How Big Should Your Skip Be?

Whether you’re working on a large building project or simply looking to throw away some old furniture, it can often be difficult to know what size skip to choose to dispose of all your rubbish. There’s nothing more frustrating than discovering the skip you’ve hired is going to be too small, or that you’ve overestimated how much you need to throw away and paid extra for a skip that’s too large.

Skip size is calculated according to volume in cubic yards. One cubic yard is 3ft high x 3ft wide x 3ft deep; to put it into perspective, you could fit 10 bin bags of rubbish into one cubic yard. Here’s a handy guide on the different skip sizes available at Buchanan Skip Hire, so you can work out how big yours should be.

2YD Mini

This size skip is perfect for disposing of small amounts of garden or household rubbish. At 6ft x 4ft x 3ft deep, a giant river otter could comfortably fit inside of it!

4YD Midi

If you’re having a new kitchen fitted or you’re completely renovating your garden, the 8ft x 5ft x 3ft 4YD Midi would be large enough to contain all of your waste, or a donkey.


Our 8ft x 5ft x 4.5ft deep skip will hold a substantial amount of builder’s waste such as rubble and concrete. If you’re renovating many rooms in your home, or throwing away a lot of large furniture such as wardrobes, chests of drawers or sofas, this size skip would be suitable. At almost 8ft long, a large spinner dolphin could fit snugly inside one of these!

8YD builders

Did you know that one of our 11.5ft x 5.5ft x 4ft 8YD builders skips would be able to accommodate a fully grown male Bengal tiger? Builders tend to choose this size skip for light waste disposal, but an 8YD skip could also be used for completely clearing out your house.

As well as the skips listed above, we also have 20YD, 35YD and 40YD skips available to hire. If you would like more information, contact us now.

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