Your Essential Guide To Skip Hire

In need of a skip but feel a bit lost? Our essential guide to skip hire will help answer your woes

In need of a skip but feel a bit lost?  Our essential guide to skip hire will help answer your woes.

Hiring a skip can seem a bit confusing.  All that talk of yards and cubic yards can often confuse the best of us.  But it should be a simple process that removes the stress of getting rid of your old junk and clutter from around the home and nothing more.

To help put your mind at rest ensure you order the right service from us, this quick and easy guide will handle all those unanswered questions you have and will make understanding some of that skip hire jargon that little bit easier.

What Is Skip Hire?

In short – we provide the means for you to load all your unwanted waste and rubbish in a simple container that is delivered to your home.  Once you’re done, you give us a call and we remove this and legally discard of your waste for you at a fully registered disposal site.

The size of container OR skip as they known come in a range of different sizes from the midi skip – a simple and compact 4-yard skip to the more traditional builders skip – an 8-yard skip suitable for most driveways and home locations.  For a full range of skip sizes see our skip hire page.

Each of our skips offer fixed price hire meaning it is the ideal solution for clearing out the shed or garage over a weekend or holiday period – with no added extras.*

  • Incorrect material charges apply if our waste guidelines aren’t adhered too.

How Much Does Skip Hire Cost?

The cost of skip hire is largely dependent on two key things.

  1. Your location – Prices vary throughout the UK based on disposal rates, competition and the general cost of waste disposal and processing. So in some instances it’s a bit of a postcode lottery I’m afraid.
  2. How much waste you have to dispose of – Typically skips are charged at fixed rates for a certain volume measured in cubic yards. The larger the volume the more you pay to dispose of.

What Can I Put In A Skip?

Skips are pretty robust and can collect most waste types you may have in the home or at work, however there are some restrictions.

In most instances the majority of household waste can go in a skip however the following list gives some examples of those restricted items:

Not Accepted Wastes

If you have any of these items and need to get rid of them in a safe and environmentally friendly way, then give our helpful team a call today and they can advise a specialist collection to help.

Skip Hire Sizes

Skips come in a variety of sizes but we have handpicked a range of skip sizes that we feel are best suited to household collections.

Whether you are taking part in a small garden clearance, or a complete home renovation, our range caters for all sizes and loads of waste you may

4-Yard Skip

Approx. 30-40 bin bags. Or 3 boot fulls of a standard estate car.

from £75

6-Yard Skip

Approx. 50-60 bin bags. Or enough to fill a VW CADI Van.

from £110

8-Yard Skip

Approx. 60-80 bin bags. Or thenough to fill a standard Transit Van

from £225

12-Yard Skip

Approx. 80-120 bin bags. Or the equivalent of an 8x6 garden shed

from £257

Where Can I Put My Skip?

The most simple place for a Skip At Home is on your driveway.  But any land that is your private property is suitable – you just need to be sure there aren’t any access issues that would stop delivery or collection for our vehicles.

In some instances, you may find that you’re without the room in your private property for us to deliver a skip, so you need another solution.

It is possible for a skip to be placed on the road or public highway – however in ALL instances you would require a SKIP HIRE PERMIT from your local authority. 

A Skip Hire Permit enables you to store your skip on the public highway (road) for a period agreed by the local authority.  Additional charges apply for skip hire permits but our friendly team at 123 Skip Hire can take care of all this for you.  Permits and pricing are however at the discretion of the local authority and can vary regionally.

What Happens To My Waste?

Once your skip is full and is ready for us to collect it, your waste will be taken to a licensed waste transfer station to be disposed of.  Here your waste will be processed and as much content as possible will be recycled to help protect the environment.

When hiring a skip, you should always ensure the company you employ has a waste carriers licence and will be taking your waste to a licensed waste transfer station.  It is your responsibility to ensure your waste is properly disposed off and even if you pay a private company to dispose of it for you – if the waste is tipped illegally you will still be eligible for the fine from the Environment Agency.  You have been warned!


Here at 123 Skip Hire our teams only work with the best skip hire providers in your area to ensure safe, legal and compliant disposal – so you can sit back and relax knowing your waste is in good hands!