Skip Weight Limits
Hiring a skip is a well-known and well-used waste disposal method – but, before you hire a skip, you need to know how much waste a skip will hold.
It’s not as straightforward as you might think.
For one thing, skips come in various sizes both for domestic and industrial use.
For another, in these ‘metric’ days, skips adhere to the ‘imperial’ measures of cubic yards, not metres – although, roughly, one cubic yard is equivalent to one metric tonne (1,000 kilograms) of waste.
To put this another way, some 340 standard house bricks, or two standard washing machines or dishwashers, or to one upright fridge-freezer would comprise one cubic yard or metric tonne.
Skips available for hire are a:
- ‘Mini Skip’ – which will hold two cubic yards of materials. So it can hold up to two tonnes (2,000kg) of waste.
- ‘Builder’s Skip’ – which will hold six cubic yards of materials. So it can hold up to six tonnes (6,000kg) of waste.
- ‘Builder’s Skip’ – which will hold eight cubic yards of materials. So it can hold up to eight tonnes (8,000kg) of waste.
- ‘Maxi Skip’– which will hold 12 cubic yards of materials. So it can hold up to eight tonnes (12,000kg) of waste.
So, as you can see from this list, when you contact skip operators and ask for a ‘builder’s skip’, you need to be sure that you understand which size of builder’s skip everyone is talking about.
And, of course, you need to remember that, when filling a skip, the load must be level. So, to help you meet this requirement, you should choose a skip with a slightly larger capacity than you think the collected waste will require.
The optimum size of skip for your need is the one which enables you to use all of its space to contain all of the waste you need to dispose of - but the larger the skip, the cheaper it’s cost to hire per cubic yard. However, if you can’t fill the skip with waste, you’re paying money to merely move air.
Whether or not you want to hire a skip, if you want to know how you can get the most cost-effective deal when it comes to collecting and disposing of all your waste, contact us on:
Freephone: 0800 141 2778 or, from a mobile, call 01442 210034.