Last updated 17th November 2021
Trying to find out how much it costs to hire a skip?
In this article we provide a list of skip hire prices for different sizes so that anyone can quickly calculate the skip hire cost.
Find out all the skip hire prices below!
The cost of skip hire will largely depend on the size of the skip and this in turn will be dependent on the amount of rubbish that you will put into it.
The range of skip sizes starts at mini skips, which are between 2-5 yards and mini skip hire cost is approximately £180-£320 depending on exact size and location within the UK. Small skip hire is normally only suitable for small projects due to the limited holding capacity although they are useful in areas where access is limited.
The 6yd skip is the smallest of the builder’s skips and can hold the equivalent of 30-40 black rubbish bags. Allowing for regional variations the average cost to hire a skip of this size is approximately x£250-£450.
The next size up is the 8yd skip which has the capacity to hold approximately 45-55 black bin bags worth of rubbish. The average price to hire one of these skips is between £260-£385.
A 10yd skip will cost on average £290-£540 to hire and will hold the same amount as more than 60 rubbish bags. One of the most popular skip sizes for building work such as a kitchen extension or loft conversion is the 12 yard skip.
The average price to hire this size will be between £325-£490 and it will hold the equivalent of 100 plus rubbish bags. The cost of skip hire for bigger sizes such as 14 yard and 16 yard the prices will be in the region of £385-£560 and £430-£650, respectively although these sizes are not common for domestic rubbish disposal and are more likely to be used for commercial works.
The normal duration for skip hire is 14 days. If you are hiring for a longer period the price per day will usually drop. Your location will also play a large part in the cost of the skip as prices in major cities are up to 50% higher than the average. Additional charges may apply due to council permit charges in order to place skips on a public road but if you have room on your property then you do not need to have a permit.
The labourer costs to deliver the skip will be included in the price. Councils often have a list of waste contractors who are properly licensed to move waste, so this is a good starting place to find local contractors from which to hire a skip.
Certain materials are not allowed to be deposited in skips such as fluorescent tubes, paint, batteries, etc… and if any of these items are found in the skip by the hire company you may be charged for their proper disposal. Ensure that you are aware at the time of hire what you are and are not allowed to put in the skip.
Average cost to hire a skip in different locations within the UK:
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The need to hire a skip means that you are undertaking some large project within your home or business premises. This could be renovation or improvement works to your house, a large garden makeover or the refurbishment of a commercial property. Whatever the work may be it will involve costs additional to the skip hire.
Projects such as laying new turf in your garden or installing a new patio will require the removal of a large amount of soil and debris hence the need for a skip. The cost of these improvements will depend on the size of your garden as well as the type of turf or patio you are laying. On average the cost will be around £700-£1800, respectively.
Home improvements which produce a large amount of rubbish such as replacing your kitchen or moving it to a different room in the house will incur substantial cost. Depending on the specification and size replacing your kitchen can cost around £8,000 while relocating your kitchen could set you back around £16,000.
If you want to increase the size of your home by converting your loft or basement then you will need a succession of skips. A loft conversion will require the existing materials in the loft to be removed including old insulation, etc.. and on average will cost around £25,000 to complete. A basement conversion may require some major excavation work and you should expect to pay around £50,000 for this type of work and several skips to remove soil and rubble.
Of course, there are many domestic construction and improvement works that will require skip hire and the size and scope of the work will determine the type, size, and number of skips you will need.
Individual costs of hiring an 8 yard skip - Total Cost: £300
Skip hire cost will include the cost of the labour to both deliver and collect the skip from your premises or the road outside your property and there is no separate labour cost.
If it is possible to locate the skip on your driveway or garden then this will mean that you do not have to pay for a permit to put it on the public highway. This is a requirement of all councils but the price that they charge will depend on the individual local authority.
Most skip hire companies can arrange for next day delivery as long as they receive a request before midday. It is worth shopping around for a good rate although locally prices will not tend to vary significantly.
The skip hire price will depend on the size and type of skip that you request and the amount of time that you will need to hire it for. For example, a 12 yard skip in outer London will cost on average £350-£400 while a covered 12 yard skip in inner London will cost around £450. The usual hire period is 14 days.
Skip hire prices will be determined by the size of the skip and your location within the country. Some of the highest prices unsurprisingly will be found in inner and outer London but other large cities can be equally expensive.
With mini skips ranging from 2 to 5 yard these are useful for small domestic jobs such as a garage or loft clear out. They will take up to 30 or 40 bin bags worth of rubbish and are small enough to be placed off road on a front garden or driveway with ease. The price range for hiring a mini skip across the UK is between £150-£320.
These skips are amongst the easiest to position due to their reduced size so access should not pose a problem. However, if you have no front garden or private land at all the skip will have to go on the road regardless of its size.
A permit to have a skip on the public highway is required by law and if you fail to obtain one you can be fined up to £1000. The cost of a permit varies from council to council, but they range in price from approximately £10 in Liverpool to almost £70 in some parts of London. Skips are not allowed on pavements.
One of the most popular skip sizes is the 8 yard. It has the advantage of not being too large to make positioning and access a problem but also can take a variety of rubbish making it very versatile. This is because even if the skip is loaded to its fill line with heavy refuse such as clay and concrete it will not be over its weight limit. The average cost of an 8 yard skip across the country is between £260-£385.
Some people will prefer to have a lidded skip to prevent unauthorised dumping of rubbish or to protect valuable recyclable waste. The cost to hire a lidded or covered 12 yard skip will cost approximately £350-£450 depending on location.
All skips will have a load level marked on them to indicate the limit for the amount it will safely contain. This level should never be exceeded as it may make the skip impossible to lift back onto the skip lorry or exceed its recommended weight. If you do overfill the skip you may be charged extra.
In larger cities it may be impossible to put a skip either on private land or find a suitable place on the highway. In these cases, it may be necessary to locate the skip in a residents parking bay or a pay and display parking space. This involves the parking space being temporarily suspended and of course you will need to pay for this privilege.
The cost will depend on the various local authorities and in London the price to suspend a parking bay is between £30-£165. Time periods are normally for one or two weeks so if you need to keep the skip in situ for longer you will have to add this cost to the overall skip hire cost. Some councils charge per day so make sure you know what your local authority is charging and for how long before you apply.
There are some safety issues that you should be aware of when you hire a skip. One of these is that the skip must have lights on it if placed on the public highway. This is the responsibility of the customer so do not assume that the skip hire company will take care of this for you.
If it is a requirement of your local authority then the council can fine you up to £1000 for not complying. Skip lights can be purchased at DIY stores or builders’ merchants and cost around £5-£8 each. Some councils will also require a cover to be placed on the skip overnight, so it is worth checking with them before your skip is delivered. A tarpaulin will cost on average between £10-£20.
Here is a list of different types of skips you can hire:
There are a few different types of skip available for hire. The most recognisable is the open skip which comes in several different sizes from 2 yard to 16 yards. Most people will be using what is called a mixed waste skip which is domestic and household waste as opposed to construction or commercial waste.
The average person will hire a skip to take rubbish from home improvement works and this will include things like timber, carpet, discarded items etc..
The average cost of an open skip depending on size and location is between £200-£550.
Some skips also come with metal covers and are called ‘lidded’ skips. These cost a little bit more as they offer some security against unauthorised rubbish dumping and also prevent debris blowing off the top of the skip into the surrounding area.
The average cost of a lidded skip depending on size and location is approximately £300-£400.
There are also wait and load skips which are not left on site but delivered, loaded, and removed in a short period of time. This may be cheaper than paying for the suspension of a parking bay for example.
If you are intending to use a wait and load service then it is a good idea to have your rubbish ready to be put into the skip when it arrives as the wait time is normally only 30 minutes. The skip hire prices are normally the same as if the skip were left on site and most companies give a free half hour load time with any additional time beyond that chargeable.
The cost of a wait and load skip will normally be the same as a traditional skip i.e. £200-£550 depending on size and location and with a 30 minute free load time. Anything beyond this loading time is charged by the skip hire company as extra.
If you have the need to dispose of a large amount of inert or mixed waste then you may need a roll-on, roll-off skip. However due to their size and the space needed for the lorry to manoeuvre the skip into place these are only suitable for large accessible sites.
These skips are available as 20 yard to 40 yard sizes and are normally used in large scale construction or for commercial waste. However, if you are doing a complete house renovation then it may be more convenient than multiple average skips.
The roll-on, roll-off skip (or RoRo) gets its name from the fact that it is rolled off a flatbed lorry at delivery and rolled on at collection for removal from site. The cost to hire one of these skips will be between £300-£500 depending on size and location.
The average cost of a roll-on, roll-off skip depending on size and location is approximately £300-£500.
In the event that you are carrying out a demolition, garden makeover or anything that involves a lot of heavy rubbish such as concrete, clay or bricks then you need to order a skip that is 8 yard or under. This type of rubbish is called ‘inert’ waste as it does not decompose.
If you fill a 12 yard skip to its fill line with rubble or other inert waste then it will likely be overweight and may cause problems when it is due to be removed from site. Even a 12 or 14 yard skip should only carry a maximum of 8 tonne. This is because a skip lorry is 7.5 tonne and the maximum gross weight limit for these lorries is 18 tonnes.
Therefore, if a 12 yard skip were filled to capacity with rubble, clay, or other heavy rubbish it would take the gross weight of the vehicle as a whole over the allowable limit and therefore illegal on the road.
Here are some alternatives to hiring a skip:
If it is not possible or feasible for you to have a skip to dispose of unwanted items or waste then you could hire a man and a van. You should ensure before you hire someone to take away your rubbish that they are aware of what type of waste you are disposing of.
The cost of hiring a man with a van will depend on their pricing structure. Some will charge by the hour, some may have fixed fees and others charge by number of items removed. You should agree in advance how you are going to be charged so there are no hidden fees or surprise costs.
As an average expect to pay between £100 for a small amount of rubbish up to £400 for large heavy waste such as furniture and garden waste.
Skip bags are another alternative to having a large metal skip on your drive or outside your house. They are available in various sizes from 1 yard to 4 yard capacity and be purchased either online or through DIY stores and builders’ merchants.
The cost of using a skip bag will be the price of purchasing the bag itself and then hiring a contractor to take it away. Skip bags can be bought for between £6-£30 depending on the size and cubic capacity.
Some bags are made from tougher material designed to take heavy duty rubbish and capable of being lifted by a crane without splitting. Others are only designed for light weight use.
Most domestic rubbish or waste can be taken to your local recycling centre but will depend on you having the means of transport to take it there.
The cost of taking your waste to a recycling centre will only involve the price of the fuel to get you there as well as your own time and effort of course.
There are several regulations and guidelines that apply to the hiring of skips including what can and cannot be put in them, where they can be positioned and who can hire them out.
For someone who is hiring a skip to dispose of waste and rubbish it is very important to know what the prohibited items are that should not be put into the skip. The most well-known is of course asbestos which should never be removed by anyone other than a licenced specialist due to its hazardous nature.
Other restricted items include chemicals, electrical appliances, cans of paint, medical waste, batteries, gas canisters, tyres, and fluorescent tubes. This list in not exhaustive and you should check with the skip hire company prior to delivery of the skip what can and cannot be placed in it.
If you are fortunate enough to have the space on your property to site a skip then you will not need to apply for a permit. However, the majority of people will need to put the skip on the road or do not want the possibility of damage to their driveway or garden.
In these instances, it will be necessary to have a permit to keep the skip on the public highway and this also applies to skip bags which are placed on the road. Prices for skip permits or licences are set by the local council and vary from region to region.
Similarly, if the skip is placed in a controlled parking zone (CPZ) such as a residents parking bay or pay and display space then you will need to apply for a parking bay suspension. The cost of this will depend on the individual local authorities.
The skip hire company has certain obligations that they need to abide by such as having their name and telephone number on the skip. It should also be painted a bright colour to make it more visible to traffic as well as having reflective markings.
Some councils require traffic cones around the skip and most require safety lights to be hung on the skip especially during hours of darkness. The responsibility for the safety lights lies with the person who has hired the skip and if they fail to comply a fine of up to £1000/b> can be imposed.
To ensure that you are complying with all the guidelines and regulations when you hire a skip it is worth checking your local council’s website prior to delivery.
A company which hires out skips must have a skip operators’ licence, a waste carriers licence certificate, a goods vehicle operators’ licence, a copy of a waste transfer note and public liability insurance with a minimum cover of £5,000,000. Depending on the requirements of their local authority they may also be required to be registered under the skip hirer registration scheme.
Once your skip has been filled to its capacity or you have deposited all your rubbish into it then you should call the skip hire company to arrange for collection. This service is included in the hire cost as long as you have adhered to the terms and conditions of the hire agreement. It will normally take a couple of days for the skip company to collect the loaded skip so if your permit is due to run out make sure that you give the skip company plenty of notice to avoid fines by the council.
You should ensure before the lorry arrives to collect the skip that the access is clear and that there is enough room for the lorry to pick the skip up safely without damage to property. It may be worth notifying your neighbours in advance to give them the opportunity to move any vehicles out of harm’s way.
It is good practice to check the skip prior to collection to ensure that no prohibited items have been placed into it. Even if you know that you have not placed any restricted items into the skip it is possible that someone else may have without your knowledge. This is most likely to happen when the skip is kept on the road overnight.
However, as the person responsible for the skip while it is under hire any prohibited items in the skip will be your responsibility and if found by the hire company you may be charged for proper disposal.
The other issue to check prior to your skip being removed is that it has not been overloaded. For mixed waste ensuring that nothing goes above the fill line should guarantee that you have not exceeded the allowed weight limit for the skip.
If you are filling a skip with inert waste such as rubble or soil you should be careful not to exceed the fill level as this could push the overall weight of the loaded skip beyond its capacity.
This could present a problem for the lorry which will be collecting the skip. An overloaded skip can damage the lorry, its lifting mechanism or worse, injure the operative. It is also likely that the skip company will refuse to pick up an overloaded skip and require you to remove any excess waste before attempting collection again or they may charge extra.
If you are carrying out home improvement works or doing a major refurbishment on your house or garden it is likely that you will be generating a significant amount of waste. Depending on how much rubbish you need to get rid of you may decide the sensible option is to hire a skip. However, you may not know how to go about doing that.
Personal recommendation is a good way to find a reputable and reliable skip hire company, even better if you know a few people who have used a skip hire service so that you can compare prices and service.
Looking online for skip hire companies who operate locally is a common approach. This will allow you to see what sizes they have available and often there are useful tips on what size is suitable for different types of waste. You can also read reviews of previous customers and some companies will have ratings for comparison.
From mini skip hire to a 16 yard skip there are sizes for every kind of project. The size you need will depend on the amount of rubbish you will be generating, the space you have available on site and also the type of waste you will be putting in the skip. Costs vary from £150-£550 between the smallest and largest skips that you would likely use for a domestic project.
When you are hiring a skip there are a few things that you need to be aware of besides the skip hire pricelist. The first is that the hire company needs to be correctly licenced. For this they should have a skip operators’ licence, a waste carriers licence certificate, a goods vehicle operators’ licence, a copy of a waste transfer note and public liability insurance with a minimum cover of £5,000,000.
Depending on the local authority they may also be required to register on the skip hirer registration scheme. This is a good way of checking the qualifications and certifications of a local skip hire company.