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Choosing the right skip size is a crucial decision whether you’re tackling a small DIY project or embarking on a major building renovation. It’s not uncommon to feel uncertain about which skip size best suits your needs. At WasteSURE, we’re here to provide clarity and help you make an informed choice. In this guide, we’ve outlined the various skip sizes available and their recommended uses.

2 Yard Skips

Perfect for the smallest DIY tasks, such as clearing a small garden or renovating a compact room. These mini skips, also known as 2-yard skips, are ideal for average domestic waste requirements. They can hold approximately 2 tonnes of waste, equivalent to 20 bin bags or 6 and a half wheelie bins.

  • Height: 2’6’’ (0.76m)
  • Length: 4’ (1.20m)
  • Width: 3’ (0.91m)

4 Yard Skips

Slightly larger than the 2-yard skips, these are well-suited for small kitchen, living room, and bathroom renovations or builds. They can hold around 4 tonnes of waste, which is equivalent to 40 bin bags or 13 wheelie bins.

  • Height: 3’2’’ (0.97m)
  • Length: 6’ (1.83m)
  • Width: 4’3’’ (1.29m)

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6 Yard Skips

Popularly used by the general trade, including builders and repair professionals, these 6-yard skips, often referred to as builder skips, are recommended for builders, plasterers, and similar trades. They can typically hold around 6 tonnes of waste, equivalent to 60 bin bags or 19 wheelie bins.

  • Height: 4’ (1.22m)
  • Length: 8’6’’ (2.60m)
  • Width: 5’ (1.52m)

8 Yard Skips

Also known as builder skips, these 8-yard skips are ideal for larger house projects, including loft conversions, orangery builds, and extensions. They can hold approximately 8 tonnes of waste, nearly equivalent to 8 bin bags or 25 full wheelie bins.

  • Height: 4’ (1.22m)
  • Length: 12’ (3.66m)
  • Width: 5’6’’ (1.68m)

10 Yard Skips

These larger skips are suitable for substantial clearances, primarily consisting of light waste. Whether you’re planning complete home cleanouts or substantial DIY projects, a 10-yard skip can accommodate around 100 bin bags or 32 full wheelie bins.

  • Height: 4’11 (1.50m)
  • Length: 12’3’’ (3.74m)
  • Width: 5’10’’ (1.78m)

12 & 14 Yard Skips

Ideal for extensive clearances, including the disposal of light bulky waste from office and home clear-outs.

16 Yard Skips

Significantly larger and well-suited for multiple major clear-outs of large buildings. If you have a substantial amount of waste, we recommend these containers.

  • Height: 6’7’’ (2m)
  • Length: 14’1’’ (4.30m)
  • Width: 5’9’’ (1.75m)

20-40 Yard Skips

Any skip size within this range is recommended for substantial construction or demolition projects. These heavy-duty containers are designed to handle bulky or hard waste. For ongoing building projects, we advise considering Roll on Roll offs.

Still Unsure About the Right Skip Size?

While this guide offers skip size recommendations, you may still have specific questions or need professional advice on choosing the best skip for your requirements. At WasteSURE, we have a team of dedicated skip experts ready to assist you across the UK. Simply give us a call at 0333 301 0705 or send us an email at We’ll discuss your waste type, estimate the quantity, and recommend the most suitable skip or skips for your job.

Never feel pressured to know exactly which skip you need; we serve countless customers daily who seek guidance. Our mission is to provide friendly and helpful customer service, saving you time and money while ensuring 100% satisfaction with our skip hire service.

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