UK Skip Sizes and Dimensions
Reliable Skip Hire provides a vast range of skip sizes to suit all of your waste disposal needs. Whether you’re clearing garden waste or undertaking a renovation project, we offer a speedy service, next day delivery (subject to availability), pre-booked collection dates and environmentally friendly disposal methods. Our size guide below includes standard measurements of each skip size, but keep in mind that these may vary slightly depending on the design and ultimately the size is determined by the cubic volume of waste you can fit in it, not the shape of the skip.
In the UK, standard skip sizes range from 4 yards to 12 yards, and our friendly customer service team are always on hand to offer support and advice. For bigger commercial skip hire jobs, we also offer Roll-on Roll-off skips (RoRos) which are 20 to 40 yard containers. Call us today on 0800 320 2110 for more information. We can help you decide on the best skip size and tell you more about our recycling policy.
Choosing your skip size depends on the type of job you have, the location which the skip will be placed and how much waste you have. The larger skip sizes typically offer better value for money as you can fit more in. As a general rule, it’s always best to over-estimate the skip size you need as it will work out cheaper than needing to hire a replacement skip (known as a skip exchange).
Skip sizes in the UK are measured by the volume of waste which is in cubic yards. This isn’t to be mistaken for the length and width of the skip despite this terminology usually being abbreviated to just ‘yards’.
The most common skip sizes are 4 yard and 6 yard skips (also known as a builder’s skip) as these are easy for you to access and fill up. Not only are these sizes more versatile, they can be used for heavy waste too such as soil or rubble. 8 yard skips can have some heavy waste, but very heavy waste such as dense rubble or soil may be too heavy. The larger skips such as 10 yard skips and 12 yard skips are for lighter, bulky waste and you may find these more difficult to lift your waste into as they are taller.
It’s important to remember that all skips, regardless of size, must be a level load. This means that the waste must not be placed higher than the tallest sides of the skip. If you overload your skip, you will incur a wasted journey charge as the skip will not be able to be safely collected.