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How big does my skip need to be?

How big does my skip need to be?

When it comes to hiring a skip, one of the first questions you’ll ask yourself is – how big? But along with size comes considerations about weight, position and access too.

Think about the job

Skips come in different sizes, from two yards to twelve, that are suitable for different jobs. If you’re planning a garden clear-out, you probably won’t need our biggest skip that holds the equivalent of 240 black bags. Conversely, you might find a two-yard mini that takes around 40 black bags gets filled up too quickly and it’s more cost efficient to go for something larger.

What about the weight?

If you’re disposing of lots of heavy items, perhaps from a kitchen or home renovation, a 6 yard Builder’s Skip might be best as these can take more weight than one of our larger skips that are best suited for lighter-weight waste. Whichever size you opt for, it’s essential to load a skip properly so it can be transported safely back to the Rabbit depot. Bigger and heavier items should be evenly spread at the bottom of the skip, with lighter items at the top. Break items down to save space so you can fit more items in too.

Consider the position

The amount of space you have available should also be a consideration when choosing which size skip to order. Check you have the space to accommodate a skip, thinking about whether it will go on a road, a driveway or in your garden.

Please also think about the weight – not only the weight of the loaded skip, but that the whole vehicle may have to go onto your driveway and possibly put down stabiliser legs too if your skip is heavy. Rabbit are more than happy to deliver off the road, but can’t be held liable as we have no idea of the construction of your driveway.

What about access?

If you’ve decided that you want one of our larger skips, check that our vehicle can safely deliver and collect it. If you’re hiring a large skip, we usually need a minimum 2.9m (9ft 6in) clearance width. For our mini and midi skips, we typically require a minimum 1.9m (7ft 6in) clearance width and good height clearance too. You’ll also need to think about a skip permit if your skip is going to be positioned on public land.

And remember…

…there are certain items, including electricals, plasterboard and hazardous materials that cannot be disposed of in a skip.

Rabbit is committed to reducing waste and supporting recycling efforts. Contact Rabbit today for more information skip hire, recycling and plant hire. Reach us on 01903 762020 or email