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How to choose a suitable skip size

Do you know what size skip you require? Read this blog today and choose a suitable skip size for your project.

Whether you’re lucky enough to be hosting extended family on December 25th or you’re looking forward to spending toasty evenings by the fire with a mulled wine in hand, the last thing you want is to be surrounded by piles of clutter.

If you’re short on space, having a clear-out is a fantastic way to get organised in time for the holidays. And given how easy it is to accumulate more Xmas decorations every year, it’s worth considering skip hire in Thanet.

In this blog, the team at TW Services (formerly known as Thanet Waste Management) will assist you in choosing the right sized skip for your festive clear-out.

What skip sizes are available to hire?

Skips come in various shapes and sizes, and here at TW Services, we have more than 2,000 to choose from.

Our most common sizes include:

4 cubic yard skips

These are the smallest (and cheapest) skips available to hire, offering ample space for 30-40 bin bags full of waste.

6 cubic yard skips

With ample space for 50-60 bin bags of rubbish, the 6 cubic yard skip is ideal for moderate amounts of bulky waste.

This skip size is often preferred for kitchen and bathroom renovation projects.

8 cubic yard skips

Ideal for larger projects, the 8 cubic yard domestic skips provide plenty of room for 60 to 80 full bin bags.

They’re the biggest available for heavy waste like concrete, soil, and rubble.

12 cubic yard skips

The 12 cubic yard skips are the largest domestic skips we provide – great for projects that produce huge amounts of light bulky materials, equal to 120 bin bags of rubbish.

3 factors to consider when choosing a skip

Type of waste

Skips are suitable for various types of non-hazardous waste, including:

  • General waste (e.g., paper, cardboard, and plastic)
  • Green garden waste (e.g., grass clippings, leaves, branches, and soil)
  • Construction and demolition waste (e.g., bricks, concrete, wood, and timber)

The shape, size, and weight of the materials you need to get rid of will help determine the most suitable skip size for your project – ensuring you have enough space to fit everything in without exceeding the maximum fill level.

Avoid placing prohibited waste into the skip (i.e. asbestos, chemicals, batteries, paint, etc.) – otherwise, you could be on the receiving end of a fine for not complying with stringent regulations.

Volume of waste

How much waste you need to dispose of will have a significant impact on your required skip size.

For example, if you’re simply decluttering the loft – throwing out what no longer serves you – a small domestic skip should suffice.

However, if you have a lot of large, bulky, or heavy items to dispose of from the garden, shed, and garage, then you’ll likely need to order something a little bigger.

To ensure you get the most out of your skip hire in Thanet – and to save you the hassle of ordering a second or third skip – try and break large items down. Making sure the weight is distributed evenly inside the skip will also prevent imbalance, ensuring maximum safety.

Skip placement

If you don’t have space on your drive or private land for the skip to be delivered and collected safely, you may have to leave it on the road in front of your property.

Although this is no problem for the team at TW Services, a permit from the local council will be required to legalise your skip hire in Thanet.

Carefully considering your skip size is crucial as permits are less likely to be granted for skips larger than 8 cubic yards.

Order your ideal skip size today

When it comes to skip hire in Thanet, you’ll be hard-pushed to find a company with more knowledge and experience than TW Services.

We have been operating in and around Thanet for more than two decades and pride ourselves on offering a tailored solution for all our clients.

If you’re unsure which skip size is right for your project, our experts will gladly assist – ensuring you make an informed decision.

As a rule of thumb, we usually advise you to opt for a size bigger than you think you need as it’ll work out cheaper than hiring two skips.

To find out more about our skip hire services or to discuss your requirements in full with our team, give us a call on 01304 626 364.

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