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How big are skips?

Posted on 3 August 2021

Do you require a skip hire service for a domestic or commercial rubbish removal project? If so, you may be wondering “How big are skips?”. This is a common question, with many people unsure which size of skip they require. At Beta Skips, we offer mini skips, midi skips and builders skips in Rotherham, catering to a wide range of needs and budgets. 

Choosing the right size skip

When it comes to hiring a skip, it’s important to choose the right size. This will ensure that you’re not paying for a skip that’s too big or small for your needs. If you order a skip that’s not big enough, you may find that you need to get a second one to get rid of all the waste your project has produced. This can be costly and inconvenient. Generally, larger skip sizes offer much better value as long as you have enough waste to fill it completely. Keep in mind that there restrictions that apply to larger skips, with most councils not allowing those greater than eight yards to be placed on public highways. 

What are the different skip sizes?

At Beta Skips, we offer skips in various sizes, ranging from small four-yard mini skips to huge Roll On Roll Off skips. We categorise skip sizes by their internal volume, measuring them in “cubic yards”. This is often abbreviated to “yards”. One yard measures 3 feet high by 3 feet wide by 3 feet deep and takes up approximately the same amount of space as around ten bin bags of rubbish.

If you’re not sure which skip size is right for your needs, simply get in touch with our team. We can help you select the most suitable skip for your project. Keep reading to find out more about the different skip sizes available at Beta Skips.

4-yard skips

A 4 cubic yard skip is ideal for a range of home and garden projects. Known as a mini skip and one of the smallest skips available on the market, it’s suitable for projects that create minimal waste, including minor refurbishment tasks and garage clear-outs. A 4-yard skip can hold the equivalent of around 40 bin bags full of waste.

6-yard skips

6-yard skips remain very popular. Holding up to 55 bags of waste but still allowed to be placed on public highways, these midi skips are ideal for many medium-sized projects. Many people hire these skips for kitchen and bathroom renovations and even building extensions.

8-yard skips

8-yard skips are useful for domestic, commercial, and industrial waste removal needs. Perfect for bulky waste as well as heavy waste including builder’s rubble, concrete, or soil, they’re ideal for renovation work of all kinds. Retailers often use 8-yard skips for carrying out refits as well as for office clear-outs. These skips are commonly referred to as builders skips or maxi skips and can hold around 70 bags of rubbish. 

20-40-yard skips (RORO) 

The biggest size of skip available for hire at Beta Skips is 20-40 yards. Known as Roll On Roll Off (RORO) skips, they can allow you to get rid of high volumes of rubbish from large projects, including construction jobs or demolition works. They are also commonly used on industrial sites that require regular removal of manufacturing waste. RORO skips can help a business to reduce its waste disposal costs since fewer collections mean lower transport costs. Greenhouse gas emissions are lower too, benefitting the environment. Our 40-yard skips are best suited to companies seeking long-term waste management solutions for large quantities of waste. 

How much can I put into a skip?

Now that you know how big are skips, you may want to know how much rubbish you can put into them. When you hire mini or midi skips in Rotherham, it’s important to load them correctly. Also, one of the biggest mistakes people make is overfilling skips. All skips have a fill line that shows the right level to fill it up to, and if you exceed this line, it’s likely to be overloaded. If the waste is rising above the skip’s sides, there’s definitely too much in it. Your skip hire company may refuse to collect a skip that’s too full. They may ask you to take the excess waste out of it. 

To avoid overfilling a skip, carefully assess how much waste you have to dispose of. Pile up the rubbish so that you can easily see the amount.  We recommend ordering a skip that’s slightly bigger than you think you’ll need. This will also ensure that you’re not tempted to overfill the skip should you end up having too much rubbish to get rid of. 

Do I need a skip permit?

Whatever skip size you opt for, it’s important to find out if you’ll need a permit. Generally, you’ll need to obtain a permit if you want to put a skip on a public road or pavement. At Beta Skips, we can do this for you, with our team liaising with your local council to get the skip licence that you need. We can also advise on other steps you might need to take such as putting safety lights or markings either on or around the skip. Furthermore, this could include traffic cones, reflective markings, or safety lamps.

Contact us 

“How big are skips?” is one of the most common questions we get asked here at Beta Skips. However, as you can see, there are many skip sizes available to choose from. From small mini skips to enormous RORO skips, all needs can be catered to. To find out more, get in touch with our friendly team. Telephone us on 01709 645038 to find out more about our mini skips, midi skips, and builders skips in Rotherham. You can also send us a message via the website or request a callback at any time. 


Contact Us

If you’re ready to find out more about skip hire in Rotherham, or Mexborough, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Call us on 01709 645038 for Rotherham, or 01709 645039 for Mexborough. You can also send us a message via the website. We’ll aim to get back to you as soon as possible. Our friendly team are waiting to answer your questions and provide you with a competitive quote for the skip hire in Rotherham service you require.