Skip Hire vs Skip Bag

Skip Hire vs Skip Bag Hire

When looking to dispose of waste you may be wondering what would be better skip hire or skip bag hire. In this article we compare and contrast both waste disposal options.

What Waste Can be Put in a Skip Bag or a Skip?

The waste types that can be put in a skip are identical to what can be put in a skip bag. Please see below a list if items you can put in both skip bags and skips:

  • Rubble

  • Heavy waste

  • Soil

  • Timber

  • Garden waste

  • Paper and cardboard

  • General waste

  • Metals

  • Plastic

What Waste Cannot be Put in Skip Bag or a Skip?

Again waste that cannot go in a skip is the same as what cannot go in a skip bag. These items are known as hazardous waste and include items such as:

  • Electrical appliances

  • Tyres

  • Upholstered Seating (including Sofas)

  • Asbestos

  • Harmful Chemicals 

  • Fluorescent Tubes

  • Medical Waste

  • Batteries

  • Filled Paint Tins

  • Oil/Petrol/Diesel (including cooking oil)

  • Gas Bottles 

What Sizes do Skips and Skip Bags Come in?

Skips come in a full range of sizes:

The skip bag sizes include:

  • 1 yard skip bag

  • 1.5 yards skip bag

  • 4.5 yards skip bag 

So when it comes to size, the skip offers more options. 

How Much Waste can be Put in a Skip Compared to a Skip Bag?

The size of the skip or skip bag relates to the amount of waste they can hold. This being the case a skips largest size is 16 yard therefore can hold more waste than the largest skip bag size of 4.5 yards. A 1 and 1.5 yard skip bags will hold a similar amount of waste to a small skip, such as a 2-yard and a 4.5 yard skip bag will hold about the same as a 4-yard skip.

Overall if you have large amount of waste to dispose hiring a skip would be a better option than a skip bag.

What is More Cost Effective, a Skip Bag or a Skip?

When it comes to price skip bags cost less than skips. For example a 1.5 yard skip bag will cost less than a 2 yard skip. So if you are trying to keep costs low, a skip bag could be a good alternative to a skip.

However if you have a large amount of waste to get rid of, a large skip may be more cost effective. With high quantities of waste you would need to order multiple skip bags to hold the same amount as a large skip. For high waste volumes it would be better to hire a large skip such as a 8-yard.

What is the Hire Period for a Skip compared to a Skip Bag?

A skip has a standard hire period of 2 weeks, you can then add additional weeks for an extra charge. A skip bag however arguably has an infinite hire duration as you fill the bag in your own time and call when you need it collected. In most cases you own the bag and are just organising its collection when you are ready, therefore there is no time limit.

If you require a more flexible time to get rid of your waste a skip bag may be a better option for you.

Can you Put them on the Road?

Both skips and skip bags can be placed on the road, but both require skip permits. This will need to be arranged with the local council and comes with an extra charge.

Extra Information: Skip Hire vs Skip Bag Hire?

Skip bags are less likely to cause damage to your driveway compared to a metal skip. Even though all skips will be placed with the utmost care, sometimes delivery and collecting skips can caused scuffs and marks on the driveway. Skip bags however are made from material and will not cause any abrasions.

Skips will be more effective at holding bulky waste compared to skip bags due to their size and volume. When you are dealing with large waste a skip would be more appropriate than a skip bag.

Skip bags will not take up lost of space compared with skips. Skip bags when not in use can be folded away until you are ready to use them. Skips will take up large amounts of space and could be inconvenient.

Summary: Skip Hire vs Skip Bag

  • Both can hold similar waste types

  • Skips comes in a larger variety of sizes compared to skip bags

  • Skips can hold more waste than skip bags

  • Skip bags are cheaper to hire than skips

  • Skip bags have a more flexible hire period compared to skip hire

  • A skip permit will be granted for both skip bags and skips so they can be placed on a road

  • A skip bag is less likely to damage your driveway compared to metal skips.

We hope this article has helped, now it's time for you to choose skip hire or skip bag hire?

Author: Spencer Murphy

Date: 11/29/2022

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