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Skip Price Guide – How much to pay for a skip

7 January 2022

Guide to skip prices in the UK. How much you should expect to pay and why.

How much should it cost to hire a skip? This blog covers regional differences and other factors that impact the skip hire price. It has the following sections:

  1. Skip prices - what is the basic price and why
  2. Council skip hire permits - the extra you pay if the skip is on the road
  3. How to save money - saving money on skip hire
  4. Skip hire alternatives - sometimes it's cheaper to use another disposal solution

1. Basic Skip hire price

Skip hire prices vary, and to calculate, you will need to look at all the factors below that affect the cost of skip hire.

a. Region

Where you are in the UK will affect the skip hire price. Below is a table of major cities in the UK and the average price of a 6 yard skip including VAT.

Skip price by city

Location 6-yard skip
UK Average £240
Birmingham £200
Bournemouth £275
Brighton £240
Bristol £245
Cambridge £210
Cardiff £245
Chester £200
Doncaster £195
Edinburgh £185
Exeter £275
Glasgow £210
Gloucester £240
Hemel Hempstead £235
Ipswich £225
Leeds £175
Leicester £215
Liverpool £185
London £270
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


b. Duration of hire

The duration of time that you need the skip will affect the skip price. The typical length of skip hire is between 7 and 14 days. You can hire a skip for longer but this may result in an additional charge.



c. Size of skip

Skips come in the following sizes: 2 Yards, 4 Yards, 6 Yards, 8 Yards and 12 Yards. Larger skips are more costly and hold a lot more weight.


d. Waste type

What kind of waste type you are using the skip for will determine the skip price. Heavier, bulkier messy waste may require more room and therefore a larger skip hire.


2. Council permits 

In addition to the basic skip price, if you place the skip on the road you need to pay the local council for a skip permit. The average UK skip permit price is £41. Skip permit prices vary throughout the UK.  Below is a table of skip permit fees for councils in major cities within the UK.

Skip permit prices in UK 

Region Charge
Birmingham £22
Bristol £65
Edinburgh £29
Essex £63
Exeter £60
Leeds -
Liverpool £25
London (average £73
Luton £35
Manchester £32
Newcastlet £31.50
Nottingham £36
Southampton £26.50

3. How to save money on skips

  1. Hire the correct size of skip for the job. Hiring a skip that's too small will mean you will have to pay overloading charges, or hire another one. Hiring a skip that's too large will mean you have paid for thin air!
  2. Ensure that you know what is prohibited and accepted in a skip before hiring one. Please read our ultimate skip guide for a more detailed analysis.


4. Skip hire alternatives

  1. Use your local council bulky waste collection service.
  2. Take a trip to your household waste recycling centre
  3. Use a licensed man & van waste collector. You can find a good one on LoveJunk  . Below are some typical collection prices paid which generally are quite a cheaper than skip prices.


Tiles, Plasterboard, Wood, £175

Builders waste & kitchen units for collection, £250

40-50 bags of rubble and soil, £160

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