Skip bag & Hippo bag collection guide
The ultimate guide to Hippo bags and Skip bags – the smaller, lightweight alternative to a skip that is most commonly used to contain heavy garden, DIY or builders waste.
- What is a skip bag?
- Where can I buy a skip bag?
- What sizes do skip bags and Hippobags come in?
- Do skip bags have weight restrictions?
- What jobs are skip bags suited to?
- What can and cannot be put in a skip bag?
- Can you put plasterboard in a Hippobag?
- How much does it cost to collect a skip bag?
- How do I book a Hippobag collection?
- Are skip bags collected on weekends?
- How long does it take to collect a skip bag?
- Can you take a Hippobag to the skip?
- Where do I leave my skip bag?
- How do man and van skip bag collections work?
- Alternatives to using a skip bag
A skip bag is a heavy-duty plastic bag that is used to store waste. It’s the bag version of a small skip.
The most well-known brand of skip bag is a Hippobag, which you can buy on their website or find in B&Q, Wickes, and Travis Perkins stores. You can also buy them and other skip bags online such as Amazon. Or simply buy a bulky builders bag from any builders merchant or DIY store and use it to fill up with waste.
Below is a table showing the size of each bag and how much waste can fit in it.
|Bag Type||Standard Builders Bag||Midibag||Megabag||
|Cubic Yards||1.0 cubic yard||1.0 cubic yard||1.5 cubic yard||4.5 cubic yards|
|Size||900 x 900x 900mm||900 x 900 x 900mm||1800 x 900x 700mm||2100 x 1650 x 1000mm|
|Bulky rubbish that takes up similar volume||
|Washing machine||Tall Fridge or Bath||Bathroom or small kitchen ripout|
Yes, there are weight restrictions but these vary depending on the contractor you use.
For example, if your skip bag is being collected by Hippowaste (who use crane lorries), these are their weight restrictions:
- Midibag – 1 tonne
- Megabag – 1.5 tonnes
- Hipposkip – 1.5 tonnes
If you’re using a man and van contractor, the maximum weight per bag is 500kg. This is enough for bulky waste but if you’re planning to fill the bag with only inert waste, ie. bricks, soil, tiles etc, then it would exceed the weight restriction.
Skips bags are ideal for the same clearance jobs that skips are used for but just smaller. They’re mostly used to dispose of garden, bulky or DIY waste.
They’re a great alternative if you don’t have the space for a skip, or if there is limited access. However, it’s worth noting that if a crane lorry is collecting your skip bag, it’ll need easy access which means it will have to sit on a driveway/front garden/public highway. If you don’t have the space for this, you can opt for a man and van as they will remove the waste from anywhere on your property.
If you have enough waste to fill a skip, a skip bag isn’t the ideal choice because it is more economical to hire a skip.
Additionally, if labour and loading the skip bag is an issue, you’d be much better off using a man & van clearance company because labour is included in the price.
What you can put in a skip bag can sometimes differ depending on the clearance company you use to remove the waste.
You can put all sorts of waste in skip bags, ranging from bulky waste such as furniture, bathroom/kitchen rip-outs, carpet/flooring etc, to DIY waste such as tarmac, tiles, soil, glass and metals.
However, here’s is a list of items that are typical prohibited:
- Fire extinguishers
- Fluorescent tubes
- TVs and computer/laptop screens
- Paint cans
- Gas bottles
- Liquids (ie. oil, cooking oil, petrol, diesel, paint)
- Food waste including raw meats and fish
- Human/animal waste
- Clinical waste
Plasterboard can be recycled as long as it’s uncontaminated and segregated from the rest of your waste.
LoveJunk is the cheapest way to get rid of your skip bag waste because you set your own price. Check out recent skip bag collections prices here – prices range from £80-£200. The cost depends on the size of the bag, the waste type (DIY or bulky waste) and how quickly you require collection.
Hippowaste charge the following for collection:
- Hippo Midibag (1 yard) – £112.99 (max 1000kg)
- Hippo Megabag (1.5 yard) – £144.99 (max 1500kg)
- Hipposkip bag (4.5 yard) – £209.99
Once you’ve loaded your waste into your Hippobag, you’ll need to organise the collection. If you are using Hippowaste to collect, you can book your collection online.
If you’d like to use a man and van team to collect your skip bag, you could try LoveJUnk who let you set your own price and connect you to your nearest licensed waste collector/reuse organisation. Plus, they’ll let you keep the bag for reuse!
Man and van companies will be able to collect the contents of your skip bag on Saturdays, most collectors don’t work Sundays. However, if you’re prepared to pay a premium, you may be able to find a collector on LoveJunk who is happy to collect your waste.
The amount of time it takes to collect a skip bag depends on the collection company you use. Companies offer different response times, for example, Hippowaste state on their website they aim to collect Hippobags within 5 working days.
If you use LoveJunk, you can choose the most convenient day for you to have your skip bag collected and you’ll be matched to a collector who can remove your waste on your chosen date.
You can take your Hippobag or skip bag to the tip – it’s a great way to keep your car clean from any messy, loose waste. Bear in mind that once full, skip bags can be pretty heavy so moving the bag into the back of your car may be tricky.
If your skip bag is being collected using a crane lorry, you’ll need to leave it somewhere with easy access. This could be on a public highway, front garden or driveway. If you do choose to place your bag on the road, be aware that you’ll need to pay permit fees.
If you choose to use a man and van collection service, you can keep your bag leave your bag anywhere on your property.
A man and van collection of a skip bag is easy and the cheapest way to dispose of your waste. All you need to do is fill your bag, organise a date and time for the man & van clearance company to collect your waste and voila – you’re junk free.
If you’ve decided a skip bag doesn’t seem the best choice for you, there are other alternative disposal methods. You could consider using a council bulky waste collection, use a man and van waste clearance company, hire a skip or take your waste to your local household waste recycling centre.