Skip Hire Vs Grab Hire

When it comes to domestic and commercial building projects, it’s imperative that an adequate amount of preparation is done, and that includes ordering an appropriate waste management solution to ensure your project runs smoothly from start to finish. Despite being two of the most popular waste disposal methods, there are a number of differences between the two, including design and operation.

In this article, we’ll be explaining the differences between the two solutions so you can order the right one for your needs. Whether you’re doing a domestic house clearance or conducting a large commercial building project, Camiers will have a waste disposal solution for you.

Skip hire vs grab hire infographic

Skip Hire

Skips are designed to hold a large amount of waste, from small domestic skips to roll-on-roll-off skips, Camiers will be able to provide you with the most ideal, appropriate skip size. Skips can be used to promote a clean and tidy site, which can also help the environment, and all with minimal disruption. Once your waste has been placed in a skip, it will be neatly enclosed to ensure efficient, responsible waste management throughout the entirety of your project.


Skips are available in many different sizes in order to suit the needs of every project. If you’re planning on keeping a skip on the road, regardless of its size, you’ll need a permit prior to its delivery. Some skip hire companies can do this for you.


It can be quite time consuming to fill a skip, as it requires a significant amount of manual labour – especially if you have a lot of waste to dispose of. However, skips can be held for as long as you need them, so you can take your time.


There isn’t a definitive price list for skip hire. The cost will vary depending on size, location and how long you need it for.


Skips vary considerably in size, from mini skips (2-3 cubic yards) to RORO skips (20-40 cubic yards) Camiers are able to provide skips which are right for you and your project.

It’s important to bear in mind that if you’re planning on keeping a skip on a pavement or public road, you will need a permit. This must be sorted prior to skip delivery. Some skip hire companies can arrange a permit on your behalf – for more information, give us a call.

We have a range of affordable, reliable skip hire services available, including:

We’re proud to offer fast and efficient delivery on all skips wherever possible, ensuring you can get started on your project as soon as possible. As well as delivering your skip, we’ll also collect them, and recycle at least 90% of the waste we take.

Our skip sizes include:

  • 4 yard midi skips
  • 6 yard builders skips
  • 8 and 12 yard mixed waste skips
  • 12 yard enclosed skips 

In order to choose a size which is right for you, try our skip size calculator for an estimate or give our friendly team a call. 

Camiers are highly experienced in the collection and management of all types of waste, from house and garden clearances to bulky commercial waste, we’ll always be on hand to ensure you don’t run out of space or waste money on skips that are too small or too big for the project at hand.

Grab Hire

Grab lorries are self-loading machines and use a hydraulic arm and bucket in order to clear waste from hard-to-reach, inaccessible areas for your convenience. By taking advantage of our grab hire services, you’ll be saving a considerable amount of time loading waste into a skip. Simply put your waste into skip bags and the grab lorry will do the rest.

Grab lorries aren’t generally appropriate for domestic use, and should instead be used for commercial projects as they have a much larger capacity than a 6-yard builder skip, as well as being able to retrieve waste from areas that would otherwise be difficult to reach.

Grab lorries are also highly cost-effective, especially when you have copious amounts of waste to dispose of. Don’t waste time and money hiring several skips, instead, make full use of our reliable grab hire service. There’s no need for a permit either, making it a highly convenient choice for large commercial projects.


grab lorries are designed for loading excessive amounts of waste in a relatively quick time-frame. The operator will use the grab arm to pick up and load the waste materials into the lorry. There’s no need for a permit with grab hire as the disruption to road users is minimal. 


Loading a grab lorry is relatively quick, taking around 15-20 minutes to fully load a grab lorry with non-hazardous waste, but only if it’s all been sorted properly beforehand.


The price of grab hire lorries can vary based on per day, per hour or per load. Some companies may offer grab lorries of varying sizes, and may even be cheaper than skips of similar capacities.


Grab lorries can be filled with 16 tonnes of non-hazardous waste, equating to 12-15 cubic metres depending on the amount of waste you have and how bulky the materials are.

Skip and Grab Hire at Camiers

Our team of professionals are committed to ensuring you receive the most appropriate waste management solution for your needs. Whether you’re doing a simple house or garden clearance, or clearing a building site of bulky waste, we’ll have you covered.

Camiers will be able to best advise you on skip sizes and grab hire depending on the project you’re carrying out. We’re able to provide fast and efficient delivery on skips and grab hire, depending on size. We can even deliver skips and grab lorries at a day and time which best suits you – all for your ultimate convenience.

Camiers is a waste management and skip hire company with over 45 years of industry experience. We’re able to provide commercial and domestic clients with a variety of waste management services to suit them, including skip hire, grab hire and waste and junk clearance. We recycle over 90% of the waste we collect, ensuring we’re always doing our bit for the environment. For more information, get in touch with us today – we operate throughout Tring, Aylesbury and the surrounding areas.