8 yard skip hire

When you have a lot of waste to get rid of, 8-yard skip hire is the convenient solution that offers a decent amount of space for your rubbish.

The 8 yard skip is often referred to as the 'builders skip'. It has a large capacity which makes it ideal for those bigger home/office renovations, as well as garden or building projects.

Eight-yard skip hire is very popular in the construction industry and the containers are available with a drop-down door for easy use with a wheelbarrow on any standard driveway. Please remember to indicate which way you would like the door to be facing when booking so our drivers can load the skip appropriately. Eight yard skip hire is suitable for all waste types including soil, rubble, commercial and industrial waste.

Bin bags 60


Standard trailers 10



Size guide


8 cubic yards (6.1 cubic metres).


3.2m x 1.75m x 1.2m | 10’6’’ x 5’9’’ x 4’0’’


Commonly known as the “builders’ skip,” the 8-yard skip boasts a spacious design that makes it perfectly suited for substantial home or office renovations, as well as garden and construction waste on a larger scale.


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What is an eight-yard skip best used for?

Also known as a “builders’ skip”, the eight-yard skip is commonly used for larger home/office renovations, garden or building projects. It’ll hold about 60 bin bags or 10 standard trailers of waste.

While it’s a good size skip, it’s still small enough to be used at a house, either in the garden or on the drive.

You can fill your eight-yard skip with heavy waste like rubble, soil and concrete and is the largest skip that can be used for such construction waste.

Benefits of SunSkips' eight-yard skip hire

With its generous capacity, an 8-yard skip strikes a perfect balance between being spacious enough to handle significant amounts of waste and being conveniently compact for easy placement.

Whether you're working on a small-scale home renovation project, a garden clearance, or even a commercial construction site, the eight-yard skip is a versatile solution.

What you need to know before hiring an eight-yard skip

An eight-yard skip takes up about one standard driveway. Before your eight-yard skip is delivered, be sure to clear the area and move any vehicles or other things that might get damaged if left too close to where the skip will be placed.

As with any size container, if you’ll be keeping your eight-yard skip outside on the public roads, you’ll need a permit from your local authority. For a fee (£110 in total, most of which is the council’s fee for the permit), SunSkips can take care of the paperwork for you so all you need to do is wait for your skip to be delivered while you get on with your project.

SunSkips offers 8-eight-yard skip hire with drop-down doors to make it easy to load using a wheelbarrow - ideal if you’ll be filling it with garden or construction waste. Because the skip is heavy, even when empty, it’s best to let the driver know which way you want the door to face so it’s most convenient for you to work with.

If you haven’t properly measured out how much waste you’ll have to get rid of and find that an eight-yard skip isn’t big enough, call us to arrange a second skip (if you’re loading it up with heavy waste, you’d have to hire two eight-yard skips anyway as the 10-yard skip is for lighter, bulkier waste).

Don’t be tempted to pile your waste up past the maximum fill height indicator, as our driver won’t legally be able to collect it without emptying some of the waste out first.

What can I put in an 8-yard skip?

Eight-yard skip hire is suitable for general mixed domestic or commercial waste.

Rubble from a DIY project, old furniture (excluding upholstered seating), non-hazardous wood, and recyclable materials like plastic and metal are just a few examples of the types of waste SunSkips customers trust us to manage.

Hazardous materials like asbestos, chemicals, paints, clinical/medical waste, fluorescent tubes, solvents, liquids, oil, batteries, hazardous/toxic material and gas cylinders are prohibited from our 8-yard skips.

Guidelines for efficient use of an 8-yard skip

Following best practice guidelines for 8-yard skip hire can streamline your waste management process and help you make the most of your container's capacity.

Organise recyclables to make maximising the space in your 8-yard skip easier. Load heavier, bulky items first so you can fill the space around it with smaller pieces of waste.

Break down larger items when possible to create more space.

Respect the maximum fill line. If your skip is overloaded, it’s likely that our driver will be unable to collect it until some of your waste is emptied out.

Make thoughtful estimates about the volume of waste you have to get rid of. Depending on the type of waste you’re loading your container with, it may be cheaper to hire the next skip size up than having to order another one for the excess.

Consider the placement of your 8-yard skip. Your container cannot block traffic, fire exits, access for emergency vehicles or pose a hazard to pedestrians.

How much does it cost to hire an eight-yard skip?

Eight-yard skip costs vary depending on the location it’s going to be delivered to and collected from.

See our booking page for 8-yard skip hire prices in your area and get a quick quote.

SunSkips’ standard rental period for 8-yard skip hire is seven days.

Why hire your eight-yard skip from Sunskips?

SunSkips is well aware that 8-yard skip hire customers usually have a lot on their plate, whether they’re moving house, having a clear-out or are right in the middle of a renovation or building project.

With this in mind, SunSkips aims to make the 8-yard skip hire process as smooth as possible. Our driver will arrive on the agreed day and can even give you a call before they leave so you’re prepared.

We’ll lay down pads so the lorry support legs don’t do any damage and position the 8-yard skip where it’s most convenient for you to work with it.

Whatever waste you’ll be loading into your eight-yard skip, you can rest assured that SunSkips will properly separate and recycle it all to make your project as environmentally friendly as possible.

Choosing the right skip size for your project

Whether you're tackling a home renovation, garden clearance, or construction project, hiring the right skip size ensures you’ll have enough capacity without incurring unnecessary costs or space constraints.

Begin by evaluating the scale of your project. It might help to imagine your waste in terms of black bin bags or trailers and cross reference your results with our skip size guide.

If you’re in doubt about whether 8-yard skip hire is suitable for your waste load, contact our friendly team for some expert advice.

Environmental responsibility

SunSkips is a compliant skip hire company that takes its responsibility to the environment seriously.

All waste managed at our sites in Cambridge, Stowmarket, Haverhill and Ipswich passes through a rigorous screening line to reduce landfill impact, contribute to the circular economy and conserve energy.

By making conscious decisions about waste management, we contribute to a healthier planet for future generations. Learn more about SunSkips’ efforts to protect the environment on our blog.

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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Still got doubts? Let’s address some common queries about 8-yard skip hire to help you make an informed decision.

How much waste can an 8-yard skip hold?

What are the dimensions of an 8-yard skip?

Is an 8-yard skip suitable for household waste?

Can I dispose of garden waste in an 8-yard skip?

Can I hire an 8-yard skip for a commercial construction project?

Are there any restrictions on the type of waste I can put in an 8-yard skip?

How long can I keep the 8-yard skip on my property?

Do I need a permit to place an 8-yard skip on the road?

Can I hire an 8-yard skip for a one-day project?

What is the weight limit for an 8-yard skip?