What is a Skip Bag?

Full Skip Bag

Skip bags are a perfect alternative to skip hire, when you have a small amount of rubbish to get rid of. Skip bags are large, durable waterproof bags that can be filled with waste and taken away. In most cases you will buy the bag yourself and pay a waste disposal company to take it away.

What Sizes of Skip Bag are there?

Skip bag sizes include:

1 yard Skip Bag (standard skip bag)

Dimensions: 90cm x 90cm x 90cm

1.5 yard Skip Bag (Megabag)

Dimensions: 180cm x 90cm x 70cm

4.5 yard Skip Bag (Hipposkip)

Dimensions: 210cm x 165cm x 100cm

How Much Waste can be put in a Skip Bag?

The amount of waste that can be put in the skip bag depends on the size of the skip bag. See below the sizes and the weight of waste they can carry.

1 yard = 1 tonne

1.5 yards = 1.5 tonnes

4.5 yards = 1.5 tonnes

What Can be put in a Skip Bag?

Skip bags can be filled with the following waste:

  • Construction Waste: timber, rubble and bricks

  • Heavy Waste: aggregates and soil

  • General Waste: items that would normally go in your weekly black bin collection 

  • Green Waste: soil, weeds and turf 

  • Paper & Cardboard: packaging or promotional cards 

  • Plastic: plastic bottles, fairy liquid bottles etc. 

  • Domestic waste: furniture and carpet

  • Commercial or Trade Waste: large amount of mixed waste 

  • Metals: from drink cans, foil, bed frames

  • Wood: old wood flooring, scrap wood from DIY

What Cannot be put in a Skip Bag?

Skip bags cannot be filled with any hazardous waste. Prohibited items include:

  • Electrical appliances, such as computer monitors

  • Tyres

  • Upholstered Seating (including Sofas)

  • Asbestos

  • Harmful Chemicals 

  • Fluorescent Tubes

  • Medical Waste

  • Batteries

  • Filled Paint Tins

  • Oil/Petrol/Diesel

  • Gas Cylinders

What Can Skip Bags be used for?

Skip bags are great for all sorts of smaller jobs: 

  • Small garden projects

  • DIY in the house

  • Small household projects

Where Should I Put the Skip Bag?

The skip bag needs to be placed somewhere that will be easy to fill it but also that will be easy to collect once it has been filled. One suggestion would be to place the skip bag in your front garden or on your driveway. Here it can be easily collected by the waste removal company and you have easy access.

Can a Skip Bag be put on the Road?

Skip bags can be placed on a public road however you will require a skip permit from the local council. Please bare in mind skip permits are an additional cost and can be rejected by the local authority.

Are Skip Bags Cheaper than Skips?

Skip bags will be cheaper then hiring a skip in most cases. Skip bags can be purchased from retailers for as little as £11. Then it just depends the waste disposal company in your area and how much they will charge to collect it.

Skip bags are cost effective when it comes to small amounts of waste. However, if you overfill the skip bag or cannot fit all your rubbish in the skip bag it will end up costing more.

If you have too much waste for a skip bag a small skip may be a more suitable option like a 2-yard skip or a 4-yard skip. With the costs of both not being too far away from a skip bag.

Author: Spencer Murphy

Date: 11/17/2022

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