Aggregates in a Skip: What You Need to Know

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When you are doing a home renovation, demolition, or construction project aggregate and hardcore waste can build up. One way to dispose of this rubble is with a skip. But what size skip can you use for rubble? And what else do you need to know before you hire a skip for hardcore?

In this blog post, we will discuss aggregates in skips and provide some tips on how to choose the right one for your needs.

What is Aggregate/Hardcore?

Aggregates/Hardcore  can include materials such as bricks, blocks, paving slabs, gravel, soil and rubble. 

What Skips can you use for Aggregate/Hardcore?

Aggregates come in a variety of sizes and shapes therefore a variety of skips is required. The most common type of skip used for aggregate is the builder’s skip (8 Yard), which can hold up to 7 tonnes of material. The largest skip you can use to fill with aggregate is an 8 Yard ( some companies maximum skip size is 6 Yard).

When deciding on the size of your skip, you should consider the amount of aggregate you need and the size of your project. Please ensure you do not go larger than an 8 yarder and in some cases a 6-yarder. Always contact the skip supplier to see the largest skip they will provide for hardcore/aggregate. 



What Other Materials can be put into a Skip? 

Things that can go into a skip include anything that is not a hazardous material or item, such as:

  • Domestic/Garden Waste

  • Sofas and Furniture (larger items such as sofas and mattresses can be charged extra)

  • Carpet 

  • Non-electrical fixtures and fittings 

  • Metal 

  • Wood

  • Tiles and ceramic 

  • Empty tins 

  • Cardboard 

  • Domestic/Garden Waste

Are there Alternatives to Hiring a Skip for Aggregate?

Yes, there are alternatives to skips for aggregate, such as a grab hire service. Grab hire is where a lorry with a mechanical arm will come to location and collect the aggregate from your site and dispose of it. This is often more cost-effective than hiring a skip, as it eliminates waiting times and excess costs. 

Another alternative is to use skip bags – these are large canvas bags that can hold up to 4 tonnes of aggregate and are great for smaller projects or if you don’t have enough space for a skip.

What are the Safety Considerations when using a Skip for Aggregate?

When hiring a skip for your project, it is important to consider the safety of those who will be loading and unloading it. Ensure that you are aware of the maximum weight limit for your skip and that it is not overloaded.  

Also, keep in mind the safety hazards posed by any sharp edges or protruding objects. Lastly, try to position the skip on level ground with enough space for people to access it safely and easily.  

As you can see, there is a lot to consider when it comes to aggregates in skips. Hopefully, this article has provided you with useful information and tips on how to choose the right skip for your project and stay safe while using it. If you have any further questions or require assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are always here to help!

Author: James Duncan

Date: 8/5/2022

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