Frequently Asked Questions

Hopefully, the information below will answer any questions you may have about ordering a skip. If there are any other matters you would like to discuss, please call our friendly office team on 01622 880610.

What size skip do I need?

It depends on how much waste you have. Our skip sizes page will give you an idea of how much can fit in the different sizes. Our most common sizes are 6 yard and 8 yard – most skips that you see out and about on residential driveways are one of these sizes. The maximum size we can give you for skips ordered for heavy material (soil, rubble, hardcore) is 6 yard due to the weight and lifting capacity of our lorries.

What can go in a skip?
MetalFridges & Freezers
PlasticHazardous & toxic materials
StoneHighly flammable substances
BricksGas canisters and gas bottles
SoilClinical or Medical waste
Garden WasteFood waste
Electricals including TVsLiquids
White Goods (except those with gas)Fluorescent Tubes
Paint cans (Made solid)Oil, diesel or petrol
Mattress £30 each extra charge
Plasterboard – extra charge POA
Tyres – extra charge POA
Where can I place my skip?

On your own driveway or garden, or on any private land with the permission of the landowner. If your skip needs to be placed on a road or on council owned land, it will need a permit – see below.

Any skips put on your own land are placed at your own risk. If you are worried about damage to your property, it is advisable to place boards down (scaffold boards or ply sheets) on your driveway to protect it before your skip is delivered.

Skip Licences (Road Permits)

If your skip is being placed on a public highway or on land belonging to the council, it will need a permit from the local council. We arrange these for you at an additional charge.

Permits take at least 3 clear working days to process so you will need to arrange this with us about a week or so before your skip is required.

Permits in the Medway council area last for 2 weeks. Permits for other areas last for 7 days. If you have not finished with your skip in this time, permits can be renewed. Renewals also take 3 clear working days to process and cost a further £60.

How much does a skip cost?

Our skips start from £150+VAT. Call us on 01622 880610 for a quote.

How long do I get the skip for?

The standard hire period for any skip size is up to 2 weeks. However, during quieter periods we can be flexible with this arrangement if discussed in advance. If you would like to keep your skip for longer than the standard 2 weeks, please contact us to discuss the options available.

We can also offer:

  • Same day collection: We can drop off your skip and pick it up the same day
  • Next day collection: We can drop off your skip and pick it up the next day
  • Wait and load: We can wait while you load your skip and take it straight away. You’ll need to be able to load your skip in about 20 minutes for this service.
How do I pay for my skip?

We will normally take a card payment over the phone at the time of booking. We do not accept American Express cards. For details of alternative methods of payment, please contact us.

What areas do you deliver to?

We offer skip hire services in Sittingbourne, Sheerness, Minster and the Isle of Sheppey, Faversham, Maidstone, Medway, Rochester, Chatham, Walderslade, Rainham, Gillingham, Strood, West Malling, Kings Hill, Aylesford, Ditton. All Kent ME postcode areas are covered.

We may also be able to deliver to Gravesend, Charing and Tonbridge areas for an additional charge.

When will you collect my skip?

Although our standard hire period is up to 2 weeks, we will not automatically collect your skip unless it is subject to a road permit that is expiring. Please contact us when you want your skip collected – we can usually collect next day.

Can the skip be put over a hedge or fence?

If the hedge or fence is less that 3ft, this is usually possible. However, booking the skip is at your own risk and we cannot be held responsible for any damage caused to your property as a result of delivering or collecting the skip.

Can I book a specific time for my skip to be delivered?

We plan the delivery / collection schedules based on the jobs being done that day and to ensure maximum fuel and time efficiency for our vehicles. However, if you would like an AM or PM slot, we can mostly accommodate your request. It is, however, not guaranteed as we can never foresee exceptional circumstances such as traffic issues or break downs.

How much notice do I need to give?

We can usually deliver or collect next day subject to availability, but you are welcome to book much further in advance. Advance booking is advisable during busy periods such as bank holidays. If you require a skip licence (road permit), these require at least 3 clear working days to process.

What happens to my waste?

All waste from skips is brought back to our licenced waste transfer station. Here our dedicated yard team pick through and sort the waste into types: wood, metal, paper and card, inert material (such as soil and hardcore) and non recyclables. The different types are then transferred back out to specialist companies for further treatment and processing.

Do you dispose of the waste responsibly?

We are a fully licenced waste carrier and licenced waste transfer station. We are regulated by the Environment Agency and adhere to all required standards.

Are you open weekends and bank holidays?

Our drivers deliver from 7am to 5pm Monday to Friday. We do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays. We are closed between Christmas and New Year.

Our offices are open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday only.

Do you take mattresses?

We can take mattresses but these are charged extra at £30+VAT per mattress, regardless of size.

The access to my property is very narrow. Can I still have a skip?

Our main fleet of skip lorries are 9ft wide, therefore your property access needs to have adequate clearance to allow for the size of the lorries and the turning circle required. A wasted journey charge is applicable where we have attended the property but have been unable to deliver/collect the skip because of restrictions or obstructions.

Do I have to be at home when you deliver or collect the skip?

If your skip has been paid for over the phone, you have given adequate instructions and there is unrestricted access to the location, you do not need to be in attendance.

If you have any other queries that are not answered here, please do not hesitate to contact us.

BR Skip Hire / BR Recycling are the trading names of M D Butler.
Office Address:
Foxdene, Rumstead Lane, Stockbury, Sittingbourne, Kent ME7 9RT.
Tel: 01622 880610 | Email:

Waste Carrier Registration Number CBDU157131. Site Licence Number: EPR/DB3406XQ/A001