Any big build or renovation generates vast amounts of rubbish, and the best way to remove this from the site is via a skip.
But what size skip do you need? How long should you have it for and what will it cost you? This guide aims to answer these questions and provides helpful tips to make skip hire a breeze.
The following chart details how big the main types of skips are, relative to how many bags of rubbish they can hold and what price range you can expect to pay. Thanks to QuotationCheck.com for the information.
Skip Size(cubic yards)
Max No. Rubbish Bags
Price Range(per week)
Roll On Roll Off
20-50 cubic yards
Pro Tip: Get a minimum of 3 quotes from your local skip hire company. Chart prices are averaged for the UK, so bear in mind that London prices may be higher.
A cheaper alternative to a skip for smaller amounts of rubbish is a Hippo Bag. These bags can be bought from DIY stores or directly from the Hippo company. Simply fill up with rubbish and then arrange a collection with Hippo.
It is most cost effective to buy the bag and pay for collection at the same time, so these prices are shown below.
There are three size options:
While the Megabag and Hipposkip hold the same amount by weight, the Hipposkip can hold larger sized items.
If you do not have space on your site to park the skip, then you need permission from the council or housing association to park the skip in the road.
Get a permit that lasts the same time as your skip hire, usually 1 to 2 weeks. Skip permits cost £30 on average per week. You can find out more about how to contact your local council on Gov.co.uk.
Pro Tip: Some skip hire companies arrange the permit themselves and include it in their costs. Double check to save yourself time and money.
Do not overfill your skip. Estimate the amount of rubbish you will produce and then get a skip that’s bigger.
Remember not to make the skip too heavy for the collector to lift. A good average is 40% heavy items and 60% lighter. Don’t fill a large skip to the brim with bricks!
Double check what can and can’t be thrown in a skip. Common restricted items include electricals, tyres, batteries, paint cans, hazardous waste and plasterboard. Your skip hire company will be able to provide a full list.
Avoid having to hire a skip for longer by securely covering your skip overnight. Neighbours and passers-by are quick to use skips as handy receptacles for their own rubbish, meaning less space for yours.
On the other hand, remember one man’s trash is another’s treasure. Don’t be grouchy if someone asks to take an item from your skip for their own DIY project. It’s considered pretty bad form to charge for this. Remember, they just saved you some skip room.
Pro Tip: Hire a house clearance firm if you have a large amount of items to get rid of.
By now you should have a better understanding of how much hiring a skip will cost, dependent on how big you need the skip to be. You have also learned what not to put in a skip and how to keep a skip safe.
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