18 July 2021

What are the best skips for general waste?

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Anyone who has some in experience in rubbish removal knows that skips are a flexible yet robust solution for storing and then removing waste for a wide range of projects from construction projects to garden landscaping and whole house clearances. However, with restrictions around which waste can go in which skip and which waste can be mixed, what are the best skips for general waste?

That’s where Clearabee can offer you specialist advice. Our skip hire services can provide you with secure waste containment and collection in almost every area across the UK. Our skips can usually be delivered to you on a next-day basis (especially if you place your order by 12 noon).

Follow this link if you want to book your general waste skip or contact Clearabee and we’ll give you a buzz back. Otherwise, let’s have a look at answering some questions for you.


What is general waste?

General waste is produced by homes and businesses and it is made up of items which cannot be recycled such as certain plastics, polythene, packaging and small amounts of food waste. It’s the same waste stream that most households across the UK dispose of via their local authority bin collection service.

However, we wouldn’t recommend using a skip to dispose of food waste, no matter how small. If you have a skip sitting on your property for the 14-day hire period, food waste will be rotting and producing bacteria as well as an unpleasant smell. This could also attract pests such as flies, rats and foxes so should be avoided where possible. If you have food waste to dispose of, then our ‘Man and Van’ waste clearance service is much more suitable.

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What are the best skips for general waste?

The best skip for general waste all depends on how much waste you need to get rid of. By the very nature of general waste, there shouldn’t be any substantial weight so, broadly speaking, any skip size is suitable. But a 4-yard ‘Midi’ skip is a good place to start as it is the smallest skip which is most widely available.

The ‘Midi’ skip is 4 cubic yards in size, and as a handy guide, we recommend imagining the size of 2 small domestic washing machines as ‘1 cubic yard’. Although this is only an approximation, it means that a 4 yard ‘Midi’ skip will hold waste the size of 8 small domestic washing machines. As for the size of the skip, you’re looking at 7 feet long, 5 feet wide and 3 feet high.

Although smaller skips are usually cheaper to hire than their larger counterparts, there is greater value to be found in hiring a larger skip. This is due to the logistics behind delivering and collecting skips with the costliest aspect being the Heavy Goods Vehicle. However, the cost of the transport doesn’t increase in line if you increase the size of the skip so it works out as better value when you hire a larger skip.

Hiring a larger skip gives you the opportunity to expand your project a little: perhaps there are items it your loft, shed or garage that have been sitting around for too long, making now the right time to get rid of them. Perhaps you have garden furniture or items sitting at the back of a wardrobe which should have been disposed of a long time ago. Either way, it’s worth thinking about so you can get the most rubbish removal for your money.


General waste skips from Clearabee

Speaking of money, skip costs vary from place to place, which is largely due to demand and the logistics of collection and delivery. But by way of an example, in Glasgow a 4-yard Midi skip will cost £196.88 for a two-week hire. Alternatively, the same skip in North London will cost £236.25 for the same period of time.


You can use Clearabee’s skip search tool to receive a no-obligation quote which takes into account your location, whether the skip will be placed on public or private land and what type of waste you’re planning to get rid of. We can also advise on whether or not you will need to acquire a skip permit and/or a parking suspension if you don’t have the room on your property.

Our standard skip hire period is for 14 days in duration, but if you need the skip for a shorter period of time then you can arrange a designated day collection for a day that best suits you. The same can be said if you need the skip for a longer period of time but in either instance, you should be sure to communicate this with Clearabee at the moment of ordering so that arrangements can be made and charges can be processed.


Now that you know what the best skips for general waste are, get a quote for your skip hire with Clearabee today or check out our handy skip hire FAQs for more info.

Be sure to read our other guides for information on the best ways to get rid of waste. These include:

How to get remove vinyl flooring

How to remove a bathroom tap

and much more.

Removing rubbish. It’s what we do.

All prices featured in this article are correct at the time of publishing.

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