How much does it cost to hire a skip?

Price guide

£60 - £800

low

£60

median

£130

high

£800

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How much does it cost to hire a skip?

Is your waste taking up space? Instead of heaving your haul to the tip or begging the bin man to take your overstuffed bags, it might be time to consider a more robust rubbish-removal option: a skip. 

Skips can streamline your waste process and provide you with a simple solution - containing your rubbish until it’s carried away for you. But how much does a skip cost to hire? The good news is that they come in a range of sizes and prices. So, whether you’ve got rubble and rubbish from a renovation or extra garden greens to get rid of, there’s a skip bin to suit your situation. 

For most residential uses, the average skip hire cost is £90 - £130 per week. Small skip hire costs can start at £60, whereas a 40-yard skip can stretch up to £800. Feeling a little confused? Read on for the full scoop on skip hire costs in the UK.

What factors affect the cost of a skip?


Size

Size is the big one when it comes to price. Mini skip hire costs near you will be drastically different to an 8-yard skip hire cost and vice versa. The first thing you’ll need to work out is how much waste you need to remove. The more you have, the more expensive it will be for the waste company to sort and dispose of the waste. Traditionally, this is done through recycling, incineration or landfill.  

Permits

If your skip needs to stand or encroach on public lands – such as a road, path or grassy verge – you may need a permit. In most areas, skip hire companies are responsible for skip licenses, but for some, you’ll need to get the permit yourself. You can look up your postcode through the UK government skip permit page for England, Wales, and Scotland. If you need to, you can apply for a skip hire permit by contacting your local council. The average cost is around £30.

Timeline

As with any rental service, the longer you need the skip, the higher your costs. Most skip hire companies insist on a minimum hire period, but if you only need it for a day, it pays to shop around and get quotes from various skip hire service providers. It also helps to buy in bulk, so how about trying for a discount per week for longer hires?

Location

Location, location, location! While not quite priced per postcode, skip hire costs are generally slightly higher in London and South England. For example, a 6-yard skip hire cost might set you back £135 in London, but would only cost £90 in Yorkshire. 

What are the different types of skip?

Understanding your skip will help you sort your spending. The main differences between types come down to size and how the skip gets transported. 

Mini-skip

If you’re doing a spring clean or sorting the garage, a mini-skip could be the perfect size for you. Up to four yards long, this skip size is for smaller amounts of waste, around 40 bin bags (or eight to 12 wheelie bins) worth. 

Standard skip

Average skip sizes can be between six yards to 18 yards, which will suit if you need to get rid of up to about 195 bin bags of waste. This might work better for a small renovation or if some larger items won’t fit in a mini skip.

Roll-on/Roll-off skip

You might have seen roll-on/roll-off skips on construction sites. Unlike the ordinary skip, these are more like truck attachments that carry a large amount of waste in one go (220+ bin bags worth). Very useful on industrial sites or commercial projects, they aren’t traditionally seen in home-waste settings. 

Lockable skip

Got waste that’s worth a few bob? Get a lockable skip. Designed like a standard skip, these units can keep your surplus secure and stop others from using your space! Since waste removal is expensive, some people have been known to sneak their unwanted or restricted waste into an open skip. If you’re worried about this, a lockable skip is a good option.

Ready to remove your rubbish? Get a quick, easy quote or search for mini skip hire costs near you on Airtasker.

Skip hire price list

Hiring a skip doesn’t need to be a hassle. All costs come down to the size and duration of your hire. Most companies describe their skips in yards, but because skips are three-dimensional, they mean cubic yards: that is, a 3-yard skip is 3 yard3.

Skip size

Volume (in bin bags)

Average cost

2-3 yard mini skip

30 bin bags

£60-£115

4 yard mini skip

40 bin bags

£100-£165

6 yard skip

60 bin bags

£120-£300

8 yard skip

80 bin bags

£150-£375

10 yard skip

100 bin bags

£170-£400

12 yard skip

120 bin bags

£220-£450

14 yard skip

145 bin bags

£220-£460

16 yard skip

170 bin bags

£240-£500

18 yard skip

195 bin bags

£280-£550

20 yard roll-on roll-off skip

220 bin bags

£300-£600

30 yard roll-on roll-off skip

330 bin bags

£320-£650

40 yard roll-on roll-off skip

440 bin bags

£400-£800

 

To help you visualise these dimensions, we’ve given you a rough estimate of how many bin bags you can fit in each. Hopefully, this will provide you with a better idea of what size you need.

Things to keep in mind when hiring a skip

Not all waste is equal. When setting up your skip, watch out for the weight limited, restricted items, and unlimited timelines.

Don’t go over the weight limit

It’s not just size that matters. Be aware of your weight limits, or you might get hit with a surprise fee when the waste is taken away. Not every skip can be filled to the top, so check weight limits with the company when you get a quote. If you don’t know the exact weight, you can let them know the kinds of materials you’ll be disposing of.

Watch out for restricted items

Make sure you aren’t disposing of any restricted items. Commonly banned items include:

  • Electrical equipment

  • Whitegoods

  • Fridges and freezers

  • Computers

  • TVs

  • Paint cans

  • Tyres

  • Batteries

Skip hire companies each have their policy, so make sure you check what these are before you agree to hire.

Unlimited skip hire time might end up costing more

Unlimited skip time might seem like a good deal, but it can get dicey. If you sign up for an unlimited special, try to think about how long you’ll need the skip. If you can plan ahead, it might end up being much cheaper to pay for this time.

How to save on skip hire costs

Skip-hire can make waste removal quicker and easier. To make it even more affordable, you can try the following tips:

  • Know the size you need – don’t get a larger skip than necessary. You might not even need a skip and could save using different types of waste management.

  • Avoid restricted items – stay clear on what you can and can’t put in the skip, or you may find yourself paying penalty fees.

  • Get a few quotes – find a skip hire provider who meets your needs. Maybe you only need a skip for a day, or you need it for a month. Don’t be afraid to shop around and get a great deal.

Need to remove some rubble? Have building rubbish scattered away? From scrap metal to soil, Taskers will sort your skip needs. Airtasker makes it easy to specify your budget and delivery and collection dates. That way, you can compare offers and find the best deal for you.

FAQs

Does skip hire include disposal?

Skip hire generally includes the cost of disposal. Usually, the skip hire will take your waste to be recycled, incinerated or to the tip. You can ask where your items will go at the time you book your skip.

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