If you are beginning a home renovation, clearance or other such project, you will be considering which size skip you will need. It is important to select the right size skip, as too small will leave you with unwanted waste left over and too large will result in you paying more than you need to.
The types of skips
Before you decide on the size, you must first select which type of skip you require. There are two types for you to consider: inert waste skips and mixed waste skips.
Inert waste skip: Inert waste includes waste from demolition and construction work like rubble, sand, soil, and cement. Due to the type of waste that is deposited into this type of skip, they are ideally suited to industrial customers.
Mixed waste skip: A mixed waste skip is appropriate for domestic and commercial customers who are disposing builders waste, appliances, furniture, carpet, garden waste, and household rubbish.
What skip size do I need?
The size of skip you need will depend on the nature of your project and the amount of waste it will generate. It is important to select the right size skip for your needs as they must be safely loaded onto the skip lorry, and cannot exceed their recommended maximum weight.
- 4 yard skip: Equivalent to 25-35 bin bags, this skip size is ideal for small kitchen or bathroom refurbishment projects.
- 6 yard skip: Equivalent to 40-55 bin bags, this skip is perfect for removing the waste of a medium-sized kitchen or large bathroom.
- 8 yard skip: Equivalent 60-75 bin bags, this is also known as the ‘builders skip’ as it is best for heavy waste such as concrete, rubble, and soil.
- 12 yard skip: Equivalent 90-110 bin bags, and commonly used for large refurbishment work or a house clearance. However, this cannot be used for heavy waste material such as soil and brick, because the skip lorry would not be able to carry it away.
If you require a larger skip for even more waste a roll-on, roll-off skip is an option. These are for construction and industrial organisations who need to dispose of a high volume of waste.
- 20 yard RoRo skips: These can accommodate up to 200 bin bigs and are suited to heavy waste materials such as brick and soil.
- 40 RoRo yard skips: These can fit up to 400 bin bags of waste and are perfect for plastics and wood waste.
What waste can I put into a skip?
Before you begin disposing of your waste, you must understand what type of waste you can put in your skip. There are numerous regulations on what can and cannot be disposed of, and failure to adhere to these could result in a hefty fine and the skip hire company refusing to pick up the skip until the inappropriate waste has been removed.
Mixed waste skips:
- Wood, plastics, cardboard and small amounts of plasterboard
- Empty painting equipment – paint tins, pots, dry brushes and rollers
- Window frames and furniture
- Fabrics and carpet
- Bin bag waste and packaging
Inert waste skips:
- Soil, brick, clay, concrete, sand, chalk, gravel
- Ceramic tiles
- Roof tiles
- Glass, but no frames
- Porcelain toilets or sinks, although no taps or fitting
What waste can I not put into a skip?
You cannot put hazardous waste into a skip, as it can contaminate reusable materials. This would be a serious environmental issue. Such hazardous waste items include:
- Aerosol cans
- Fridges and freezers
- Medical waste
- Oil and fuels
- Paints or liquids
How much does hiring a skip cost?
The price of your skip will depend on a variety of factors, including: the size of the skip, where you want it, the purpose you need it for, and when you need it by. With this information, the skip hire company can let you know the price for the skip most appropriate for your needs. Surrey Recycling Services prices range between £185 and £315 + VAT.