Skip Hire

A complete overview of skip hire in the UK. This guide will cover prices, sizes, money saving tips and even advice on what you can and can't put in a skip. You can also compare skip prices to find the cheapest deal for you.

Skip Hire Prices

One of the most common questions we receive is whether skip hire offers good value for money. The simple answer is Yes! Skips are one of the cheapest waste removal options available, and prices for mini skips start from as little as £60. It is important to understand how skip prices are calculated to ensure hiring a skip is the best solution for you.

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Cost of hiring a skip

How are skip costs calculated?

The two biggest factors that will influence the cost of your skip is the size required and your location. Skip providers have to pay to dispose of your waste, and large skips carry more waste, so consequently cost more than smaller skips. Prices differ throughout the UK based on region, with the highest rates observed in London and the South of England, whilst prices are cheaper in the North of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Permits to place a skip on council owned land can increase costs. Generally, a permit costs between £15 – £60 and are valid for few weeks. However, prices can be higher, and you may need to pay additional charges if you are blocking a parking space.

If you require a lockable skip (which is useful for preventing unwanted waste being added to your skip), the cost will be higher than a conventional shape. Whilst the price is higher, having a lockable skip is a great way of avoiding potential fines if unwanted waste is added to your skip whilst left unattended.

There are some cases where skip hire can be more expensive than alternatives, such as specialist waste removal services (including Anyjunk and Clearabee), skip bags or Wait & Load skip services. These alternatives to skips may also be more suitable if you don’t want to do the heavy lifting yourself.

Want to save on your skip costs? Keep reading for some useful money saving tips below.

Skip Hire Sizes

Before hiring a skip, it is important to understand what size skip you will require. Skips come in a variety of different sizes, making them extremely versatile for a number of different projects, from small home renovations to large commercial jobs.

Hiring a skip that is too big will cost more than you need to pay, however a skip that is too small will leave you with unwanted waste. As it is hard to imagine the size of a skip when you cannot see it in person, we have used a black bin bag scale to give you understanding of the capacity for each of the different skip sizes.

We have more information about the different skip sizes, including the volume, uses and estimated prices, via the links below.

2-Yard Skips

25+ Bin Bags

Money Saving Tips

Hiring a skip is one of the cheapest waste disposal services available in the UK, but a savvy consumer always wants to know how to save a little extra. Our team of money saving experts have put together a a comprehensive list of tips, hacks and tricks, and below are some of the best ideas.

  • Compare Prices

    Comparing prices is one of the fastest and easiest ways of ensuring you receive a great deal. It only takes a moment to quickly fill in our compare skip prices form, and we will do all the hard work to bring you great value skip deals. You simply choose your favourite. And if none appeal to you, there is no obligation to proceed.

  • Choose the right size!

    This tip is extremely important, as not only will you pay more than you need to if you choose a skip that is too big, but it will costly hiring an additional skip if your first skip is too small for all your waste. We have a helpful guide on skip sizes to help you understand the different sizes available.

  • Ask for a discount

    Yes, you can receive a discount simply by asking. It only takes a few seconds to ask for a better price. Far too many people believe prices are fixed, but this isn’t always the case. Whilst some larger firms may not be willing to budge, there are many skip providers may negotiate. Don’t expect massive discounts, but firms may offer a slight drop in their prices to win your business. Remember to be thankful if they do provide a discount!

Rules & Regulations

There are a number of rules and regulations that you should be aware of if considering hiring a skip. These rules are regularly updated, and often relate to safety and what can be put in a skip. One of the most important rules is that all skip providers have the appropriate licenses, such as a waste carriers licence. You should also check that your chosen skip provider has public liability insurance, which will protect you and your property in the unlikely event that something goes wrong.

Below are a few more places where you can find important information about safety, rules and regulations for skip providers.

Skip Hire Rules
Skip Hire Rules
Skip Hire UK
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