Will I need a permit for my skip?

You do not need a permit if the skip is to be placed on your own land. However a permit is required from your Local Authority if it is to be placed on the road, or verges.

How do I obtain a road-side permit?

We will organise the permit on your behalf, (£25 in England, free in Scotland) any additional cost will be added to the cost of your skip.

How long does it take to obtain a road-side permit?

In England, it takes 3 working days. In Scotland it can take up to 14 days.

What should I do if there are potential access issues?

Contact our team and we will see what we can do. If there are any other potential access issues, then we will aim to work out the most suitable solution.

What areas do you deliver to?

We deliver across most of Cumbria along with parts of South West Scotland. We have three bases in Carlisle, Penrith and Workington.

How much will it cost to hire a skip?

Costs are dependent on the size of skip, the type of waste you plan to fill it with and where you need the skip delivering to. Additional costs may be incurred if a permit is required to site the skip on the road - we will pay this directly to the local authority on your behalf.

How do I pay for my skip?

We can accept payments over the telephone or via our website. For trade account customers, you will be billed via an invoice. If you would like to set up a trade account, please contact our team or fill out this form.

How long will it take for my skip to arrive?

We aim to deliver all skips within 24 hours of receipt of your order, or on the date you specified when booking.

Do I have to wait at home for delivery?

No. You don't have to be in for us to deliver, or collect. If you have any specific delivery instructions about where you want the skip placing then please advise our team when placing your order.

How long can I keep the skip?

Customers may keep the skip as long as they require it, however after 2 weeks the skip will be liable for an additional weekly rental fee. In the case where a skip becomes due for return, we will call the customer and either arrange for collection, or take payment for the required extension.

How do I arrange collection of a skip once it is full?

Just call or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll arrange to collect the skip. We aim to collect skips within 48 hours, and you don't have to be in for collection.

What happens if I overfill my skip?

A skip which has been over-filled will not be collected as it is unsafe and illegal to do so. If we arrive to collect your skip and it has been over-filled it will not be collected and you may face additional charges.

Can I put garden waste in my skip?

Yes. Green garden waste can be placed in a skip.

Can I put electrical equipment in my skip?

No. Please contact us for further advice.

What hazardous waste can I put in my skip?

If you need to dispose of hazardous waste, please contact the Trotters team who can advise on the options available. Hazardous waste must not be placed in skips.

Where does the waste go after it is collected?

Trotters are committed to reducing landfill and protecting our environment. Waste collected from skips will be disposed of responsibly in all cases with a focus on recycling.

Does Trotters offer trade prices?

Yes, please complete the trade form or contact our team if you would like more information.

  • We aim to deliver within 24 hours of request (or on the day specified)
  • We aim to collect within 48 hours of request (or on the day specified)
  • Free no obligation quote
  • Value for money – we regularly check our competitors' prices
  • Peace of mind – Environmentally friendly company
  • Friendly, experienced staff and drivers

Skip Hire Advice & Help

Our online ordering process is designed to make hiring a skip as easy as possible. If you have any questions, read our FAQs, or feel free to speak to our team, or email us, for a bit of extra advice.

Skips cannot be placed on roads or verges without the appropriate permit from a local authority.

Trotters Skips are happy to organise road-side permits on your behalf.

In England, it takes 3 working days to obtain a road-side permit and costs £25.

In Scotland, it takes 14 working days to obtain a permit, but they are free.

Please bear this in mind when booking a skip and advise our team if a permit will be needed, or if there are any potential access issues with placing a skip on your land (such as limited space in gateways, narrow lanes).