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How much does it cost to hire a skip? What are the average prices to have a skip on your property for a week? What hidden costs or extra charges should you consider?
As always, we have provided example quotes that depend on the size of the skip and where you live. See the table further down the page.
Common Sizes and Capacity
If you are looking for the smallest of skips, then consider the Hippobag. Don’t forget if you must place the bag on a highway or footpath then you will need a permit from your local council:
Obviously, skip hire prices will ultimately depend on its size and your location. Skip sizes typically range from mini-skips at 2 or 4 yards to large roll-on and roll-off containers up to 40 yards.
The HippoBag – Not technically a skip, but does the same job and suitable for smaller jobs. Three sizes are available. Visit the HippoBag website for more details.
The Mini Skip – 4-yard skip (4 cubic yards/3 cubic metres) will hold between 40-45 rubbish bags. Height: 0.98mtrs Length: 1.29mtrs Width: 1.29mtrs.
Most Popular Skip – 8 yards (8 cubic yards/6 cubic metres) will hold between 80-90 rubbish bags. Height: 1.22mtrs Length: 3.66mtrs Width: 1.68mtrs.
Large Skip – 12 yard (12 yard/9.2 cubic metres) will hold between 125-135 rubbish bags. Height: 1.68mtrs Length: 3.7mtrs Width: 1.78mtrs.
Largest Skips – 20 yards or 40-yard roll-on and roll-off (RORO) containers. Will hold up to 450 rubbish bags. Size is variable.
If you have never hired a skip before of used a commercial waste disposal company, you may not be aware of the strict regulations regarding banned items. You should not place the following items in a standard skip, and you will need to dispose of them separately and at extra cost:
- Plaster Board
- Electrical Equipment
- TV or Computer Screens
- Fridges and Freezers
- Paint Cans
- Oil and Fuel, (includes empty gas canisters)
- Asbestos, Solvents, Chemicals and Other Hazardous Waste
The list above is not exhaustive so do check your chosen skip hire company; they may have additional items on their restricted list.
We suggest you avoid trying to hide banned items in the middle of the skip; workers at the waste disposal centre will separate them and some items recycled so you may get caught and fined!
Permits – Skip Hire Permit Examples
Permits are required if you want to place the skip on a public road or footpath. They are not necessary if you intend to position the skip on your private property.
You can purchase permits from your local council; they can be valid for between 1-4 weeks. The cost is variable but here are some examples:
- Residential street in Camberley Surrey – £70.00
- Residential street in Eccles, Manchester – £15.00
- Residential street in Glasgow – £51.00
Our Prices for Skip Hire
We did the leg work and asked dozens of skip hire companies to provide us with a price for an 8-yard skip for one week’s hire. As usual, we have averaged the figures and broken them down into three regions:
|South, SW and Midlands||£250.00|
|Outer Region and North||£200.00|
Every skip hire company will have a maximum weight limit for their skips. If you put too many heavy items into the skip, the collection lorry will not be able to lift the skip off the ground. If it did, the weight of the truck may over the legal weight for that vehicle. You will then have the dreaded task of unloading items from it to lighten the load!
You should take extra care if you intend to fill the skip with bricks and hardcore or earth (especially when wet). We suggest you contact your hire company if this is the case.
As a general rule of thumb; skips up to 8sq yards can be filled to the top with heavy items such as bricks and earth. You should only partially fill larger skips with such heavy items; the remaining space should be filled with less heavy items.
- up to 8 sq yard skip – full load of heavy items
- up to 12 sq yard skip – 40% heavy items and 60% lighter items
- up to 14 sq yard skip – 30% heavy items and 70% lighter items
(the above is a general guide)
The 8-yard skip is the most popular within the construction industry, but if you have lots of light items that take up a lot of space, a 10 or 12 yard may be more suitable.
We suggest you contact your skip hire company to confirm their policies regarding weight limits when you request a price/cost.
Some skip hire companies will offer a price for up to one or two weeks, with extra costs for more time (usually a few pounds for each additional day). Some companies won’t have any time limits, but these quotes generally cost more.
If you want to keep costs down, then you may able to bring in a house clearance specialist to remove any items that you would otherwise have placed into the skip. These firms usually remove items for free and sell them on for a profit. They may be interested in metals for scrap value or items that you think are just junk. It all depends on exactly what you intend to skip (Remember – one man’s junk is another man’s treasure etc.)