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Grab lorry hire vs skip hire – Which is best for my project?

The cleanup after any type of construction work is often dreaded, regardless of the size or how successful the project is. In most cases, handyman, tradesman and DIY enthusiasts will opt to use a skip or skip bag to help clear their waste, but are these the best waste disposal services to go for?

In this article, we outline AMS grab lorry vs skip hire to help you decide which of these waste collection solutions is most suitable for your next project.

How does each waste collection work?

Grab lorry

After you have organised the use of a grab lorry, one of our drivers will arrive in the lorry, and use the grab arm to load the waste materials. Once the lorry is fully loaded and secured, the waste will be transported to a local recycling centre for disposal.

Skip hire

The skip hire service covers the delivery and removal of the skip. Pre-book your skip hire with a member of our team and we will supply you with a skip for your specified time frame. Once you are finished loading it with waste, you can call our team to take it away.

Grab lorry vs skip hire:


If you have a short timeframe to operate in, or if you’d like the waste removed from your site quickly, a grab lorry is an ideal option because of the quick turnaround time from arrival to departure. The grab lorry can collect piles of waste from the ground, so there is minimal manual labour required.

With skip hire, the skip needs to be loaded by hand, or with the use of a wheelbarrow, which can be time-consuming – especially if you have a lot of waste to dispose of. Skip hire is the better solution if you need to rent a waste disposal method for longer than a day.

For whichever waste disposal method you chose, we can offer next day, and in some cases same-day delivery. Phone our team on 01202 579579 for more information.

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One factor that should be considered when deciding between the two options is the amount of waste you wish to dispose of. Typically, our AMS grab lorries are designed to carry larger volumes of waste (up to 16 tonnes) due to the size and reach capabilities of the vehicle. Skip hire is suitable for projects producing 4-12 tonnes of waste.

*Skip sizes: 

  • 4 yard skip = 4 tonnes (40 bin bags)
  • 6 yard skip = 6 tonnes (60 bin bags)
  • 8 yard skip = 8 tonnes (80 bin bags)
  • 12 yard skip = 12 tonnes (120 bin bags)

*Grab lorry sizes:

  • 6 wheel = 12 tonnes (4m reach)
  • 8 wheel = 16 tonnes (8m reach)

For expert advice on which size grab lorry or skip you will need, please contact a member of our friendly team on 01202 579579, fill in a form or email

*These size and weight figures are for estimation purposes only. Please note that some waste weighs more than others so it’s always best to take our team’s advice before hiring either one. 

Permits and space 

If a skip cannot be placed on private property and needs to be located on a public road or path, you will be required to gain a permit from the appropriate local council (costs apply). 

If you plan to organise your skip hire with AMS, our team can help you file for a permit and ensure it gets approved promptly for your project. Just phone us on 01202 579579 for more information.

In this particular situation, you may find it better to use the AMS grab lorry service because the grab arm can be used to reach into a garden or similar privately-owned area such as a patio. 


The price of each service is dependent on various factors including your location, the size of the skip or lorry you need and the waste being collected.  

There are also some circumstances where grab lorries or skips are charged on a haulage and tonnage rate as opposed to an ‘all in’ rate. This means as opposed to one set price being charged, you will be given a price for transporting the grab or skip to the location it is required and a separate price per tonne for the waste being collected. 

For the best prices and advice on both grab and skip hire, please call our sales team on 01202 579579 opt. 2

Contact AMS to arrange your waste collection

At Avon Material Supplies, we offer next day delivery on our skip and grab lorry hire for businesses and individuals across the BH postcode area. No matter what your project is, we ensure that we offer you the correct waste collection solution to fit your deadline, budget and requirements. 

So, whether you’ve decided on an AMS grab lorry or skip hire for your next construction project, get in touch with a member of our team today to get your waste collection booked. The process is quick and easy! Get started today by completing our contact form or talk to us on 01202 579579.

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