Product Type: Hippowaste in Homeware
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WHAT'S LARGE, YELLOW AND EATS JUNK?..A HIPPOSKIP OF COURSE!
Member Name: lak11
Date: 04/06/13, updated on 05/06/13 (217 review reads)
Advantages: Light when empty so easy to store, Fill when you want, will be collected when you're ready, etc
When we decided to re-fit our kitchen one of our main concerns was how to dispose of the large amount of rubbish that was our old kitchen. We were changing the lay out to some extent and replacing wall and base units as well as worktops and a large sink. Also there would be vast amounts of cardboard boxes which the new flat packed units arrived in. We were going to hire a skip which isn't too much of a problem as we have our own driveway and so do not need to acquire permission for the skip from our borough council nor do we need to go to the bother of getting safety lights as we would have to if it the skip were placed on a public highway. But we do have a car parked on our drive and my husband's work van is often parked on the kerb next to our drive.
HIPPOSKIP versus METAL SKIP
A week or so before the kitchen was due to be delivered I looked on line for skip hire companies and during this process stumbled upon skip bags. I mentioned these to my husband and we both thought that these could prove to be a good option. We looked for the bags in DIY stores such as B&Q and Wickes but found that they only seemed to sell or have in stock, the small waste bag (1 cubic metre), and medium sized (1.5 cubic metres). I understand that Wickes do now stock the large skip sized bag. We knew that with so many cupboards, worktop, large sink, and other bits and pieces that we would be disposing of we would definitely require the largest size of bag. This roughly equates to a medium sized conventional metal skip. My husband was a little sceptical about whether these bags would be strong enough to hold enough in terms of both capacity and weight. We had a good look on the website and read up about these skip bags and saw that a bathroom suite and still more, or even a medium sized dismantled kitchen could fit into one bag and so, after mulling it over, we thought we would take a chance on the bag rather than a traditional skip. This was mainly because we thought there were several advantages to the bag over the metal skip.
These were as follows:
The skip bag is approximately 4.5 cubic metres making it just slightly smaller than the standard size of skip (5 cubic metres) which seems to be the most common size used for domestic hire and can often be seen on the kerbside or in placed in people's front drives, or at least it does in my location. We knew that we would have a lot of rubbish to fill the skip with but we felt that a bag of this size would fit better on the driveway and still leave a clear pathway between the car and the skip bag so that we could have a good pathway with which to access the front door.
A regular skip is delivered and left upon one's driveway and then it stays in that place from delivery until collection, but a skip bag can either be collected from participating stores, or delivered to your door, but when empty and folded it takes up minimal space and can be kept inside a house, garage or shed. If it isn't needed for a while then the front drive or street is not hampered by a large ugly skip.
We inspected the bag as advised and when knowing it was undamaged we re-folded it and then kept it in the large plastic bag which it had been delivered in. This was also folded and tucked out of the way in our front porch. As the old kitchen units were taken down these were placed outside in the back garden until my husband was ready to fill the bag. I think it is a bonus to have the bag ready and waiting rather than being left outside. This is an advantage as with a skip it is quite common for people to take up space in your skip by sneaking their own rubbish into it for free!
With the skip bag there isn't a time limit on the hire period and so we didn't have to rush to fill it; we could have waited for weeks or even months if we had wanted to, at no extra cost. And remember, even when rubbish has been put in the Hippo Skip bag you can choose when you feel it is full enough and only then contact the company so that the bag can be collected.
Price wise we thought from prices we had been given that the Hippobag bag would work out a little cheaper than a traditional skip.
We have our own driveway with a dropped kerb but for those who don't the skip bag is a really good idea as it can be easily placed in a front garden and as it isn't rigid there is some flexibility in where it is placed. When it's collected the lorry is easily able to pick it up from the front garden via the roadside.
The bag may be able to be placed on the kerbside but then, as with a normal skip, local council permission will be required.
The bag was delivered to my door within a few days. It had to be signed for. It was delivered in a large polythene bag. It is deceptive when in the bag and really doesn't look as if it is big enough to hold as much as it does.
WHAT GOES INTO THE HIPPO BAG?
Our skip bag was filled with our old units-the doors, carcasses, shelves, two bar stool type seats, a large sink, worktops plus some other rubbish that we came across while carrying out the work.Manufacturers state that the bags are strong and can take the weight stated but if the bag is damaged perhaps by sharp objects then its efficiency will be compromised.
They recommend that the bags are suitable for: bathroom clearance, kitchens, and garden waste...in fact most domestic DIY waste but not sharp objects.
Once my husband had got to the stage when he was ready to fill the bag he made sure that whilst still empty it was well placed as we knew it could be left in place for around a week and so bearing this in mind we chose to place it as far away from the car as possible but somewhere that the lorry would be able to reach it when it was collected. We made sure that the bag was opened out to its full extent and was as crease free as possible. Once we were happy with its position (bear in mind the bag can't be removed once it is even partly filled) we started to fill it, although this was mostly done by my husband.
We thought that the key to getting the optimum performance from these bags was to ensure that the rubbish was placed in it carefully and sensibly, making use of the space available. My husband put the larger objects in so that smaller objects could be placed inside. He also made sure to put large pieces of wood such as shelves and the old kitchen work top along the inside sides of the bag which helped to reinforce the sides. Really we were delighted with the large amount of bulky items we managed to fit into this skip bag.
When the bag was full my husband rang the company to tell them that the bag needed to be collected. He was told this would be done in about a week.
After a few days had gone by and the bag hadn't been collected I began to get a little anxious. This wasn't because the company had taken longer than stated but it was by now getting near to Christmas. Also we had already had bad weather and I thought that if we experienced more snowfall then that could easily delay the skip bags collection and, as the festive season was fast approaching, I wanted the driveway clear, the front garden cleaned up in preparation for putting up our outdoor Christmas lights. I dreaded the thought of a huge bag of rubbish left cluttering up the drive at a time when I wanted things to look as good as possible.
Bearing this in mind, I decided to ring the company and see if I could hurry them up. I telephoned and was told that the bag would soon be delivered but the man I spoke to said he would try to get a more specific day for me and would ring to let me know. He rang back after a bout ten minutes to say that the bag would probably be collected that very day.
Not long after this conversation the lorry turned up to collect the Hippo Skip.
The manufacturer states that the bag needs to be placed within four metres of the road (public highway) and that the road needs to be at least four metres wide to allow the lorry access to your road or property. The vehicles that collect the Hippo Skips are usually standard 26 tonne lorries.
The bags are hoisted onto the lorry by a crane. I watched this operation with interest from an upstairs window and took photos for the purpose of reviewing. The lorry driver must have thought I was mad or wanted a photo of him; he gave me a friendly wave as he prepared to drive away.
As long as common sense is used and the bag has been placed leaving decent access (remembering the bag has to be hoisted up) for the lorry, with no tree branches or high walls to obstruct the lifting of the bag, then it seems to be quite an easy process for the lorry driver to operate the crane. I watched the driver prepare to hoist the bag by attaching it carefully and then up it went from my property and over the pavement and onto the lorry with nothing at all dropped in the process. I had been worried that something might fall out and damage our car (or perhaps someone else's!) or that the bag could possibly break with the strain it was placed under but fortunately all went very well. I think that as long as the waste in the bag doesn't overfill the bag and stays more or less level with its rim then the bag can be lifted and the waste inside will stay secure within.
We ordered on-line because we couldn't purchase a skip size bag from any local DIY stores quick enough to suit us. When ordering on-line we decided to pay there and then for the delivery of the Hippo Bag and also for its collection at a time chosen when we were ready. We didn't really know how long it would take my husband to dismantle the old kitchen and so this was very convenient for us. We chose the bag and collection package which currently costs £149.98.
The bags seem to be on sale in DIY outlets for around the same price. If you are thinking of purchasing a Hippo Bag then these details from Wickes may be of help (www.wickes.co.uk):
* Width: 90cm
* Length: 90cm
* Capacity: 1 tonne waste (or 1 cubic yard)
* Type: Skip Bag
* Height: 90cm
£8.69 plus a collection charge of £59.99
* Width: 90cm
* Length: 180cm
* Capacity: 1.5 tonnes waste (or 1.5 cubic yards)
* Type: Skip Bag
* Height: 70cm
£11.79 plus a collection charge of £79.99
* Width: 165cm
* Length: 210cm
* Capacity: 1.5 tonnes of waste (or 4.5 cubic yard)
* Type: Skip bag
* Height: 100cm
£27.99 plus a collection charge of £129.99
For us the Hipposkip was definitely a success. We managed to fit a lot into it in terms of weight and bulk. I was pleased with the service we received from the company as both the delivery and collection of the bag happened within the times stated. When we contacted the company we both found the service to be polite and helpful.
I'm not saying we won't ever hire a conventional metal skip again but we are again in need of some type of skip having undertaken more DIY projects as well as work in our garden. We are definitely thinking of using the HipposSkip on this next occasion.
Summary: I would definitely use a Hippobag again.