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Residents of London and South East pay £100 skip premium


New research reveals North versus South divide in skip hire fees

28 August 2015: People in London and the South East of England engaging in home improvement activities this Bank Holiday weekend will be charged up to £100 more by skip providers to remove household junk than elsewhere in the UK, according to Clearabee, the on-demand rubbish removal company.

Daniel Long, Clearabee
Daniel Long, Clearabee

Research by Clearabee reveals a significant North versus South divide in the price charged for hiring skips. Londoners will be charged £249 on average to hire a large (6 cubic yard) skip this weekend, while elsewhere in the South East the bill will typically come to £238. This compares to just £141 for the same skip in Yorkshire and £158 in the West Midlands.

At just £105, the cheapest place to hire a standard (4 cubic yard) skip this weekend is Yorkshire. This is just over half the price charged for similar skips in the South East (£185) and London (£192).

Daniel Long, founder and managing director at Clearabee, comments: “August Bank Holiday weekend is typically one of the busiest points in the year for DIY, with many Brits united in their desire to complete home improvement projects before the end of summer.”

“Our research shows a notable North versus South disparity in the cost of hiring skips to remove junk. Many providers in London and the South East charge a significant premium for their services, and when you consider the additional cost and hassle faced by those needing permits to park skips on the street, people undertaking DIY and home improvement projects would do well to shop around for the best possible deal they can get.


Standard: 4 cubic yards

Large: 6 cubic yards

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Source: Clearabee

Clearabee representatives contacted 75 skip providers across mainland Britain during August 2015 to discover the average price in each region for hiring skips over Bank Holiday weekend. The average prices quoted are inclusive of VAT.



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Clearabee is a rapidly growing business providing on-demand junk clearance and rubbish removal services to thousands of domestic and commercial customers across the UK each month. Based in Birmingham, it employs 50 people and operates a fleet of 30 vehicles from 15 depots across the UK. Clearabee is licenced by the Environment Agency, accredited by the Contractors Health and Safety scheme and is an affiliated member of the Chartered Institute of Waste Management. More than 85 per cent of the waste collected by Clearabee is recycled or reused. Clearabee actively chooses zero-to-landfill waste processing partners wherever possible.