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Tips on hiring a skip

Hiring a skip to clear out your clutter can be a little daunting. Skips come in 4 main sizes

  • Mini
  • Midi
  • Builders
  • Large (not for heavy waste ie soil, stones or brick)

Be realistic about what needs to be thrown out as very often two small skips will be more expensive than one bigger one!! If you are moving home why pay for items you never use .

Types of Skips to hire


  • Suitable for low volume waste projects
  • Small and Convenient
  • Approx 25-35 Black Bags
  • Capacity: 1-2 cu yards (0.76-1.5 cu metres)
  • Height: 2'6" (0.76 metres)
  • Length: 5' (1.52 metres)
  • Width: 4' (1.22 metres)


  • Suitable for low volume waste projects
  • Small and Convenient
  • Approx 35-45 Black Bags
  • Capacity: 3-4 cu yards ( 2.5 - 3.5 cu metres)
  • Height: 3'2" (0.97 metres)
  • Length: 6' (1.83 metres)
  • Width: 4'3" (1.29 metres)


  • Suitable for Domestic or Business
  • Most popular Type
  • Approx 65-85 Black Bags
  • Capacity: 6-8 cu yards (4.6 - 6.1 cu metres)
  • Height: 4' (1.22 metres)
  • Length: 12' ( 3.66 metres)
  • Width: 5'6" (1.68 metres)


  • Suitable for Domestic or Business
  • Suitable for very bulky Items
  • Approx 180-210 Black Bags
  • Capacity: 12 - 14 cu yards (9.2 - 10.7 cu metres)
  • Height: 5'3" (1.6 metres)
  • Length: 13'8" (4.2 metres)
  • Width: 6' (1.84 metres)

Restrictions on what can and cannot be thrown into a skip are usually

  • Fridges/Freezers
  • Tyres
  • Paint Cans
  • TV's/Monitors
  • Asbestos
  • Clinical/Medical Waste
  • Florescent Tubes
  • Solvents
  • Liquids
  • Oil
  • Batteries
  • Plasterboard (max 10% of load)
  • Hazardous/Toxic Material

If you don't have room for a skip on your drive, you can place it on the road, however a licence from the local council needs to be applied for. The charge levied varies across the UK and so does the notice the council require. If you need a skip on council property (inc the Highway) then contact your skip hire company and they can advise on the cost and procedure for your local council.

As the vehicles delivering the skip to your house are LGV's and normally very large, please make sure that there is sufficient access to allow it in/out safely.

When you hire a skip the price will usually include delivery, collection, disposal and hire for up to 10 days (prices are normally quoted excluding VAT).


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