Skip Hire FAQs

Maybe you’re renting a skip for the first time or just want to get up to date on the current rules and regulations? Hiring such a great piece of equipment can seem quite daunting. We here at Skip It Recycling have put together an FAQ to help answer some of the most common questions asked when needing a significant waste removal service.

  • What can I put in my skip?

You can put a multitude of different items in a skip for waste removal. This includes most common household items such as wood, soil, rubble, plastic, metal, garden waste, furniture, non-electrical fittings, domestic waste, cardboard and bricks. The type of waste does depend on the size of the skip you’re wishing to hire, for example, you’ll struggle to fit old kitchen fittings in a two-yard mini skip.


  • What can’t I put in the skip?

There are certain restrictions on what you can put in a skip that you hire. These items mainly include hazardous waste materials such as asbestos, gas cylinders neither full or empty, chemical waste, medical waste tyres, Electrical goods including TVs and computers, plasterboard, fluorescent bulbs and tins of paint. There are many reasons why these materials can’t be accepted, mostly due to their harmful nature when disposed of incorrectly. For more information on how to dispose of these materials, contact your local council.


  • What types of skips are available?

At skip It Recycling, we have a variety of different skip sizes available for all of your waste removal needs. We provide seven types of skips that range in size and need:

  • 2-Yard Mini
  • 4-Yard Small
  • 6-Yard Midi
  • 8-Yard Medium
  • 10-Yard Large
  • 12-Yard Maxi
  • Roll on/Roll off Industrial

With all of our widely available skips for hire, we’re sure we can help you with your waste removal job, big or small.


  • What size do I need?

What size skip you need will depend on how much waste you’re needing to remove and the type of waste. For example, if you’re stripping a property you will need a considerably bigger skip, than if you were remodelling a bathroom. If you’re not sure what size skip you’ll need, or want further advice call us and speak to one of our friendly team who can give you advice and guidance on the right skip size for you.


  • Do I need permission for a skip?

If you are planning to have your skip on a public road that is not part of your property, you will have to get permission from the local authority. Luckily we are able to take that worry off of your hands and do this step for you. If you are planning to have the skip on private property, you do not need a permit.


  • How long will I have the skip?

Here at Skip It Recycling, we understand that every project is unique and require their own time-frame. Luckily, we have flexible hire duration available for your individual needs. Get in touch and we can come to an arrangement to suit you.


  • How full can the skip be?

There is a misconception that a skip can be filled to the very top and even over. Just because it doesn’t fall from the skip when it’s stationary does not mean that it will not fall when removing. It’s very important that the skip does not overflow past the fill line. This can be avoided by making sure you have an adequately sized skip for your waste removal needs. When the skip is full to the adequate level, we will come and remove the skip along with the waste.


  • What happens to the waste?

When your skip is full and we come to take it away, you may be wondering what happens to your waste once it’s gone? In today’s eco-conscious society, we hold a huge responsibility to do our part for the environment. We take the collected waste to our Waste Material Transfer Facility in Westbury where we sort and separate as much as we can for recycling, which is often up to 90%. The remainder then goes to landfill.


  • I need a long-term, regular waste removal contract. Can you help?

Here at Skip It Recycling, we can definitely work with you to create a regular collection contract. Maybe you’re a business or builder and need regular, reliable waste removal? We can provide the best regular skip waste removal service for your needs in Westbury, Trowbridge and the surrounding areas.


If you have any questions about skips hire and waste removal that isn’t answered here, give us a call and one of our knowledgeable and friendly team can give you expert advice. We also offer a free no-obligation quote for your waste removal needs, at a competitive price. Talk to us on 01373 827949 or contact us using the form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

We hire skips from mini 2 yard skips right up to industrial sized roll on/roll off skips.  Call us to discuss your specific needs and we will be able to recommend the right size for you.  Alternatively, take a look at our guide below:

2 Yard Mini

2 Yard Mini

This type of skip is commonly known as a ‘mini skip’ it is designed for general household, garden and builders’ waste.  Ideal for small domestic jobs.

Dimensions: 2-yard skip are: 5ft (1.52m) long x 4ft (1.22m) wide x 3ft (0.91m) high.

4 Yard Small

4 Yard Small

A 4 yard small skip is perfect if you live in the centre of town. Its size makes it a convenient choice for placing in a street or on a small driveway.

One thing to note is, it is small but our truck will still require a good amount of room to be able to manoeuvre it into place.

Dimensions: 4-yard skip are: 7ft (2.13m) Long x 5ft (1.52m) Wide x 3ft (0.91m) High

6 Yard Midi

6 Yard Midi

A 6 yard skip is probably the most common type. This is a builders skip and is used by a large majority of construction workers to dispose of rubble and  general building materials.

Dimensions: 6-yard skip are: 10ft (2.29m) Long x 5ft (1.52m) Wide x 4ft (1.07m) High

8 Yard Medium

8 Yard Medium

This type of skip is best suited for clear outs of properties and major renovations. All types of commercial, industrial and domestic use. Ideal for builders’ rubble, soil and concrete.

Dimensions: 8-yard Medium are: 12ft (3.66m) Long x 6ft (1.83m) Wide x 4.5ft (1.37m) High

10 Yard Large

10 Yard Large

An extremely versatile skip this size can be used in commercial and domestic jobs. Remember you can’t dispose of hazardous materials in skips e.g. asbestos gas cylinders, chemicals, paints and fluorescents tubes. If you are any doubt please call us for advice.

Approx. Dimensions: 12ft (3.66m) Long x 6ft (1.83m) Wide x 6ft (1.83m) High

12 Yard Maxi

12 Yard Maxi

This skip is only for commercial work. They can be used for large domestic projects. It is possible to fit a large amount of waste like Metal, Wood and plastics. This skip is not suitable for soil, rubble or concrete as it would be far too heavy for the lorry to lift. It is also know that a large amount of councils will not allow this type of skip variation to be placed on a public highway so it’s always best to check with our local authority to make sure you have required permissions.

Dimensions: 13ft (3.96m) Long x 6ft (1.83m) Wide x 6.5ft (1.98m) High

Roll On/Roll Off Industrial

Roll On/Roll Off Industrial

Roll on Roll Off skips are for large industrial projects. The Retails sector, manufacturer sites and large volume construction operations all use these skip types. Their larger capacity save on travel costs. We can provide regular collection so please get in touch with us.

Range from Dimensions: 20ft (6.10m) Long x 8ft (2.44m) Wide x 4ft (1.07m) High up to Dimensions: 20ft (2.29m) Long x 8ft (1.52m) Wide x 8.5ft (1.07m) High

Please get in touch with us today to discuss your waste removal needs and ask us for a free, no obligation competitive quotation.

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