T Kearney Skip Hire Ltd


Frequently Asked Questions

With almost forty years in the skip hire business, the same questions often pop up from customers.

To make things easier for you, we have compiled a list of answers to the most common queries which come our way. Hopefully this will help you when deciding on the right skip hire package for you. If you have a question which isn’t answered below please contact us.

What Size Skip Do I Need?

It really depends on the size of the job and how much rubbish you are looking to get rid of. We have a wide selection of skips in stock, in different sizes to suit your needs – everything from builders skips for home renovation and construction use, medium skips for house clearance and roofing works or large skips for garden clearance and commercial premises. Check out our Skip Sizes page for full details.


A level loaded skip is one that is filled with waste up to a specific line, avoiding overfilling or waste sticking out at the ends of the container. This prevents the skip from becoming too heavy or unsafe during transportation. Overloading can cause accidents, injuries, and legal consequences.

We do not take over loaded skips and any excess waste will need to be removed prior to the skip being taken away, this causes delays and can result in additional waste in need of further removal.

Please get in touch if you need clarification of the correct level or if you are concerned with the level of your waste prior to collection.

Do I Need Permission To Have A Skip on My Property?

If you are the owner of the property and the skip is not positioned on a public road, you do not need to seek permission. However, if the property is rented or the land does not belong to you, you must obtain consent from the landowner or landlord. In the case of placing a skip on a public road, it is necessary to obtain permission and a license from the Local Authority. We can take care of this arrangement for you. Kindly confirm these details during the booking process.

How long can I keep the skip?

The standard hire period is for up to two weeks. If you need it for a longer period,  we usually can arrange extended terms for you. When your skip is full please let us know, we will be able to arrange to collect within a few days.

What Happens To My Rubbish After Collection?

We are an environmentally-friendly firm. All domestic and commercial waste is taken to a nearby waste transfer centre for sorting into recyclable and non-recyclable materials. The former is then taken to local recycling facilities for processing. In this way, we are able to minimise the amount of rubbish and waste material that ends up in local landfill.

Where Do You Cover?

We are based in Harrow and Wembley, allowing us to cover the whole of North West London and surrounding areas. We have a dedicated crew of drivers who will deliver and collect your skips throughout the working day. We provide skip hire in Barnet, Ealing, Edgware, Finchley, Harrow, Hendon, Kilburn, Northwood, Pinner, Stanmore, Uxbridge, Wembley, and beyond.

What Items Can I Put in a Skip?

There are rules and regulations in place that determine what can be put into a skip for general waste disposal. The following items are among the most common types of garden and household waste that we collect. All of these are perfectly fine to be disposed of in this manner:

• metal
• bricks, rubble, and wood
• uncontaminated soil
• leaves, branches, and other green waste
• broken furniture (excluding upholstered seating)
• electrical items & white goods (excluding fridges/freezers)
• cardboard and plastic packaging
• glass
• plastics
• solidified paints

What Items Can I Not Put in a Skip?

There are certain types of waste that are restricted or prohibited from general waste collection. Often this is because they are hazardous materials or require specialised treatments before they can be disposed of safely. This includes the following: Restricted items which can be placed in the skip for an additional charge:
Restricted items which can be placed in the skip for an additional charge:

• mattresses
• vehicle tyres
• pressurised containers such as gas bottles & fire extinguishers

Prohibited items which must not be placed in skips:

• upholstered seating items – including any part made of or containing leather, synthetic leather,  other fabric or foam:
– sofas
– sofa beds
– armchairs
– kitchen and dining room chairs
– stools and foot stools
– home office chairs
– futons
– bean bags, floor and sofa cushions
• fridges, freezers and air conditioning units
• hazardous or toxic materials
• asbestos
• fuel
• oil
• lead paint
• batteries
• clinical or medical waste
• animal waste
• plasterboard must go into a separate skip and should not be mixed with other waste.

Customers are responsible for all waste in their skip even if put there by someone else so we recommended skips are monitored and secured at all times.

If prohibited or restricted items are found when the skip is emptied they will be subject to additional charges.

Get in Touch Contact Us


If you have a query about our skip hire services that has not been answered on this page, feel free to get in touch. You can contact T Kearney Skip Hire Ltd on 020 8903 0160 and speak to a friendly and knowledgeable member of our team.

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