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What’s the difference between commercial and domestic skip hire?

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What’s the difference between commercial and domestic skip hire?

With a range of skip sizes and companies out there to choose from, skip hire can seem confusing at first. However, whether you’re looking to get rid of waste from a household project or you’re undertaking larger scale commercial work, a skip is an ideal and convenient way for you to dispose of rubbish.

If you’re not sure what skip solution is best for you, read on for Enfield’s best tips on domestic and commercial skip hire.


The main difference between a domestic and a commercial skip, is the size. Generally speaking, commercial skip hire requires a larger size of skip, whereas domestic projects are much better suited to a smaller size of skip. It’s best to get the size right first time around, this will help you to avoid any unnecessary costs and inconvenience along the way.

To ensure you order the size of skip that’s right for you, check out our skip size guide. Here you will find helpful illustrations that will put you on the right track to discovering your perfect sized skip.

Differing uses

Reasons for using a skip can vary across the domestic and commercial sectors, but one feature is the conscious decision to dispose of your waste in a responsible way. At Enfield Skips, we aim to recycle 90% of all waste collected by our skips and we are NSHA approved.

Domestic skips – smaller skips can be used for clearing out your property for reasons such as preparing for a move, converting your loft and decluttering. You could also use it for any DIY projects, when you might need to dispose of materials such as concrete, plastic or wood; as well as any waste from your garden.

Commercial skipsare much larger skips, mainly used for building projects, shop refits, clearing out old stock or replacing old office furniture. With a range of sizes available and all conveniently delivered to your chosen site, by using roll-on roll-off containers, we can be sure to accommodate to your skip hire needs.

Skips are perfectly suited to a number of jobs, such as:

Removing household waste – doors, windows, baths, furniture, worktops, any old fixtures and fittings, and personal items. However, you may want to give items such as clothing and toys, to a charity.

Removing outdoor materials – including soils, brick, tiles, ceramic, clay and concrete.

Removing building materials – cements, metals, plastic and wood can all be disposed of with ease in your skip.

Whilst most items can be disposed of efficiently at your convenience, there are some items that are not allowed to be placed into a domestic or commercial skip. For more detailed information, take a look at our article on what you can’t put into a skip.



You don’t need a license if your skip will be situated entirely on private land, but if it is to be placed on public property, such as on a road, you will need to ensure it meets the necessary visibility regulations and you will need to obtain the correct permit. You also can’t place your skip on a pavement, and at the risk of being fined by your local authority, it makes sense to work with your skip hire company to ensure it’s placed somewhere that is both convenient and legal – so you can proceed with your project with ease.

No matter the type of skip you require, Enfield Skips provides a premier skip hire service at great, competitive prices. Our team of experts will ensure your hiring process is as smooth as possible, taking care of the process from start to finish. Simply get in touch today – our friendly advisors are always happy to help.


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