Whether you’re purchasing a new property or whether you’re keen to renovate your existing home to boost its value on the market, the question “what size skip do I need” is a common one.

Even the smallest scale home renovation project will generate bags worth of waste, so knowing how to choose the right sized skip is essential.

Getting rid of household waste can be a challenge at the best of times these days.

Many councils have reduced their regular refuse collections, leaving homeowners having to use their local household waste recycling centre for waste disposal of even regular items, let alone the amounts of waste produced during a home renovation.

To avoid filling your wheelie bins until they’re overflowing or having to take endless bin bags of waste to local waste recycling centres, we’ve brought you this helpful skip size guide so you can get the right skip hire to suit your requirements.

Read on and discover which skip is ideal for your project, both large and small!

In this article you’ll find:

Do I really need a yard skip?

Which type and size of skip do skip hire companies offer?

What is the recommended skip size for my project?

Where can I find skip hire prices? 

Do I Really Need a Yard Skip?

A skip holds a lot more bags of waste than your regular domestic bin, and you’re going to be generating lots of black bin bags and bulky waste when you’re getting ready to put your property on sale or to move into.

That’s why we definitely recommend that you hire a skip when carrying out any home renovations projects.

Choose the right skip and you’ll save yourself a lot of time and effort.

Finding ways of transporting countless bin bags of construction waste, not to mention potentially hazardous waste to a waste collection site involves a lot of energy, stress, and possible health issues.

Carrying heavy demolition waste will take its toll on your body and could cause back problems, you could cut yourself on sharp objects or glass, and of course, there are health risks associated with asbestos disposal.

You may also be prevented from disposing of certain types of waste at your local recycling centre. A skip based on your property will allow you to get rid of everything in one fell swoop.

With this in mind, it makes sense to use a commercial waste management company to take your rubbish to a transfer station and off your property.

Which Type and Size of Skip do Skip Hire Companies Offer?

Different companies offer different types of skips but the chain builder skip and roll on roll off skips (also known as RoRo skips) are the most common.

Ranging from a 2-yard skip to a 12-yard skip and even a 16 cubic yards skip, chain skips are generally ideal for most domestic projects.

However, if you are producing lots of bin bags worth of waste, a rollon rolloff skip could be a better choice.

Yard rollon rolloff skips suit large-scale or commercial projects where a lot of heavy or light bulky waste, heavy materials like soil garden waste and rubble are being collected, or a lot of general waste like metal recycling, plastic recycling or wood is being generated.

Skip sizes must match the goals of your project. This skip size calculator will help you determine the right skip sizes for your needs in terms of how many bin bags each can hold.

As an example, a 2 cubic yard skip is capable of containing between 15 and 20 bags.

  • 2 yard – 4-yard skip – ideal for a smaller project like a house or garage clear out, these are known as a mini skip or a midi skip.
  • 6-yard skip – known as a 6 cubic yard builder skip, these are popular for mid-sized projects like kitchen refits. They hold approximately 50-60 black bin bags or an equivalent amount of loose waste in cubic metres.
  • 8-yard skip – these are ideal for heavier construction waste like rubble or concrete and perfect for large refits and renovations.
  • 10-yard skip – great for house clear-outs that involve lots of bulky furniture items, this larger skip can fit wardrobes, sofas and beds with ease.
  • 12 yard – 16-yard skip – known as a maxi skip, these are the largest chain skips which are suited to full-scale house clearance projects and building works.
  • 20-yard RoRo skips – these can accommodate up to 200 bin bags and are suited to heavy waste like brick and soil.
  • 40-yard RoRo skips – these can fit up to 400 bags of waste and are ideal for plastics and wood waste.

It’s important to choose the right size skips for your needs as they must be safely loaded and cannot exceed their recommended maximum weight.

Where Can I Find Skip Prices?

You won’t need to visit your local industrial estate searching for a plant hire company near you.

Just go to the customer portal of any waste carriers company and you’ll not only find the top skip hire FAQ but also the types and prices of everything they offer from wait and loads to grab hire.

You’ll also be able to meet the team behind the company so you can make a well-informed choice.

So start researching and get ready for your skip today!

Mick Silver

Mick Silver

Mick Silver is the CEO and co-founder of Moovshack. With over 20 years in the property industry. After working with traditional estate agents, Mick decided to launch Moovshack; a fully interactive property app.