Hiring a skip should be simple, but it often creates a lot of questions, like:

  • How Big Should the Skip Be For My Project?
  • What Can I Put Inside It?
  • How Long Can I Keep It For?

Getting quality answers to these questions is absolutely vital for your operation. If you hire a skip that’s too big, you will end up paying for unoccupied space, but if you get one that’s too small, uh oh, you’ll need a second skip or another clearance option.


ClickaSkip’s Guide to 4-Yard Skips should be your one-stop shop for all frequently asked questions relating especially to 4-yard skips. We have tried to leave no stone unturned in our pursuit of explaining the smallest of our skip hire options.

What Can I Use a 4-yard Skip For?

The 4-yard skip is a durable and versatile option that fits conveniently on driveways or private property. For people with limited space, the 4-yard skip is a great choice for:

  • Garden Clearances
  • Bathroom Refurbishments
  • Small House Clearances
  • Spring Cleans
  • Small Kitchen Refits
  • Small Business Renovation Projects

What Is a 4-yard Skip Otherwise Known As?

The 4-yard skip is quite often known in the industry as the Extra Large Mini Skip.

How Much Waste Will Fit Inside a 4-yard Skip?

To help you visualise how much you can fit inside it, this is our rule of thumb: 18 wheelbarrow loads or 45 rubbish bags.

What are the Dimensions of a 4-yard Skip?

The dimensions are as follows:

Length: 2.57m

Height: 1.09m

Weight: 1.77m

Are 4-yard Skips Popular Options?

For a number of small commercial and residential clearance needs, the 4-yard skip has become a very popular choice. The fact that it takes up the smallest physical space on private property appeals to many. For others, it is the cheapest in our range, allowing them to have a cost-effective clearance project.


Being the smallest, the 4-yard skip is useful for people whose renovation projects will take more than one day and don’t see the benefit of a man and van clearance. Being able to keep the skip for several weeks is beneficial for ongoing clearance projects.

What Can I Put in a 4-yard Skip?

The list for what can go inside a 4-yard skip is enormous, however, we’ve put together a list below of items that are commonly placed inside a 4-yard skip:

  • Wood
  • Soil, Grass, and Other Garden Waste
  • Rubble
  • Plastic, Polystyrene, and Other Packaging Materials
  • Metal
  • Gas Cookers
  • Small Furniture
  • Domestic Waste
  • Bricks

Note that you should try to use your 4 cubic yards of space as efficiently as possible, for this reason, it’s advised to break down items as small as possible before placing them inside the skip.

What Can’t I Put in a 4-yard Skip?

Hazardous materials cannot go in a 4-yard skip (or any skip for that matter), this includes:

  • Fluorescent Tubes and Sodium Lamps
  • Contaminated Spills and Rags
  • Aerosols
  • Lead Acid Batteries
  • Paint in Original Containers
  • Antifreeze and Brake Fluids
  • Oil and Fuel Filters
  • Toner / Laser Cartridges
  • Inkjet Cartridges
  • Asbestos

As well as these items, you cannot include:

  • Explosives
  • Tyres
  • Plasterboard
  • Medical Waste
  • Mattresses
  • Items That Stick Out Of The Top

Why Choose a 4-yard Skip Instead of a 6-yard Skip?

For many commercial and residential clearance needs, the amount of waste being thrown away is quite small, and so a small skip is needed. A 6-yard skip takes up more space, costs more, and runs the risks of not being filled by small projects. In the instances where a skip is not filled, the customer pays for the unoccupied space – we try to help customers avoid this.

How Much Does a 4-yard Skip Cost?

The Extra Large Mini Skip, or 4-yard skip, costs £168 including VAT when purchased from ClickaSkip.

Can I Use a 4-yard Skip For a Garden Clearance?

With seasons changing, your garden may need a spruce up and a skip for all of that green waste. Alternatively, you may have found the right time to do a small garden landscaping project and you need a skip to deal with the waste generated. In these cases, a 4-yard skip is a great option for your needs, as it is more compact than a 6-yard skip. If you are doing a large garden clearance, a conservatory demolition, or a big landscaping project, you might want to hire a bigger skip.

Can I Use a 4-yard Skip For a Small Building Project or Kitchen Refurbishment?

A small building project, bathroom refit, or kitchen refurbishment are all well-suited to 4-yard Extra Large Mini Skips. If the project is big and involves knocking down walls, you might want something bigger, but if you feel that the amount of waste created will be quite small, a 4-yard skip is ideal.

Can I Put Just Heavy Waste in a 4-yard Skip?

Yes, you can fill your 4-yard skip with gravel, rubble, hardcore, bricks, and metal, if you wish to do so. It is only for 8-yard skips and larger that we ask for amounts of these items to be minimised, as the same size vehicle delivers and collects all of the skips, and will struggle to lift skips that are too heavy.

What Else Do I Need to Know About Skip Sizes?

There are three final considerations in this 4-Yard Skip Guide, and they are:


1. Following your waste limits is great practice, but making sure you don’t put hazardous materials inside is even better, as this will cause a big problem at the other end. See our Ultimate Guide to Skip Hire here to see what can’t go in a skip.


2. When you are booking your skip, confirm with your skip hire company as to whether you need permits or not. Quite often, they will be able to get them approved on your behalf. You will need a permit if the skip is going on the road, so first make sure your driveway is big enough to handle a skip, otherwise, you will need to go down this route.


3. Consider the amount of waste generated when booking your skip. You don’t want something too small or too big. Remember a 4-yard skip equates to roughly 45 bin bags worth of waste.


Has this guide helped you? Do you have more questions? Get in touch info@clickaskip.co.uk

Author: Gary Watson
Published: January 23, 2019