Skip Hire Prices across Ireland: Read 2022 National Survey

Ireland Skip Hire Prices 2022 Averages (inc VAT)

Location 6-yard skip  8-yard skip
Ireland Average £275 £305
price includes VAT
Birmingham £200 £230
Bournemouth £275 £320
Brighton £240 £280
Bristol £245 £285
Bromley £250 £290
Cambridge £215 £240
Cardiff £250 £270
Chelmsford £225 £255
Chester £210 £240
Croydon £275 £320
Doncaster £195 £245
Edinburgh £185 £225
Exeter £275 £325
Glasgow £210 £240
Gloucester £240 £280
Hemel Hempstead £235 £285
Ipswich £225 £255
Iver £255 £295
Leeds £175 £220
Leicester £215 £240
Liverpool £190 £225
Dublin £270 £295
Luton £275 £300
Manchester £210 £235
Middlesbrough £240 £255
Milton Keynes £250 £280
Newcastle £235 £270
Northampton £185 £210
Norwich £210 £235
Nottingham £195 £240
Oxford £260 £295
Portsmouth £255 £295
Reading £245 £300
Sheffield £195 £230
Southampton £290 £340
Swindon £255 £315
Tunbridge Wells £245 £295
York £185 £225

Note: prices include VAT @ 20% and exclude skip permit fee & parking suspensions. Source: junkworld Updated March 2022

The analysis shows the cities with the lowest cost skips are based in the North of England, and specifically Edinburgh, Leeds, Northampton and York. The most expensive cities are Luton, Bournemouth, Exeter and Southampton. Dublin is expensive but the strength of competition and number of processing facilities appears to help keep the prices down so they are only around 10% higher than the national average.

Reasons for Skip Price Regional Differences

More generally, the key reasons for regional price differences are 1) local disposal costs and whether there is a nearby landfill site or waste to energy incinerators site 2) strength of local economy 3) competition 4) council bulky waste collection service 5) cost of labour and rent 6) congestion/traffic.

  1. Disposal cost – skip operators have to dispose of the waste they collect. They take it back to their depot and sort and segregate it. This is knowns as their waste transfer station. Materials can be recycled, sent to waste to energy, or diposed of in a landfill site.  Recyclable waste like wood, cardboard, aggregate, soil, bricks, metal has value. The value goes up and down according to demand, which is driven by how much construction is going on the world and what other suppliers of materials are generating. Energy to waste plants charge you to take waste. Landfill sites charge even more, as a result of landfill tax. As well as disposal gate cost, other factors are the transport cost of moving material to these facilities. For example, assume a wood recycling company pays £30 per tonne for wood; it costs a skip operator £30 per tonne to deliver it there and £10 per tonne in people and equipment to segregate out the wood. The resulting net ‘cost’ to the skip company of recycling the wood would be £10 per tonne (ie. £30 less £30 less £10).  In cities located a long way from a landfill site or waste to energy plant, the logistical cost of moving it there will be higher. Whereas regions with a facility nearby will pay less.
  2. Economy – if the local economy is growing fast, this normally means more construction, which in turns means more skips, which leads to higher prices. Greater demand, squeezes supply – so prices rise.  On the hand, a very slow local economy, all things being equal, means less demand, excess supply, so lower prices.
  3. Competitive landscape – greater competition leads to cheaper skip prices. Skip hire is still quite a fragmented industry with limited barriers to entry (apart from the money required to buy the skips and lorries). This should suggest high competition and low prices. But to compensate this, there has been quite a lot of consolidation – ie. one skip company buys other ones nearby. This leads to some much larger, regional operators with limited competition. They can then, because of their size and local influence, increase prices to enjoy better margins. Until that is a newcomer enters the fray and the process starts all over again.
  4. Council collection service for bulky waste –  in areas with particularly good council bulky waste collection service,  demand for skips from householders is lower. This in turn helps keep skip prices lower.
  5. Labour markets & rent – people and property are cheaper in some parts of the Ireland than others. Skip companies need a property to park their lorries and process the waste. They also employ people to dot he work. Cheaper people and property means cheaper skips, and visa versa in areas where costs are higher.  This is one of the key reasons why the North of Ireland is cheaper than the South.
  6. Congestion – traffic impacts how long it takes to deliver and collect a skip, which in turns impacts how expensive it is for a skip company to provide a skip. If a skip lorry driver has to spend more time delivering a skip because they’re sitting in traffic all day, then skip prices are higher.  This is why hiring a skip for a property in the middle of town often costs a bit more than one in the suburbs.

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