About our Skip Hire Services

Recycling Lives offers national skip services that provide skips of all sizes, from four to 40 yards, to businesses across the UK as part of our total waste management solutions.

  • Tailoring waste management plans for all commercial waste
  • Meeting the latest safety, environmental and ethical standards
  • Implementing cost-saving measures
  • Increasing recycling rates and reducing landfill
  • Reporting on correct waste disposal to meet regulations
  • Generating revenue from commodities such as metal, cardboard, and plastic

We work with you, performing site audits to ensure you get the maximum cost benefit from your skips. Streamlining waste disposal systems to ensure minimum on-site disruption, while providing opportunities to generate rebates from commodity lead waste streams.

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Skip Hire Network

Recycling Lives brokers nationwide skip hire through Skip Hire Network, an online platform accessing hundreds of our approved skip providers across the UK. 

Skip Hire Network acts as a single point of contact where commercial clients can use a simple booking form to hire skips in locations across the UK. By working with other skip providers, we are able to offer the best value for money, hiring skips out at a low cost while supporting Recycling Lives’ charitable activities.

who we work with

  • tomee tippee ®
  • Superdrug
  • makita ®
  • claire's
  • BRITVIC pic ®
  • Russell Hobbs
  • CocaCola
  • tyco Security Products

Benefits designed to help your business

  • Dedicated account managers; experts in commercial waste recycling
  • Customer Service support team to handle day-to-day account management
  • Bespoke customer portal for skip hire management across multiple sites
  • Monthly reporting on waste collected and materials recycled
  • Site audits from our qualified waste management consultants to increase operational efficiencies and recycling rates
  • Bespoke waste management plans to assess, collect and recycle commercial waste
  • Tailored solutions to maximise revenues from commodities such as metal, cardboard and plastic
  • Compliance Services to ensure you meet all waste disposal legislation and regulations
  • Secure destruction facilities with ability to view footage of waste recycling


Skip Permits

Regardless of whether you are looking for commercial skip services, if you are placing a skip on a public road then you will need to obtain a skip permit from your local council. This is something that we can obtain on your behalf if necessary.

The council will require your address and the start date/delivery date when your skip arrives to issue you with a permit.

The cost of a skip permit varies depending on your location and how long you need it, however, if you receive a skip permit through Skip Hire Network, it will cost £50 for a four-week period.

Skip Hire Regulations

The Duty of Care Regulations state that as a waste holder you must take all reasonable steps to: 

  • Prevent unauthorised or harmful deposit, treatment or disposal of waste 
  • Ensure that all waste is disposed of with a business or individuals that have the correct and relevant environmental permit issued but the Environmental Agency like Recycling Lives
  • Prevent other parties from breaching permit conditions relevant to the type of waste they process
  • Provide an accurate description of the waste when it is transferred to another business or individual
  • Retain waste documentation about non-hazardous waste for two years

In addition, any waste holder must ensure that waste is transferred to a business or individual like Recycling Lives that is: 

  • Registered as a carrier, broker or dealer of waste 
  • A waste management operator with an environmental permit or registered exemption to accept such waste

Skip Hire FAQs

Find the answers to all your questions about Skip Hire below.

Q: What happens to the waste I dispose of in my skip?

Your waste will be processed at an authorised treatment facility according to all UK and EU legislation.

If you require a detailed summary of what happens to your waste we can provide this information for a fee.

Q: How long can I keep the skip?

Skip Hire Network will provide your skip for 2 weeks as a standard. Each additional week is charged at a further £10 + VAT.

Q: What happens if I don’t fulfil my legal duty of care?

Breach of the Duty of Care is an offence, with a penalty of up to £5,000 on summary conviction or an unlimited fine on conviction on indictment.

Q: What waste can I dispose of in my skip?

Our skip hire services will accept any solid, non-hazardous waste, such as building debris, household or garden waste. Unless you have made prior arrangements with a representative we are unable to take; Asbestos, Chemicals (e.g. brake fluid), Lead-acid batteries, Box style TV's and monitors, Fridges and freezers, Fluorescent tubes, Clinical waste or Tyres.
All general household, commercial and garden wastes other than these are acceptable, providing the waste fits within the skip and does not over-fill it. Over-filled skips will not be taken under any circumstances.

Q: What skip sizes does Recycling Lives offer?

Recycling Lives’ Skip Hire Network offers a variety of different skip sizes from four and six yard skips that are perfect for domestic use, to 30 and 40 yard skips, which are mostly used for large house clearances, large garden waste or light building waste.

We also offer open or closed versions of each of these skips. The open skips are most common, but covered skips can be arranged at extra cost if you wish to prevent other people from using it or to make sure all site regulations are adhered to.

Learn more about Recycling Lives

We’ve operated in the recycling sector for 40 years - learn more about our history and impact to date

Get in touch with Recycling Lives

We’d love to hear from you - contact us about recycling waste, working together or joining our team

What Sectors we operate in

We service all sectors - see how we can manage your waste for environmental and social benefit

why work with us

Martin Chown Supply Chain Director Sellafield Limited We are committed to ensuring our local communities derive maximum economic benefit from the money we spend at Sellafield, by insisting companies that win work with us to invest to support local growth. Recycling Lives has these values at its core and I’m excited by their plans. The contract win also allowed for the creation of a number of jobs in Cumbria as we work to open a new site in the county, creating jobs for yard operatives, drivers and site managers. Read moreRead less
Josh Steiner Social Value & Sustainability Manager Wates Group Recycling Lives has reaped the rewards of strong commercial and social credentials to secure large-scale contracts. The high value and quality nature of the service, alongside its demonstrable social benefits has prompted the organisation’s ongoing success, allowing it to expand its range of services and open in new locations to achieve nationwide coverage Read moreRead less
Jeremy Hartley Managing Director Eric Wright Group The Eric Wright Group has always recognised the importance of supporting the local community and using our business activities to improve people’s lives. Working with Recycling Lives gives us an opportunity to continue to make a real difference and achieve more through working together. Read moreRead less

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Change the way you do business - talk to us today about managing your waste, supporting our charitable programmes or joining our team.

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