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Quick Guide to..choosing the right skip

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What size do I need? Will a roll on roll off skip be too big? Can I use a grab lorry for bulk waste? What is a maxi & a midi?
Skips are used every day; they will often be seen on driveways or on building sites. But do you know the different kinds of skips available?
This handy quick guide is here to help you to choose the right skip.

The basics:

  • A skip is most commonly measured in cubic yards: Length x Width x Height.
  • Skips aren't just large metal containers that can house tonnes of waste; look more closely and its clever design tweaks and features make the skip usable for a number of different requirements.
  • The contents of the waste in your skip is important. Some waste needs to be separate such as asbestos. Any hazardous waste needs its own container and measures need to be in place to ensure no cross contamination takes place.
  • The bigger the skip, the more I can fill with waste, right? Wrong! Skips are carefully designed and measured to withstand either heavy or bulky waste. A container such as a 16yd skip is big, but is only suitable for large amounts of bulky waste rather than lots of heavy waste.
  • See our skip size table below to find out skip dimensions, capacity and what should be used in each type.
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Skips are known to have more than one name in the trade so its difficult to keep track of what name skip is what size. We've tried to keep things simple and noted the common nick names used along with sizes.

An 'everyday' skip for domestic use or small amounts of light waste would be known as a Mini or a Midi, sizes 2yd, 4yd and 6yd available. A popular skip type for building contractors undertaking domestic or small business projects.

Next size up a Maxi or a Builders skip as known in the trade, available in 6 yd and 8 yd skips. Often used for medium sized projects such as home clearances and domestic or small business refurbishments. On average a skip of these size can hold between 50-80 black bags of waste.

Larger skips, available in 12 yd, 14 yd and 16yd skips. Typically, larger skips have high sides making it ideal for light and bulky waste loads. Skips in these sizes are used for major constructions works such as large office clearances or large renovations. A 12 yd skip can hold on average 80-110 black bags, a 14yd skip around 145 black bags and a 16 yd skip around 175 black bags.

Roll on roll off skips are much larger skips (often referred to as RoRo's) for much larger projects. Some waste contractors will carry smaller RoRo's with sizes varying from 15-20yd which are suitable for large amounts of heavy waste. Larger RoRo's, between 20 and 40 yd capacity, are also available for large amounts of light waste. The roll on roll off is a step up from a traditional skip and used mainly in the construction industry, for example: demolition projects, manufacturing waste and construction projects.

A roll on roll off skip is ideal for projects that will require the disposal of huge amounts of waste cutting down on overall waste management costs. A 15-20yd roll on roll off skip can typically hold around 220 black bin bags, whilst a 40 yd will hold 440 black bin bags.

An enclosed skip is available for the safe storage and disposal of larger volumes of waste. Waste includes general or recycling materials, heavy and bulky materials, inert materials and dry wastes. Enclosed skips are ideal for hazardous wastes, or in areas where security is an issue, whilst protecting its contents from the elements. Fastenings are available for the option to lock if necessary

What waste goes where?

As well as knowing the weight and waste type that can go in each size skip, it is also important to know what types of waste can go into a skip. Whilst this is a whole different quick guide topic, here are the basics:
It is important to know whether the waste you are producing is hazardous or non-hazardous and, if you are producing both types, it is important not to mix the two together.
For hazardous waste such as asbestos, a list of procedures must be followed to ensure the safe and correct disposal. More info on asbestos removal is here

Quick Guide to..choosing the right skip

An overloaded skip

Every skip is designed to be filled to the top and not beyond! Overloaded skips may be too heavy for the collecting vehicle to pick up and may well not be safe to transport without waste flying out all over the road. If a skip is overloaded on collection, it would simply not be transported.
Now you know not only the different types of skips available (who knew there was so many to choose from), but also the type of waste each size skip can withstand.

To find out information about the plant hire we can offer click here or if you would like to speak to a member of our team for queries or bookings, call us on 01684 353556.

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Site Solutions is based in Worcestershire, but we have national coverage, from the north of Scotland to the far south of Cornwall.

Our office address is:
Wyche Innovation Centre,
Walwyn Road,
WR13 6PL

Telephone: 01684 353556

All hard-copy correspondence and invoices should be directed to the above postal address.

Site Solutions UK is the trading name of Site Solutions (FM) Ltd

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