skip hire isn't cheap

Lets take a look at why skip hire isn’t cheap..

Hiring a skip can be an expensive thing to do but what is it that can make hiring a skip so expensive? Let’s take a look at the average price of some of the overheads involved for skip companies located in north wales to help us to understand why skip hire isn’t cheap.


Skips £500/each for standard builders skip

There is a cost to each skip that is purchased by the skip hire company that needs to be taken into account. On average, each standard skip will cost £500. Skip hire companies normally have a lot of these skips and this adds up.

Skip Wagon £35,000+

This is the vehicle that is used to transport the skips. These are large heavy duty vehicles that need to be able to withstand the heavy weight and the wear and tear of continuously picking up and dropping off skips. There is also vehicle Insurance to consider. This is usually around £2000/year per vehicle.

Skip Wagon driver £25,000/year

The skip hire company will need somebody to drive their vehicles. A skip wagon driver will be responsible for picking up and dropping off the skips. The salary for a driver will be in the region of £25,000 a year.

Fuel £20,000/year

Skip vehicles and skips are heavy duty and because of this will weigh a lot. This means that skip hire companies will end up spending a lot in fuel to transport the skips to and from their destinations.

Office staff £18,000/year per member of staff

The administrative side of the business needs to be taken into account when looking at the costs that a skip company has. The company will have to pay for an office and staff to run the business. On average this will cost £18000 a year per member of staff.

Landfill taxes at £35/ton

Once the skip has been collected, the company needs to get rid of the waste. They have two options – paying for landfill or recycling the waste. For every ton of waste the company puts into landfill, they will have to pay £35. If the company recycles the waste then these are the recycling costs to consider: Cost of buying shredders, trommels, weighbridges, picking stations etc – £millions


Soon adds up doesn’t it? It’s important to remember that there is more to the business than just the costs of a skip. Getting rid of waste is not a cheap business, but it has to go somewhere!

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