies dont charge "per week", it's "per skip", and usually get the money up front.
    This is my experience also. Hand the driver the cash when it's dropped off and phone them to collect it when it's full. It doesn't matter whether it's a week or 2 months or what's in it.
  • Jonboy_1984
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    chrisw said:
    la531983 said:
    In my experience skip companies dont charge "per week", it's "per skip", and usually get the money up front.
    This is my experience also. Hand the driver the cash when it's dropped off and phone them to collect it when it's full. It doesn't matter whether it's a week or 2 months or what's in it.
    Round here their terms generally include up to 9 days rental upfront (charges based up until you inform them it is ready for collection).If you hang on excessively they charge the balance before collection, but is it around £0.15 per extra day, so not worth their time collecting the money if only a few extra days.
  • chrisw said:
    la531983 said:
    In my experience skip companies dont charge "per week", it's "per skip", and usually get the money up front.
    This is my experience also. Hand the driver the cash when it's dropped off and phone them to collect it when it's full. It doesn't matter whether it's a week or 2 months or what's in it.
    Thats my experience too. Pay by card and pay VAT so its cash all the way.  I think with my building work I've been doing at my home I've had about 15 skips in the last 2.5 years and paid cash every time and just text the driver to collect when I'm done with it and he turns up when he wants unless I want an exchange for an empty one and he's normally round in a couple of days.
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  • Section62
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    chunkytfg said:
    chrisw said:
    la531983 said:
    In my experience skip companies dont charge "per week", it's "per skip", and usually get the money up front.
    This is my experience also. Hand the driver the cash when it's dropped off and phone them to collect it when it's full. It doesn't matter whether it's a week or 2 months or what's in it.
    Thats my experience too. Pay by card and pay VAT so its cash all the way.  I think with my building work I've been doing at my home I've had about 15 skips in the last 2.5 years and paid cash every time and just text the driver to collect when I'm done with it and he turns up when he wants unless I want an exchange for an empty one and he's normally round in a couple of days.
    Presumably you are ultra careful not to put anything identifying you in the skip so you don't get prosecuted for flytipping?

  • Section62 said:
    chunkytfg said:
    chrisw said:
    la531983 said:
    In my experience skip companies dont charge "per week", it's "per skip", and usually get the money up front.
    This is my experience also. Hand the driver the cash when it's dropped off and phone them to collect it when it's full. It doesn't matter whether it's a week or 2 months or what's in it.
    Thats my experience too. Pay by card and pay VAT so its cash all the way.  I think with my building work I've been doing at my home I've had about 15 skips in the last 2.5 years and paid cash every time and just text the driver to collect when I'm done with it and he turns up when he wants unless I want an exchange for an empty one and he's normally round in a couple of days.
    Presumably you are ultra careful not to put anything identifying you in the skip so you don't get prosecuted for flytipping?

    It’s a bit of a stretch to suggest that just because they are paying cash and dodging VAT the waste is going to end up dumped in a back lane somewhere. 

    I’ve hired probably 30 skips in the last few years, from various well established local companies and have been asked to pay cash up front every single time. Whether they pass the VAT on to the tax man is not my concern, I really couldn’t care less. Still waiting for a knock from the Environmental department. 
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