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Skip Hire vs Hippo Bags: Which is better for you?

Date Published: 07/11/2022
Author: Widdington Recycling Staff
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Widdington Recycling offers Skip hire and Hippo Bag collection services to its potential commercial and residential clients. Here, we explore the pros and cons of each in detail so that you can make an informed decision about which service is best for you.

Skip hire and Hippo Bags are two popular methods of waste disposal. But which one is the right choice for you? It depends on a number of factors, including the amount of waste you have and the type of waste. Here, we weigh the pros and cons of each method to help you decide which one is best for your needs.

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Skip Hire Pros: 

Can accommodate large volumes of waste

Skip hire is a great option for businesses that produce large volumes of waste. A skip can accommodate more waste than a Hippo bag, making it the best option for companies that produce a lot of rubbish. Additionally, skip hire is a more cost effective option than Hippo bags. For businesses that produce a lot of waste, skip hire is the best option for disposing of their waste.

Ideal for construction sites

If you’re working on a construction site, it’s important to have a way to dispose of all the waste material. A skip is the perfect solution, as it allows you to get rid of large quantities of waste quickly and easily. We can provide skips in a variety of sizes, so you can find one that’s the perfect fit for your project.

Can be used for a variety of waste types including recyclables

Skip hire can be a great way to get rid of large amounts of waste, as it can be used for a whole variety of waste materials including recyclables. This makes it a more environmentally friendly option than disposing of waste in hippo bags. Hippo bags can only be used for certain types of waste, meaning that other materials such as recyclables will have to be disposed of separately, which can be more time-consuming and costly.

Skip Hire Cons: 

Can require a skip licence from the local council

The main drawback of skip hire is that you may need a licence from your local council in order to place it on a public road. This can be an added expense and inconvenience, as you will need to wait for the licence to be approved before you can start using the skip.

Access to site must be suitable for a skip lorry

One of the main disadvantages of skip hire is that access to the site where the skip is to be placed must be suitable for a skip lorry. This means that there may be occasions when a skip cannot be delivered to a property due to narrow streets or lack of parking, in which case hippo bags may be a better option.

Hippo Bag Pros:

Can be cheaper than skip hire (for small amounts of waste)

Skip hire is often seen as the most cost-effective option for disposing of large amounts of waste, but for smaller quantities, hippo bags can be a cheaper alternative. Hippo bags are sacks made of heavy duty plastic which can be filled with waste and then collected and disposed of. 

Versatile collection using grab lorries 

Hippo bags are versatile as they can be collected through grab lorries. This is an advantage as it means that the bags can be collected quickly and easily, without having to worry too much about access.

Hippo Bag Cons:

Cannot accommodate large or bulky waste items unlike a skip

Hippo bags are not as versatile as skips when it comes to accommodating large or bulky waste items. This can be a disadvantage if you have a lot of waste to get rid of.

Not ideal for construction sites (although can be used)

While hippo bags are a great option for many situations, there are some cases where they are not ideal. One such case is construction sites. Hippo bags can be used on construction sites, but they are not as well suited for this type of environment as skip hire.

Skip hire is better for construction sites because it allows workers to easily dispose of large amounts of waste. With hippo bags, the workers would have to take the bag to a designated area to empty it, which can be difficult and time-consuming. Additionally, the bags can be bulky and difficult to move around on a construction site.

Overall, while hippo bags are a great option for many situations, they are not ideal for construction sites.

Can only be used for non-recyclable waste

Hippo bags are a non-recyclable waste option that some people may choose instead of skip hire. Skip hire is a better option for recycling as it can be sorted easily and Hippo bags connot, so hippo bags can only be used for non-recyclable waste.


After weighing the pros and cons, we believe that skip hire is the better option for most people. Skip hire is more versatile and can accommodate more types and volumes of waste. Skip hire is also better for the environment because it allows for waste to be recycled and disposed of in an appropriate manner. When using hippo bags, there is a greater chance that waste will not be properly disposed of, which can have a negative impact on the environment. Hippo Bags do have their place and can be a good choice for those disposing of smaller amounts of non-recyclable waste.

If you’re still not sure which option is right for you, our team at Widdington Recycling would be happy to advise you further.