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4 Yard Skip Size

10 January 2022

4 yard skip: What is a 4-yard 'midi' skip size, and what can they hold? If you've ever wanted answers to these questions and more, we've put together an easy to read guide just for you!

  1. What does a 4 yard skip size hold?
  2. Skip sizes
  3. The 4 yards skip size
  4. What is prohibited in a 4-yard skip?
  5. 4-yard skip hire cost
  6. Alternatives to hiring a 4-yard skip

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1. What does a 4 yard skip size hold?

what does a 4 yard skip hold

If you think of skips in terms of cars, the 4 yarder holds the same amount of waste that you could fit inside a Mini. They have the capacity for the equivalent of 4 tonnes of waste which is 30-40 bin bags or around 8 wheelie bins.

The number of tonnes that a skip can hold highly depends on the materials that will go into your skip and how they are fitted in. A 4 yard is best suited to holding items such as the following: bikes, small fridges, TV's, small sofas, chairs and garden waste.


2. Skip sizes

Skips come in the following sizes. 2 Yards, 4 Yards, 6 Yards, 8 Yards and 12 Yards. Below is a table of all the skip sizes, their dimensions and what they can hold.

Skip size Dimensions Bin bags equivalent Best for 
4 Yards Skip 'Midi' H: 1m, L: 1.8m, W 1.3m 30-40 bin bags Bikes, small fridges, Tv's, small sofas and chairs
 6 Yards Skip 'Small Builders' H: 1.2m, L: 2.6m, W 1.5m 40-55 bin bags Kitchen, bathroom, and home renovations.
8 Yards Skip 'Builders' H: 1.2m, L: 3.7m, W 1.7m 70-80 bin bags Clearing an entire house or major renovation work
12 Yards
'Large Maxi'
H: 1.7m, L: 3.7m, W 1.8m 100-120 bin bags Very large projects and, general construction waste

Check out our skip size guide for a useful comparison.


3. 4 yards skip size

The height of a 4-yard skip is 1 meter, the length 1.8 meters and 1.3 meters wide. 4-yard skips are the most popular choice for residential waste as their capacity is ideally suited to small household waste disposal projects. In addition, hiring 4-yard skips are convenient as they take up less space meaning on-road parking will be easier.


4. What is prohibited in a 4-yard skip?

Skips are a great choice for getting rid of most stuff, but there are a few things that must be disposed of separately. Below is a list of the most popular items prohibited by skip companies. If you would like more information about how to dispose of any of the specific items below, please click on their individual waste disposal guide.


Asbestos X
Paint X
Electricals X
Batteries X
Tyres X
Medical Waste X
Gas cylinders X
Solvents X
Fuels X
Plasterboard X

For a more in-depth to what can and cannot be disposed of in a skip, please see our ultimate skip hire guide, complete with information about why they are not permitted and how else you might dispose of them. 


5. What is the hire cost of a 4-yard skip?

Hiring a skip is likely to cost 50% - 150% more than using a man & van waste contractor to remove the waste instead. This is partly because it has a higher logistical cost. 

Bear in mind that the average hire cost of a 4-yard skip depends on the following factors:

  1. Location - where you are within the UK
  2. Type of waste - is it messy and bulky or lightweight
  3. Council permits - they vary depending on your region

As a general idea, however, you could be paying anywhere between £175-£300 to hire a 4 yard skip for a 14 day period.


6. Alternatives to hiring a 4-yard skip

If you are not sure of how much waste you have or what skip size you require, there are other options for the disposal of your waste.

  1. Use a Hippobag. Then pay a local man & van rubbish clearance company to collect and empty it. 
  2. Visit your local household waste recycling centre
  3. Use LoveJunk to find your cheapest (and nearest!) available waste collector.


Recent bulky waste collections

Below are some recent collections that have been carried out via man & van companies on the LoveJunk marketplace.

Washing machine, £40

Shower tiles, £50

Building rubble, £70

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