Skip Hire Guide

There are several considerations to take into account before hiring a skip, and some of those factors may not have been immediately thought about by those looking to hire a skip, but Camiers are on hand to help.

Here are some things to consider before hiring a skip:

  • Type of skip
  • Skip size
  • The type of waste you’re planning on filling it with
  • Where to put the skip
  • Whether you will need a skip permit/license
Skip loaded with waste

Standard Skip Sizes

It’s important that you choose a skip of an appropriate size for the work you’ll be doing. A midi skip would be ideal for domestic waste, whereas a Roll-on-Roll-off skip would be appropriate for large-scale, commercial projects where copious amounts of waste would needs to be disposed of. 

Below is a simple guide to the skips we provide here at Camiers:

4 yard midi skip

This can hold the equivalent of 40 bin bags, and is generally used when disposing of domestic, household waste generated during renovation work, for example.

Capacity 3.00m³
Height 0.97m
Length 1.83m
Width 1.29m

6 yard builder skip

Appropriate for larger building projects, these can be hired by both domestic and commercial customers depending on the amount of waste that will be need to be disposed of. This skip can hold up to 60 bin bags full of rubbish.

Capacity 4.60m³
Height 1.22m
Length 2.60m
Width 1.52m

8 yard mixed waste skips

Suitable for commercial projects, these skips can hold up to 80 bin bags of waste. These can be filled with a variety of different materials. Here at Camiers, we aim to recycle the majority of waste we collect, ensuring as little as possible ends up at landfill.

Capacity 6.00m³
Height 1.22m
Length 3.66m
Width 1.65m

12 yard skips

Mixed Waste Skips

Much like the 8 yard skip, this would be more appropriate for commercial use. This skip can be filled with a multitude of different waste materials, with a capacity that can take the equivalent of 120 bin bags.

Enclosed Skips

This skip would be more appropriate for disposing of large amounts of hazardous waste. Often, enclosed skips come with a lid or a sturdy locking mechanism to prevent anyone tampering with potentially dangerous waste materials.

Capacity 9.20m³
Height 1.68m
Length 3.70m
Width 1.78m

Roll-on-Roll-off (RORO) skips

RORO skips, as they are also known, are available to commercial customers who will need to dispose of a considerable amount of waste. These cannot be placed on driveways, roads or surfaces that are damaged or unstable.

20 yard RORO skip

These can hold up to 200 bin bags.

Capacity 15.30m³
Height 1.30m
Length 6.10m
Width 2.40m

30 yard RORO skip

These can hold up to 300 bags of waste.

Capacity 23.00m³
Height 1.95m
Length 6.10m
Width 2.40m

40 yard RORO skip

These can hold up to 400 bin bags.

Capacity 30.60m³
Height 2.51m
Length 6.10m
Width 2.40m

Accepted and Prohibited Waste

It can be difficult to know what you can and can’t put into a skip. If you aren’t sure, ask a professional for advice. Our team here at Camiers are always happy to answer any questions you have about the skips we provide.

Accepted waste

Almost anything can be disposed of with the help and convenience of a skip. Although, if you aren’t sure as to what you can put in your skip, ask the skip hire company. You could be fined or charged extra if prohibited items are found to be in your skip upon collection. 

Prohibited waste

These can include, but are not limited to:

  • Electrical equipment
  • Televisions
  • Computers
  • Monitors
  • Fridges
  • Potentially harmful materials
  • Asbestos
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Paint cans (unless empty)
  • Batteries
  • Medical waste
  • Gas cylinders
  • Liquids
  • Solvents
  • Chemicals
  • Oil
  • Petrol
  • Diesel

 Other materials which generally cannot be placed in a skip

  • Tyres
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Plasterboard
  • Contaminated soil
  • Tree stumps
  • Mattresses (if you wish to dispose of a mattress this way, you must notify to skip hire company)

Do I Need a Skip Permit/License?

Skip on road outside semi detached house

Generally, you will need a skip permit/license if you wish to place the skip on:

  • A public road
  • Council owned land

Sometimes, the skip hire company will acquire a skip permit/license. However, depending on the area you live in, you may need to do this yourself. The skip hire company will be able to best advise you on the next steps to take, should this situation arise.


  • You cannot place a skip on a pavement
  • You do not need a skip license if the skip is being placed on land that you privately own
  • You may need to attach safety lights and markings on or around the skip, including:
  • Reflective markings
  • Safety lamps
  • Traffic cones
  • Name and telephone number of the skip hire company

To find out the exact rules, contact your local council.

Fines and penalties

You can be fined if you have not acquired the appropriate permit/license, if the skip has been placed on a pavement, or if you do not have safety lights or markings on or around you skip, if placed on a road. The amount currently stands at £1,000.

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How High Can I Fill My Skip?

You must only fill your skip to the height of its sides. If the skip is overfilled, the driver can refuse to collect it. Transport laws makes it illegal to move or transport a skip which is not level-loaded.

If you require a skip for small-scale domestic use or large-scale commercial projects, then look no further than Camiers. We can dispose of your waste efficiently and safely with our quick and reliable service. Here at Camiers, we’re proud to be recycling 90% of the waste we collect, minimising the amount which is unnecessarily sent to landfill.  We’re even able to dispose of asbestos waste, whilst adhering to all legal requirements. For more information, get in touch with us today – we operate throughout Aylesbury and the surrounding area.