Welcome to ClickaSkip’s Guide to Skip Hire for Garden Waste, where we will attempt to answer all of the important and relevant questions regarding green waste clearances.

This guide comes in the form of an FAQ. If you don’t see the answer you were hoping to find, please get in touch so that we can update this guide.

What Materials are Considered Garden Waste?

Garden waste is a vague term, but in general, it is considered to be the following:

  • Soil
  • Twigs
  • Grass
  • Leaves
  • Weeds
  • Turf
  • Lawn

As well as these items, there are other garden waste items that can go in your skip hire, such as:

  • Patio Slabs
  • Bricks
  • Rubble
  • Hardcore Materials

If you have a considerable amount of garden waste, perhaps after a large landscaping project, it may be wise to get a bigger skip, such as a 6-yard or 8-yard.

What Garden Waste Can I Dispose Of?

As well as the items listed above, you may also use your skip to dispose of:

  • Light Green Waste, Such as Shrubs and Plants
  • Small Branches
  • Palm Fronds
  • Woodchip and Bark
  • Tree Trunks Smaller Than 150mm in Diameter and Under 1m in Length

What Garden Waste Can’t I Dispose Of?

There are some forbidden items, such as:

  • Palm Tree Trunks
  • Large Tree Roots
  • Tree Trunks Larger Than 150mm in Diameter
  • Tree Trunks Longer Than 1m
  • Synthetic Grass
  • Solvents and Pressurised Containers
  • Hazardous Materials Such as Asbestos, Insulation, or Empty Chemical Containers
  • Liquids
  • Food
  • Paint

What Skip Size is Right For Your garden Waste?

For small garden clearances that consist almost entirely of green waste, we recommend 4-yard skips. The dimensions are as follows: L:2.57 H1.09 W:1.77


The Extra Large Mini Skip, or 4-yard skip, costs £168 including VAT when purchased from ClickaSkip. To help you visualise how much you can fit inside it, this is our rule of thumb: 18 wheelbarrow loads or 45 rubbish bags.


If you’ve had some landscaping work, knocked down a wall, or created some heavy waste, we recommend a 6-yard builder’s skip. The dimensions are as follows: L: 3.1 H:1.24 W1.77


The Standard Builders Skip, or 6-yard skip, costs £198 including VAT when purchased from ClickaSkip. To help you visualise the volume of this skip, our rule of thumb is 27 wheelbarrow loads or 70 rubbish bags.


For a large garden clearance project, with a lot of waste, you may want to play it safe and go for an 8-yard skip. The dimensions are as follows: L:3.55 H:1.3 W:1.79


When purchased from ClickaSkip, the cost of an 8-yard Small Industrial Skip is £216 including VAT. To better visualise how much you can fit inside it, imagine 36 wheelbarrow loads or 90 rubbish bags.

What are the Benefits of Skip Hire for Garden Waste?

Some people opt to hire HIPPO bags or a man and van clearance for their garden waste, but skip hire is often preferable, for these reasons:

  • Size Selection – Because skips come in various sizes, you can choose the skip size most suitable to your needs. This allows you to hire a skip within your budget, and you get to keep it for a couple of weeks if needed.
  • Convenience – Skips can easily fit on most properties, which is perfect for garden clearances. Most of the time you can avoid paying for permits and extra expenses. Easy self-loading and longer durations for skip hire also add to the convenience factor.
  • Environmentally Friendly – Skip hire companies have dedicated teams at their recycling centres to sort through the waste and separate it into as many waste streams as is required. This is considered to be the most eco-friendly solution for your garden waste, to maximise recycling and reuse rates

How to Order a Permit for Garden Waste Skip Hire?

If you are unable to store a skip on your private land, you will require a skip permit. We are able to take care of this for you and include the cost and details in your skip hire order. You will need to make sure that there is a space available outside your property for the skip to be placed, otherwise unnecessary delays may occur. If parking outside your property is paid for, you may require a parking suspension.

Should I Use Gloves?

Please take all health and safety precautions when handling your garden waste, especially gloves and in many cases safety boots, to avoid injury.

Is Skip Hire for Garden Waste Better Than a Man and a Van Service?

A man and van service might seem like a good option for your garden clearance, but it presents several hurdles. The first hurdle is that all of your waste must be ready to be collected and cleared on the day of your agreed man and van clearance. With a skip hire, you can keep the skip for several weeks while your clearance takes place.


The second hurdle is that you will pay for the labour costs that are incurred during your man and van service, whereas with a skip hire, you can do the clearance yourself and save a lot of money.


The third hurdle with a man and van service is that you pay for the volume of space that is taken up in their van. With a skip hire, your costs are fixed and you are able to maximise the space in your skip.


Skip hire is a better option in most instances and you can guarantee that the skip hire company will do their utmost to try and recycle the entirety of the skips contents, in line with the Waste Duty of Care and all environmental legislation.

Is Skip Hire for Garden Waste Quicker and Easier Than Refilling the Green Bin?

Absolutely! We drop off your skip and then arrange for a collection, meaning that you have the skip for the length of your project, and when your garden clearance is done, you can continue life as normal.


If you decide to try and fill your green bin and have it collected each fortnight to try and get rid of your waste, you could be waiting for months. You have to make sure you put your bin out on the right day, plus store your excess green waste for weeks or months while you wait for it to be collected. You have to make sure your bin is placed on the right footpath and that it doesn’t block pedestrian pathways or vehicles, that all loose rubbish is bagged, and that the bin isn’t overloaded. All of these limitations and rules can be frustrating, so a skip hire is much quicker and easier as a garden clearance option.

Can I Burn My Garden Waste?

In some cases, yes, you can, but you will have to speak to your council first and get all of the right permissions. If you get this wrong, you could pay up to £5000 in fines!


You aren’t allowed to burn domestic waste and you aren’t allowed to light a fire if the smoke will reach a public road and create traffic problems. If you have fires too often and create problems for your neighbours, you could also be fined. A lot of garden and green waste will create a lot of smoke, instead of burning well, and so you are recommended to try and compost or recycle your garden waste before burning it.


Green waste such as grass and foliage will not burn, neither will soil, rubble, or bricks. You’re forbidden from using an accelerant to help burn your green waste.


With all of these stipulations, it’s so much simpler to just hire a skip and let the professionals take it away and recycle the contents.

Can a Skip Hire for Garden Waste Help Me Save Money?

Of course! Here’s how:

  • Hire a skip that is the right size for your needs and you won’t have to overpay for space, labour, or a second clearance service.
  • You can break down your waste to fit more into the skip – you don’t have this option with a man and van clearance.
  • If you are cutting down trees, you can keep the logs for firewood, or sell them to people who do need firewood.
  • You have the time and space to separate compostable waste from skipped waste, meaning you can make more of the available space in your skip.

What Should I Do Now?

If you have a garden waste project in the near future, get in touch with us today or use our Skip Chooser tool to find the perfect skip for your needs.

Author: Gary Watson
Published: January 23, 2019