We offer a full range of skip sizes

When it comes to skip sizes, there are plenty to choose from. This is great for ensuring you can hire the correct size for the job at hand, but it can be a little confusing, particularly if you are new to skip hire.

But not to worry. We can help you choose the right skip for your needs. We offer a full range of sizes, from the 2 yard mini skip to the 40 cubic yard RORO and everything in between.

In this guide, you can find information, dimensions and potential uses for each of the different skip sizes we can offer. You will also find answers to some of the most common questions about the different sizes available.

Once you have decided on the perfect skip size you want to hire, enter your postcode into the search box above to get an instant quote. We provide fixed, transparent prices, online booking and fast delivery throughout the UK.

2 Yard Skip (Mini skip)

Are you looking to hire a 2 yard skip to clear out some waste from your home or business? If you are, we can provide the best prices on these mini skips to cities, towns and villages across the UK.

As the name suggests, the mini skip is the smallest skip we offer. With a capacity of 2 cubic yards, the mini skip is perfect for clearing out small quantities of waste from your home or business premises.

The mini skip can be used to dispose of all types of waste, including the following:

  • Building waste such as concrete, bricks and rubble.
  • Household waste such as old clothing, small furniture, bathroom tiles, kitchen units and toys.
  • Garden waste such as soil, hedge trimmings, grass cuttings and branches.
  • Office waste such as cardboard boxes, paper and kitchen waste.

The 2 yard skip is an excellent choice for small DIY projects around the home. So whether you are retiling the bathroom, replacing an old laminate floor, renewing some dated kitchen units or clearing out some space in the garden shed, hiring a mini skip is a cheap and convenient option.


  • Capacity – 2 cubic yards / 1.5 cubic metres
  • Height – 2′ 6″ / 0.79 metres
  • Length – 4′ 0″ / 1.22 metres
  • Width – 3′ 0″ / 0.91 metres

2 Yard Skip Dimensions

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4 Yard Skip

The 4 yard skip is a perfect choice for householders looking to have a general tidy up around the home. It is also great for home renovations, such as ripping out an old bathroom suite, getting rid of garden waste and a whole host of other jobs.

As well as being a popular choice for homeowners, the 4 yard skip can be used for a variety of commercial applications. So whether you are renovating a shop, clearing out an office, or you’re a builder doing a small job for a customer, our 4 yard midi skip could be just the right size.

A 4 yard skip can be used for all types of waste and will hold approximately 30 to 40 bags of rubbish. Examples of the kind of waste that a 4 yard can be used for include:

  • Household waste such as old toys, furniture, kitchen units, bathroom suites and clothing.
  • Garden waste such as grass, tree branches, hedge trimmings and soil.
  • Construction waste such as rubble, stone and bricks
  • Office waste such as paper, cardboard and old office furniture.


  • Capacity – 4 cubic yard / 3 cubic metres
  • Height – 3′ 2″ / 0.97 metres
  • Length – 6′ 0″ / 1.83 metres
  • Width – 4′ 3″ / 1.3 metres

4 Yard Skip Dimensions

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6 Yard Skip

The 6 yard skip is what we refer to as a small builders skip. It is the perfect size skip for mid-level projects, such as small construction jobs, office clearances or home renovations.

Roughly the size of a small van, the 6 cubic yard skip can hold the equivalent of approximately 50-60 bin bags of rubbish. Of course, this skip can be used to dispose of all types of waste, including:

  • Soil, bricks and rubble
  • Wood, pallets and other timber
  • Tree cuttings and other garden waste
  • Furniture and household waste
  • Scrap metal
  • Office waste such as paper and cardboard

If required, the 6 yard skip can be provided with a drop door, making loading the skip with heavy waste such as soil much more manageable. You can then use a wheelbarrow to directly wheel the rubbish into the skip without lifting it over the side.

Our 6 cubic yard skip is a good choice for both domestic and commercial customers. They can be delivered on private property such as a driveway, or on the road if required.

Just keep in mind that if you need to have the skip delivered on the road, a permit from your local council will be required. This usually takes a few days to organise, and it will add a little extra to the cost of hiring the skip.

Find out more about 6 yard skips.


  • Capacity – 6 cubic yard / 4.6 cubic metres
  • Height – 4′ 0″ / 1.22 metres
  • Length – 8′ 6″ / 2.6 metres
  • Width – 5′ 0″ / 1.52 metres

6 Yard Skip Dimensions

8 Yard Skip

The 8 yard skip is the most popular size and is often referred to as a maxi or builders skip. This large skip is perfect for construction work where soil, rubble, bricks and other heavy waste must be disposed of.

As with some of our smaller skips, the 8 yard skip can be supplied with a drop down door. This makes it much easier to load with a wheelbarrow, saving you the backache of having to lift heavy waste over the side of the skip.

The 8 yard skip is also a great choice for jobs involving bulky waste, such as ripping out old kitchen units, clearing out old office furniture and large landscaping jobs.

If you need to have a skip delivered on the road, you will need to have permission from the council in the form of a skip permit. Although the rules vary across the UK, in many cases, the 8 cubic skip is the largest skip that the council will allow to be placed on the road.

With the capacity to hold the equivalent of approximately 60 to 75 bin bags of rubbish, the 8 cubic yard skip offers excellent value for all types of large projects. Whether for domestic or commercial jobs, this skip can be used to dispose of all types of waste, including:

  • Bricks, concrete, rubble and soil
  • Tree and hedge cuttings and other garden waste
  • Household waste such as furniture, kitchen units, worktops and bathroom fittings
  • Office clearances including furniture, cardboard and paper

Find out more about 8 yard skips.


  • Capacity – 8 cubic yard / 6.1 cubic metres
  • Height – 4′ 0″ / 1.22 metres
  • Length – 12′ 0″ / 3.66 metres
  • Width – 5′ 6″ / 1.67 metres

8 Yard Skip Dimensions

10 Yard Skip

The 10 yard skip is where we get to sizes generally considered commercial skips, as they are mainly aimed at businesses and tradespeople. This size is great for office waste, construction projects and other situations where large quantities of rubbish are being generated.

Although mainly aimed at businesses, you can hire a 10 cubic yard skip for your home. The large capacity makes them ideal for lightweight household rubbish. So if you need to dispose of an old sofa, clutter from your loft or a build up of garden waste, this skip size could be just the ticket.

Due to the size of this skip, it should only be used for lightweight materials. The 10 yd skip is not suitable for heavy construction waste such as rubble, soil or concrete.


  • Capacity – 10 cubic yard / 7.65 cubic metres
  • Height – 4′ 11″ / 1.5 metres
  • Length – 12′ 3″ / 3.74 metres
  • Width – 5′ 10″ / 1.78 metres

12 Yard Skip

If you have a large project on your hands, the 12 yard skip could be the perfect choice. With the capacity to hold the equivalent of up to 120 bags of waste, this skip can handle all types of jobs for domestic and commercial customers.

Whether you are refitting retail premises, clearing out old office furniture or decluttering the loft of many years worth of household clutter, the 12 yard skip could be a wise option.

Like the 10 yard containers mentioned above, this skip size is not suitable for heavy building waste such as rubble, soil, or concrete. Filling it with this material would make the skip too heavy and dangerous for the lorries to pick up.

Find out more about 12 yard skips.


  • Capacity – 12 cubic yards / 9.2 cubic metres
  • Height – 5′ 6″ / 1.68 metres
  • Length – 12′ 2″ / 3.7 metres
  • Width – 5′ 10″ / 1.78 metres

12 Yard Skip Dimensions

14 Yard Skip

The 14 yard skip is a versatile container suitable for a host of commercial and domestic applications. They are big enough to hold up to 145 bags of rubbish.

14 yard skips are commonly used to dispose of DIY waste, kitchen and bathroom refits, house clearances and garden waste (leaves, grass cuttings, hedge trimmings etc.).

They are also used in commercial settings, such as factories, construction sites and distribution centres.

They are not suitable for soil, bricks and other heavy materials, so you should only consider hiring a 14 yard skip if you have lightweight waste to dispose of.


  • Capacity – 14 cubic yards / 10.7 cubic metres
  • Height – 5′ 11″ / 1.8 metres
  • Length – 13′ 5″ / 4.1 metres
  • Width – 5′ 9″ / 1.75 metres

16 Yard Skip

The 16 yard skip is the largest of our standard skip containers. This is a beast of a skip, perfect for tackling the biggest of jobs. They are predominately used for commercial work, such as office clearances, shop refits and general business waste.

However, if you have a large household project on your hands and are looking to get rid of bulky waste such as furniture or tree cuttings, the 16 yard skip is ideal.
Standing at a height of over 6′ 7″, this skip can hold up to a huge 160 bin bags of waste.

It can only be used for lightweight materials, so it is unsuitable for heavy construction waste such as rubble or soil. But other than that, the 16 yard skip can be used for a whole host of different waste materials.

Find out more about 16 yard skips.


  • Capacity – 16 cubic yards / 12.2 cubic metres
  • Height – 6′ 7″ / 2.0 metres
  • Length – 14′ 5″ / 4.5 metres
  • Width – 5′ 6″ / 1.67 metres

20 Yard Skip

The 20 yard skip is the first of our roll on roll off containers (or RORO for short). Unlike standard skips that are lifted by chains, roll on roll off skips use a hook-lift system to move the containers on and off the lorry.

Although it’s the smallest of the roll on roll off skips, the 20 yard container is still a massive unit. It is mainly used for commercial waste management jobs that need to dispose of significant volumes of rubbish.


  • Capacity – 20 cubic yards / 15.3 cubic metres
  • Height – 5′ 9″ / 1.75 metres
  • Length – 19′ 2″ / 5.86 metres
  • Width – 7′ 8″ / 2.38 metres

35 Yard Skip

The next size up in the range of roll on roll off skips is the 35 yard. This can be used to dispose of a wide range of light to medium weight materials. This includes plastics, cardboard, wood, metals and paper. The large size also makes it great for bulky waste.

If you run a business that produces a lot of waste, this size container is a good option. If required, we can also provide 35 yard compactor skips. This means we can collect more waste with each load, lower transport costs and reduce carbon emissions in the process.


  • Capacity – 35 cubic yards / 26.8 cubic metres
  • Height – 7′ 9″ / 2.36 metres
  • Length – 19′ 2″ / 5.86 metres
  • Width – 7′ 8″ / 2.38 metres

40 Yard Skip

40 yard skips are the largest waste containers available in the UK. These industrial sized skips are mainly hired by businesses but can be utilised by domestic customers if required (providing there is sufficient space for a container of this size).

These containers are often used as long-term solutions for the waste management and recycling needs of businesses that generate large volumes of waste.

Whether you need a one-off collection or a large skip that can be kept onsite and emptied regularly, the 40-yard RORO is an excellent choice.

As with the 35 yard mentioned above, this size is also compatible with a waste compactor, which can help to reduce your business waste costs and collection frequency.


  • Capacity – 40 cubic yards / 30.6 cubic metres
  • Height – 8′ 9″ / 2.67 metres
  • Length – 19′ 2″ / 5.86 metres
  • Width – 7′ 8″ / 2.38 metres

How do I decide which skip size I need?

With so many different sizes to choose from, picking the right skip size you need is not always easy. But to help you make that choice, here are some questions to consider:

How much waste will you have?

In most cases, you will want a skip big enough to accommodate all of your waste in one single load. For each of the different sizes listed above, we have given a rough guide to the number of bin bags of rubbish that can fit in each. You can also use the dimensions of each size container to help make your decision.

What types of materials do you need to dispose of?

This is an important question to consider, as the choice of skips will vary depending on the type of waste you need to dispose of. For example, if you have large bulky items such as a bed or sofa, they are physically not going to fit inside a 2 cubic yard skip.

As well as the size of the waste items, you also have to consider the weight. If you are using the skip to get rid of soil or rubble, for example, the largest skip size you will be able to choose is the 8 yard builders skip, as the sizes above this are not suitable for heavy materials.

If in doubt, we would always recommend ordering a slightly bigger skip. This is because it will cost more in the long run if you run out of space and need to order another skip.

What’s the biggest size skip you can get?

Technically, the biggest skip you can get is the 40 cubic yard roll on roll off container. However, as mentioned above, the largest size you can use does depend on what type of waste you intend to dispose of.

If you are disposing of light to medium weight materials, you can choose from the whole range of sizes. But if you have heavy waste, you won’t be able to use some of the larger sizes due to the weight limit.

What size skip do I need for a house clearance?

This really depends on how much waste you need to put in the skip, as well as the type of rubbish you have.

For many small house clearances, a 4 yard skip may be sufficient. However, if you have a lot of large bulky waste such as furniture or carpets to get rid of, you may need to look at skip sizes in the 12-16 yard range.

If you are struggling to decide what size skip you need, feel free to contact our customer service team. We will do our best to help point you in the right direction.

What size skip do I need for a sofa?

What size skip you need for a sofa will depend on the size of the sofa and whether or not you can break it down into smaller pieces.

If it’s a small sofa (or a larger one that you can break up), you should be able to fit it into a 4 yard midi skip. This is the smallest skip size you would want to consider for this job.

However, it’s unlikely that you will only have a sofa to go in the skip. So depending on how much other waste you need to get rid of, you might be better off going with the 6 yard.

What size is a builders skip?

The term builders skip is used to describe both the 6 and 8 cubic yard containers. You will often hear the phrase small builders skip, which refers to the 6 yard, and large builders skip, which refers to the 8 yard.

They are labelled builders skips as they are ideal for heavy waste such as bricks, rubble and soil. For that reason, they are the most common size that you will see on construction sites across the UK.

Which skip sizes have a drop down door?

Most skips between the sizes of 4 to 8 cubic yards can be supplied with a drop down door. This makes loading rubbish into them much easier, as you can walk or wheelbarrow waste directly into the skip.

Mini skips are less likely to have a door, as these are small enough to load waste into them without any problem.

The larger 10 to 16 yard containers are also less likely to have a drop door. But as these are only suitable for light to medium weight rubbish, the ability to load them with a wheelbarrow is not as important.

When it comes to the huge industrial roll on roll off containers (20-40 yards), all of these will come with a door to aid with the loading. However, these doors open from the side rather than dropping down like smaller standard skips.

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