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8 yard skip guide

25 October 2023

8-yard skip: What is a 8-yard 'large builders' skip size, and what can they hold? We've put together an easy to read guide just for you!

  1. What does a 8 yard skip size hold?
  2. Skip sizes
  3. The 8 yards skip size
  4. What is prohibited in a 8-yard skip?
  5. 8-yard skip hire cost
  6. Alternatives to hiring a 8-yard skip

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1. What does a 8-yard skip size hold?

8 yarders hold the equivalent of 60-80 bin bags, around 16 wheelie bins worth of waste or approximately 8 tonnes. However, weight capacity can depend on the type of materials you have and how you fit them into the skip. An 8 yard is best suited to large renovation jobs and/ or garden landscaping. This is also the largest size you can get for messy waste like rubble, soil and concrete.


2. Skip Sizes

Skips come in 2 Yards, 4 Yards, 6 Yards, 8 Yards and 12 Yards sizes. For a more detailed look, read our skip size guide for a handy comparison of all the skips we offer. Below shows 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 8 yards skip size

The height of a 8 yard skip is 1.2 metres, the length 3.7 metres and 1.7 metres wide. 8-yard skips are an ideal size for major renovation jobs or clearing an entire house, for example.



4. What is prohibited from a 8 yard skip?

Below is a list of items prohibited by skip of all sizes. 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, take a look at 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?

The average hire cost of an 8 yarder 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 8-yard skips UK

Location 8-yard skip
UK Average £310
price includes VAT  
Birmingham £235
Bournemouth £325
Brighton £285
Bristol £290
Bromley £295
Cambridge £245
Cardiff £275
Chelmsford £260
Chester £245
Croydon £325
Doncaster £250
Edinburgh £230
Exeter £330
Glasgow £245
Gloucester £285
Hemel Hempstead £290
Ipswich £260
Iver £300
Leeds £225
Leicester £245
Liverpool £230
London £300
Luton £305
Manchester £240
Middlesbrough £260
Milton Keynes £285
Newcastle £275
Northampton £215
Norwich £240
Nottingham £245
Oxford £300
Portsmouth £300
Reading £305
Sheffield £235
Southampton £345
Swindon £320
Tunbridge Wells £300
York £230
Source: LoveJunk March 2023


6. Alternatives to hiring a skip

Hiring a skip is likely to cost 50% - 150% more than using a man & van waste contractor to remove the waste instead. Luckily, there's lots of 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. Be aware that some tips charge to dispose of DIY type waste (though the law around this is changing!)
  3. Use a man & van waste removal company. Make sure they are fully licensed by the Environment Agency before paying them. 


Recent bulky waste collections

See some examples below of large loads of bulky waste that happened via the LoveJunk waste removal marketplace.

Builder's waste (wood, bin bags etc), £110

Wood & insulation, £100

Bathroom rip out, £150

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