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Skip Sizes Guide
This skip sizes guide will help you to choose the right skip according to your needs.


Skips come in all sizes and shapes, so there is definitely one out there for you, but it is easy to get it wrong with a large number of choices out there. To dispose of all types and amounts of trash in the United Kingdom, skips range from 2 yards all the way up to 40 yards.
You will be able to select a skip size according to your need with our simple to follow and quick skip size guide. Farnek skips come in a wide range of sizes, from 2 yards mini skips to 40 yards RORO skips. The larger skip sizes provide better value offering you have enough trash to fill it completely.

Skip Hire Sizes – Capacity & Dimensions

Our easy skip size guide elaborates the utilizations for all the different skip sizes available (including dimensions), the limitations that apply to larger skip sizes and the project types that are best suited to each. Skip sizes are generally referred to by their internal volume of them in “cubic yards”.
One cubic yard typically measures 3 feet wide x 3 feet high and 3 feet deep and takes up the amount of space for two large kitchen appliances or ten bin bags. The builder skips of 6 and 8 yards are the most popular skips in the United Kingdom because of the wide range of applications for all different waste types.

2 Yard Skip

The smallest and cheapest skip size available in the United Kingdom is the 2-yard skip. These small skips, often called mini skip hire, can approximately handle 20-30 bin bags of waste. For small domestic waste elimination projects like small DIY projects and garden clearances, these ‘mini’ 2-yard skips are perfect.

  • Dimensions :   3 feet (High), 4 feet (Wide), 5 feet (Long).
  • Capacity :    20 to 30 trash bags.
  • Use :    Trade and residential.

3 Yard Skip

3-yard mini skips for residential waste elimination with the volume to handle the equivalent of 30-40 trash bags are the best choice for residential trash disposal. A 3-yard mini skip is generally an excellent option for small domestic renovations, including bathroom and small kitchen refurbishment jobs as well as large garden cleanups.

  • Dimensions :   3 feet (H), 4 feet (W), 6 feet (L).
  • Capacity :    30 to 40 trash bags.
  • Use :    Residential and commercial.

4 Yard Skip

4-yard midi skips are a popular choice, specifically in domestic use. These midi skips are beneficial for bathroom and kitchen refurbishments and garden cleanups. They can generally take all of the trash generated by small DIY projects and can handle all the waste.

  • Dimensions :   5 feet wide, 3 feet high and 7 feet long.
  • Capacity :    Approximately 45 black trash bags.
  • Use :    Small DIY projects, Domestic Refurbishments

5 Yard Skip

The adaptable 5-yard midi skip hire is an ideal choice specifically for domestic use. They are beneficial for garden cleanups, kitchen, bathroom refits or small home renovations. These skips often come with a drop door, allowing soil, waste and rubble to be easily wheeled in and disposed of.

  • Dimensions :   5 feet (Wide), 3.5 feet (High), 7.5 feet (Long).
  • Capacity :    Can hold 55 black bags of trash.
  • Use :    Domestic or garden clearance of organic or other inert waste that cannot be mixed.

6 Yard Skip

The all-rounder 6-yard builders skip hire is a popular choice for builders who need a larger sized skip for their construction and building waste. These builder skips are also a beneficial and popular choice for garden and more extensive house cleanups

  • Dimensions :   4 feet (High), 5 feet (Wide), 10 feet (Long).
  • Capacity :    Approximately 60 to 70 black bin bags.
  • Use :    Domestic (complete cleanups, refurbishments) and commercial projects (office clearance, digging) etc.

8 Yard Skip

The most popular skip in the United Kingdom, 8-yard builders, skip hire is best for its wide range of uses. There are many other uses of an 8-yard skip as it is ideal for household clearances, commercial waste, industrial waste and builders’ waste.

  • Dimensions :   5 feet (H), 7 feet (W), 11 feet (L).
  • Capacity :    Approximately 80 trash bags.
  • Use :    All-round uses.

10 Yard Skip

The 10 Yard skip is the best fit for commercial waste elimination instead of projects for small home clearances and rubbish elimination. It is not possible in most cases to place a 10-yard skip in a public place because of skip permit limitations set by your local council.

  • Dimensions :   6 feet (W), 6 feet (H), 12 feet (L).
  • Capacity :    Approximately 100 trash bags.
  • Use :    Commercial and residential.

12 Yard Skip

Like the 10-yard skip, a 12-yard skip is appropriate for industrial settings and office and factory clearances. The favourable 12-yard maxi skip hire is perfect for commercial and industrial uses. For larger projects, including bulky construction and bulky materials, this skip size is excellent.

  • Dimensions :   6 feet (W), 6 feet (H), 13 feet (L).
  • Capacity :    120 black trash bags.
  • Use :    Commercial and residential.

14 Yard Skip

14-yard skips like most large skips are ideal for commercial or trade waste elimination. 14-yard large skips are suitable for larger projects like green waste, light construction, plastics, metal and wood waste.12-yard maxi skips are not suitable for large quantities of hard rubble or soil.

  • Dimensions :   6.5 feet (H), 6.5 feet (W) and 13.5 feet (L).
  • Capacity :    120-140 black bags of waste.
  • Use :    Provides ample place for commercial and industrial waste elimination.

16 Yard Skip

The effective 16-yard maxi skips are the second-largest skips in the traditional style yellow skips. They are ideal for disposing of lightweight yet bulky waste such as packaging, plastics, furniture etc., in large volumes. These are ideal for construction, manufacturing and commercial renovation projects.

  • Dimensions :   6.5 feet (H), 6 feet (W), 13.5 (L).
  • Capacity :    About 170-180 trash bags.
  • Use :    Business and construction waste.

18 Yard Skip

The largest maxi skips are helpful for various purposes and can hold a considerable amount of trash. When you have a large task, or you have to carry multiple small functions at the same time, these skips are a great solution.

  • Dimensions :   6.5 feet wide, 7 feet high and 13.5 feet long.
  • Capacity :    Approximately 190-200 black trash bags.

20 Yard Skip

The largest RORO Skip Hire in the UK, starting from 20 cubic yards, can handle large amounts of trash and are a popular choice in the construction sectors with more space to handle large amounts of timber, garden waste, metal, rubble, debris and building trash.

  • Dimensions :   4 feet high, 8 feet wide, 20 feet long.
  • Capacity :    220 black bags of waste.
  • Use :    Business, industrial and commercial waste.

25 Yard Skip

The larger 25-yard Roll On Roll Off skips is perfect for the construction industry, with adequate space to eliminate large amounts of building debris and waste, including timber, metal, garden waste and rubble.

  • Dimensions :   8 feet wide, 5 feet high and 20 feet long.
  • Capacity :    Approximately 270-280 black trash bags.

30 Yard Skip

The very large 30-yard skip is an excellent option if you have a considerable amount of trash like complete house renovations, garden clearances and bulky waste. On account of its space, it is the perfect size for handling large waste amounts.

  • Dimensions :   8 feet wide, 6.5 feet high and 20 feet long.
  • Capacity :    Approximately 320-330 black bags of waste.

40 Yard Skip

The largest skip available in the United Kingdom, a 40-yard skip container, is ideal for large construction and business projects that create large waste amounts. RORO skips are the best option to minimize your waste elimination costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Dimensions :   8 feet wide, 8.5 feet wide and 20 feet long.
  • Capacity :    Approximately 400 black bags of trash.
  • Use :    Industrial, commercial and business trash elimination.

Lockable Skip Hire

A lockable secure skip is a perfect option if you want to shelter your waste from the elements, or probably you just want to ensure that no unwanted trash is added to your skip or you need extra protection. Lockable skips are available in different configurations and sizes for several uses and purposes.

  • Dimensions :   Varying dimensions.
  • Size :    Available in different sizes according to your needs.