The first step when hiring a skip is to choose the size you require. This can be a daunting process if you've never hired a skip before, with references to builder's skips and cubic yards to contend with. Unless you're a builder with a wealth of experience in estimating the volume of waste, how can you decide which size to order?

Thanks to our friends at Paramount Investments for this guide to skip dimensions. They've helped with many property developments from new builds to commercial investments, so they've seen a skip or two.

Skips are classified in terms of the volume of waste they hold, which is measured in cubic yards, although beware – sometimes a 4 cubic yard skip may be referred as a 4 yard skip or even a 4 tonne skip. Just to confuse matters!

A Guide to Skip Sizes

 

  • 2 Cubic Yards: The smallest skip on offer, also known as the mini skip. This is ideal for light domestic use where you've too much waste to fit in your car. They're mainly used for small house or garden jobs, and hold approximately 20-30 bins bags of rubbish.
  • 4 Cubic Yards: Also known as a medium or midi skip, they're only slightly larger in terms of height and length than the mini, but they hold around twice the amount of waste. Ideal for the refurbishment of a kitchen or bathroom, they hold approximately 30-40 bin bags.
  • 6 Cubic Yards: Another medium sized skip, this is sometimes referred to as a midi skip, or a small builder's skip. They're ideal for bulky items and will hold a substantial amount of builder's rubble and other construction waste. They hold roughly 50-60 bin bags of waste.
  • 8 Cubic Yards: Commonly referred to as a builder's skip, this is the most common skip size on offer, and the largest you can use to remove dense material such as soil and rubble. Used for large renovation projects or heavy construction waste, they hold approximately 60-80 bin bags of waste.
  • 10 Cubic Yards: Also referred to as a large builder's or a maxi skip, this is ideal for house clearances, major building projects and large landscaping projects, and is great for bulky items. It holds approximately 80-100 bin bags of waste.
  • 12 Cubic Yards: This maxi skip is perfect for bulky items and large amounts of light to medium waste. Typically used for large house clearances and large building works or commercial waste, this holds roughly 100-120 full bin bags.
  • 14 Cubic Yards: Another maxi skip, this is used for large scale office or home clearance, with light but bulky items such as furniture. It holds roughly 120-140 bin bags of waste.
  • 16 Cubic Yards: Also known as a maxi skip (just to confuse matters!), order this size for large house clearances with light but bulky furniture, or large amounts of light construction waste including wood, metal or plastics. It holds roughly 140-160 bin bags of rubbish.


It's essential to choose the right skip dimension for the job, and to ensure you don't overfill it, as companies will refuse to collect an overfilled skip, due to weight restrictions or safety.

You also need to consider the location of the skip. Skips require a certain amount of room to be manoeuvred when they are dropped off or collected, and may require a permit if they're being placed on a public road or council owned property, including grass verges.

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