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Skip Hire Guide &
Frequently Asked Questions

What waste can I put in a skip?

Here is a list of the most common items that our customers use our skips to dispose of that are suitable to be put in a skip:

  • Garden waste – An 8 tonne skip is the biggest size skip that we allow to have soil and stone due to legal weight limits
  • Mattresses – an extra charge will occur per mattress
  • Soils and stones
  • Wood
  • Furniture – that is not upholstered. Please read the upholstered furniture FAQ for more information
  • Plastics
  • Metals
  • Toys
  • Clothing
  • Cardboard & paper
  • UPVC windows
  • White goods
  • Household appliances
  • Glass
  • Car parts

If you have an item to dispose of that isn’t on this list, or the list below detailing what cannot be put in a skip, then please contact us, and we’ll be happy to give you the answer.

What waste can’t I put in a skip?

We can deal with all types of waste for you, but for some items, we need to know about them in advance to advise you on the best method of disposal. If you plan on disposing of any of the following items, then please contact us, and we can help make the arrangements:

  • Asbestos
  • Batteries
  • Clinical, Medical, or Human Waste
  • Fridges/Freezers
  • Electrical items
    • TVs
    • Computer monitors
    • Laptops
    • etc.
  • Fluorescent light bulbs
  • Food waste
  • Gas tanks or cylinders
  • Aerosols
  • Liquids
  • Gasoline
  • Paint or Paint Cans
  • Plasterboard
  • Glues and Solvents
  • Upholstered furniture
  • Tyres
  • WEEE Waste
  • Hazardous/Toxic Materials
  • Tree roots

If you have an item to dispose of that isn’t on this list or the list above detailing what can be put in a skip, then please contact us, and we’ll be happy to give you the answer.

Why can't I put upholstered seating into a skip?

Due to the new (February 2023) Persistent Organic Pollutants Regulation by the Environment Agency, we can no longer accept upholstered furniture in our skips. Waste upholstered seating often contains persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and must now be handled separately from all other waste. Please contact us if you have upholstered furniture to dispose of, as we can collect this via our man and van service instead.

Upholstered furniture is any household seating that may contain POPs, including but not limited to:

  • Sofas
  • Sofa beds
  • Armchairs
  • Kitchen and dining room chairs
  • Stools and footstools
  • Home office chairs
  • Futons
  • Bean bags, floor and sofa cushions

Please contact us on 0114 236 6222 about the seating you need to dispose of, and we will discuss with you whether you require a man and van service instead of skip hire.

How much does skip hire cost?

The cost of hiring a skip depends on the size of the skip that you need, what type of waste you need to dispose of, and where you will place the skip.

At Mr Rubble, skip hire prices start from as low as £140.00+ VAT.  Our smallest skip holds approximately 15 bags of rubbish.

We offer a range of skip sizes to suit all needs. Our skips page shows the price for each of the skips we offer.

Note: If you will be disposing of only green waste, then a discount of £10 is available.

Note: If you wish to place the skip on a public road outside your house, then you will need a permit from your local council to do so. Mr Rubble will arrange this for you. Different local councils charge different amounts:

Sheffield: £30.00

Chesterfield: £43.20

Barnsley: £43.20

Rotherham: £43.20

Worksop: £60.00

Doncaster: £43.20

What do I need to do when hiring a skip?

You’ve realised you need to hire a skip to get rid of bulk waste or for an upcoming project. What are the things you need to do before you can order a skip?

Firstly, You need a reasonable estimate of how much waste you are going to need to dispose of. It’s best to be conservative with your estimate so that you can fit all your waste in the skip. A sound estimate will allow you to remove all the waste you need while not overspending on a skip far too large for your needs.

The best way to do this is to try and think about how many standard bin bags you’d likely fill. From there, you can use our book a skip page to see which skip holds a similar amount of bin bags.

Secondly, it’s important to consider where the skip will be placed when it’s delivered to your home. Ensure that you either have adequate private property space for the skip you want to order or that there is adequate space on the public road outside your house. We provide measurements of all our skips, so you are in the best position to ensure there will be room.

How much waste do skips hold?

We offer a range of skips so that our customers can hire the skip that’s right for them and won’t waste their money by hiring a skip that is too big for their requirements. Our smallest skip is the 3-tonne skip which will hold approximately 15 rubbish bags.

Our full range of skips and the approximate number of rubbish bags they will hold is summarised below:


Skip Approximate Rubbish Bag Capacity
3 tonne skip 15
5 tonne skip 35
8 yard skip 50
10 yard skip 60
12 yard skip 70
14 yard skip 80
16 yard skip 90


We ask that you only load the skip up to the level of the top of the skip, i.e. don’t mound rubbish over the top of the skip. Doing so will prevent the skip from being loaded onto the truck when we pick it up to take away.

How much space do I need to place a skip at home?

Our smallest skip, the 3 tonne skip is perfect for many domestic projects and will comfortably fit on most home driveways. If you need a bigger skip or will be putting the skip somewhere other than a typical home driveway, then you can make use of the measurements we provide for all of our skips to ensure you have the required space, either on your property or on the road outside your house.

It’s important that you not only have the space to place the skip but also that you can easily access it to use and that our drivers are able to get to that location. Our delivery trucks require a reasonable amount of space, so ensure the area the skip is going to be placed is clear of any obstructing items.

We suggest ensuring there are approximately two car lengths of space to safely deliver and collect the skip.

What can I do to prepare for a skip arriving at my home?

Ensure the area where you would like the skip to be placed is clear and free of any items that may get in the way. Furthermore, the path from the road to where the skip will be placed needs to be free of any obstructions.

Some less-obvious obstructions to consider could be:

  • Drain covers
  • Any running cables
  • Overhanging tree branches

It’s important to consider the area where you are placing the skip. Skips can be placed in gardens if there is clear access, but it’s not advisable to place the skip on soft ground. A driveway or solid-floor garden area is more suitable.

If you have any concerns about where you will place a skip or whether our drivers will be able to access your location, don’t hesitate to contact us.

How long do I keep the skip for?

Our skip hire is a 7-day term as standard. When you’ve filled the skip, simply let us know it’s time to collect, and we’ll arrange a collection for you. If you need the skip for a longer period of time, this can be arranged, let one of our team know, and we can offer extended durations for £15 + VAT for each additional week.

If you have limited time or space, we offer a ‘wait and load’ service whereby our driver will stay with you while you load the skip and take it away immediately.

What happens to the waste after my skip is taken away?

We take our responsibility towards the environment extremely seriously, and it is our mission to exceed all necessary and desirable requirements set in place to protect the environment.

Mr Rubble operates with environmentally green principles at our core. We make every effort to recycle as much of the waste that goes into our skips as possible. When we collect your skip, it is taken to our recycling facility in Sheffield, and currently, over 98% of the waste our customers put in our skips is recycled here.

All waste is separated into dedicated bats and goes through our picking station to pull out all recyclable materials, which can be processed and sent on to other facilities for further processing or energy recovery facilities.

What areas does Mr Rubble cover for Skip Hire?

Mr Rubble is a trusted supplier of domestic skip hire across all of Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and Chesterfield. Other areas can also be covered, contact us, and one of our team will be happy to assist you.

Can I put a skip in my garden?

Yes,  absolutely, providing there is sufficient access for our delivery vehicle. But beware that skips are very heavy, especially once they are full, so damage to your lawn is likely if placed on the grass. Furthermore, on delivery, the truck bringing your skip to you will need access to the resting spot, potentially causing additional harm to your lawn.

Can I put the skip on the road or path outside my home?

You can have the skip outside of your home on public roads, providing it’s not violating any road/traffic rules at that location, i.e. double yellow lines. You cannot block a public footpath, so there needs to be ample space on the road so that the skip can be placed and not be obtrusive to road users.

If you are placing the skip on the road and not on private property, then you will need a permit from your local council to do so. We will arrange for your permit if you request a roadside dropoff. We only charge for the amount paid to the council to obtain the permit; there are no additional costs.

Do I need to be there on delivery of the skip?

If you have pre-paid and left clear instructions with our team for where you would like the skip to be placed, we can deliver without needing somebody to be present. If you are in any doubt about whether we have enough information to do this, or you are expecting your delivery and now can’t be home, please give us a call, and our team will help make arrangements.

Do I need to inform the council about my skip hire?

If you require a permit because you plan to place your skip on a public road, we will take care of informing the council and obtaining the necessary permit.

Is there any skip hire etiquette?

Things to consider when hiring a skip:

  • Don’t place the skip somewhere that will obstruct neighbours.
  • Ensure there is plenty of space on the road for cars to pass safely.
  • Don’t overfill the skip. Your waste should not sit higher than the top edge of the skip.
  • Let us know if you are planning to dispose of any potentially hazardous items, as these are dealt with separately and will incur additional costs.

Need Help!

If you still have questions after reading our frequently asked questions, then don’t hesitate to get in touch.

0114 236 6222 


We are open 7am to 5pm Monday to Friday and from 7am to midday on Saturday.

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