Hiring a skip is an ideal waste management solution if you’re working on a long-term construction or renovation project that involves large quantities of waste and debris. Acting as a large bin, they provide you with somewhere to easily store your rubbish before being collected and taken to a waste transfer centre.

However, if you’re looking to hire a skip, it’s important you choose one which is the right size for your requirements. Measured in cubic yards, a wide range of skip sizes are available, so the one you need will depend on the quantity of waste you need to dispose of. A skip too small will mean you have excess waste, thus requiring you to rent another skip, whilst a skip that is too big will cost you more and take up unnecessary space on your driveway, building site or property.

In this guide we’ve discussed the various sized skips, explaining which types of projects they’re suited to.

4 Yard Skip

Suitable for low volume waste clearance, 4-yard skips are one of the smallest sized skips you can rent. They generally have the capacity to hold up to 40 bin bags full of waste and are often the favoured size for those carrying out domestic work like kitchen and bathroom refits or garden clearance.

Convenient and affordable, their small size makes them perfect for jobs where space is limited as they can be placed in gardens or on driveways.

Height = 0.9m / 3ft
Length = 1.8m / 6ft
Width = 1.4m / 4ft 6in

6 Yard Skip

Holding up to the equivalent of 60 filled black bin bags, 6-yard skips are one of the most commonly hired size skips. Not only are they suitable for small to medium-sized domestic projects like kitchen, bathroom and garden renovations, but they also provide enough space to handle bulky waste produced from building and construction sites.

Height = 1.2m / 4ft
Length = 2.6m / 8ft 6in
Width = 1.5m / 5ft

8 Yard Skip

Sometimes referred to as a builder’s skip, 8-yard skips are probably the most popular size skip. This size skip lends itself perfectly to a whole host of commercial, industrial and domestic projects and is the ideal size for storing bulky waste as well as heavy waste like soil, concrete and rubble.

Each 8-yard skip has the capacity to hold up to around 80 bin bags. If you’re carrying out a commercial refit or a large household clearance with a lot of heavy waste, this is likely to be the skip for you.

Height = 1.4m / 4ft 6in
Length = 3.4m / 11ft
Width = 1.8m / 6ft

10 Yard Skip

10-yard skips provide an effective solution for home improvement, commercial and industrial projects that that involve large amounts of waste. This is because they can hold approximately 100 black bin bags of rubbish. These skips can’t, however, hold heavy materials like soil and stone as they then become too heavy for a removal lorry to lift.

12 Yard Skip

Also known as jumbo skips, 12-yard skips are suited to large and significant projects like full office and house clearances. Each skip can accommodate up to the equivalent of 120 filled bin bags. Although it can hold considerable amounts of metal, wood, plastic and other waste, like a 10-yard skip, it’s not suitable for heavy waste like soil, rubble and concrete.

Height = 1.7m / 5ft 6in
Length = 3.66m / 13ft
Width = 1.8m / 6ft

Roll On, Roll Off (RoRo) Skip

Roll On, Roll Off (RoRo) skips enable you to store even more waste than traditional skips. Their extra-large dimensions are ideal for the removal of large amounts of bulky waste generated by commercial and industrial organisations.

They’re available in a range of sizes – from 20-yards to 40-yards – with the larger sized ones able to hold around 400 black bin bags of rubbish.

Due to their vast size, RoRo skips do require a large amount of space to be stored, delivered and picked up. This is why they’re usually only utilised by commercial and industrial clients working on building sites and large-scale developments.

Skip Hire Cost

The cost of hiring a skip depends on a variety of factors. The size of the skip you want to hire (large skips cost more than smaller ones) and how long you want the skip for will both have an impact on the final cost. Where you want the skip will also be considered when determining the overall cost as it will need to be delivered and picked up by a lorry.

If you want to place your skip on a public road, you’ll also require a permit/license from your local council. However, if applicable, most skip rental companies will arrange this for you.

With ETM Recycling, you can organise, book and pay for your skip online. All that’s required is for you to select the size of skip you wish to rent, arrange the drop off and pick up dates, and complete the relevant details.

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Skip Hire with ETM Recycling

Here at ETM Recycling, we specialise in supplying skips of all sizes for domestic and trade hire purposes in Bristol and the surrounding areas. Whether you require a 4 yard or RoRo skip, we have a cost-effective solution for you.

We’ll also remove and dispose of your waste efficiently at our state-of-the-art material recycling facility.

Book your skip online or get in touch with a member of our team to find out more.

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