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How to load a skip

imageYou want to make the most of the skip you’ve hired, but how can you pack it to use the space effectively, and get rid of all the waste and litter you need to.

If you have been busy refitting a kitchen or a bathroom, or even clearing out the garden, here are some handy tips to get the most out of the skip you’ve hired:

- Lay all flat items down on the bottom of the skip, such as table tops and cupboard doors.

- Load in larger and bulkier items next, making sure you manoeuvre them so they’re fully enclosed in the skip.

- Break up or crush any items such as furniture or wooden panels, these can then fit around the bulkier items.

- Pack the remaining rubbish around the above, as this will prevent any air space.

Don’t put items in the skip that the council can recycle such as glass and cardboard, this will free up more space for you to fill.

Remember that skips have a weight limit; skip drivers groan out loud when they see an overloaded skip as it means emptying the extra waste. Mini skips are usually used for household or garden clearance which will generally fall into the weight restriction required. For more guidance on finding the skip that’s right for you, click here.

It’s also important to remember that there are various items that can’t be put in a skip. These are a few examples:

  • Paint and cans of paint
  • Gas bottles, gas canisters
  • Asbestos
  • Batteries
  • Tyres
  • Fridges, freezers, air conditioning units

To see the full list of items to be kept out of a skip, click here.

Remember, if a skip looks overloaded, ask yourself one question: would you want to be driving behind the lorry that is carrying an overloaded skip?

Thinking of hiring a skip? Read our additional tips here.

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