If you are planning on hiring a skip, the first question that springs to mind is what size skip do I need? The skip size you will need will depend on the amount of waste you are planning to have removed. For example, kitchen and bathroom refits will accumulate a lot of bulky waste and therefore will require a larger skip size to accommodate for this.

Skips are used for a multitude of projects including garden clearances and office clearances but it is vital to hire the correct skip size to ensure there is enough space to accommodate for the amount of waste produced. Failing to do so may result in you having to order a bigger skip size throughout your project, or the skip company could refuse to take the skip if it has been overfilled.

There are many UK skip sizes that you can choose from to suit your specific waste management needs. We will outline the different skip sizes as well as how much waste each size skip can hold and how to determine which size skip you will need. This will help you make an informed decision about what size skip you need.

What are the different size skips?

When hiring a skip, the most common UK skip sizes you can hire are 2-12 yard skips. The different skip sizes are also typically referred to as a mini skip, midi skip, builder’s skip, large maxi skip and roll on roll off skips so it’s important to know the difference between each of the skip sizes to ensure you hire the right size skip for your needs.

UK skip sizes are typically measured in cubic yards which refers to their internal volume. One cubic yard measures 3 feet high x 3 feet wide x 3 feet deep. However, to make this easier to envision, the measurements for each skip size are outlined in metres.

2 yard skip – mini skip

A 2 yard skip, also known as a mini skip, is the smallest skip and cheapest skip you can hire and is often used for projects that produce light waste such as garden waste. Mini skips are 0.8m in height, 1.53m in length and 1.03m in width making them perfect if you have limited space to put the skip or your project size is relatively small.

4 yard skip – midi skip

A 4 yard skip, also known as a midi skip is used for small projects and domestic purposes. A 4 yard skip is 0.96m in height, 1.8m in length and 1.22m in width.

6 yard skip – small builders skip

A 6 yard skip is one of the most popular skips in the UK. They are great for domestic use and medium sized projects. A 6 yard skip is 1.22m in height, 2.6m in length and 1.52m width.

8 yard skip – large builders skip

An 8 yard skip is commonly used for large builder’s jobs, hence the name. They can also be used for domestic and commercial purposes. An 8 yard skip is 1.22m in height, 3.2m in length and 1.75m in width.

12 yard skip – large maxi skip

A 12 yard skip is one of the largest skip sizes you can hire and is used for large projects that produce heavy waste. A 12 yard skip is 1.68m in height, 3.7m in length and 1.75m in width.

Roll on roll off skips

For larger projects, such as ones that will accumulate a lot of construction or industrial waste, you would need to hire a roll on roll off skip. Roll on roll off skips, also known as RORO bins, come in a range of sizes from 20-50 yards and are typically hired for commercial use. They get their name as they are rolled onto and rolled off of the lorries that transport them.

How much does a skip hold?

How much waste a large skip can hold from Stone UK Ltd.

In order to determine what skip size you will need, you will need to know how much waste each skip can hold so you can make an informed decision based on the amount of waste you will accumulate.

The easiest way to think about how much waste a skip can hold is to compare the amount it can hold to how many black bin bags you can fit in the skip. This is relatively easy to envision when deciding which skip to hire as we use bin bags on a daily basis, meaning you would have a rough idea of how many bin bags you would use and therefore what size skip you will need.

How much does a 2 yard skip hold?

The smallest skip available, a 2 yard skip can hold approximately 25-35 black bin bags of waste. Mini skips are very convenient for light household waste and getting rid of garden waste as they can fit in tighter spaces and you won’t overpay for a bigger skip size that you won’t get full use out of.

How much does a 4 yard skip hold?

A 4 yard skip are able to hold approximately 45 bin bags of waste. Although they are also used for smaller projects such as garden clearances, 4 yard skips give you extra room for waste if needed. They are typically used for domestic purposes such as small kitchen and bathroom refits.

How much does a 6 yard skip hold?

A 6 yard skip can hold approximately 65 bin bags of waste. 6 yard skips are the most popular skip size as they fit in most locations but can hold a sizeable amount of waste. They are generally used by builders for projects that will accumulate a small amount of construction waste.

However, they can also be used for domestic purposes such as small home renovations and DIY projects.

How much does an 8 yard skip hold?

An 8 yard skip can hold approximately 80 bin bags worth of waste. 8 yard skips are one of the larger skips you can get. They are often used for building projects that will produce a considerable amount of bulky waste.

How much does a 12 yard skip hold?

A 12 yard skip can hold approximately 120 bin bags worth of waste. Once again they are used for larger projects such as large home renovations that will produce a lot of building waste.

How much waste do roll on roll off skips hold?

Due to the volume of roll on roll off skips, they are able to hold a considerable amount of waste compared to other skip sizes and are typically hired for commercial use or if you are planning to use the skip for bulky items as they have the capacity to do so. They can hold between 220-440 bin bags worth of waste depending on the skip size you hire.

How to find out what skip size you will need

Once you have established how much waste each skip size can hold, you will need to figure out what skip size you will need to cater to your waste management needs. As previously stated, when trying to figure out what skip size you need, thinking about it in terms of how many bin bags you would use is a good way to determine the skip size you will need.

If you are planning to undertake a small home clear-out that will produce a small amount of general waste, then you should opt for a 2 yard skip. You can also use 2 yard skips for garden waste and small DIY projects. If you feel that you will use over 20 bin bags for a project like this or you want to allow yourself room for extra waste should you need it, you should hire a 4 yard skip to accommodate for the extra waste. Both of these small skips can fit in tighter spaces, making them great if you are limited in terms of space.

If you are planning to undertake a project that will produce light construction waste such as a small home renovation or refit, then you should opt for a builders skip. This would be either a 6 or 8 yard skip based on the size of the project and amount of builders waste that will be produced. For example, if your project is likely to produce a lot of bulky waste like furniture then it’s best practice to hire an 8 yard skip to accommodate for this.

12 yard skips are best suited for larger projects as you are able to fit a considerable amount of waste in them as well as bulky items that would take up most of the room in a smaller skip. They are also a good choice for projects that will produce a lot of builders waste.

For large commercial projects, you are better off going with a roll on roll off skip as they have the capacity to hold a lot of demolition waste and construction waste. As well as this, larger skip sizes offer better value if you have enough waste to fill them. Roll on roll off skips are normally hired specifically for commercial or industrial use, and are normally far too big for standard residential waste.

Make sure you check what can go in a skip before you place an order for skip hire, as some items are counted as hazardous waste and can’t be put in a skip. Please check with your skip provider first.

Book the skip hire you need

Once you know what size you need for your skip hire, get in contact with Stone UK! We are one of the most trusted skip hire companies in West London. Call us on 0208 622 5151 to see how we can help you.