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Skip hire size guide

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 space.

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.

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