Skip Hire Prices – How much does skip hire cost?
Skip hire is great way to clear unwanted waste, and they are often one of the most affordable methods to dispose of your rubbish. There are a number of components that influence the cost of a skip, and our cost guide will run you through our skip hire prices in the UK. The most common factors that will impact on the cost of your hire include the size of the skip required, the hire duration, your location within the UK and whether you require a skip hire permit.
Cost of Different Sized Skips
The biggest factor in the price of hiring a skip is the size required, with smaller skips costing less than larger skips. This is primarily due to the amount of waste each skip can take. Every skip company needs to dispose of the waste collected in the skip, often using a combination of recycling, incineration and landfill.
In order to help keep costs low, recycling is extremely important to the skip and waste removal industry, and on average more than 80% of all collected rubbish is recycled. To ensure you are not paying more than you need to, take a look at our skip size guide to help decide on what size skip you will need.
Please note: the prices below are a guide of our skip hire, and prices may vary. For accurate pricing for your specifications, please request a quote.
2-3 Yard Mini Skip Hire
Cost: Prices from £60
Size: Approximately 25-35+ Bin Bags
4-5 Yard Midi Skip Hire
Cost: Prices from £100 – 260
Size: Approximately 45-55+ Bin Bags
6 Yard Skip Hire
Cost: Prices from £110
Size: Approximately 65+ Bin Bags
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8 Yard Skip Hire
Cost: Prices from £150 – 375
Size: Approximately 80+ Bin Bags
10 Yard Skip Hire
Cost: Prices from £170
Size: Approximately 100+ Bin Bags
12 Yard Skip Hire
Cost: Prices from £220 – 450
Size: Approximately 120+ Bin Bags
14 Yard Skip Hire
Cost: Prices from £200
Size: Approximately 145+ Bin Bags
16 Yard Skip Hire
Cost: Prices from £220
Size: Approximately 170+ Bin Bags
18 Yard Skip Hire
Cost: Prices from £275
Size: Approximately 195+ Bin Bags
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20 Yard Roll-on Roll-off Skip Hire
Cost: Prices from £290
Size: Approximately 220+ Bin Bags
30 Yard Roll-on Roll-off Skip Hire
Cost: Prices from £340
Size: Approximately 330+ Bin Bags
40 Yard Roll-on Roll-off Skip Hire
Cost: Prices from £400
Size: Approximately 440+ Bin Bags
Lockable Skip Hire
Size: Sizes vary
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Other Skip Hire Pricing Factors
Whilst the size of a skip is the main factor in how much a skip will cost, there are a number of other factors that can influence pricing. Below are some of the other factors that may affect how much you pay to hire a skip:
Cost of Council Permits
If the skip will be placed on council land, such as a public road, you will normally require a skip hire permit. If you are able to place the skip on your own property or other privately owned land, you will not require a skip permit. Skip hire permits are issued by local councils, and different councils charge varying fees to obtain a permit, often ranging from £15 to more than £60. As skip hire permits are normally obtained from the council by your skip hire company, they can often be included within the skip hire prices you are quoted.
Skip Hire Prices by Region
Skip hire prices often vary from city to city, and hire costs are generally higher in Greater London and the South of England. The cheapest skip hire prices can be found further north, in places such as Scotland, Northern Ireland and the North of England. For example, hiring a 6 yard skip in London will cost between £135-£220, yet the same sized skip in Yorkshire will cost between £90-115. To ensure you always find the best skip hire deals, take a look at our tips for cheaper skip hire.
Another factor that commonly influences price is the skip hire period. Generally, the longer the skip hire period, the more you will have to pay. However, this is not always the case, as some skip hire providers now offer unlimited hire periods.
Longer hire periods can also result in increased skip permit costs. If you have placed your skip on council land, long term hire will require permit extensions and renewals, as most councils only issue permits that are valid for 14 days to 1 month.
Are there any hidden costs or charges I should be aware of?
Generally, there shouldn’t be any hidden costs or charges when hiring a skip. In the past, skip hire has generally been used primarily by commercial clients, and as such, many skip hire companies quote prices excluding VAT. When comparing quotes to find the best deal, ensure you check whether the total prices are inclusive of VAT.
If you hire a skip, it is also your responsibility to know what has been thrown in. You may be charged additional fees if your skip is found to contain prohibited items and waste that requires specialist disposal.
Skip Weight Limits
Every skip firm has different rules and regulations regarding how much weight can be put into a skip. As a general rule, the weight limit of a skip can be determined by assuming that each cubic yard of waste will equal approximately 1 tonne. As such, a 2-yard skip will hold 2 tonnes, and an 8-yard skip will hold 8 tonnes.
Whilst skips ranging from 2 to 8 yards can normally be filled to the load level with heavy materials, such as dirt and rubble, larger skips should generally be filled with a combination of heavy and light waste, due to the weight limitations of the loading truck.
When considering your waste disposal options, it is important to remember that whilst most types of waste can be thrown into a skip, there are some restricted items. In most cases, items that are not permitted in a skip can be taken to your local council run recycling centre. Common items that are not permitted in a skip include:
- Electrical Items, including fridges, TV’s, microwaves, etc.
- Solvents, Paint and Oil
- Compressed Gas Cylinders
- Hazardous Waste, including asbestos, explosives, etc.
- Plasterboard, which must be disposed of separately to other waste
Every skip hire company has different rules regarding what can and cannot be thrown into a skip, so if you are unsure about your waste, it is a good idea to check with the skip provider.
After collection, every skip is emptied and the contents are sorted into piles for recycling and landfill, so attempting to hide restricted items in your skip is not advisable. If prohibited items are found in your skip, you may be charged additional disposal fees, which would increase your skip hire costs.