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The difference between Domestic Skips and Commercial Skips

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The difference between Domestic Skips and Commercial Skips


Are you planning a project but aren’t sure what type of skip to hire? With a range of skip sizes available, sometimes it can be hard to judge what’s best for your situation. Whether you’re a homeowner clearing out or refurbishing your home, or a commercial client undergoing a refit, having a skip on hand is a convenient way to store the produced waste, with the added bonus of it being removed from your premises at the end of the project. But what are the differences between domestic skips and commercial skips, and which is best suited for your needs?

Your guide to size

The primary difference between a domestic and commercial skip is the size, and this will influence how much waste it can hold.

Generally, skips are described in terms of their cubic yards.

1 cubic yard = 10 bin bags.

Remember that it’s illegal to overfill a skip, so be realistic when it comes time to assess the size of skip you need; underestimating your waste production could result in having to hire a second skip, causing avoidable additional expenses. Many trusted skip hire companies will be happy to advise on the type and size of skip you need, as well as applying for a skip permit on your behalf.

Our skip size guide can be found here.

Domestic skips

Uses: Many homeowners are beginning to realise the benefit that a skip can offer during home and garden projects. Sometimes we underestimate the amount of waste our house can produce, and so it’s always wise to have a domestic skip on hand for the following occasions;

  • Garden landscaping
  • DIY projects
  • Home renovations
  • Moving house
  • General clearouts

Sizes: Usually domestic skips are in the region of 2 – 8 cubic yards in size, with mini-skips measuring between 2 – 4 cubic yards, and midi-skips measuring 6 – 8 cubic yards. To make best use of your skip, try to break down bulkier items into smaller pieces.

Commercial skips

Uses: If you’re overhauling your business, or embarking on a large-scale construction project, large commercial skips will be a vital element for your venture. Some of the situations where a commercial skip will come in handy include;

  • Construction projects
  • Demolitions
  • Premises refits/renovations
  • Business waste
  • Moving premises

Sizes: Types of commercial skips include; maxi skips measuring at 8 – 16 cubic yards in size, and the enormous roll on roll off skips, measuring an impressive 20 – 30 cubic yards.

Please note that the larger the skip dimensions, the more restrictions the council might have regarding its placement; ask a professional skip hire company, such as Thompson Fuels & Skip Hire, for advice on the matter.


For reliable skip hire in the Doncaster area, look no further than Thompson Fuels & Skip Hire. Our team of specialists can provide a huge range of domestic and commercial skips and can help every step of the way from permit application, to removing and recycling your waste at the end of a project. We provide our services to Armthorpe, Rossington and Bessacarr, so give us a call today for some friendly advice.