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A guide for how much skip hire costs in Wales

If you are considering a clearout in your home ready for Christmas or have a gardening project planned, hiring a skip can save you time and stress in finding the best place to dispose of your waste.

Although recycling centres in Wales are free to use, you can only take items you cannot dispose of in your standard kerbside waste bins, and they only allow you to take waste from small DIY projects. Each trip to the tip must be booked with an allocated time slot; you can only visit a maximum of 3 times a day and 30 times a year with a car or 1 visit a month with a van.

When booking skip hire in Wales, you can keep your skip for up to 2 weeks from the delivery date, depending on where you live and your local supplier. Meaning more waste can be disposed of at once, there are no trips to the tip, you only have to take the waste to your driveway, and the time saved can be spent focusing on your project.

There are a variety of sizes to choose from, and the price you pay will depend on the following:

  • What size skip you need
  • How long you’re hiring the skip for
  • The postcode you’re delivering the skip to
  • Whether you will need a permit from your local council
  • What waste you’ll dispose of, as some items will be an additional charge

What is the average cost for a skip in Wales?

When deciding what skip you want to hire, your price will depend on the size you need. So naturally, smaller skips, often called mini or midi skips, will be the cheapest option. Then, you have 6 or 8-yard skips, often called builders’ skips. These are the most popular size and are good for both general waste and construction waste.

Larger skips are more expensive as there will be more waste for the company to dispose of at their waste management facility. Different waste types require different disposal methods, and being able to recycle the different materials in each skip is vital for waste management companies to achieve the desired 98% recycling rate. Although it is just rubbish to most, there are special pieces of equipment designed to recycle different materials, and this is why prices can seem expensive to most.

The average cost of different skip sizes in Wales are:

Midi Skip 4 Yard – Skip hire prices usually start from £150.00.

Midi Skip 6 Yard – Prices start from £230.00.

Builders Skip 8 Yard – Local skip hire prices average around £265.00.

Maxi Skip 12 Yard – Hire costs start from £325.00.

Maxi Skip 14 Yard – Prices usually start from £370.00.

Maxi Skip 16 Yard – Average skip hire prices start from £460.00.

What happens if you don’t have private land for the skip

Hiring a skip will always be cheaper if you have private land, such as a driveway for it to be delivered to. If you need the skip to go on the public road outside your property, you will need a skip permit from your local Welsh council. Your chosen skip company will acquire this for you, and the price will be added to your skip hire booking in advance.

It’s important to note that skip permits can take around 3 days to be processed by your council. This means that you’ll have to factor this in when choosing your desired delivery date. It’s best to contact the skip hire company, which will advise you on an estimated date they will receive the permit back from the council. Permit costs and processing times are determined by the council, and it is not the skip hire companies’ fault if this is delayed. They will always try their best to get it processed as quickly as possible for you.

If there are double yellow lines outside your property, most councils will not allow a skip to be placed here, even with a permit, due to it being unsafe or obstructing the road.

Examples of permit costs for areas in Wales:

Cardiff – A permit costs £50.00 and will last for 7 days. Or, you can pay £90.00 and have the skip for 28 days. The council in this area will need at least 48 hours’ notice.

Barry/Glamorgan region – A permit will cost you £75.00 and lasts 28 days. This council will need 24 hours’ notice to process.

Newport – The skip hire permit costs £55.00 and is valid for 14 days. This council will require 48 hours’ notice to process the permit.

Additional fees you may incur

With any skip hire company, there are items that you either cannot put into your skip, or they will be charged extra. Examples of items that usually incur an additional cost are:

  • Mattresses
  • Tyres
  • White goods
  • Carpets
  • Car parts

Examples of waste that cannot go into most skips:

  • Asbestos
  • Batteries
  • Paint tins
  • Tree roots
  • Gas tanks
  • Food waste