Need to shift waste? Fill your boots
Hiring a skip to take away the waste created by a garage clear-out, garden makeover or a small amount of domestic building work has long been a cost-effective option.
But with economists warning that Britain’s decision to quit the EU could have a negative impact on your finances, we examine how householders can save on skip hire costs by transporting unwanted belongings and waste material to a local authority-run waste and recycling centre in the boot of the family car.
Here, Proskips looks at the five cars on the market with extra-large capacity boots.
Boot capacity (without the seats down) 1030 litres
List price: From £42,995
The Mercedes V-Class confidently takes the top spot on our list of cars with the biggest boots. What’s more, the van-like design allows up to eight people in the vehicle, who can help unload your waste at the local tip.
Ford Tourneo Connect
Boot capacity (without the seats down) 1000 litres
List price: From £14,495
Possibly the best value for money vehicle in our list, the five-seater version of this Ford MPV can carry a similar capacity to a four-yard skip. And the car’s huge boot lid means loading your waste is easy.
Boot size (without seats down) 909 litres
List price: From £62,700 on the road
Not only do you get a giant boot with this luxury sports utility vehicle, it comes with four-wheel drive so you can move waste whatever the weather. But remember to sponge down the leather-lined interior after the trip to the tip.
Boot size (without seats down) 875 litres
List price: From £17,995 on the road
One of the best value seven-seater vehicles in its sector, this South Korean MPV comes with decent equipment levels including an MP3 and Bluetooth-compatible infotainment system so you won’t get lost on the way to the tip.
Boot size (without the seats down) 850 litres
List price: From £24,845 on the road
Another bargain load lugger from South Korea, the Hyundai i800 is not only cheap it can carry eight people as well as a mass of waste. Although the interior is well finished and there's a decent driving position, it's awkward to park because of its poor rear visibility.
Proskips acknowledges not vehicle we suggest can match the capacity of an 8-yard skip, which can hold up to 30 bin bags. And hiring a skip removes the hassle of putting your own rubbish into the different recycling streams local authority-run centres now operate.
EU rules – which are likely to remain in place after Brexit is confirmed at some point in 2018 – also prevent hazardous waste, electrical items, tyres, fluorescent bulbs, chemicals such as paint or solvents, medical waste and compressed gas cylinders being placed in a skip.
But the skip hire operators who work with Proskips will remove any other waste, including rubble, soil, furniture and wood. And if you need to leave your skip on the road, we will also arrange all necessary permits.
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