Skip Sizes

Skips come in a range of sizes, dimensions and shapes, with a selection different accessories available. Choosing the right size and type of skip for your requirements can save you time and money. Our helpful skip sizes guide will ensure that you choose the right skip for your requirements.

Skip Sizes

Skip Hire Sizes throughout the UK

One of the reasons that skips are so popular in the UK is the array of sizes available. Having a large selection of shapes and dimensions ensures that skips are a suitable waste removal solution for any number of jobs, from small DIY home improvements to large industrial projects. We can provide all available skip sizes, ranging from 2-yard mini skips right through to a 40-yard roll-on roll-off skip.

There are 6 common skip categories, which are determined by size and shape: Mini Skips, Midi Skips, Builders Skips, Maxi Skips, Roll-on Roll-off Skips and Lockable Skips.

2 Yard Skip Hire

The smallest skips available are 2 Yard Skips.

Uses: Small skips are useful when you only have a small amount of waste, such as a garden clean up in Autumn. They can usually fit on your property, meaning you will not require a council skip license. Several domestic and commercial uses. Also a popular skip size as a secondary skip, dedicated to plasterboard disposal. Find out more about 2-yard skips.

Dimensions: 5ft (1.52m) Long x 4ft (1.22m) Wide x 3ft (0.91m) High

Size: Approximately 25 Black Bin Bags

Skip Hire Sizes 2 Yards

3 Yard Skip Hire

The versatile and useful 3 Yard Mini Skips.

Uses: Small skips are useful when you only have a small amount of waste, such as a garden clean up. These popular skips are also popular for kitchen and bathroom refitting. They can usually fit on your property, meaning you will not require a council skip license. Several domestic and commercial uses. Find out more about 3-yard skips.

Dimensions: 6ft (1.82m) Long x 4ft (1.22m) Wide x 3ft (0.91m) High

Size: Approximately 35 Black Bin Bags

4 Yard Skip Hire

The Popular 4 Yard Midi Skips.

Uses: Midi skips are a popular choice, especially in domestic use. They are useful for kitchen and bathroom refits, as well as garden clean ups. They are a convenient size, and can normally take all of the waste generated in small DIY jobs. Find out more about 4-yard skips.

Dimensions: 7ft (2.13m) Long x 5ft (1.52m) Wide x 3ft (0.91m) High

Size: Approximately 45 Black Bin Bags

5 Yard Skip Hire

The Adaptable 5 Yard Midi Skips.

Uses: Midi skips are a popular choice, especially in domestic use. They are useful for kitchen and bathroom refits, as well as garden clean ups. These skips often come with a drop door, allowing rubble, soil, and waste to be easily wheeled in and dumped. Find out more about 5-yard skips.

Dimensions: 7.5ft (2.29m) Long x 5ft (1.52m) Wide x 3.5ft (1.07m) High

Size: Approximately 55 Black Bin Bags

6 Yard Skip Hire

The All-Rounder 6 Yard Maxi Skips.

Uses: A popular choice for builders, who require a larger sized skip for their building and construction waste. Also a popular choice for large house and garden clean ups.Find out more about 6-yard skips.

Dimensions: 10ft (2.29m) Long x 5ft (1.52m) Wide x 4ft (1.07m) High

Size: Approximately 65 Black Bin Bags

8 Yard Skip Hire

The Suitable 8 Yard Maxi Skips.

Uses: Commonly used by builders on small to medium sized jobs. Perfect for kitchen and bathroom renovations, as well a garden clean ups. Find out more about 8-yard skips.

Dimensions: 12ft (3.66m) Long x 6ft (1.83m) Wide x 4.5ft (1.37m) High

Size: Approximately 80 Black Bin Bags

10 Yard Skip Hire

The Practical 10 Yard Maxi Skips.

Uses: Useful for a number of purposes, from home renovations to garden clean ups, and even building sites. Company clean ups and shop fittings can also benefit from a 10 yard skip. Find out more about 10-yard skip hire.

Dimensions: 12ft (3.66m) Long x 6ft (1.83m) Wide x 6ft (1.83m) High

Size: Approximately 100 Black Bin Bags

12 Yard Skip Hire

The Favourable 12 Yard Maxi Skips.

Uses: One of the most popular maxi skips available, the 12 yard skip is perfect for industrial and commercial uses. It is great for larger projects, including bulky items and construction materials. Find out more about 12-yard skips.

Dimensions: 13ft (3.96m) Long x 6ft (1.83m) Wide x 6.5ft (1.98m) High

Size: Approximately 120 Black Bin Bags

 

 

14 Yard Skip Hire

The Handy 14 Yard Maxi Skips.

Uses: The perfect skip for bulky waste, and most uses. A 14 yard skip provides ample space for different needs, from industrial waste to commercial rubbish, and even domestic clean ups and renovations.Find out more about 14-yard skips.

Dimensions: 13ft (3.96m) Long x 6.5ft (1.98m) Wide x 6.5ft (1.98m) High

Size: Approximately 145 Black Bin Bags

 

 

16 Yard Skip Hire

The Effective 16 Yard Maxi Skips.

Uses: Ideal for large house clean ups, renovations, shop fittings, as well as light and bulky construction materials. A popular choice with builders. Find out more about 16-yard skips.

Dimensions: 13.5ft (4.11m) Long x 6ft (1.83m) Wide x 6.5ft (1.98m) High

Size: Approximately 170 Black Bin Bags

18 Yard Skip Hire

The Large 18 Yard Maxi Skips.

Uses: Often the largest available non Roll-on Roll-off skip available. These skips are useful for a range of purposes, and can fit a considerable amount of waste. They are a great solution when you have a large task, or a number of smaller tasks to be carried out at the same time. Find out more about 18-yard skips.

Dimensions: 13.5ft (4.11m) Long x 6.5ft (1.98m) Wide x 7ft (2.13m) High

Size: Approximately 195 Black Bin Bags

 

 

20 Yard Skip Hire

The Popular 20 Yard Roll-on Roll-off Skips.

Uses: When a regular skip isn’t big enough, you can opt for an even larger Roll-on Roll-off (RoRo) skip, which generally come in a range of sizes from 20 yards to 40 yards. These skips are bigger, and are popular with building jobs, as they can take considerable waste, including bulky items. Find out more about 20-yard skips.

Dimensions: 20ft (6.10m) Long x 8ft (2.44m) Wide x 4ft (1.07m) High

Size: Approximately 220 Black Bin Bags

25 Yard Skip Hire

The Large 25 Yard Roll-on Roll-off Skips.

Uses: A popular choice in the construction industry, with enough space to dispose of large amounts of building waste and debris, including timber, metal, rubble and even garden waste. Find out more about 25-yard skips.

Dimensions: 20ft (6.10m) Long x 8ft (2.44m) Wide x 5ft (1.52m) High

Size: Approximately 275 Black Bin Bags

30 Yard Skip Hire

The Very Large 30 Yard Roll-on Roll-off Skips.

Uses: A great skip if you have a considerable amount of waste, such as a large garden clearance, bulky waste and complete house renovations. Find out more about 30-yard skips.

Dimensions: 20ft (6.10m) Long x 8ft (2.44m) Wide x 6.5ft (1.98m) High

Size: Approximately 330 Black Bin Bags

40 Yard Skip Hire

The Extra Large 40 Yard  Roll-on Roll-off Skips.

Uses: The biggest skip size availble, roll-on roll-off (RoRo) skips are perfect if you have a considerable amount of waste to be thrown away. The skips can be used in both commercial and domestic settings for the removal of mixed waste, including metal, timber, light goods, garden waste and heavy goods waste. Find out more about 40-yard skips.

 

Dimensions: 20ft (2.29m) Long x 8ft (1.52m) Wide x 8.5ft (1.07m) High

Size: Approximately 440 Black Bin Bags

Lockable Skip Hire

The Secure Lockable Skips.

Uses: If you need some extra protection, want to shelter your waste from the elements or perhaps just want to ensure that no unwanted waste is added to your skip, a lockable skip is the perfect solution. Available in a range of different sizes and configurations, there are many uses for lockable skips. Find out more about Lockable Skips.

Dimensions: Varying Dimensions

Size: Varying Sizes

How much waste can each skip hold?

To help you pick the right skip for your waste, we have put together a helpful infographic. The infographic will give you a better understanding of the size of each skip, as well as estimates of how many black bin bags will fit inside.

Skip Sizes - How much waste can a skip hold?

What else do I need to know about skip sizing?

Consider Your Waste

Before deciding on what skip size you will need, it is a good idea to look at what waste you will be producing. When calculating how much waste you will need to throw into your skip, it is important to remember that not all waste can go in a skip, such as hazardous and dangerous items, as well as many electricals. There are other disposal options available for these items, and your local council can advise you of local services. You can also reduce your waste by recycling or selling some of your waste, such as old furniture or timber. Once you have determined how much waste you have to throw in your skip, it is time to select the correct skip size for your waste.

Do You Need Extras?

Once you have decided on what size skip you will require, you can consider any additional extras you may require. If you will be placing a skip on council land, many councils require cones and lighting for the skips exterior, to ensure it is visible to road users. If you will be producing plasterboard waste, you will need a plasterboard bag to keep it separated from the mixed waste. If security is likely to be an issue, you can use a skip cover, or even upgrade to a secure lockable skip.

What does ‘Yard’ mean when talking about skips?

The measurement of ‘Yard’ is commonly used to describe the size of a skip, and as skip is 3-dimensional, the yards are cubed. For example, a 4 yard skip will actually be 4 yards³.  The information above provides a better understanding of the skip dimensions and how much waste each size can hold.

Please note, sizes, load capacity and measurements are approximate, and different skip hire companies may have varying sizes.

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