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Skip Size Guide

Struggling to choose a skip size that’s right for you? Here at Woodford Recycling, we understand that no two jobs are the same – for example, a demolition project will have a very different waste output compared to a home tidy-up. That’s why we offer a range of skip sizes to accommodate any size of load.

Our five standard skip sizes include mini, midi, and maxi skips, and all are available to domestic and commercial clients across Cambridge, Peterborough and Huntingdon.

4 Yard

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Height: 3' 4" / 1.02m

Width: 5' 1" / 1.55m

Length: 8' 2" / 2.50m

Capacity: 3m³ / 4yd³

6 Yard

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Height: 3' 4" / 1.02m

Width: 5' 11" / 1.80m

Length: 10' 8" / 3.30m

Capacity: 4.6m³ / 6yd³

8 Yard (Open & Enclosed)

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Height: 3' 7" / 1.10m

Width: 5' 11" / 1.80m

Length: 11' 5" / 3.50m

Capacity: 6m³ / 8yd³

12 Yard

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Height: 5' 11" / 1.80m

Width: 5' 11" / 1.80m

Length: 12' 5" / 3.80m

Capacity: 9.18³ / 12³

16 Yard (Open & Enclosed)

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Height: 6' 7" / 2.00m

Width: 5' 11" / 1.80m

Length: 14' 7" / 4.50m

Capacity: 12.23m³ / 16yd³

What are the measurements of a skip?

At Woodford Recycling, we have many different skip sizes available to help everyone tackle their waste. It’s always important to know the dimensions and measurements of skips to ensure you can fit one on your road or property.

To learn about the dimensions and capacities of our main skip types, see our simple skip size guide on this page or contact us today and we’ll be happy to advise you.

How big a skip do I need?

Getting the right skip size means saving yourself a lot of hassle; if it’s too big then you’ve wasted money, and if it’s too small it means you’ll have to hire a second skip.

To help you find the right skip size for your project, we’ve made some handy skip size graphics which you can find on this page. They provide details of roughly how many bags of waste each skip can hold to give you a good idea of what you need.

Generally, the skips you see on roads for domestic use will tend to be 6-yard skips, but here are a few examples of projects you can carry out using our variety of skip sizes:

  • 4-yard skip
    Our smallest skip is great for home projects like a small kitchen or bathroom refurbishment and holds approximately 30-40 bags.
  • 6-yard skip
    The most common skip, it’s perfect for any medium size projects at home and holds approximately 50-60 bags
  • 8-yard skip
    Sometimes known as a builders’ skip, it can take rubble as well as waste from clearance projects for businesses. It holds approximately 60-80 bags.
  • 12-yard skip
    Used for large home or office clearances as well as for bulky refurbishment projects. Holds approximately 100-120 bags but may not be appropriate for heavy waste such as concrete and soil due to weight restrictions.
  • 16-yard skip
    Our largest standard skip size, it holds 140-160 bags of waste but can be ideal for removing large items of furniture, equipment or machinery.

How do I order a skip?

Ordering a skip from us at Woodford Recycling is simple. Whether you know which skip size you need or not, simply call us today and we’ll be happy to help you. Our friendly, professional team can book your skip or offer more assistance to help you work out which skip size is most suitable for you, regardless of whether you run a commercial business or are a homeowner carrying out DIY.

Call now for reliable skip hire in Cambridge, Peterborough and Huntingdon.


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