Skip hire

Are you thinking about hiring a skip? Then you may be wondering what different types of skips are available and what would best suit your needs. If you’ve never used a skip hire service before then you’ve probably got a lot of questions. Below we offer our quick guide to skip hire to answer your questions.

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What are the different skip sizes?

There are five main skip sizes to choose from, depending on your chosen job and type of waste.

Mini Skip

2 cubic yards/4 x 3 x 3 feet

This is the smallest available skip and is usually used for general rubbish waste and those small DIY jobs. More commonly, due to their small size, people usually opt to use a skip bag instead of a mini skip. This size skip can hold up to 20 bin bags.

Midi Skip

4 cubic yards/6 x 4 x 3 feet.

This size skip is also used for general household waste and for jobs such as a kitchen renovation. This size skip can hold up to 25-35 bin bags.

Small Builders’ Skip

6 cubic yards/10 x 4 x 4 feet.

The small builders skip is the most common type observed in residential areas. It is the ideal size for general and heavy waste such as concrete and rubble. It is ideal for those house refurbishments or renovations. This size skip can hold up to 40-55 in bags.

Large Builders’ Skip

8 cubic yards/12 x 6 x 4 feet.

This size skip is the largest that is available for heavy waste and is most commonly used for those commercial refit jobs and office fit-outs. This size skip can hold up to 60-75 bin bags.

Large Maxi Skip

12 cubic yards/13 x 6 x 6 feet.

This is the largest skip that is available for domestic use, although some councils won’t allow it on the road. It is most commonly used for house refurbs, big renovation projects and house clearances. Unlike the other skips, you cannot put heavy waste such as soil and bricks in this skip. This size skip can hold up to 90-110 bin bags.

What is a skip bag?

These are heavy duty bags that are large and waterproof. They do the same job as a skip, but in bag form. You usually buy these bags from DIY shops and then use a waste collection provider to take the bag away for you. This is either done by placing it on the back of a lorry, or emptying the contents of the bag into a skip truck.

Size, cost and weight

Firstly, we have to look at the two types of skip bag. The generic skip bag and the Hippobag. A Hippobag is a branded skip bag. These bags come in three sizes:

    Midibag – 1 yard bag – 90cmx90cmx90cm holds up to 1 tonne.
    Megabag – 1.5 yard – 180cmx90cmx70cm holds up to 1.5 tonne.
    Hipposkip – 4.5 yard – 210cmx165cmx100cm holds up to 1.5 tonne.

Generic skip bags are also available in these same sizes. The main difference between these two types of bag is that the Hippobags tend to be stronger and therefore more suitable for heavier and bulkier waste. This is because they are collected on special trucks that lift them via their handles.

When it comes to the cost, Hippobags are more expensive. A Midibag is £11.99. a Megabag is £13.99 and the Hipposkip is £31.99. The generic versions cost half this price. What you use depends upon the type of waste you have and if you want Hippowaste to collect the bag, as they will only collect Hippobags, contact Business Waste for much lower costs on skip bags.

How high can I load a skip?

Every skip has what is known as a skip level, and waste cannot go above this line. This is to ensure the safety of the driver who is removing the skip and the safety of other road users. By law the skip driver can refuse to take the skip if it has been overfilled as it is not level loaded, which is illegal. Removing the skip could result in a fine. If you do overfill then you may be asked to remove items before it is moved by the skip company. So, make sure you hire the correct size skip.

How much does hiring a skip cost?

This is a tricky question to answer as there are many different factors that can affect the cost. Where you live is one factor, as skip hire prices are more expensive in the south, especially the south east, than in the north of England. Cost is also more expensive if you need a skip permit. The type of waste also has an impact on cost, as general waste will be cheaper to remove than specialist or hazardous waste.

What waste cannot go into a skip?

Full paint tins

You can put empty paint tins into a skip, but tins containing any amount of paint need to be disposed of in a different way. Your local council can give you advice on this.


They cannot be placed into general waste skips. Doing so will result in a fine. Most councils will collect and dispose of old mattresses.


Plasterboard is prohibited from general waste or mixed waste skips due to its high sulphate bearing waste levels, so it needs to be disposed of separately.


When you need to dispose of old tyres contact your local council, as some do collect tyres. Another option is to contact garages, as some take old tyres.


Waste Electrical and Electronic Waste regulations stipulate that all electrical items from batteries to televisions and fridge freezers need to be disposed of in a specialist way. Your local council can advise you on what to do, with many running recycling schemes or free collection. Others will advise you to take your electrical item to a collection site.


You cannot dispose of asbestos in a skip or recycle it. This hazardous material needs to be disposed of by a specialist hazardous material company. Contact your local council.

Do I need a skip permit?

If you plan to put the skip, skip bag or Hippobag on a pavement or public road then you will need a skip permit, sometimes called a skip license. If it is to be placed on private land or a driveway then you don’t need a permit. In most cases, the skip company will sort this out for you.

How long do skip permits last?

Most skip permits last anywhere between one to weeks. This very much depends on your local council, so do check the details on the permit. Most councils also allow you to extend the length of permit, but there will be an additional fee to pay. Keeping a skip for more than the permit allows will result in a fine.

Do I need a CPZ suspension?

A Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) suspension will be needed if you plan to place the skip in a parking bay. Cost is usually calculated on a daily basis and per 5m of space. Every council will have different payment systems.

What is a mixed waste skip?

As the name suggests you can place different types of waste materials into this skip. So, household waste, garden waste, paper, plastics and rubble.

What is an insert waste skip?

An inert waste skip is used to collect demolition and construction waste.

What are the road safety rules for skips?

When your skip is on the road then the yellow ends need to face any traffic. Traffic cones should surround the skip and at night it should be well lit via night lamps that are attached to the skip.

Do I need a waste transfer note for a skip?

When a skip is moved from your property to a refill or disposal waste site, then you will need a waste transfer note. Most waste companies will do this for you, and here at Business Waste we provide this for free.

Here at Business Waste we have a range of waste disposal services for you to choose from, including free bins. If you have any questions or simply want to find out more about using our services, then simply get in touch with us today.

What is skip hire comparison?

Skip hire comparison is a simple tool that allows you to easily and effectively compare skip hire prices from skip providers in your area. All you need to do is input a few details, such as the type of skip you’re looking for and how long you’re looking to have it for. The skip hire price comparison will then generate quotes for you from other local waste specialists, allowing you to easily find the best deal for you. It’s the easiest, fastest, and most hassle-free way to affordably hire a skip.

What is a skip permit/licence?

A skip permit is, as the name implies, a permit that allows you to place a skip on a public piece of highway. You only need a skip licence if the skip is going to be placed on public land – such as the road outside your house. If you have a piece of private land, a front garden, or a driveway that the skip is going to be placed in then you won’t need a permit. Skip permits are applied for via your local council and will generally need to be paid for – prices vary from council to council, so be sure to check with your local authority before applying. Skip permits generally last between 1 and 2 weeks.

What is the difference between a skip and a wheelie bin?

The difference between a skip and bin is generally one of size and construction. A wheelie bin is made of plastic, has wheels, and can generally be moved relatively easily by one person, even when full, and is designed to carry general waste. A skip is much larger, heavier, and generally made of iron. A skip is designed for higher volumes of garden waste/general junk and cannot be moved without the assistance of a specialist vehicle. A skip lorry has a dedicated winch and harness system designed to safely move and remove a skip.

How do I get the best prices for local skips?

If you’re thinking “how do I find the best price skip hire near me?” the answer is by using a skip hire comparison company wuch as Business Waste to find the best prices for you. There will be no need to either accept a bad deal just because it’s from the only provider in your area or to waste several hours phoning multiple skip providers and collating the quotes yourself. All you have to do is call us.

Do you offer national skip hire?

Yes, we offer affordable and stress-free national skip hire for our clients. We regularly serve clients throughout England and offer our service throughout every county, borough, and town. This means you’re able to get the benefit of our excellent level of customer service, our affordable prices, and our efficient skip drop-off and collection. All you have to do is get in touch with us and get your quote – just tell us what kind of skip you need, when you need it, and how long you need it for, and we’ll be able to offer you an affordable quote. We’ll then deliver and collect it, wherever you are in the UK.

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