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Skip Hire vs Grab Hire vs Wait and Load

When deciding on a waste disposal method there are a few options which might leave people confused. Skip hire, grab hire and wait and load are the most popular options. We will evaluate each option, look at their advantages and then determine which is the best choice for you.

Skip Hire
Skip hire is the most popular choice for waste disposal for small to medium jobs. The skip rented for a set period of time, is then delivered at an agreed upon date and time, allowing the skip to be filled to capacity with large quantities of waste. When finished with the skip it is then collected by the company. Skip hire is normally offered by regional companies, but Red Skip Hire can serve postcodes across the UK.

There are many sizes of skips available, from small to large, which is of course depending on the needs of the customer. Small skips might be ideal for household or garden waste and larger sizes will be suitable for concrete, rubble and other builders waste. If you need a parking permit to keep the skip on the roadside, this can be arranged by the company providing the skip.

For the majority of use cases, skip hire is the best method for disposing waste.

Grab Hire
Grab hire is the process of hiring a mobile lorry that is dispatched to your location, a mechanical arm then picks up any waste you need collected, stores it in the back of the vehicle and disposes of it, without you having to do much work. Like skip hire, grab lorries also come in various sizes, from a small 4 wheel all the way up to an 8-wheel lorry.

Grab lorries are generally used for shorter periods of time, as a lorry must be dispatched to your location and waste disposed on the same day. Grab hire is recommended for larger projects that need waste disposed quickly, compared to skip hire which can be used for a longer period of time and filled when needed.

Wait and Load
Wait and load is a service which combines multiple aspects of skip hire and grab hire. A vehicle is dispatched to your location, dropping off a skip for you to fill while it waits. Once you fill the skip with waste, the skip is then removed for disposal.

Wait and load hire is useful for those needing access to a skip for a short period of time. For any other uses wait and load becomes expensive quickly as the customer is charged more as time goes on, although some companies charge depending on the amount of waste.

What’s the best option?
This is up to the customer and entirely dependant on their needs. What kind of waste are you dealing with? How long will you need a skip? How much waste will you need to dispose? How quickly do you need it removed? What is your budget? Answer these questions and come to your conclusion. If you still don’t know the answer to some or all of them then you can safely assume all you need is a skip hire.

Generally, we recommend skip hire as the most valuable option for the majority of use cases. It’s cheaper than the other options, can be filled at your own pace as work is carried out and the skip is yours to use for as long as you need it. Of course, there are reasons to use other services if it suits your needs.