What size skip do I need?

Skips come in a range of different sizes. It can be difficult to know which one to order, but when in doubt it is good practice select one size larger to make sure there is sufficient room for the job at hand. The following is a guide to the different sizes available:

Mini skips have the smallest capacity. They are also known as 2-yard skips because they have a capacity of 2 cubic yards. They measure approximately 187cm long, 135cm wide and 82cm high. Mini skips take roughly 20 black bags of light waste and are used for small building projects such as bathroom renovations.

Midi skips are commonly called 4-yard skips as they have a capacity of 4 cubic yards, and they are 272cm long, 167cm wide and 90cm high. These skips are a good size for medium-sized building projects, garden landscaping or room clearances. As a rough guide, midi skips will take around 45 black bags of waste.

Builders' skips are the most common size. 6-yard skips measure 310cm long, 175cm wide and 120cm high and they can take approximately 70 black bags of waste. There are also 8-yard builders' skips which are deeper and take roughly 80 bags of waste. These skips are used for more extensive building renovations, larger scale garden work or house clearances.

Maxi skips can hold 10, 12 or 14 cubic yards of waste and are used for large house renovations, commercial clearances or extensive garden landscaping. It is also possible to get even larger skips from some providers but these are not so commonly used and may need special arrangements.

When ordering a skip, consider where it will remain while onsite, such as a driveway or the roadway for example, and how easy is the access for the delivery vehicle. This may restrict the size you decide upon and it may be better to order two smaller skips instead of one larger skip.

What can go in a skip?

There are laws governing what can and cannot go into a skip. Waste must be general and inert - things like kitchen cupboards, tiles, sinks, rubble, bricks, carpets, ceramics, furniture, shelving etc. are permitted. Garden waste such as wood, soil, clay and patio furniture can also be placed in a skip. Waste must also be solid.

There are a number of items which cannot be disposed of in a skip. Anything that could be harmful to humans, animals or the environment must not go in a skip. The list of things that cannot be disposed of this way includes fridges, freezers, tyres, TVs, monitors, paint, fluorescent light bulbs, oil, batteries and asbestos. These items must be collected separately in accordance with local laws. Also, a skip must not be over loaded. This is due to safety reasons. The waste must be level with the top of container or lower before being collected.