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Preparing for your skip

Our simple guide before booking your skip

Getting ready for your skip

Hiring a skip with Smith Recycling (MK) Ltd is simple. However, to ensure that there’s no confusion or frustration on the day, we’ve put together a guide to help you make some prior assessments.

Important: Please refer to our T&Cs prior to placing your order.

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Vehicle Sizes

We have two key vehicles in our range, so it’s important to note that the size of the vehicle that greets you will differ depending on the type of skip that you’ve ordered. If you know that your area can be difficult for larger vehicles to negotiate, it’s a good idea to check with our team to find out which vehicle they’ll be in. If you have any worries, just get in touch.

Skip lorry: length – 6.85m, height – 3.60m, width – 3.00m

Roll on/off: length – 9.50m, height – 4.95m, width – 3.40m

Potential Hazards

Given the size of our vehicles, it’s important that we are aware of any potential hazards when delivering and collecting skips. Here are a couple that you should consider:

Phone wires – While phone wires tend to be well out of the way of the average road vehicle, our skip lorry drivers need to be a bit more wary. If there are low-hanging phone cables in your area that you’re aware of, make sure that you check ahead of booking and we can find an alternative route.

Trees – For many larger vehicles, trees on the roadside or on someone’s property can prove quite problematic. If you are aware of any trees that could cause any issues, please get in touch with our team.

Shared Driveways

If you share a driveway with a neighbour or two, it’s always best to ask permission for a skip to be placed on it. Even if you’ve found a section of the driveway on which the skip could be positioned such that it doesn’t encroach on your neighbours, it doesn’t hurt to make sure that they’re on board first.

However, if you don’t have a driveway and will need the skip on a nearby road, simply let us know and we can help you get a permit from your local council.

Manholes & Sewers

Whether we are delivering a skip to a nearby road or up your driveway, it’s vital that we are notified of manholes, sewer entry points or any potential weak areas that could be blocked or damaged by our vehicles. Most manholes are only strong enough to withstand the average road vehicle.

It’s important to note that we cannot be held responsible for any damage to these areas when on a customer’s property, so make sure that you speak to our team about these issues when you book your skip. This way, we can work around them.


As our skip trucks are much larger than normal road vehicles, their turning circles, as you can imagine, are pretty big too. With this in mind, make sure that you factor this in if your skip is being delivered to a cul-de-sac and make us aware during the booking process.

Why Choose Smith Recycling?

  • Cost effective, compliant disposal & recycling service
  • Fully licensed waste carriers with years of industry experience
  • We offer a broad range of skip sizes to suit all projects
  • Domestic & trade welcome

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