Guide to hiring a skip for garden waste

Posted on 1 March 2023

We understand that hiring the right size skip for your garden waste can be a daunting task. With so many waste types and skip sizes available, it can be challenging to determine which one best suits your needs. That’s why we’re here to help you make an informed decision.

In this article, we will guide you through the process of choosing the right garden skip size for your waste type. We will also provide you with useful information on how to dispose of your waste responsibly.


Understanding Your Skip Waste Types

Before hiring a garden skip, it’s essential to know what type of waste you will be disposing of. The three main types of waste are general waste, green waste, and builders’ waste.

General waste refers to everyday household waste, such as plastic, paper, and food waste. Green waste is garden waste, such as grass clippings, branches, and leaves. Builders’ waste is construction waste, such as bricks, concrete, and tiles.


Choosing the Right Garden Skip Size

Once you know the type of waste you will be disposing of, it’s time to determine the right skip size. We offer skip sizes ranging from 4 yards to 12 yards.

For small garden projects or household clearances, a 4-yard skip is suitable. This size skip can hold up to 40 bags of waste. For medium-sized projects, such as garden renovations or small construction work, an 8-yard skip is ideal. This size skip can hold up to 80 bags of waste.

For larger projects, such as large garden clearances or home renovations, a 12-yard skip is recommended. This size skip can hold up to 120 bags of waste.

If you’re wondering how to compact bulky garden waste, we recommend cutting down branches and hedge trimmings into manageable pieces. This way, you can avoid blocking space in the skip that could be better filled with other waste. For bricks and tiles, it’s best to stack them instead of just tossing them in the skip, which would waste space.

Remember, under no circumstances should you pile up garden waste above the fill line in the skip. Our drivers won’t be able to pick up an overfilled skip until it’s been emptied again, creating more work for both parties. If you find you have more waste than the skip can accommodate, give us a call as soon as possible, and we’ll arrange for an additional skip hire to help you.

It’s important to note that overloading a skip is not allowed, as it poses a safety risk for our drivers and the public. If you’re unsure about which skip size is right for you, don’t hesitate to contact us for advice or check out or faq page.


How long should I hire a skip for?

Well, garden work can be tougher than you think, and it’s best not to overdo it in a short period. Instead of cramming all the work into a two-day period, pace yourself and work in sections. Starting at one end of the garden and working systematically will help you determine how long you should spend on each section and the overall time it will take to finish the job.

At WasteOnline, our standard skip hire period is seven days, so take your time and fill your bin slowly and steadily. If you need the skip for longer, don’t hesitate to give us a call or use the website to arrange an extension.


Can I burn the garden waste instead of booking a skip?

You can burn dry wood and tree branches, but we wouldn’t recommend it. Burning garden waste like soil and grass could result in fines of up to £5,000 if the smoke drifts onto the street and causes visibility issues for traffic. Plus, it’s better for the environment to use a skip hire company like WasteOnline that recycles as much of your garden waste as possible. If you’re determined to burn your waste, be sure to check local regulations to avoid breaking any government rules on waste burning.

When hiring a garden skip from us, you can rest assured that your waste will be disposed of responsibly. We’ll take care of everything, from delivering the skip to your doorstep to collecting it once it’s full.


Choosing the right size garden skip for your waste type is crucial for efficient and responsible waste disposal. At WasteOnline, we offer a wide range of skip sizes and waste types to suit your needs. Whether you’re working on a small garden project or a large home renovation, we’ve got you covered.

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