All about skip hire

If you’re thinking about skip hire this New Year but don’t know where to start, let us run through the basics so you’re confident when the time comes to make a booking…

Skip hire is great because it takes much of the hassle away from whatever project you’re undertaking. When you embark on clearing out the loft or garage, renovating the kitchen, ripping up carpets or overhauling the garden, one of the first things to consider is: how’s best to get rid of all the waste generated?

Whilst trips to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre (HMRC) are a viable option, this is likely to involve quite a lot of hard work, not to mention the mess! If you have large volumes of waste, it could involve many trips and most HWRCs still ask you to book your slot online (as they have since the pandemic) so it will come down to availability too.

Grab hire is another option; it’s a great way to get rid of large volumes of waste in one go, but if you are undertaking a larger or longer-term project that is likely to generate waste over a number of weeks or months, it’s not ideal.


At TJ we offer a range of skips to suit every requirement. The following information is also on our skip hire pages, along with helpful videos that will make choosing the skip size you need quick and easy.

2 yard
The smallest skip available, the ‘mini’ 2 yard skip can accommodate approximately 20 bin bags full of waste, making it perfectly placed for small domestic jobs such as garden work and DIY projects.

4 yard
With the capacity to accommodate approximately 40 bin bags full of waste, the 4 yard skip is ideal for a range of home projects, as well as major garden clearances.

6 yard
The classic builders skip, the 6 yard skip has ample space to accommodate approximately 60 bin bags. This skip is perfect for moderate amounts of bulky waste – making them ideal for domestic projects such as kitchen and bathroom refits and other home renovations.

8 yard mega skip
The 8 yard mega skip is amongst the most popular skip size in the UK, perfect for large yet lightweight bulky items as well as small amounts of heavy waste. In terms of capacity, it is able to accommodate approximately 60-80 bin bags’ worth (depending on the type of waste you are disposing of) but this should give you a good idea of how much it will take.

12 yard jumbo skip
The 12 yard jumbo skip can hold approximately 120 bags of waste and accommodate large amounts of high volume waste such as metal, wood, plastics and packaging. It’s important to note that skips of this size are not suitable for heavy loads such as rubble and concrete, as it will make the skip too heavy to be lifted once full.

Skip exchange
You could opt to go for a ‘skip exchange’ arrangement whereby your full skip is taken away and replaced with an empty one, giving you a constant waste disposal option on-site, ideal for longer projects. This works well because as soon as the skip is approaching capacity, you can call us and schedule an exchange to ensure seamless disposal. We will arrive on time and do the swap quickly and efficiently so that your project can continue as planned.


Our skips can be filled with a range of different types of waste, so whatever project you’re undertaking, our skip hire service will be able to take care of your waste disposal for you. Below is a list of materials commonly disposed of in our skips – please get in touch to ask about unusual types of waste not listed here:

  • Wood
  • Plastic
  • Metal
  • Glass / windows / frames
  • Cardboard
  • Packaging / polystyrene
  • Rubble / cement / bricks / tiles
  • Electrical cabling
  • Floor coverings such as carpets, laminate and vinyl
  • Green waste

Materials that cannot go in a standard skip, but may be able to be taken care of separately (enquire for details):

  • Plasterboard 
  • Asbestos
  • Liquid waste of any nature
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Pressurised containers e.g. gas bottles
  • Batteries
  • Car engines or tyres
  • Fridges or freezers
  • Mattresses
  • Televisions or computer screens
  • Clinical waste, including syringes or needles


  • We’re reliable and prioritise exceptional customer service in all that we do. We’ll ensure that your skip is delivered to the desired location on the requested date so that you can get on with your project as planned. We’ll keep in touch every step of the way so that you’re well informed and know what to expect. Our friendly team is always on hand if you have any queries or need to make any changes to your booking, so please get in touch if and when you need to.

  • We’re well known in the southern region, with a reputation for excellence. We look after our skips and ensure they are in tip top condition so you know you’re getting a quality product. We’re dedicated to diverting as much waste as possible from landfill and we handle and dispose of all waste responsibly, ensuring that the waste we remove is sorted, segregated and sent down the most appropriate routes.

  • We hold Feefo Platinum Trusted Service Award status, an accolade we’ve been awarded for the past three years. This award is an independent seal of excellence that recognises businesses for delivering exceptional experiences, as rated by real customers. Created by Feefo, Trusted Service is awarded to businesses that use Feefo to collect genuine reviews and insights. Businesses meeting the high standard, based on the number of reviews they have collected and their average rating, receive the award.

  • Our entire fleet is modern and safe. Road safety and keeping our fleet in the best possible condition are amongst our top priorities. All of our vehicles – including our skip lorries – are part of a continual renewal and maintenance scheme so that they are always well looked after and safe on the roads. We utilise Michelin’s Stop Loss Package, which gives us peace of mind when it comes to tyre safety. Our drivers conduct daily safety checks at the start of their shifts, with any faults being reported immediately. All of our vehicles are fitted with safety equipment including 360 camera systems, high-visibility signage and beacons, and audible left turn signals. We’re also keen advocates of cycle safety as demonstrated with our Cycle Safe Campaign.

  • With our collection of over 2,000 skips of all sizes, our availability is great and you can rest assured that we will be able to fulfil your order whatever your requirements and timescales are. You can book a skip to be delivered as quickly as the next working day meaning you’ll be able to start clearing your waste as soon as you need to.


Book a skip with TJ and you’ll be glad you did! You can get instant quotes online and our online booking system is quick and easy to use. Once booked, follow these simple steps to prepare for delivery day:

  • Make sure your property is accessible: Our skip lorries generally need an access way which is at least 13ft wide.
  • Decide where you’ll want the skip placed: Have it placed for your convenience, we’re happy to accommodate your needs to ensure your drive has maximum capacity.
  • Remind yourself of the delivery day arrangements: Your skip will arrive between 6am and 6pm. At the time of booking we can add timing requests for the driver to be aware of and our drivers will do their utmost to fulfil those requests. Alternatively, if your skip has not arrived by 12pm, you can call us and our customer service team will advise you on your likely delivery time. If you’re going to be out on delivery day, specify delivery instructions at the time of booking. Deliveries usually take 10-20 minutes depending on your location and accessibility etc.

Book a skip online today or give us a call on 08000 463 964 if you’d like to chat through your options…

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