Skip Hire Fact Sheet can be downloaded here.

Skip Sizes

  Capacity: Cubic Yards6 yd38 yd312 yd3
Capacity: Metric m34.66.19.2
Length: Metric m2.60m3.66m3.70m
Length: Imperial ft8’6”12’12’2”
Width: Metric m1.52m1.68m1.78m
Width: Imperial ft5’5’6”5’10”
Height: Metric m1.22m1.22m1.68m
Height: Imperial ft4’4’5’6”

What can be put in the Skip?

A Skip can contain General Waste or segregated Recycled waste.

There are some restrictions:

  • Heavy wastes (soils, bricks or concrete) must not be placed in any container larger than an 8 yard. Larger containers are available for larger light bulk materials.
  • Over weight loads for the vehicle carrying out the haulage
  • Any contents exceeding a level load
  • Hazardous Waste, an extra disposal fee will apply

Electrical appliances, Fluorescent light tubes, Batteries
Fridges, Freezers and Air-conditioning units, TV’s and Monitors
Paints (including residues inside paint cans), Solvents, Aerosols and gas canisters
Liquids, Oil, fuel and other automotive fluids
Asbestos, Tyres
Clinical or Medical Waste, Toxic materials
Large tree trunks

Plasterboard has a zero tolerance to be mixed with biodegradable waste because of the sulphate content but is classified as non- hazardous. These environmental regulations have been in place for some time and construction and commercial waste producers need to be aware that a separate waste collection needs to be arranged. RTS has a certified waste carrier license that includes plasterboard (Gypsum) and will recycle it for you. There are options for a plasterboard collections.

Large amount of plasterboard -  it is best to have a dedicated collection arranged. Skips or the scheduled mobile collection

Small amount of plasterboard - Our bags are 1 cubic meter and hold around 200 kg of plasterboard. We recommend requesting a flat-packed Jumbo Bag. This bag only costs £5.00;  place the segregated waste type in the skip which you have already ordered. The different waste type is charged separately and a separate waste transfer note is produced as your duty of care to confirm that RTS will treat the waste and recycle the waste. Call the office for more information on 0207 232 1711 NOW.

If you want to know how we process your waste and recycle the above materials please click onto Recycling

Why Choose RTS Waste for your Skip?

RTS operate a cost effective and efficient timely service for Commercial, Industrial and Construction Sites.

  • A real-time tracking of all vehicles allows reliable scheduled collections.
  • Recycle Reports
  • Data for Site Waste Management Plan (SWMP) can be provided in collaboration with Construction Operators.
  • Services can be booked for 24 hours 7 days a week; out of hour’s charges may apply.
  • The RTS Transport department is available for booking from 06:00am to 17:00pm.
  • All Waste Materials collected is treated at our Waste Transfer Stations in London, Kent and Somerset. Reuse, Recycle and Recovery of waste is optimised through processing at our Material Recovery Facility. See our Recycling Section for further information.

How to Order a Skip from RTS?

To arrange a delivery, an exchange or a collection simply:

  • Call London on 020 7232 1711 Option 1 or Somerset on 01823 67290
  • OR click on the orange Get In Touch button at the top of the page.

When booking a collection, please mention the address of the Skip’s location and contact details at site. Please ensure that adequate access to the skip is available for the skip lorry to load the skip.

Sunday, Bank Holidays and Out Of Service collection service maybe limited. Please arrange by calling Transport on 020 7232 1711 option 1.

RTS Waste offers a hazardous Waste disposal service, to inquire please call our Hazardous Waste specialists on 020 7232 1711 or click on the orange Get In Touch button at the top of the page.

Where will the Skip be located?


You will also need to think about where you will put the skip. A typical skip lorry is roughly 9ft wide, 22ft long and has a gross weight of around 17 tonnes with a full skip. You will need to bear this in mind if you require the skip placed in a confined or weak space (such as very narrow streets or weak bridges, behind houses etc.). You cannot locate a skip directly below low trees.

Otherwise, you may need to consider placing the skip in another location, such as on the public highway. If accessibility is a problem, then contact a member of the Transport team on 020 7232 1711 option 1, as we can still offer alternative waste disposal services apart from skip hire.


A permit is required if the skip is to be placed on a public highway. RTS Waste is able to provide permits when you place your order, for a small additional fee. Permits are normally available in 3-5 working days, in some cases sooner.


Who is responsible for the Skips’ waste?

You are legally responsible for the contents of the skip you hire. You need to ensure that the waste disposed in the skip is suitable for general disposal and that the skip is not overloaded.

An overloaded skip is a hazard. The lorry may struggle to lift the skip, and your overfilled waste can be dangerous to other people as the skip is being lifted or transported. The contents of a skip should not exceed the height of the skip’s sides.

If your skip is overloaded, the skip lorry driver reserves the right to either remove the excess waste from the skip, or refuse to remove the skip altogether. The latter may incur a wasted journey charge.

Please note that you must never set fire to the waste in your skip.