What skip size do I need?

It’s difficult to choose what skip size you need sometimes, particularly because you don’t know how much rubbish you have until you’re actually loading it! A lot of the time, our clients come to us asking for another skip, so we’ve put together a guide to allow you to find a suitable size to fit in all of your waste. 


Our tip– Make sure you organise your skip and fill it in the most efficient way to allow more room for other waste! You can take a look at how to fill your skip here.

How skips are measured

When speaking to anyone in the waste removal industry, you will often find that skip sizes are referred to in “cubic yards” and abbreviated to just “yards”. 


One cubic yard measures 3 feet high x 3 feet wide x 3 feet deep and takes up a similar amount of space as 2 standard dishwashers or washing machines, or 10 kitchen bin bags. You can either get a 4 yard, 6 yard, 8 yard or 12 yard skip. If you aren’t sure what size skip to get, we recommend going for the bigger size as you can always find ways to fill a skip, if your project doesn’t fill it- your garden waste will! 

What skip size do I need for my project?

We’ve put together a table demonstrating what will fill a skip in case you’re unsure: 


Skip size  Dimensions (feet)  Number of bin bags What project? 
Mini Skip (2 cubic yards)   4 x 3 x 3 20 Small garden clearances, bathroom refurbishment, small kitchen renovation
Midi skip (4 cubic yards)  6 x 4 x 3  25-35 Large garden clearances, large bathroom refurbishment, larger kitchen renovation
Small builders skip (6 cubic yards) 10 x 4 x 4  40-55 Perfect for if you’re refurbishing a whole small house
Large builders skip (8 cubic yards)  12 x 6 x 4 60-75 Best for large house renovation or smaller commercial projects 
Large maxi skip (12 cubic yards)  13 x 6 x 6  90-110 Best for large commercial projects


How much space have you got for a skip?

It’s important to make sure that you have enough room to place your skip, the last thing you want is to realise your skip won’t fit where you want it to. A minimum of 3m clearance space is needed for the lorry to fit through and have adequate room. It’s best to give the skip hire company a call before deciding on what skip size you need. On some occasions, you can get a permit from your local council to put the skip on the road. This is perfectly legal as long as permission is granted and the skip hire company provides lights on the skip so they can be seen by drivers and pedestrians at night time. 

Do you need a skip?

Here at Wasteaway, we provide skips of all different sizes to suit your needs. We also recycle all of the waste we collect, including turning your old garden waste into green gas. Our team can help you decide what skip size do I need so that you can get started on your project! Take a look at our website today. 


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