Skip hire guide

See below our helpful guidance to hiring a skip

Hiring a Skip Guide

Hiring a skip if you haven’t done it before can be slightly intimidating. The skip hire industry seems geared towards dealing with people who know exactly what they want and already know how the process works. They talk about ‘cubic yards’, ‘builders skips’ and a whole mass of other jargon to ensure that the average skip hire newbie feels completely at sea. This skip hire guide is designed to help make the whole process a lot less stressful.

What can I put in a skip?

The best answer to what can be put in a skip is to list what cannot be put in a skip. Here are the most common items that cannot be disposed of in a skip:

  • Asbestos
  • Batteries
  • Clinical or medical waste, including syringes
  • Electrical appliances & equipment
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Fridges, freezers and air conditioning units
  • Gas canisters and gas bottles
  • Hazardous & toxic materials
  • Liquids
  • Oil, petrol, diesel
  • Paint & Cans of paint
  • Plasterboard
  • Tyres
  • TVs & computer screens 

What skip size should I hire?

Skips come in lots of sizes – from the very small to the very large. Despite the country going metric years ago, the skip industry is still clinging to the cubic yard as the volume measure for a skip.

A cubic yard is 1 yard (3 foot or 0.92 metres) high x 1-yard wide x 1 yard deep. That’s roughly the size of two standard washing machines or dishwashers.

The most common skip you see on a residential street is 6 or 8 cubic yards. Confusingly they are both referred to as a ‘builders skip’. 

The ideal skip size depends on not just the amount of waste you are creating but also how much space you have to put the skip. The larger the skip, the cheaper it works out per cubic yard of waste removed. But make sure you have enough waste to fill it, otherwise, you’ll end up paying for thin air. Also, bear in mind that most councils will refuse to have a skip larger than 8 yards placed on a public highway.

More information can be found on our skip size page.

How long can I hire a skip for?

Our standard hire period is up to 2 weeks. If you need it longer, just ask. If the skip is being placed on a street, bear in mind the duration of your skip permit. Also note any parking suspension that’s in place. Both cost money, so the longer you have the skip for the greater the extra charges.

Click on our skip permits advice for more information.

Are there any access issues for skip lorries?

As a guide, skip lorries are normally at least 8.5 feet wide and some as wide as 9.5 feet. The skip will need to be placed on the road and you will require a skip permit if:

  • the entrance to your property is not wide enough for that sort of vehicle
  • the ground cannot support at least 7.5 tonnes

Alternatively, you may decide our man and van clearance solution is better suited to your requirements.

How much should I expect to pay for skip hire?

Skip hire prices vary substantially depending on size, waste material and which part of the country you are based in.  The national average price for an 8-yard builders skip is around £250 excluding VAT (£300 including VAT). That’s before the cost of any skip permit or parking bay suspension.  To check prices in your area, enter your postcode at the top of this page and click the red button. Additional information can be found at our skip hire prices for London page and national skip prices page.

Man & Van is cheaper

Don’t forget that in most parts of the UK hiring a skip will cost much more than using a man & van collection service like AnyJunk.  To see how our rates compare to skip hire type in a postcode above and compare the ‘Large’ man & van collection size (which is 7 cubic yards) with the 6 and 8 cubic yard rates for a Skip.

What if I require labour to load the skip?

Skip drivers will NOT help you to load waste or move it around. If you require help filling the skip then our advice is to use our Man & van rubbish clearance service instead.

What is a skip permit or skip license?

Before putting a skip on a road, you need a skip hire permit and, if it’s in a controlled parking zone (ie. on a single yellow line or in a resident’s parking or pay & display bay), you will also need a parking suspension. Both cost money and take at least a few days to arrange.

Go to our skip permit cost page for more details.

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