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Things you need to know when hiring a skip

Things you need to know when hiring a skip

Before hiring a skip, think carefully about what size you’ll need. Our handy size guide can help steer you in the right direction. If in doubt, it’s best to go up a size, remembering how much access room you have available on site. If access space is tight, we can deliver a smaller skip, remove it when it’s full and return it to you.

Load a skip safely and sensibly

Bulky and heavy items should be evenly spread at the bottom of the skip. Lighter objects can go on top. This ensures the skip is as stable as possible and moving and handling it doesn’t compromise the safety or you or our drivers. If you’re disposing of old furniture, break it down into parts so that you can maximise the space.

You should never overload a skip

For each cubic yard your skip is, the maximum weight is around 1,000kg. So, if you hire a 6-yard builder skip, the maximum weight it can be loaded to is around 6,000kg or 6 metric tons. The capacity of a skip is based upon a load that is level with the sides. If you pile waste over this level, it becomes unstable and unsafe and is illegal for us to take on the road. The DVSA, previously VOSA, can check the weight of our vehicles and loaded skips.

Skip size restrictions for inert waste

If you’re disposing of a large amount of inert heavy waste, the maximum skip size we can provide is our 6 yard. This is suitable for waste such as,

  • Soil, brick, clay, concrete, sand, chalk, ballast, ash and gravel
  • Plaster
  • Metal
  • Ceramic tiles
  • Roof tiles
  • Glass
  • Porcelain toilets or sinks

Contact Rabbit today for more information on skip hire, recycling and plant hire. Reach us on 01903 762020 or email