So you’ve decided to hire a skip? Whether you’re relocating your business or just planning a
spring clean at home, it’s an easy, affordable and convenient way to dispose of all your
unwanted stuff. But obviously, there’s a big difference between a small skip suitable for a few
pieces of furniture and a large skip designed for bulky waste.
So how do you know which one to choose? Here’s our guide to choosing the right size skip.
4 - 6 yard skips
At the smallest end of the spectrum, these skips are ideal for domestic tasks such as kitchen
and bathroom remodelling, house renovations and garden clearances. Up to 5 feet wide and 8
feet 6 inches long, these skips have a capacity of up to 6 cubic yards.
8 yard skips
The next step up, these skips are ideal for slightly more bulky loads, such as large amounts of
bricks and soil. Capable of holding up to 8 cubic yards of waste, they typically stretch to 12 feet
long and 5 feet 6 inches wide.
16 yard skips
Ideal for large house clearances, shop refits or light construction work, these larger skips can
hold up to 16 cubic yards of waste. However, at almost 14 feet long and 6 feet wide, they need
a lot of space - so you’ll need to be sure that you have the room.
25 yard skips
These larger skips are designed for those carrying out substantial building work, and are ideal
for disposing of large amounts of household waste. Capable of holding up to 25 cubic yards of
materials, they need a substantial drive or garden with at least 20 feet by 8 feet of available
30 yard skips
Similar in size to the 25 yard skip, these slightly larger skips have a capacity of up to 30 cubic
yards of waste. Ideal for large garden clearances, they are best suited to big loads of timber,
wood and green waste.
40 yard skips
The biggest option offered by most hire providers, these skips reach some 8 feet 7 inches in
height and can carry up to 40 cubic yards of waste. Perfect for larger tasks such as property
renovation, they are ideal for disposing of bulky loads of building waste.