• Hometalker
  • Alexandria, VA

Skip Size Guide

When you're having a clearout, taking on a refurb or a building project or having a garden makeover, a skip is pretty essential. It can be hard to estimate the amount of rubbish and waste you'll be throwing away, but this handy guide to skip sizes will help you work out what size you may need

A 2-yard skip is 5ft x 4ft x 3ft (length, width, height) and will take up to 25 – 35 typical refuse sacks. This is the ideal small skip as it's good a small footprint and is convenient. Use it for business and//or domestic low volume waste e.g. for a garden clearout. A 3-yard skip is 6ft x 4ft x 3ft and will take around 35 – 45 typical refuse sacks. This skip is a very popular size and is often used for small renovation projects like refurbs or garden wall demolitions. Then, there's the 4-yard skip, which is 7ft x 5ft x 3ft and holds about 45 – 55 typical refuse sacks. It's ideal for both business and domestic users and is another very popular size for renovation work or house clearance jobs.
skip size guide
Moving up a gear, the 5-yard skip is 7.5ft x 5ft x 3.5ft and holds around 55 – 65 typical refuse sacks. This skip is equipped with a drop door so it's ideal for rubble and soil debris as you can wheel these straight into the skip. Also, it's great for those who want a roomy skip with extra space without ordering a full-sized builder’s skip. The 6-yard skip is 10ft x 5ft x 4ft and will take around 65 – 75 typical refuse sacks. This is available with or with or without a drop door at the rear and is ideal for building and refurb projects as well as for domestic use. For example, use it for larger house clearance projects. An 8-yard skip measuring 12ft x 6ft x 4.5ft will hold around 75 – 85 refuse bags. This is an highly popular enclosed skip and ideal for building jobs and/or large landscape gardening or house clearance projects. The 8-yard skip can include a cover and a door if required.

The larger skips available include the 10-yard skip at 12ft x 6ft x 6ft. It's perfect for various kinds of major projects. With a low-level lip at the back, you can gain easy access for depositing rubbish. Also, it has high sides so it's great for containing oversized items. However, it's not recommended for soil or rubble. One size up, the 12-yard skip is 13ft x 6.5ft x 6.5ft and is a very popular maximum-sized skip for commercial and industrial projects and other big clearance jobs. It can include a cover and, thanks to its high sides, it's ideal for large, bulky items.

skip size guide
An 18-yard skip measures 13ft x 6.5ft x 7ft and is the largest that most companies supply, apart from roll-on roll-off containers. The 18-yard skip is well suited to holding very large and bulky items due to its high-sided design. It's not recommended that you use this skip for removing soil or rubble.

Finally, there's the roll-on roll-off skip, which is designed for commercial use. These skips also go by the name of RoRo skips and come in a number of sizes from 20 yards to 40 yards. You can put most waste types in these skips and they're popular for commercial and industrial projects. Only very occasionally are they hired by domestic clients as they're far more commonly used by business clients. Roll-on roll-off skips are ideal for any job that involves producing a large volume of waste.
For more information , visit: The Skip Company.
skip size guide

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


Have a question about this project?

Join the conversation

Your comment...