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6 Yard Skip Size

12 January 2022

6-yard skip: What is a 6-yard 'small builders' skip size, and what can they hold? We've put together an easy to read guide just for you!

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

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1. What does a 6-yard skip size hold?

how much fits in a 6 yard skip hire

6 yarders hold the equivalent of 40-55 bin bags or around 12 wheelie bins worth of waste or 4 tonnes. The number of tons that a skip can hold highly depends on the materials that will go into your skip and how they are fitted in. A 6 yard is best suited to holding kitchen, bathroom, and home renovation waste.


2. Skip Sizes

Skips come in 2 Yards, 4 Yards, 6 Yards, 8 Yards and 12 Yards sizes. More further info, read our skip size guide for a handy comparison of all the skips we offer. Below is a table showing the skip 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, sofas and chairs
 6 Yards Skip 'Small Builders' H: 1.2m, L: 2.6m, W 1.5m 40-55 bin bags Kitchen, bathroom, 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


3. The 6-yards skip size

The height of a 6-yard skip is 1.2 metres, the length 2.6 metres and 1.5 metres wide. 6-yard skips are a very popular choice for residential waste as their capacity is ideally suited to bathroom and kitchen refurbishments as well as waste from garden and garage clearouts.



4. What is prohibited from a 6-yard skip?

Below is a list of items prohibited by skip of all sizes, not just a 6-yard skip. 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. For a more in-depth look into 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 other options for disposal.


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


5. What is the hire cost of a 6-yard skip?

The average hire cost of a 6-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

Table of average hire costs incl VAT for 6-yard skips UK

City Skip hire cost
UK Average £230
price includes VAT
Birmingham £200
Bournemouth £275
Brighton £240
Bristol £245
Bromley £245
Cambridge £210
Cardiff £245
Chelmsford £225
Chester £200
Croydon £275
Doncaster £195
Edinburgh £185
Exeter £275
Glasgow £210
Gloucester £240
Hemel Hempstead £235
Ipswich £225
Leeds £175
Leicester £215
Liverpool £185
Luton £275
Manchester £210
Middlesbrough £240
Milton Keynes £250
Newcastle £235
Northampton £185
Norwich £210
Nottingham £195
Oxford £260
Portsmouth £255
Reading £245
Sheffield £195
Southampton £290
Swindon £255
Tunbridge Wells £245
York £185
Source: LoveJunk Marcb 2023


6. Alternatives to hiring a 6-yard skip

Hiring a skip is likely to cost 50% - 150% more than using a man & van waste contractor to remove the waste instead. If you are not sure about hiring a skip, there are other options.

1) Use a Hippobag. Then pay a local man & van rubbish clearance company to collect and empty it. If you are looking for a Hippo bag and would like to see what Hippo bag discount codes are available out there, see our complete guide hippo bag collection.

2) Depending on the size and weight of your waste, you could take a trip to your local tip.

3) You can use LoveJunk to find your cheapest (and nearest!) available waste collector. 


Recent bulky waste collections

Below are recent collections that have been carried out via the LoveJunk marketplace.

Wood waste and bags of rubble, £80

3 bags of tiles and rubbish, £120

Bathroom rip out, £150

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