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Six Skip Hire Tips from Ellgia

Looking for a skip for a clear-out or trade job? Check out our Six Top Tips for Hiring a skip. Find out about what you can and can’t put into our skips, whether you need a permit and what size is best before you place your order.


Ellgia is one of the leading suppliers of skips in South Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, and East Anglia. If you are a home-owner, part of the construction industry or a business Ellgia has a skip for you.

We know from our customer research that getting the right skip,  and the right size is vital to our customers, so familiarise yourself with our key factors before hiring a skip to avoid costly delays. 

  • What skip size do you need?
  • Do you need a skip permit?
  • How much does a skip permit cost?
  • Do you require same day or next day delivery?
  • How long do you need the skip for?
  • Do you need to dispose of any restricted items?

1. What skip size do you need

Before you order a skip, first consider what size container you need for the job as overfilled skips can result in increased costs as we have to remove the excess waste so that we can ensure safe transport to our processing centres.

Ellgias skips range from a 4, 6, 8, 12 and 16-yard Builders Skip and 20, 25 and 40 yard roll on roll off containers with both open and enclosed options.

Here is our quick guide to skip sizes and what they’re suitable for.

Builder’s skips (4, 6 & 8-yard skips)

  • Used for a small office or home clear-outs
  • A 4-yard skip has the capacity for 30- 40 bin bags, and 6 – 8 yard has the capacity of approximately 50- 60 bin bags
  • Can be used to dispose of up to 8 tonnes of soils, rubble or heavy builder’s waste

Note: No skip larger than an 8-yard builder’s skip can be used to dispose of soils, rubble or heavy builder’s waste.

Maxi Skips (12 & 16 yard)

  • Ideal for a larger office, house, garage and garden clearances
  • Has the capacity of approximately 100 -140 bin bags

Roll-on, roll-off containers (20 & 35 yards)

  • Designed for large industrial and commercial-scale projects
  • Has the capacity of approximately 220 – 360 bin bags

2. Do you need a skip permit?

For both domestic and commercial skip hire, having somewhere for the skip to be located will reduce delays and additional costs.

If there is a driveway or front garden available at the property that is large enough to accommodate the skip a permit isn’t required. However, if the skip needs to go on the public highway or a grass verge, you need to obtain permission from the council in the form of a permit before arranging delivery with the skip company.

NOTE: Each council determines how much prior notice you will need to give for them to approve the permit, this could be up to 14 working days.

We can take care of skip permits for you as part of your hire if you need one or we can direct you to where you need to go to apply for one. 

3. How much does a skip permit cost?

Skip permit prices vary between councils with the UK average for a skip license coming in around £40-50

4. Do you require the same day or next day skip delivery?

Booking in advance will ensure you receive the lowest price when hiring a skip. However, it’s good to know there is the option to request a skip for the same or next day from a reliable and reputable company if needed.

5. How long will you need the skip?

The length of time you can hire a skip for depends on the company, permit conditions (if applicable) and how quickly the skip is filled. The normal hire period is a maximum of 14 days but can be reviewed at the time of order. The collection of the container is usually arranged with the initial hiring of a skip to ensure availability.

6. Do you need to dispose of any restricted items?

During a renovation of a commercial or domestic property, you may need to dispose of hazardous or difficult waste streams including, chemicals, electrical items, fridge or freezers and other items that can’t be put in a skip. Doing so could result in additional charges to sort and dispose of the waste at properly permitted facilities designed to deal with these waste streams correctly. Make sure you are familiar with what you can and can’t put in a skip.

Guide to what can and can’t be put in a skip

The following items can go in our skips:

  • Hardcore
  • Bricks and blocks
  • Soil
  • Builders rubble
  • Garden waste
  • Metal 
  • Sand
  • Concrete
  • Timber
  • Plastic
  • General waste (bagged or loose)
  • Paper
  • Card

The following items can not go in a skip, however, we can supply services to dispose of these waste streams at properly licensed facilities. Please let us know and we can arrange suitable quotations for these types of waste

  • Asbestos
  • Tyres
  • Aerosols
  • Batteries
  • Electrical Equipment
  • Household Appliances
  • Paint and paint tins
  • Hazardous waste



If you need any advice on what skip to order, permits for skip hire or materials that you wish to dispose of then please give us a call on 

01223 322799 – Ely

01724 277299 – Scunthorpe 
01353 688354 – Prickwillow

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