Oh my word, whoever invented the domestic skip should have a medal . . . it’s hard to imagine how builders and home renovators could possibly manage without one outside on the driveway throughout a project. I am in a very good position to judge these things – having two neighbours in very close proximity who are currently engaged in turning their already fairly substantial little castles into mini kingdoms. Skip hire is a very regulated business – and consequently very expensive to manage and police. The builders next door have been very careful to fill their skip economically i.e. not just dumping stuff – they put long flat doors against the walls of the skip to save space and they’ve broken up large blocks of brickwork as singles can fill tiny spaces. The more they can get in each skip load before it’s collected and emptied, the cheaper the job! The builders cover it at night to stop ‘fly tipping’ of other folks’ junk. The hirer is ultimately responsible for the contents of the skip. . . . .