Whether you have purchased a new home, you’re looking to do some renovations, or you’re wanting to remove some light construction waste, commercial and domestic projects alike can benefit from skip hire.

However, one key step towards this is understanding UK skip sizes, and knowing what skip size you need is important. This is why one of the most common questions we hear is “What is the ideal skip size?”.

Even the smallest projects need the right waste management solution, and getting rid of waste can be a challenge at the best of times, which is why we have put together our guide to skip sizes.

Read on and discover which skip size will be ideal for your project.

Do I Really Need a Skip?

A skip will hold much more waste than a domestic bin, and any project will produce many black bin bags of waste.

Choosing to hire a skip makes sense, as it will save you a lot of time and effort from transporting many bin bags to your local recycling centre, and it will ensure that any potentially hazardous or bulky waste will be disposed of properly without risking health issues.

Carrying heavy waste yourself could also put you at risk of injury, and you may cut yourself on sharp waste.

Should you be looking for asbestos disposal – getting a specialist skip is vital. Never dispose of asbestos on your own, with regular waste.

Choosing the right-sized skip will allow you to dispose of all your waste in one go, as long as you make your skip hire company aware of the waste you plan to eliminate.

Commercial Skip Next To Building Site

What Size Skip Will I Need?

Typically referred to in cubic yards, or just ‘yards’, different companies offer different skip sizes. One cubic yard is typically 3ft high x 3ft wide x 3ft deep.

Skip sizes range from 2 cubic yards up to 12 cubic yards, and these are what most people refer to as chain lift or builders skip. Roll-on roll-off (RoRo skips) are also great for really large projects and are available in 16 cubic yards up to 40 cubic yards. This will give you an insight into the internal volume of the skip, or how many bin bags worth of waste you can dispose of.

Some of the most popular skip sizes are below, along with how much waste each will hold:

2 Cubic Yard Skips

A 2-yard skip, also known as a mini skip, is ideal for s smaller projects and small domestic jobs like house clearances where a small amount of household waste will be produced. A mini skip will hold around 15 and 20 bin bags of waste. Choosing a small skip is a good idea for small projects as, depending on the space around your home, it will be easier to park on the street.

4 Cubic Yard Skips

A 4-yard skip has the capacity for around 40 bin bags of waste, making it ideal for mid-sized projects such as bathroom renovations and garden clearances.

8 Cubic Yard Skips

If you’re working on larger projects, an 8-yard skip can hold 80 bin bags of waste. This makes an 8-yard skip perfect for building projects, office clearances, builder’s waste and waste from commercial projects. As long as you have enough waste, a larger skip will offer better value.

12 Cubic Yard Skips

A 12-yard skip holds around 120 bin bags of waste, making it the right skip size for light bulky waste disposal. Often, 12-yard skips are popular amongst shop fitters, building projects and manufacturing sites. These skips are also available enclosed and lockable for any sites where additional security is required.

Choosing the right size skip is vital as it must be safely loaded to allow it to be taken away and emptied. A skip cannot exceed the maximum weight limits. For more insight into booking your skip, take a look at our skip size calculator guide on our skip booking form.

Ready To Book Your Skip?

Choosing a commercial waste management company for your skip hire will help make clearing garden waste, garage clearances, and clearing waste from commercial projects a much easier process. Yet, making sure that you give yourself enough space to remove your waste is a key step you need to take.

If you are still feeling a little unsure about which skip size is best for you, make sure to get in touch with our team here at REMONDIS. We’ll provide you with all of the advice and recommendations you need to feel confident in booking a skip.