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Choosing The Right Skip – A Guide

Skips are used every day; they will often be seen on driveways or on building sites, but do you know the different kinds of skips available? Read our skip hire guide to help you choose the right type and size skip!

The Basics of Skip Hire

  • A skip is generally measured in cubic yards: Length x Width x Height.
  • Skips aren’t just large metal containers that can house tonnes of waste; look more closely and its clever design tweaks and features make the skip usable for many different requirements.
  • The contents of the waste in your skip is important. Some waste needs to be taken care of separately, such as asbestos. Any hazardous waste needs its own container and measures need to be in place to ensure no cross contamination takes place.
  • The bigger the skip, the more I can fill with waste, right? Wrong! Skips are carefully designed and measured to withstand either heavy or bulky waste. A container such as a 16yd skip is big, but is only suitable for large amounts of bulky waste, rather than lots of heavy waste such as concrete slabs.

Skip Hire Guide 101: Do I need a skip?

Planning a spring clean or an overdue garage clear out? If you have large amounts of waste, then hiring a skip might be the answer. 

You’ll also need to factor in the type of waste you have to decide whether you need a skip. For instance, if you have electrical waste to get rid of, this isn’t something that can go into a skip.


  • A central location for your waste – No back-and-forth trips to the tip
  • Waste attracts pests! Using a skip will limit any unwanted guests appearing around your home
  • Storing waste in a skip rather than in the garden on grass or soil will reduce any damage to the environment
  • An ideal solution for long-term projects. For customers that require a skip for home clearances or larger projects, you can hire a skip for 1-4 weeks to suit

What size skip do I need?

Before deciding what size, a few things to consider:

  • How much waste do you have?
  • How long will it take you to load your waste?
  • When do you need it?

Skips are known to have more than one name in the trade, so it can be difficult to identify what named skip is what size. We’ve tried to keep things simple and noted the common nicknames used along with sizes.

Domestic/Business Waste Skip Hire Guide

Midi Skip – 4 Yard Skip

  • Enough room for approx. 40 bin bags
  • Perfect for small household clear outs: bathroom or kitchen refits
  • Regularly fits on most standard driveways
  • Dimensions: (length x width x height) – approx. 6ft x 4ft x 3.5ft or 1.83m x 1.22m x 1.04m

Smaller Builders Skip – 6 Yard Skip

  • Enough room for approx. 60 bin bags
  • Perfect for larger household clear outs: lofts, refits or renovations
  • Regularly used for small to moderate building sites
  • Dimensions (length x width x height) – approx. 8.6ft x 5ft x 4ft or 2.6m x 1.52m x 1.22m

Large Builders Skip – 8 Yard Skip

  • Enough room for approx. 80 bin bags
  • Perfect for moderate household or commercial clear outs, renovations and refits
  • Regularly used for lightweight, bulky waste
  • Dimensions (length x width x height) – approx. 12ft x 5.6ft x 4ft or 3.66m x 1.68m x 1.22m

May not be suitable for heavy waste (e.g. soil, rubble, concrete slabs etc.)

Maxi Skip – 12 Yard Skip

  • Enough room for approx. 120 bin bags of waste or equivalent
  • Perfect for full household, office or commercial clear outs, renovations & refits
  • Regularly used for shop fits
  • Dimensions (length x width x height) – approx. 12.2ft x 5.10ft x 5.6ft or 3.7m x 1.78m x 1.68m

May not be suitable for heavy waste (e.g. soil, rubble, concrete slabs etc.)

Prices for Midi, Maxi and Smaller/Larger builders skips are listed on the website, pop in your postcode to find the best price in your area.

Construction/Specialised Skip Hire Guide

RoRo’s – Roll on Roll off Skip

  • Ideal for larger construction waste such as building site project, demolition and manufacturing waste
  • Sizes vary from 15yd–20yd – suitable for large amounts of heavy waste, and 20yd–40yd – suitable for large amounts of light waste.
  • A 15yd-20yd RoRo can typically hold around 220 bin bags
  • A 40yd RoRo can typically hold around 440 bin bags
  • Dimensions differ, contact us for more information

Enclosed skip

  • Ideal for hazardous wastes such as asbestos, a waste that needs to be kept separate from others and remain undisturbed
  • Suitable for general waste, recycling materials, heavy and bulky waste or in locations where security is an issue, while also protecting its contents from the elements.
  • Fastenings are available to lock if necessary
  • Dimensions differ, contact us for more information

Prices for larger construction skips can vary depending on location, contact us for us to find the best price in your area.

What waste goes where?

Perhaps the most asked question from customers is: what goes into a skip? Of course, our skip hire guide wouldn’t be much of a guide if we didn’t answer!

Waste is a heavily regulated industry, but it’s not always easy to know what waste goes where. It is important to know whether the waste you are producing is hazardous or non-hazardous and, if you are producing both types, it is important not to mix the two.

So, what can go into a skip?


Household items

  • Wood
  • Tiles
  • Furniture
  • Garden waste
  • Cardboard
  • Clothes
  • Paper
  • Bottles, cans, food packaging

Heavy Materials

  • Bricks
  • Concrete
  • Metals
  • Rubble
  • Stones


  • Batteries
  • Asbestos
  • Large electrical appliances
  • Clinical or medical waste
  • Food waste
  • Tyres
  • Plasterboard
  • Solvents, fuels and paints
  • White goods
  • Hazardous and toxic materials
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Gas bottles
  • Televisions

An overloaded skip

Every skip is designed to be filled to the top and not beyond! Overloaded skips may be too heavy for the collecting vehicle to pick up. As a result, it may well not be safe to transport without waste flying out all over the road. If a skip is overloaded on collection, it would simply not be transported.

Now you know not only the different types of skips available (who knew there were so many to choose from), but also the type of waste each size skip can withstand.

What is a skip hire permit? 

A skip hire permit, sometimes known as a skip license, is a document that is required by law for any skip situated on a public highway. Without one it can result in a skip being removed without notice paired with a hefty fine. 

Permits are provided by the local highway authority – however if you hire a skip via Site Solutions, you don’t need to worry about it, we will organise it all  on your behalf.

How much will a skip permit cost?

On average, permits cost around £30, however this will vary according to your location and duration required. Generally, skip permits can last around 2 weeks. 

Do I need a skip hire permit?

A permit is required if a skip will be kept on any public highway land (which can include the road itself, the pavement, parking spaces or the verge. If a skip will be situated on a private driveway or garden, then a permit is not needed. However, if the property is rented, prior permission will be needed by a landlord.

If you’re not sure if you require a permit, give us a call and we will sort this for you.

Hopefully you found the information you were looking for in this comprehensive skip hire hire guide. If not, why not get in touch and we’d be happy to advise.

What next…

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Find out more about our domestic waste services 

Explore our business waste services

Learn more about our construction waste services

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