Skips come in a variety of sizes, so to determine the best skip size for your needs, you’ll need to take into account how much waste you think you have and how much space you have on site.
Larger skips work out cheaper per cubic yard, and it pays to be generous in your estimate of the volume you require so you don’t end up having to order a second skip. However, if you are considering hiring a large skip, be aware that many authorities have restrictions on what size skip can be placed on a road, so be sure to check with your local council first. Equally, if you’re planning on putting your skip off road, check beforehand that your front gates are wide enough to allow the skip lorry through!
It’s also important to consider the period of time you think it will take to generate the waste because of things like skip permits and parking bay suspensions.
Finally, when loading, remember that your skip can only be filled level to the top as suppliers face prosecution for unsafe or overweight loads.
The table below sets out the most common skip sizes available together with their length, width and height, and an indication of how many full bin bags they could fit in them. The convention is to describe skip sizes in terms of cubic yards. One cubic yard is an area equivalent to 3 feet high x 3 feet wide x 3 feet deep (ie 27 cubic feet).
Common Skip Sizes
|Skip||Volume||Dimensions||No. of bin bags|
|Mini Skip||2 cubic yards||4x3x3 feet||25|
|Midi Skip||4 cubic yards||6x4x3 feet||35|
|Small Builders’ Skip||6 cubic yards||10x4x4 feet||50|
|Large Builders’ Skip||8 cubic yards||12x6x4 feet||70|
|Large Maxi Skip||12 cubic yards||13x6x6 feet||110|
Source: AnyJunk (August 2010), the UK’s largest rubbish clearance company.