Skip Hire FAQs
Frequently asked questions - Skip Hire

Answers to the most common FAQs with skip hire like "What can go in my skip?" and "What skip size do I need?". If you can't find the answer to your questions, don't hesitate to contact us.

Skip Sizes

Approximate Sizes
Capacity Description Width Height Depth
Small 4 yard open 163cm (5.3ft) 89cm (2.9ft) 253cm (8.3ft)
Medium 6 yard open 166cm (5.4ft) 122cm (4ft) 282cm (9.25ft)
Large 8 yard open 166cm (5.4ft) 130cm (4.3ft) 340cm (11.2ft)
Extra Large 12 yard open 166cm (5.4ft) 168cm (5.5ft) 404cm (13.2ft)

How to load a skip - Level loads only!

When filling your skip, start with any heavy bulky waste first, laying them flat and working up from the bottom of the skip, saving any small, loose rubbish for the end. Items like chairs and tables produce a lot of void space, consider safely breaking down these items and other waste such as cardboard boxes to maximise the space in your skip.

Make sure your skip is level loaded once complete, this means the waste doesn’t pass the skip walls. The driver allocated to collect your skip will decline to take it and need to return another day once you’ve “level loaded” the skip, this will incur a wasted journey charge.


Where can you put a skip?

Before hiring a skip consider where the skip should be placed and how the lorry will obtain access. Narrow roads leading to the property, gates and driveways could pose an issue if they’re small.

Skip lorries with a full skip load can often weigh approximately 15 tonnes, this can place a lot of strain on driveways, especially when removing a full skip. Make special instructions to us during your order if there is anything we need to consider before arriving.


Normal Skip Lorry

Height: 3.4m
Length: 6.82m
Width: 2.97m

Delivering, exchanging and collecting your skip


We will aim to have your skip delivered on your preferred delivery date, however in some very rare instances we may not be able to achieve this date. We will notify you of a change to this delivery date via email or SMS giving you freedom to adjust if necessary. Next day delivery may be available providing you order before 10am. 

Please ensure you leave correct contact details so our drivers can call ahead if there is a problem. 


This is the process of swapping a skip full of waste for an empty skip, to then be used again. An exchange can be requested on an existing delivered order.


You can choose your collection date upon ordering; this can be adjusted in the "My Account" section. All skips are subject to a maximum 2 week hire period. There needs to be a person present to sign for the Waste Transfer Note.

Upon attending a site, if we cannot service the site with a delivery, collection or exchange (for example, we cannot gain access) a wasted journey charge will apply.

When do I need a road permit for a skip?

Where possible, we advise you to have your skip placed on private property, such as on a driveway. If this isn’t possible and you require the skip to be kept on the road/public highway, you will need a Road Permit. If you feel a Road Permit is needed, please include this in your quotation and the waste carrier will arrange this on your behalf through the local council. A charge of £70.00 Excluding VAT (£84 Including VAT) will be included within your quotation to cover the Road Permit. Please be aware time frames for length of permits vary between 1 day and 1 month.

We will aim to get your skip as per your requested date, however please keep in mind that the terms around Road Permits differ from council to council, these changes might impact on your “Preferred Delivery Date”. We will notify you if there is a change to the delivery date via SMS and/or email.

My Account - FAQs

Managing your order

Whilst placing your first order you will be guided to create a WasteOnline account. From here you can amend current orders, book exchanges or early collections.

If you need to make any changes to your order, you can do so in the 'My Account' section.

Exchanges can be requested on any delivered order in your account during the 2 week hire period. Please note, exchanges must be arranged 48 hours in advance before collection is due. During the Exchange, there needs to be a person present to sign the Waste Transfer Note.

If you wish to change your skip removal date, you can do so from your 'My Account' section.

In the event of any changes to your order, we will notify you via email and/or text.