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The Complete Guide to Skip Hire

Skip Hire

Hiring a skip can cause a few headaches if you've never done it before. There's a lot of different things to consider when it comes to skip hire. To help make it all a bit easier, our skip hire guide is full of useful information to make hiring a skip stress-free and straightforward as well as how much you should expect to pay for a skip. Skip hire prices can vary for many different reasons, and getting a rough idea before deciding if a skip is best for your needs could save you a fair amount of money.

This guide covers:

Which Size Skip Should You Hire?

The ideal size of skip depends on the amount of waste, the type of waste and, how much space you have available for the skip. Choosing the right skip sizes guarantees a cost-effective waste removal solution for most commercial and domestic needs, but it is important that you get this right.

Hiring a skip that is too small may mean that you need to hire an additional skip to remove the rest of the waste so if you hire a skip that is too large, you end up overpaying.

The larger the skip, the cheaper it works out per cubic yard of waste, but make sure you have enough waste to fill it. Otherwise, you'll end up only filling half a skip and paying for thin air.

It's also important to know that most councils do not allow skips bigger than an "8-yarder" to on a public highway. For more information about choosing the correct skip, check out our in-depth guide about UK skip sizes.

4 Yard Skip

Mini Skip

4 Yard Skip Hire

Usually the smallest skip available for hire. Mini skips are ideal for small projects at home.

6 Yard Skip

Midi Skip

6 Yard Skip Hire

A smaller size builders skip. Popular for refurbishment work and house clearances.

8 Yard Skip

Builder Skip

8 Yard Builders Skip Hire

Traditional builders skip. Perfect for building projects and large landscaping projects.

10 Yard Skip

Maxi Skip

10 Yard Skip

10 yard maxi skips are a great way to lower costs on large scale and high volume needs.

12 Yard Skip

Maxi Skip

12 Yard Skip Hire

The most popular maxi skip size. Better suited for commercial and industrial purposes.

14 Yard Skip

Maxi Skip

14 Yard Skip Hire

Ideal option for getting rid of bulky items commonly produced by construction operations.

16 Yard Skip

Maxi Skip

16 Yard Builders Skip

Ideal for major projects and can be used to store bulky items thanks to its high sides.

RORO Skips

20 to 40 Yards

40 yard roll on roll off skip

Roll on roll off skips are the largest skips. Ideal for large amounts of commercial waste.

At ISM Waste & Recycling, we have a broad range of skip sizes to choose. Available in 4 yards, 6 yards, 8 yards, 10 yards, 12 yards, 14 yards, or 16 yards. You can be sure that we've got the right skip size for you.

For DIY projects around the house, mini skips (e.g. 4-yard skips) are usually ideal. If you're renovating a room in your home, such as the kitchen or bathroom, a small skip will be suitable. The smaller skips for hire are perfect for waste such as stones, soil or, furniture. Hiring a mini skip will save you multiple trips to the tip. Not to mention the charges at the tips (an essential factor that's regularly get overlooked when throwing away household rubbish).

Tradespeople and builders most commonly use medium-sized midi skips; hence, the name builders skip. This size is best for larger domestic projects and, small commercial projects.

Maxi skips are more of a niche. Larger skips such as 16-yard skips are better suited to bulky refurbishment works or, large house clearances. They hold the equivalent of 160 bin bags but can't be used for bulky waste as the skip lorry would not be able to carry the weight legally.

Key Points:

  • Mini skips are the best choice for small household DIY jobs and garden clearances.
  • Midi skips and builders skips are best for household construction waste and kitchen and bathroom renovation work.
  • Maxi skips are best for large construction jobs, and commercial waste disposal needs.

Skip Hire Prices in 2024

How much should you expect to pay for skip hire in 2024? Prices vary considerably due to a variety of factors, and you need to consider them all to make sure that you get the best value.

The biggest factor in the price of hiring a skip is the skip size that you require, with smaller skips costing less than larger skips. This is primarily due to the amount of waste each skip can take. Every skip company needs to dispose of the waste collected in the skip, often using a combination of recycling, incineration and landfill. Landfill tax is higher than ever at over £100 per tonne of waste in 2024, so non-recyclable waste can be costly.

The larger the skip you want, the more expensive it will be. A mini skip or a 4 yard skip can be as low as £100, whereas a 10 yard skip can be more than double the price.

Another thing to consider is whether or not you require a permit; however, usually, these permits aren't particularly expensive. Permit prices range from as low as £15 up to £60+ depending on whereabouts in the country you are hiring the skip. Typically, skip permits tend to be more expensive in the south of England and more densely populated areas.

The national average price for an off-road 8-yard skip is around £250 (£300 including VAT). To check exact prices in your area, get in touch today for more information.

Average UK Skip Prices 2024
Skip Size (yard³) Average Price
4 Yard £140
6 Yard £200
8 Yard £250
10 Yard £300
12 Yard £350
14 Yard £400
16 Yard £450
Roll On Roll Off Skip Prices 2024
Skip Size (yard³) Prices
25 Yard from £500
40 Yard from £650

*Prices displayed exclude VAT and are only estimates. Actual prices may vary. The prices are based on average prices in 2022 and not specific quotes.

Skip hire prices often vary in different cities and regions of the country. Skip hire costs are generally higher in Greater London, and the South of England and the lowest skip hire prices can be found further north.

Key Points:

  • Skip hire prices depend mostly on the size of the skip. Choosing the correct skip size for your needs can save you a lot of money.
  • Prices can range from £100 for a mini skip up to £400 or more for the largest roll on roll off skips.

What Can You Put In a Skip?

Skips are excellent for getting rid of most commercial, domestic and trade waste, but there are restrictions. Hazardous waste and materials that are threatening to human health and the environment are prohibited. More things are considered hazardous waste than you may think. Check out our A to Z Recycling Guide to find out what to do with different items and waste types.

Accepted Waste

  • Wood
  • Soil
  • Rubble/bricks
  • Polystyrene
  • Plastic
  • Metal
  • Garden waste
  • Furniture
  • Empty tins
  • Domestic waste
  • Cardboard
  • Bricks
  • Paper

Prohibited Waste

Key Points:

  • Always check what can and can't go in a skip. Many waste types are considered hazardous or prohibited from being disposed of with general waste.
  • If you are unsure, it always best to check to find out to avoid additional charges.

What is a Skip Permit or Skip License?

Domestic Skip Hire Collection from Private Land

When you're considering hiring a skip from a skip hire company, it is important to think about where you're going to put the skip. If you've got plenty of land at home, or a driveway this shouldn't be an issue for you. If you're putting a skip on your private ground, you won't need to bother with a permit; a skip permit is only required when it's going on public highways and public land.

Before you put a skip on any public highway, road or public place, you need to apply and pay for a skip permit from your local council. Skip permits are there to limit how many skips are placed on the road at any one time because they take up space and can affect parking and traffic flow. Not having a skip permit is unlawful, you can be liable to a fine, and the skip could be removed at any time.

The cost of a skip permit depends on where you are in the UK; your local council sets the prices of skip permits, and the prices vary from council to council. Charges for skip permits range from £15 up to around £60 with the average across the UK being £30.

Key Points:

  • You are required to have a skip permit by law if the skip is going on a public highway.
  • Skip permit prices vary from council to council. Charges for skip permits range from £15 up to around £60 with the average across the UK being £30.
  • If a skip is going on your private land, you don't need a permit from your local council.

How Long Can You Have a Skip?

Collecting a Skip from a Customer

If the skip gets placed on a street, the duration of the councils skip hire permit will determine the maximum amount of time you can hire a skip. Skip hire permits are typically 28 days so it won't often cause any issues. However, the permit duration can vary depending on your local council. For more information about skip hire permits in your local area, you can search by postcode at

The duration of skip hire can be tailored to your specific needs if it's on private land or, within the skip hire permit duration if it's on the road.

Key Points:

  • If a skip is on the road and has a permit, you can only have the skip for the length of time that the permit is valid, usually 28 days.
  • Hire duration can vary, but if you want to extend the length of time, you can have a skip you may be charged.

When Is Your Skip Collected?

Your skip will be usually be collected at the end of your agreed hire period, which will usually be a week for domestic skip hire. However, hire duration can be extended if you haven't finished filling you skip or you require it for a specific length of time. There will usually be an extra charge if you need a skip longer than the usual hire duration.

If you want your skip collected on a specific date, you can organise a collection date at the time of booking if you know how long you need it.

Skip collection is generally within two working days of your chosen date. However, it can be as early as the same day you request a collection early enough in the day. If you want the skip removed as soon as you've filled your skip, it's worth calling a few days in advance.

Key Points:

  • Your skip will be collected at the end of the agreed hire period unless you arrange an extension.
  • You can request an early collection once you have filled the skip and the skip will usually be collected within 2 working days.

Are There Access Restrictions?

Skips get delivered on large lorries that are wider and, a lot heavier than cars. Easy access for a car doesn't mean a skip lorry will have easy access.

Plan and make sure that there is enough space for the skip lorry to access the area you want the skip to be located or, consider altering the location. Sometimes an on-road skip will be the best option, or sometimes it might have to be placed further away from your property or site if space is at a minimum. If access is restricted check beforehand that the dimensions of the lorry will fit.

When a full skip gets taken away, the weight of the truck will be even more substantial with a full skip on the back, so that's something to consider too.

Domestic Skip Hire Prices

Key Points:

  • Before hiring a skip, check if there is enough room for the skip you want to hire, you may have to hire a smaller skip for smaller properties.
  • Skip trucks are much larger than cars, and they need more space. Narrow roads and driveways may cause access difficulties.

How High Can You Fill a Skip?

Skips can only be filled to the height of its sides because otherwise, the skip driver may refuse to collect it. Transport laws make it illegal to move a skip, which is not 'level-loaded' and for genuine reasons. Overfilled skips can exceed legal weight limits for the lorry and, can be dangerous to drive on the road.

Domestic Skip Hire

Overfilled skips can't be properly "sheeted" (covered, so waste materials don't fall out of the skip) which can be dangerous for the public.

Key Points:

  • You can only fill a skip to the hight of its sides. It's illegal to transport skips that are more than 'level-loaded'.
  • Overfilled skips can exceed legal weight limits for the vehicles, and you may have to remove some of the waste.

Skip Hire During COVID-19

Domestic skip hire in the UK has seen a large increase throughout the Coronavirus pandemic. With more people spending time at home due to restrictions, many people have embarked on home DIY projects, house clearances and garden clearances.

4 yard skip being collected from a domestic property

Skip hire and waste services have been allowed to continue relatively uninterrupted throughout the pandemic. The waste management sector back in March 2020 was classed as essential work.

All of our skip hire services are COVID secure with completely contact-free delivery and collection to help keep customers and staff as safe as possible.

We introduced strict measures to ensure the safety of our staff and customers. All of our drivers are issued with the correct personal protective equipment and hand sanitiser and cleaning products. We have also moved to ticketless services to reduce risk further.

Key Points:

  • Waste management services are classed as essential services.
  • Skip hire is contact-free, and our drivers use all the correct PPE.

Final Thoughts...

Skip hire is a great way to dispose of waste quickly for both commercial and domestic waste management, but it is important to do your research beforehand to get the right skip at a fair price.

Opting for a smaller skip doesn't necessarily mean you will save money because you could overfill it and end up needing another skip. You can always ask for advice about which size skip is best for the waste you want disposing of.

However, if you do want to try and reduce the costs, it's worth seeing if you can get a skip delivered to your private property. You could save up to £60 because you won't need to pay for a permit from your local council.

Check when hiring a skip what can and can't go in it. Hazardous waste and prohibited waste types can not only be expensive, but it could also be dangerous to yourself and staff.

ISM Waste & Recycling

ISM Waste & Recycling provide waste management, skip hire (REL skips, RORO Skips), recycling and specialist waste services throughout the North West of England, for both commercial and domestic customers. Call us today on 01706 823001 for more information about our services. We cover most areas throughout the North West including Bury, Bolton, Manchester, Ramsbottom, Oldham, Rochdale and many more. If you are unsure if we cover your postcode check out the areas we cover or fill in our contact form to get in touch with our friendly team for more advice.

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Written by James Kay


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