What Skip Size Do I Need?

Charlotte Fox
Sep 3, 2021 1:53:00 PM

When it comes to ordering a skip for your project, size really does matter. Ensuring you have enough space in your skip for the project you are undertaking not only saves you money but stops you from falling short of space and having more waste to remove.

We stock a full range of skips sizes ranging from 2-16 yards for domestic projects. If you are looking for something a little larger for construction, demolition or commercial projects, we stock 20 and 40-yard roll-on-roll-off containers.

If you are sitting there thinking, what skip size do I need? We have put together an easy skip size chart guide to help you choose the right skip size for your project. We have listed the capacity in cubic yards of each skip along with how many bin bags could fit into the skip - a simple way for you to visualise how much waste you have.

2 Yard Skip Size - Mini Skip
The two cubic yard mini skip is the smallest skip we offer and can hold 20-30 bags of waste. These types of skip are ideal for garden or garage clearances, or when you need to get rid of heavier materials such as soil, stone or bricks.
(Height: 3ft – Length: 6ft – Width: 4ft)

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4 Yard Skip Size - Midi Skip
The four cubic yard skip is often ordered for slightly larger projects, as this can hold 30-40 bin bags of rubbish.  This skip is also ideal if you do not have a driveway as it is within council limits for on-road placement.
(Height: 3ft – Length: 8ft 3 – Width: 5ft 3) 

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6 Yard Skip Size - Small Builders Skip
The six cubic yard skip is great for clearing large amounts of loose, heavy material such as soil, stones or bricks.  These are also known as ‘small builders skips’. They can hold around 50-60 bags of waste. The 6-yard skip is the largest skip we offer when booking for on-road placement.
(Height: 4ft – Length: 8ft 6 – Width: 5ft) 

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8 Yard Skip Size - Builders Skip
The eight cubic yard skip is our most popular skip to hire. Perfect for larger home projects such as large garden clearances. This skip can hold between 60-80 bin bags of waste. The 8-yard skip can be utilised for clearing out larger bulkier items such as furniture so would also be great for house clearances. Please note, we are not able to place these onto the road as they are outside of the council guidelines.
(Height: 4ft – Length: 12ft – Width: 5ft 6) 

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12 Yard Skip Size - Large Builders Skip
The twelve cubic yard skips are high sided containers that are recommended for projects such as large house clearances or the disposal of larger amounts of light construction waste. Please note that these particular skips have a 5-tonne weight limit, so are unsuitable for inert materials such as soil and stone.
(Height: 5ft 6 – Length: 12ft 2 – Width: 5ft 10)

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14 Yard Skip Size - Maxi Skip
The fourteen cubic yard maxi skips are ideal for large house clearances, large shop fitting jobs and the disposal of large amounts of light construction waste such as wood, metals or plastics. Like the twelve cubic yard skips, these are also unsuitable for inert materials as they have the same 5-tonne weight limit.
(Height: 6ft – Length: 14ft – Width: 6ft 5)

16 Yard Skip Size - Maxi Skip
The sixteen cubic yard maxi skip is the largest container that we can provide aside from our Roll-on-Roll-off skips. These are generally used for extensive house clearances, end of site clearances and disposal of large amounts of light construction waste such as wood, metals or plastics. Like the 12 and 14 cubic yard skips, these are also unsuitable for inert materials as they have a 5-tonne weight limit.
(Height: 6ft 5, - Length: 13ft 8 – Width: 6ft)

20 Cubic Yard Roll-On Roll-off Container
Our twenty cubic yard Roll-On Roll-off Containers are recommended for demolition style projects and heavier material disposal such as bricks, rubble, soil and stone. These skips are low sided, so ideal for spaces with lower height restrictions and ease of loading. The maximum weight permitted within these containers is up to 16 tonnes.
(Height: 4ft 3 – Length: 20ft – Width: 7ft 9)


40 Cubic Yard Roll-On Roll-off Container
Our 40 Cubic Yard Roll-On Roll-off Containers are fit to handle the largest of clearance projects. Being double the height of our 20-yard Roll-On Roll-off Containers, they can hold the equivalent of over 440 bin bags. For ease of loading, all our 40-yard Roll-On Roll-off Containers are fitted with a door. The weight limit on these containers stands at 16-tonnes, so is unsuitable for a level load of loose heavy materials.
(Height: 8ft 2 – Length: 20ft – Width: 7ft 9)

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We hope after reading this blog you will now have an idea of what size skip you need for your project. We deliver our skips across the whole of Essex, with over 30 years of experience. If you are still unsure on sizing, you can call one of our customer service advisors who can offer you further advice on 01245 466646.

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