The Ultimate Skip Hire Guide

Think you need a skip but not sure where to start?  Our Ultimate Skip Hire Guide could be just the thing.

Think you need a skip but not sure where to start?  Our Ultimate Skip Hire Guide could be just the thing.

Hiring a skip doesn’t have to be daunting task. It should be a simple process that removes the stress of getting rid of your old junk and clutter from around the home.

To help put you on the right track and 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?

Here at SkipHire UK, our main service offering is our low cost and extensive range of skips that we offer throughout the country to help you get rid of your waste.

Coming 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 up to 14 days fixed price hire meaning it is the ideal solution for clearing out the shed or garage over a weekend or holiday period.

Skip hire provides you with a basic container to load your waste into throughout your project.  Then when it’s full our collection partners will take it away for safe and legal disposal at a licensed facility.

How Much Does Skip Hire Cost?

The amount you pay depends on two key things.

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.

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.

Luckily, our handy waste calculator will provide you our best recommendation by simply answering a few questions about your waste.  Give it a try today.

What Can I Put In A Skip?

Our skips can collect most waste types you may have, 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:

Fridges/Freezers – Read our Fridge Disposal Guide For More Information

Upholstered items

Paint tins


Electrical items like TV’s and DVD players

Florescent Tubes







Hazardous/Toxic Materials

Gas Cylinders

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 all shapes and 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 have.

Where Can I Put My Skip?

Providing you have room, our skips can be delivered and placed on your driveway or anywhere on your private property, you just need to be sure there aren’t any access issues that would stop delivery for our vehicles.

In some cases, you may find that you’re without the room in your private property for us to deliver a skip, so you need another solution. Well, there are two options available; you can try our Man & Van Waste Clearance Service, or your can apply for a skip hire permit.

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 SkipHire UK can take care of all this for you.  Visit our Skip Hire Permit guide for more information.

Our Man & Van Clearance is the perfect alternative solution for you when you’re without the room to place a skip.  As long as our clearance crew can park within 50 meters of your waste in a safe and free manor, we should be fine to collect.

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’s your legal obligation to ensure your waste is disposed of correctly and you are at fault if this waste is not disposed of correctly.  For more information on the risks involved, give our blog a visit.

Help & Advice

Our skip hire service is the traditional approach to waste removal.  With short and mid-term hire periods included in the cost, our range of skips ensures we have something for every requirement.

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Our rubbish clearance service is completely flexible, allowing us to collect as much or as little waste as you require, at a date and time of your choice, including the very same day.

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