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  • Things to Look For From a Commercial Waste Collection Partner

    It’s your duty to ensure that all commercial waste is disposed of in an ethical and responsible manner. Choosing the right commercial waste collection partner will enable your business to operate smoothly, whilst complying with legal requirements and boosting your sustainability credentials. But with so many waste disposal companies out there, how can you choose the right one for your needs?

    Here are just some of the things you should consider when choosing a waste collection partner…

    Understanding Your Waste Needs

    Before diving headfirst into researching potential commercial waste collection companies, you need to first determine your business’ waste management needs. 

    Assess the amount and type of waste your business generates, as well as the frequency you expect to produce this waste. General waste, food waste, recyclable waste and hazardous waste all require different disposal methods. Therefore, it’s vitally important that you have a good understanding of your commercial waste needs, so you can ensure that your chosen partner offers the correct level of service and quality.

    Range of Waste Disposal Services

    There’s so many waste disposal options out there, including builder bags, wheelie bins, skips, RoRo skips and compaction systems. But one thing’s for sure; it’s more cost-effective to find one company who can manage all your waste collection needs. 

    We highly recommend evaluating the range of waste management services offered and whether these include waste collection, disposal and recycling. Check if the provider collects bulky waste and offers bespoke services that can be tailored to your individual needs, including hazardous waste disposal and oil tank extraction. You’ll also need to make sure that services are offered within your local area.

    Legal Compliance

    As a business, you are responsible for ensuring that all waste produced within your daily operations is managed in a legally compliant manner. Failing to comply with basic legislations could result in hefty fines, suspensions and even imprisonment.

    It’s vitally important to ensure that your chosen waste disposal company is fully licensed and complies with all environmental regulations. Reputable providers should showcase any relevant certifications, including a Waste Carriers Licence and other relevant environmental permits. Ensure that you will receive a Duty of Care certificate from the provider, as this will cover your business from potential waste disposal issues.

    Reputation & Customer Service

    A good commercial waste provider should actively share customer reviews and case studies. These offer valuable insights into a company’s reliability and quality of services, allowing you to determine whether they have a proven track record in providing effective waste management solutions. 

    Customer service is another important consideration. A waste disposal company should keep in touch with you throughout the project, from delivering the skip to collecting the waste. All queries should be answered quickly, and they should proactively share any information you may need to know, such as whether you need a skip permit.

    Sustainability Credentials

    Recycling is a core component of waste disposal, especially in today’s eco-conscious climate. Strengthening your sustainability credentials will not only make your business greener; it will also serve to impress your existing clients, whilst directly appealing to new customers.

    You should always aim to choose a commercial waste collection partner that demonstrates a sustainable approach to waste management. A good waste disposal company should operate state-of-the-art recycling centres, whilst reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill.

    Value for Money

    Commercial waste collection costs are certainly an important factor. Waste management companies should offer fixed service prices with no hidden fees, allowing you to accurately budget towards your waste disposal needs. 

    However, it’s important to remember that determining value for money isn’t just about comparing costs – you’ll also need to look at the other factors mentioned above. You should seek to partner with a provider that offers competitive pricing, without compromising on quality; as investing in a quality waste management solution is likely to save you money in the long run.

    Choose McCarthy as Your Commercial Waste Collection Partner

    Looking for a long-term partner to handle all your commercial waste management needs? McCarthy Marland offers a comprehensive range of commercial waste collection services to clients throughout the south-west, with resourceful recycling at our core. Our responsive, friendly and reliable team is ready and waiting to hear from you – get in touch via to discuss your commercial waste requirements today.

    Boosting Customer Satisfaction with Our New CRM Systems: Salesforce and Docusign

    Here at McCarthy, we strive to provide the best customer service possible to potential and existing customers across the south-west. 

    The more we know about our potential and existing customers, the better service we can provide. That’s why we’ve invested in two brand-new CRM (customer relationship management) systems: Salesforce and Docusign. This new system will help to make your experience with us seamless, allowing us to provide waste management solutions that truly deliver. Win-win!

    Introducing: Salesforce & Docusign

    Salesforce is our new CRM system of choice. This allows our operations software and new CRM system to be fully integrated and work hand-in-hand with Docusign, allowing us to better understand our customers’ needs – more on that below…

    Understanding Our Customers’ Needs

    Salesforce, working alongside Docusign, will allow us to scale our services and boost growth by providing all-important information about our customers. The system captures all relevant contact details, including individuals with significant control for making decisions within the business. We can also gather information about the business’ existing waste contractor, competitor prices and frequency of ordering.

    In response to this detailed information, we can now push specific, relevant services to targeted customers. We can also preempt sales and orders by capturing contract renewal dates and setting reminders for when to contact customers – helping to make sure that you’re never caught short. Quotations, direct debits and contracts themselves are totally controlled for sales and compliance, leaving us with more time to focus on scaling the business.

    Much More Than Just Skip Hire

    As Paul Danks, our Head of Sales, remarked: “gathering the correct information about your potential customers and their needs in the first instance makes the sales process more tailored. This allows us to deliver the best solution for their waste management requirements”. 

    With the help of Salesforce and Docusign, we’re now able to provide a more joined-up approach and offer additional services that will help to benefit your business.

    Skip hire is McCarthy’s bread and butter, but after a shift in the business strategy, we now offer a whole host of other waste management services, such as  wheeled bins, compaction solutions, grab/tipper hire, third party tipping and roll-on roll-off skip hire.



    If you’re searching for waste management with a difference, look no further than McCarthy. With sites covering most of the south-west across Gloucestershire, Bristol, Bath, Somerset and Oxfordshire, our dedicated team are ready and waiting to assist with all your waste disposal needs. Get in touch via 01666 505800 or email us at to discuss your upcoming project today.

    How to Stop Others from Using Your Skip Hire in Oxford

    Hiring a skip is a convenient and efficient way to manage waste for projects such as home renovations, garden clearances, or during a big spring clean in Oxford. 

    One common problem is when people use someone else’s hired skip without permission. This can lead to extra waste being added or the skip being filled up too quickly. Below, we go through the essentials of skip hire in Oxford and, importantly, how to prevent others from using your skip.

    What are the rules for skips in Oxford?

    1.Permits and Regulations:

    In Oxford, if you plan to place your skip on public land, including roadsides, you’ll need a permit from the Oxford City Council. 

    You can arrange this when hiring your skip, but it’s crucial to be aware of this requirement to avoid any legal issues. Local regulations may dictate the placement, duration, and even the type of waste allowed in your skip, so familiarising yourself with these rules is essential. It can also add a few days to your order, so factoring this into your 

    2.Acceptable Waste:

    Skips are versatile and can accommodate a wide range of waste types, from construction debris and household items to green waste. However, certain materials are prohibited, including hazardous waste (like asbestos), electrical appliances, tyres, and batteries, due to environmental and health risks. 

    Who is responsible if someone else puts unaccepted waste in my skip?

    At the end of the day, you are responsible for the waste in your skip. This is why ensuring that no one uses your skip without your knowledge or permission is important. 

    If it is found that your skip has unaccepted waste in it, your skip hire firm may refuse to accept it, costing you time and money to get rid of waste that wasn’t yours in the first place. 

    Is it illegal to use someone else’s skip?

    The short answer is, yes, it is illegal to use someone else’s tip, and it counts as flytipping. Flytipping is a serious and costly crime and can lead to fines of up to £50,000 or even a prison sentence. 

    The difficulty comes from finding and prosecuting the person who has fly-tipped; evidence can be hard to come by, so often prevention is the best cause of action. 

    How do I stop people from putting things in my skip?

    To combat the frustration of unauthorised dumping, consider the following strategies:

    1. Strategic Placement:

    Placing your skip within private property boundaries significantly reduces the risk of unauthorised use; this can include behind a temporary barrier, such as a fence, making it harder for members of the public to gain access to your skip. 

    If you are positioning a skip on public land, try and place it in a well-lit, visible area that can act as a deterrent. Always ensure your placement adheres to local regulations and does not obstruct public access.

    2. Signage and Warnings:

    Clear signage indicating that the skip is private property and warning against unauthorised use can be effective. Highlighting the potential legal penalties for illegal dumping can also prevent dumping.

    3. Covering:

    Using a deterrent such as a tarpaulin can be a simple but effective way of stopping people from dumping their rubbish in your skip. You can fix it in place by using a few heavy items, such as bricks or rope, if it has eyelets around the outside.

    4. Monitoring and Reporting:

    In areas prone to unauthorised dumping, consider the use of surveillance cameras. Additionally, knowing how to report incidents of unauthorised use to local authorities or your skip hire company can ensure swift action is taken.

    5. Fill it up fast

    The best deterrent to fly-tipping in your skip is to be ready to fill it up fast. This means getting everything in place to fill up your skip before someone else does. This can mean getting a skip halfway through a job or at the end. The longer your skip sits there the more chance that people will try and take the opportunity to dump their rubbish in there. 

    Types of Skips

    At McCarthy Waste, we offer a few different types of skips in a range of sizes, from mini skips to the most common 6-yard skips to larger 10-yard skips for bulkier lightweight items such as house clearances. 

    1. Open Top Skips:

    These are the most common or ‘traditional’ skips you will see. They have shallow ends, making them easy to load. These skips also allow you to stack items slightly higher than the side of the skips, giving you the 

    2. Covered Skips:

    Opting for a covered skip can be a game-changer. These skips come with lockable lids, offering a dual advantage of securing the skip’s contents against unauthorised access and protecting it from the elements. This option is highly recommended for those placing skips in publicly accessible areas.

    3. Drop End Skips:

    Primarily designed for ease of loading, drop-end skips can also deter unauthorised dumping due to their structure. Though more secure than covered skips, their design can make casual dumping less convenient.

    By making sure you have the right type of skip and taking proactive measures to secure it, you can significantly reduce the risk of unauthorised dumping. We at McCarthy Waste have worked tirelessly to become one of the best skip-hire companies in Oxford. If you want any advice about removing waste from your project, whether it be skip hire, caged tipper pick up, or hazardous waste materials, our specialist team members will be happy to help. 


    The Key Benefits of Skip Hire

    Homeowners are often obliged to remove any residential waste in a safe and legal approach. Hiring a skip service provides customers with efficient and cost-effective removal services for hazardous waste and general rubbish where needed. 

    There are plenty of benefits to hiring a skip removal service and in this blog, we discuss the reasons why a skip hire could be the best option for you and your waste.

    Eco-friendly methods are the way forward

    Skip hire services are a much more eco-friendly alternative to waste disposal and provide proper waste management, rather than do-it-yourself routes that could be hazardous for the environment. For example, some homeowners may get rid of their waste by burning it, causing a risk of toxic smoke that could harm other residents and the environment. 

    The use of a skip ensures that all waste will be disposed of in an environmentally conscious manner. All litter is sorted into allotted skip bins, and most are recycled to prevent further pollution. Most services will also provide several waste treatments that are designed to remove toxic substances. 

    Endless versatile solutions

    Skips come in an extensive variety. There are many reasons as to why someone would choose to skip hire, and not everyone requires the same size or type of skip when it comes to waste removal. Some may be looking to dispose of a huge amount of waste suited for construction sites, while others may need a small skip for the removal of smaller appliances. 

    Both open and closed skips are on offer, and open types are most suitable for removing non-hazardous waste that poses no threat to the environment, animals or humans. Closed containers are designed to safely dispose of hazardous materials that may risk causing harm. 

    Time-saving results 

    Skip hire professionals are well trained in taking over the entire waste removal process, saving more time for other tasks, such as moving home or work relocation. The process of sorting waste and disposing of it at the nearest landfill takes time – and this could be taken off your hands. 

    Health and safety comes first 

    Some people may resort to placing waste in their gardens as a way of storage – however, this solution can be harmful to the health and safety of homeowners and pets. Broken glass, metal, or even an excess of general rubbish can cause tripping hazards or even release toxins into the atmosphere. Skip services can remove any unwanted junk from your garden and keep it stored neatly before transporting it. Professionals are trained in handling all kinds of waste without causing injury or harm to the environment.

    No litter, no legal problems

    Fly Tipping is sadly a very common issue, but it is one that thankfully comes with repercussions. Improper litter disposal is something that the government does not take lightly and there are serious rules to follow when it comes to these procedures. You must abide by such regulations – and that includes properly removing waste. Hiring a skip service is the best way to not get in any trouble if you are unsure of what is acceptable and what is not. The last thing anyone needs is a hefty fine and stern telling off. 

    Cost-effective outcomes

    Vehicle rental for waste removal is more costly than hiring skip services. Equally, using your vehicle to make continuous trips to landfill would be more expensive than hiring a professional. 

    Often, you will have to make many trips due to the need to separate different types of waste. 

    What can go in a skip?

    Or…more importantly, what can’t go in a skip? Here are some examples:

    • Medical waste
    • Asbestos
    • Paint or cans of paint
    • TVs and other technical appliances
    • Batteries
    • Fridges and freezers
    • Air conditioning units
    • Plasterboard
    • Oil
    • Petrol
    • Diesel
    • Tyres
    • Any liquids

    If your skip is placed in an open or public area, it is advised that you keep an eye out on whether any of the above items are found in your skip. Even if it wasn’t your doing, you are responsible for all waste that it contains.

    We have a wide range of skip hire solutions to suit every requirement, from domestic skip hire to commercial. From mini-skips for those small jobs, 6 Yard skips for remodelling your home, 8 and 10 yard skip for construction projects, right through to roll-on roll-off skips and large 35/40 yard containers for those bigger jobs. 

    McCarthy provides flexible skip hire solutions in Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire and the surrounding areas. Get in touch with us today for your instant quote. 

    Skip Hire for Plasterboard

    Some skip hire companies won’t take plasterboard at all, for a variety of reasons related to public health. With McCarthy, our team of professional waste disposal experts have decades of experience in plasterboard recycling – and we’re happy to help get DIY and trade waste sorted for you. The rules around placing plasterboard in a skip are simple and in this post, we outline why they are in place.

    You Can’t Mix Plasterboard and General Waste

    Plasterboard has become the most popular interior construction material – because besides being excellent for creating internal spaces quickly, it’s cheaper and more fire resistant than traditional methods of interior construction (like lath and plaster).

    Just about any kind of remodelling, conversion or renovation is going to involve plasterboard – either gutting out the old stuff or cutting and installing new board. Getting rid of waste plasterboard has to be done carefully, though.

    The one rule? Don’t mix it with anything else. 

    But why?

    Plasterboard is made of gypsum powder – a natural, chalky mineral that’s soft and moldable. This is the base material of plaster, a material used since ancient times to decorate buildings, for sculpture and until recently, to make casts for setting broken bones.

    To make plasterboard, wet plaster is sandwiched between thick sheets of paper, thoroughly dried and then treated to reach optimal humidity. Too dry and it’ll crack, too wet and mildew can form – but additives can be mixed into the plaster to help strength and reduce mildew formation.

    Once set, the boards are strong enough to build with.

    But gypsum has drawbacks. While it’s perfectly safe as a material on its own, it can react with other organic compounds in general waste to release hydrogen sulphide, in a process called putrefaction.

    Hydrogen Sulphide

    Hydrogen sulphide is colourless, poisonous, corrosive and explosive. It also stinks of rotten eggs. In short, it’s bad news. It’s denser than air, so it sinks in the atmosphere and can form gas pockets underground or in landfill, contributing to pollution.

    This dangerous gas is the reason that plasterboard cannot be mixed with general waste – and so if you need to dispose of plasterboard in a skip, you have to make sure it’s separated from everything else.

    Disposing of Plasterboard in a Skip

    The Environmental Agency changed the rules on disposing of gypsum-based materials in 2009. Plasterboard can’t be sent to landfill – instead, it should be separated for recovery and recycling, to avoid contamination with other waste and the release of harmful hydrogen sulphide.

    If you’re undertaking a DIY remodelling project, we suggest hiring more than one skip. For example, use mini skip hire to store and dispose of plasterboard – and hire a builders skip to take care of bulky, general construction waste.

    As long as the separated plasterboard is kept clean and dry, it’ll be safe to take away and recycle!

    Skip Hire Experts – Helping You on Every Project

    Hire a skip now from McCarthy, for quick and convenient disposal of all kinds of waste – including separated plasterboard. Need help choosing the right size of skip for your project? Call us on 01235 760555 or fill out our contact form and our waste disposal experts will guide you.

    UK Dumpster Diving: Is it Illegal to Go Through a Skip?

    Taking stuff out of a skip might seem like a victimless act: after all, it’s only going to be thrown away! But it’s important to remember that raiding skips can be dangerous – and most of the time, the contents are in there for good reason. The law around taking discarded items from a skip can be confusing – but in the simplest terms, if you hire a skip and catch someone going through it, then you could have grounds to press charges.

    Taking Waste from a Skip: The Law

    Just because something’s in a skip, it’s not necessarily waste. Sometimes, people hire skips to store materials for later use; such as bricks or aggregates, plumbing fixtures and bulky items that cannot be stored elsewhere while works are ongoing.

    These aren’t discarded items, and taking them would be stealing, which is against the law.

    If a skip is placed on private land (for example on a driveway, a commercial property or on a building site), then anyone other than the property owner found rifling through its contents will be trespassing. Aggravated trespass is a chargeable offence with a maximum penalty of three months in prison – but this is rarely enforced unless other crimes are committed, such as damage to property and theft of items.

    If the skip is on a public road, then trespassing is impossible, but the items are still under the ownership of whoever hired the skip until the skip hire company takes the waste away. Taking these items could fall under theft if the owner presses charges.

    A lot of the time, items in a skip (even those in perfectly good condition) are absolutely intended to be thrown away and their owner has no stake in them at all. The only way to know if they can be taken away legally is to ask the owner; so knock on the door and ask permission before going dumpster diving!

    How to Stop Skip Raiders

    Sometimes, and especially in commercial settings, dumpster diving is a big problem. People could be injured and items intended to be repurposed could impact the delivery of a project.

    Site security isn’t always perfect – and unattended skips can be very tempting for an opportunist. Thankfully, there are several ways to tackle skip raiding and dumpster diving.

    Our 6 yard skips to 10 yard skips are available in open or closed variants. A closed skip has a cover that can be locked, making it a secure way to keep waste and reclaimed material on site. RORO skips can also be provided with closing tops, securing far larger quantities of material.

    Another solution is to combine a secure skip with a caged tipper hire service – allowing you to reduce the footprint of stored materials and run a tighter waste removal operation. A caged tipper can immediately clear waste that needs to be removed, and offers a flexible and reliable waste management solution.

    Let’s Talk About Your Skip Needs

    Beat the queues and appointment slots at your local recycling centre – and hire a skip. For more information, contact McCarthy – call 01666 505800 or order a skip online!

    How Long Can You Keep a Skip?

    When you hire a skip, you can keep it off-road, on your own property (like your driveway, for example) without the need for a permit. But if you hire a skip to be kept on a public road, a skip permit will be required. How long can you keep a skip? We look at the limits of skip permits and off-road skip placement.

    General Terms for Skip Hire

    Under general terms, you can hire a skip for four weeks at a time. This can be extended, but it must be agreed first – we wouldn’t want one of our skips out for months on end! We’re always happy to discuss terms that suit our customers on an individual basis.

    But remember: if you’ve placed the skip on a public road, your skip permit may not match your hire duration.

    Some local councils allow you to obtain a skip permit on a rolling weekly basis, renewing as you need it. Other councils have stricter time limits, requiring you to specify the skip hire period with no extensions offered.

    When you hire a skip with Aasvogel, you won’t have to worry about skip permit applications; we’ll do all of that for you, before your skip is delivered by our team.

    Are There Limits to Off-Road Skip Hire Periods?

    The same two to three week hire period is applied to off-road skips kept on private land. While we wouldn’t want all of our skips out for extended periods all at once, we can agree a suitable hire term with our customers based on individual needs, striking a balance that works for everyone.

    We’re liable for the skips we place and have a responsibility to keep communities safe and free of waste, so our general terms are intended to keep your area safer and tidier for everyone. A copy of our hire terms and conditions is available if required.

    And because of our timely operation, we always have an abundant supply of skips of all sizes, with excellent availability for our customers.

    Skip Hire Experts

    Trust in reliable skip hire from McCarthy – with next day delivery on skip hire services, subject to availability. Let’s talk about your project; call 01235 760555 or fill out our contact form.

    Packaging Symbols Explained

    We all know the drill; we all think we know what can and can’t be recycled but sometimes we need a little help. Luckily the symbols are there to explain whether that product/packaging can go into that big green bin (or any other colour a recycling bin can be!). However, have you ever actually stopped to read what that symbol means – No? Us neither. Up until now, we’ve gone through and taken the time to explain each symbol so you don’t have too. Why not print this out and put above the bin just to remind you and the family of each little thing.

    Symbol Explanation
    Widely Recycled Label applied to packaging collected by over 75% or more of local authorities across the UK.
    Widely Recycled – Rinse Label applied to packages that need rinsing to ensure any food residue do not contaminate other packaging
    The Green Dot Does not necessarily mean that the product packaging is recyclable, has been recycled or will be recycled. It signifies that the producer has made a financial contribution to recycling and recovery of packaging overall.
    Mobius Loop Indicates an object is capable of being recycled not that it has been recycled or that it will be recycled as it may not be accepted in all recycling collection systems
    Plastic Resin Codes Identifies the type of plastic resin used to make the item by providing a resin identification code. This is represented with chasing arrows symbol. Surrounding a number between 1-7 defining the resin used
    Mixed Glass This indicates that this bottle/jar should be disposed of at a bottle bank or by using the household glass recycling collection if you have one
    Recycalable Aluminium Indicates that the item is made from recyclable aluminium.
    Recycalable Steel Indicates the item is made from recyclable steel. All local authorities collect steel cans for recycling however all types of other steel or metal items need to be taken to your local household recycling centre
    Tidyman The symbol is from the campaign Keep Britain Tidy. It asks you not to littler. Does not relate to recycling but acts as a reminder to be a good citizen and disposing of the item in the most appropriate manner.
    Waste Electricals This symbol explains that you should not place the items in your general waste bin. They should be recycled through a number of alternate channels
    Compostable Products certified to be industrially compostable according to European standard. Never place compostable plastic into the recycling with other plastics; as it is designed to break down it cannot be recycled and contaminates recyclable plastics. Plastics that carry this symbol can be recycled with your garden waste through your local authority.
    Home Composting In addition to the seedling symbol for industrial composting you may see this symbol which indicates that the product is suitable for home recycling.
    Paper, Cardboard and Wood This logo identifies wood-based products from well-managed forests independently certified in accordance with the rules of FSC


    However no need to worry about your rubbish when you order a skip with us as we’re experts in household and commercial waste management and recycling. Give us a call on 01235 760555 or email us at for more information.

    The Best Way to Fill a Skip

    Get the most out of your skip hire by using every square inch of space inside. But don’t forget how important loading up your skip safely is! Follow our advice for the best way to fill a skip.

    Before you hire a skip with McCarthy, we can help you choose the right skip for your project, discussing it with you and giving you our advice based on our decades of experience in skip hire. Whatever size of skip you hire, You’ll want to avoid overloading the skip while getting the most out of its capacity – and to do that, you’ll need to get organised!

    Sort and Organise Your Waste

    Barring hazardous waste (which generally can’t go in a skip anyway), you should aim to have four main groups of waste when sorting: flat objects, uniform shapes, bulky waste and loose debris. You should plan to fill your skip in that order, so make sure you have these groups defined in some way before you start filling. Layering your skip in this way will make sure the waste is safe and stable, and let you use the space more efficiently.

    You might want to source a good wheelbarrow to make hauling waste to your skip easier, too.

    1. Flat Objects

    All your flat waste should go down first: cardboard, carpet and flooring, chipboard, doors and old timber included. If it’s flat, it’s part of your first layer! Cardboard and softer items will be squashed flat as heavier waste is added on, helping to fill in the gaps and make more of the space.

    2. Uniform Shapes

    After flat items have lined the base of the skip, it’s time to add uniform shapes – any objects that will slot or fit together. Bricks, concrete blocks, paving and tiling: if they’re pattern-forming objects, arrange them into a tightly-packed formation, avoiding any air gaps.

    3. Large, Bulky Waste

    Once you’ve layered flat and uniform objects, it’s time to take care of the big stuff! Large, bulky items like furniture should go in next but if possible, break them down into smaller parts. Try to continue doing this in layers to avoid large gaps.

    4. Loose Debris

    Rubble, soil, sand and gravel should go in very last. A wheelbarrow can help you to get more waste over in a single trip. These small particles will percolate down through the gaps in the lower layers, filling up any air pockets and further securing the waste in place. If there’s space left over, you can add on any garden waste you might have, too!


    Besides hazardous waste limitations, the only other thing to remember is overloading: while we can still take an overloaded skip, we will only do so if it is safe – but it will incur an overload charge. We do expect every skip we collect to be level loaded and safe to transport.

    Overfilling your skip doesn’t just incur an additional cost: it can be really unsafe, too. Poorly loaded and stacked items could slip or collapse, causing injury to yourself or others.

    Skip Safety

    Don’t forget to practice good safety when loading your skip. Wear gloves when handling materials to avoid cuts and nasty splinters, and wear proper eye protection when breaking items down. Don’t attempt to lift heavy items on your own – excessively large items should be raised with a hoist or a grab.

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    Simple Guide to Skip Sizes

    Skip Hire

    Need to get rid of some rubbish? Hiring a skip may be the most convenient and cost-effective option for your needs. Once you’ve ordered your skip, it will be delivered and picked up by your skip hire company. Depending on the job in hand, you will need to order a suitable skip size for your individual requirements.

    Skip Sizes – Which One?

    Knowing which size skip to order that will fully accommodate your needs is an important decision as purchasing the wrong size can inconvenience you and could even hold up your project if you are unable to get rid of waste.

    So, after accurately assessing how much rubbish you’re likely to have – you’ll have a better idea of which size skip you’ll need, from McCarthy’s extensive range of affordable rubbish disposal units.

    But, if you’re not sure as to what size you’ll need – here’s our recommendation:

    • For small households, domestic or DIY jobs: A mini or a small skip would suit here. The mini skip is 4 foot long and three foot wide. The small skip or 4yd skip is slightly larger than the mini, at 6 x 4.3 ft.
    • For larger household or commercial ‘builders’ jobs, a medium, (6yd) skip, and large (8yd or 10yd) skip would be the best option as they are suitable for heavier, bulkier waste. The 6yd skips are available as open, enclosed and drop end skips. Large skips measure up at 12 x 5.6ft, perfect for slightly larger jobs.
    • For big, industrial jobs a RO/RO container should be the choice here. These are available in 20, 35 and 40 yard options. To find out more about waste containers, click here.

    How Many Bags?

    The container that holds the most refuse bags is the RO/RO waste container, with a maximum of 400 refuse bags. The smallest skip, the Mini, holds 25 bin bags of waste.

    The small, the 4yd, holds 15 more than the mini, at 40 refuse bags maximum – perfect for a small clearance. The medium skip, or 6yd, holds 65 bags of bulky ‘builders waste’ and the large skips, either 8yd or 10yd, hold a total of up to 85 bags of rubbish.

    Contact McCarthy Skip Hire

    At McCarthy, we pride ourselves by connecting users with affordable skip hire, whenever it may be needed. We currently service a wide variety of areas in Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire and surrounding areas, offering our professional, environmentally friendly services – whether it be for a single skip or a fully integrated waste disposal program.

    Need a skip? Get a free quote here. For any other information, please get in contact on 01235 764831 or email