If you have ever contemplated on hiring a professional skip bag service then you have discovered just like i did that it can cost a lot of money! Your regular 5-6 foot skip that people like to hire one a year can easily come in at €400. That is a very generous amount of money for a service that comes over drops the metal container off to you and then leaves it be until you fill it yourself. All they have to do is take it away, dump it somewhere in a recycling unit and that is business concluded right?
Well, if that is all you think needs to happen to get rid of your waste then no wonder you think it is expensive. You see, there is quite a bit of hassle and expenses involved in making sure your waste is disposed of the correct way. There are a lot of so called ‘cowboy’ skip bag companies in Dublin that simply collect your waste and dump it in the middle of a fields somewhere. This is known as ‘fly-tipping’ in the industry and is definitely illegal. To give you an idea of how your quote for the container delivery and collection is made I would like to take a look at some of the overheads involved for a typical skip bag hire company.
The skip wagon that is specifically made to drop off the container in tight and awkward spaces is definitely not cheap, they range anything from €30,000 to 75,000 for a better quality one. The container itself costs around €400-700 for a standard construction & residential unit use. Your vehicle, public liability and employer’s liability insurance come in at around €5,000+ whatever your employee number is. Next, we would have the wages for your office and truck drivers come in at around €30,000 a year on average, let’s not forget our yearly fuel expenses of about €25,000 depending on how many vehicles you are operating.
Last but not least the hefty landfill tax in Ireland, which is of course essential and perfectly fair at about €40 per ton. And this is just an overview of what is needed, we have not even touched the costs of buying recycling licences and office supplies etc. Once you have realised this, you will begin to see why you are easily charged €400 for a mere drop off and collection of a metal container. At this point the price should look a bit more fair and honest to you.