Skip hire guide

Choosing the correct sized skip can seem daunting if you do not know which skip size you require. There are many skip sizes available and understandably sometimes people can get confused on which skip type is best suited to their requirements. This skip hire guide was written to help you to understand the different types of skips we have available for hire. Furthermore, we break down every type of skip and then assess them for suitability, dependant on the project.

Skip hire locations

We provide skips across Essex and London and have now even introduced our new online booking system. Our booking system allows our clients to book in a skip for a time that is convenient to them. We can even deliver and pick up a skip on the same day as your enquiry. In addition to this, we also can take bookings over the phone, as long as you call within office hours. We are competitively priced and provide a service that is professional, friendly and efficient.

Before you book your skip, it is important that understand the options available to you. This ensures that you can get the most suitable skip for the best value of money. You can use either this skip hire guide or our skip sizes page to help determine whats best to you.

How to pick the right skip size?

Many people hire skips for all types of projects. Some clients may need a skip for a small clearance, whereas others may require bigger clearance for large scale landscape projects. The type of project dictates the size and type of the skip required.

As a general rule of thumb, we ask you to estimate the equivalent bin bags worth of waste required to clear. Once you have this figure, we recommend that you overestimate this amount so that you have more allocated space, in case of emergencies. This new figure should give you an idea of which skip to initially hire using the guide below.

The reason we ask you to overestimate is because an overfilled skip could leave you subject to charges. This could mean that you may require an additional skip to fill a minimal level of waste, which is not cost effective in the long run. Our job is to provide you with the most efficient waste management solution available to you.

Another point to consider before hiring a skip is how much free space you have to place the skip. A skip does not require a permit from the council when it is placed onto a private land. It will only require a permit if it placed onto council owned lands such as public roads.

Furthermore, if you are planning to have your skip placed onto privately owned lands, such as a driveway, we urge you to take the space required into consideration before booking. Moreover, acknowledging that our drivers cannot place a skip where our trucks cannot obtain access.

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Are there any restricted items?

Yes, there are some items that are restricted from entering our skips. This is important to know before hiring a skip as disposing of restricted items may be refused or could leave you with additional charges.

Our skips are designed to take waste such as:

  • Metal
  • Wood
  • Rubble
  • Natural Waste
  • Plastic
  • Building Materials

Our skip are restricted items are as followed:

  • Asbestos
  • Electricals
  • Paint & Chemicals
  • Tyres
  • Gas Cylinders
  • Fluorescent Bulbs


Skip Sizes On Offer

2 Yard Mini Skips

The 2 yard mini skip is the smallest skip that we have on offer. This skip is suitable for clearing low levels of waste. It is perfect for residential jobs. In addition to this, it also serves well as a secondary skip on a building site for materials such as plasterboard. The 2 yard mini skip is able to take up to 20 bin bags worth of waste, which makes it ideal for small residential or garden clearances.

4 Yard Midi Skips

The 4 yard midi skip is a mid level skip, which is just a little smaller than a traditional builders skip. This type of skip is perfect for small kitchen and bathroom clearances as well general waste. The midi skip can be seen mainly on residential jobs therefore making it popular for DIY projects. The 4 yard midi skip can hold upto 40 bin bags worth of waste.

6 Yard Small Builders Skip

This 6 yard skip is a small builders skip is commonly used by tradesmen across Essex and London. It is able to dispose of upto 60 bin bags worth of waste, which makes it ideal for many jobs. Furthermore, the small builders skip is very popular due to its prompt delivery and competitive price.

8 Yard Large Builders Skip

The 8 yard builders skip is the larger extension of the 6 yard skip. Just like the 6 yard skip, this variation is also popular among tradesmen. In addition, the extra storage makes it ideal for larger jobs as the skip can hold up 80 bin bags worth of waste.

10 Yard Maxi Skip

The 10 yard large skip is able to take up to 100 bin bags worth of waste therefore making it appropriate for large house clearance. Due to its size, this skip is able to take lightweight waste only. Lightweight waste is classed as anything from wood to plastic, and does not include heavy metals. This large skip is perfect for landscape projects and can hold up 100 bin bags worth of waste.

12 Yard Maxi Skip

Our 12 yard maxi skips are an extension of our 10 yard skips. Just like the 10 yard, this skip can take lightweight waste only. This skip type is popular among tradesmen or those who require large clearances. This skip type can hold up to 120 bin bags worth of waste.

Finding the right skip for you

This guide should have provided you with more clarity when choosing a skip for hire. Please note, we have an extensive range of skips and can also provide 3,5 or 7 yard skips on your request. If you would like to discuss your options with us, we are more than happy to help you find the right skip. Our prompt service and competitive pricing is what sets us apart from the rest.

For residential, commercial and domestic use, choose Mackers for skip hire services.

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