When it comes to skip hire, it’s not a one size fits all operation, in fact, there are plenty of things that you need to consider. There are various different sizes of skips, there are some that are suitable for heavy loads and some that aren’t, there are lockable ones and open ones too.

Choosing the right skip size is absolutely vital to your operation. Choose a skip that’s too small and you’re going to have leftover waste and probably the need for a second skip, which will cost a lot more than having a big skip in the first place. Choose a skip that’s way too big for your needs and you’re suddenly paying for air in the form of unoccupied space.

Whatever you’re working on, ClickaSkip has a skip for you, it’s just a matter of picking the most suitable one. This Skip Size Guide is here to answer all of your questions, starting with…

What Kind of Skips Can I Hire From ClickaSkip?

The 4 Yard Skip


The 4 yard skip is quite often known in the industry as the Extra Large Mini Skip, and it’s going to be your ideal option for certain projects. If you’re doing a garden clearance, refitting your bathroom, or you’re finally getting around to that a spring clean and chucking out any unwanted junk, this is for you.

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.

The 6 Yard Skip


As you will come to learn later in this guide, the ‘Standard Builders Skip’ is the most common and most popular in this industry, with most projects opting to hire this. From experience, the most popular uses for the Standard Builders Skip are bulky waste, unwanted furniture, small building projects, large garden clearances, and total kitchen refits.

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.

The 8 Yard Skip


Almost as popular as the 6 yard skip is the 8 yard skip, which we know as the Small Industrial Skip. Aptly named, the Small Industrial Skip is perfect for contents such as bricks, concrete, and soil waste. The most common projects it is used for include house clearances, building projects, commercial use, and heavy construction waste.

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.

The 8 Yard Enclosed Skip

The 8 yard Enclosed Skip is a variant of the Small Industrial Skip, with the main differences being that it is slightly taller, not as long, and comes fitted with lockable doors. We’ve found that this option is superior when it comes to projects with increased security needs, for specialist clearances, and for sites where there might be concerns about dust or fire. Like its sister skip, the 8 yard Enclosed Skip is a perfect choice for house clearances, building projects, commercial use, and heavy construction waste. For many people or businesses hiring this skip, there is an added comfort knowing the contents cannot be stolen and that it does not run the risk of others dumping their waste inside.

The dimensions are as follows: L:3.2m H:1.55m  w:1.79

An 8 yard Enclosed Skip from ClickaSkip costs £240 including VAT.

A visual representation of the the contents would be 36 wheelbarrow loads or 90 rubbish bags.

12 Yard Skip


The biggest of our skip hire options here at ClickaSkip is the Large Industrial Skip, a real juggernaut when it comes to helping you store up your waste before a collection. We’ve found that this is the ideal skip for trade use, very large house or business clearances, renovation projects, and bulky furniture.

The dimensions are as follows: L: 4.14m H: 1.68m W: 1.8

The 12 yard skip, or Large Industrial Skip, costs £288 including VAT when ordered from ClickaSkip.

As our biggest option, the Large Industrial Skip will fit about 52 wheelbarrow loads or 130 rubbish bags worth of waste.

What Kind of Skip Do I Need For a Garden Clearance?

As the seasons change, so does your garden, and for a lot of people that means doing a big garden clearance once or twice a year. When it comes to these green waste and garden clearance activities, we strongly recommend the 4 yard skip, as it’s uncommon to produce a greater volume of waste than this. If your garden clearance involves a conservatory demolition or a total landscaping project, we recommend a 6 yard Standard Builders Skip.

If your garden clearance project takes place on a particularly large estate, and involves some orangery or construction demolition, as well as a considerable amount of green waste, it may, in some cases, we worth opting for the 8 yard Small Industrial Skip.

Which is the Best Skip For a Kitchen Refurbishment?

Kitchen refurbishments are one of several home renovation projects that create a considerable amount of waste. It’s better, in these instances, to hire a 6 yard Standard Builders Skip, as a minimum. If you take great care in the dismantling of your kitchen, and you find that there is a lot of reusable equipment and materials, it may be possible to reduce your waste needs and instead opt for a 4 yard Extra Large Mini Skip. If your kitchen refurbishment involves knocking walls down, and you’re going to be generating construction waste, it’s advisable to choose the 6 yard skip.

What Kind of Skip is Best For a Small Building Project?

Due to the nature of a small building project, with a lot of materials or all different types and sizes being picked up and thrown into the skip, it’s best to have an open skip. In terms of size, a 6 yard Standard Builders Skip is the best option, in fact, it’s in the name! A small building project is likely to generate general waste, soil waste, recyclable materials, and a mixture of inert materials, like concrete, aggregates, ceramics, steel and plastics. All of these items are great to put in the skip.

If your small building project looks like it might actually be a medium or large sized project, and your estimations are optimistic, it’s better to be safe than sorry and upgrade to an 8 yard skip.

Which Skip is Ideal For a Large Garage Clear Out?

If you’re clearing a large garage or a storage lot of a similar nature, it’s common to have a mixture of junk, bulky furniture, and miscellaneous waste. If there’s a lot, and it’s looking like a daunting amount, we recommend going for the 8 yard Small Industrial Skip. If there are items among the garage clearance waste that you don’t wish to be stolen, it’s important that you opt for the 8 yard Enclosed Skip.

Which is the Best Skip Size For a House Clearance?

Depending on the size of the house, we would recommend at least an 8 yard Small Industrial Skip, as there is likely to be a lot of bulky waste to fit inside. Be cautious that your skip must be a level load, so no items can be poking out of the top. If you have bulky furniture to put in the skip, say for example a wardrobe, you’d be best placed breaking it down into its pieces. If that’s not possible, and you need a taller or longer skip, try the 12 yard Large Industrial Skip.

What Kind of Skip is Best For an Office Clearance?

This is a tricky one, because offices can be huge, or they can be small. If you have a team clearing the offices and that waste is destined for the skip, the rule of thumb is that it takes a whole day to fill 6 Standard Builders Skips, which are 6 cubic yards each. Do you have that much waste, or would you be better off with fewer larger skips, such as the 12 yard Large Industrial Skip? We recommend hiring a skip one size bigger than you think you need. It’s also a good idea to try and donate or reuse as much of the office equipment as possible to avoid having to fill your skip with it.

What Types of Skips Are There?

As well as the various sizes, there are actually four different types of skip. Here at ClickaSkip, we hire out the two most common ones, the open skip, and the closed skip. The open skip has no cover or doors, whereas the closed skip can be shut completely and is lockable to stop waste being taken, or other people dumping their waste inside.

There is also the Roll-on Roll-of (RORO) skip, which is a huge open skip that is rolled on and off of lorries with the help of a hook, as opposed to a chain. They are much bigger than traditional skip.

Mobile skips are set on a four-wheeled trailer so that they can be dragged by a vehicle instead of being lifted onto the back of a truck.

Are Covered And Open Skips Available in All Sizes?

Here at ClickaSkip, we offer open skips in 4 yard, 6 yard, 8 yard, and 12 yard options, with just the 8 yard skip being available to hire as an enclosed or covered version.

Where Will a Skip Fit?

If you have the space to store your skip privately, you shouldn’t have a problem putting it in your parking space or driveway, the main thing to be considered is that we will require a width of 3.3m to get the lorry in to unload.

If you don’t have space on your private land, you will need to place the skip on a public highway, which requires permits, and in some cases, reflective lights.

See our Ultimate Guide To Skip Hire for more information.

Why Are Some Skips Lockable and Others Aren’t?

It is sometimes the case that opportunists will see your skip in one of two ways. Firstly, they may see the contents as unwanted items that they can rummage around in and take from. The second way is that they may see the empty space in your open skip and they will try to add their own waste to it, often at night when nobody is watching. For these reasons, sometimes it’s preferable to get a lockable skip.

Can I Overfill My Skip if it Isn’t Big Enough?

No. Your skip must be a level load, meaning no items can be poking out of the top. If you have ordered a skip that is not big enough, you will need a second skip for the surplus waste.

Why are Skip Sizes Described in Yards?

The word ‘Yard’ is commonly used to describe the size of a skip, and as a skip is 3-dimensional, the yards are cubed. For example, what is meant by a ‘4 yard skip’ is actually a 4 yards³ skip, but the cubed is implied.

How Big is a Yard?

A yard is 91.44cm, or three feet.

Which Skip Size is Most Commonly Hired?

From our experience, the most common skip is the 6 yard Standard Builders Skip, as it is multi-purpose, can take a heavy load, and is easy to drop off and collect.

How Much Space Do I Need Around the Skip For Its Delivery?

For our larger skips, which are between 6 cubic yards and 12 cubic yards in volume, we need a minimum of around 3.0m of width, or 9ft 10 inches, just to be sure. For our smallest skip, the 4 cubic yard option, a clearance width for access should be at least 2.0m, or 6ft 7 inches.

Two other things to consider for private placements are the strength of the ground surface, as both our vehicles and skips are very heavy, and height clearance, as our vehicles are tall. We don’t want any issues with cracks or sinking on your property, and neither do you.

Mini, Midi, Large, What the Difference Between These Skips?

  • Mini skips are the smallest skips in the industry, the 2 yard or 4 yard options. These are great for spring cleans, garden clearances, or any clearance project where the volume of waste will be relatively small. They are perfect for sitting on your driveway as they take up a small space.
  • Midi skips are generally 3 or 4 yard options, it depends on which waste management company you hire from. At ClickaSkip, we consider a 4 yard skip to be an Extra Large Mini Skip, as opposed to a midi skip. Midi skips are also great for domestic projects and can sit comfortably on your driveway.
  • Large skips are considered to be the 8 yard and 12 yard skips, in our case, the Small Industrial Skip, and the Large Industrial Skip. These options are best for larger waste clearance projects where around 130 bin bags of waste equivalent will be thrown out. The large skips are much bigger than the midi and mini skips, and so there must be ample space around them for delivery, collection, and loading. Remember that only a small amount of heavy waste should be placed inside so that the collection truck can lift it.
  • Builders skips, not to be forgotten, are 6 yard skips that are the most popular option for hire. Occasionally some skip hire companies will hire 8 yard builders skips, but the 6 yard Standard Builders Skip is more common, and is ideal for construction projects where there will be a lot of heavy waste.

Why Can’t I Fill a Bigger Skip With Heavy Waste?

The same lorries that arrive at your property and deliver a 4 yard, 6 yard, and 8 yard skip, are the same lorries that deliver a 12 yard skip. For this reason, it is not possible for the same lorry to pick up an 8 yard or 12 yard skip that is full of heavy inert materials, like brick, metal, soil and aggregate.

As a general rule of thumb, one cubic yard of waste is equivalent to 1,000kg (1 tonne) of waste, and when you add the weight of the skip itself to this, you are looking at up to 15 tonnes that would need to be lifted for a full 12 yard skip. We advise not overfilling the skip with heavy inert materials, or they may have to be partially emptied.

What Else Do I Need to Know About Skip Sizes?

  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 security of your skip, and whether you are concerned about people stealing from your skip, or adding their own waste to it when you aren’t looking.

There are three final considerations in this Ultimate Skip Size Guide, and they are:

Do You Have Any More Questions?

If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Send any enquiries to info@clickaskip.co.uk and we will get back to you as soon as possible, or why not try our LiveChat to get an even quicker response.

Author: Gary Watson
Published: August 25, 2018