Hiring a skip is one of the most cost efficient, hassle free ways of disposing of your waste at home or work. You can book one at the click of a button and it’s delivered at a time and place of your choice, meaning no more queuing at the local tip. And if you choose a reputable company, at least 90 per cent of your waste should be recycled rather than sent to landfill.
But there’s another way of getting value from your skip hire – and that’s by simply loading your skip correctly to ensure every space is filled. Check out our tips below:
- Check what materials can’t be thrown in the skip
If you throw in items not accepted by your skip company, they could refuse to collect it or charge you extra. So check the T&Cs of your contract before getting started as these will tell you exactly what you can’t put in the skip or anything that will incur additional charges.
- Break up big items
If you throw large items like furniture and tree branches into your skip without breaking them up, you’ll end up with lots of pockets of wasted space. So carefully dismantle big items first.
- Load your skip in order
Load the flat items – like planks of wood and flattened cardboard boxes – into the bottom. Then add big heavy items, followed by loose materials like soil, sand and rubble as they will settle into the gaps. Lastly, add your lighter items and bagged general rubbish.
- Don’t overfill!
It’s important not to fill the skip above its ‘level load’ marker. This is because the waste could dangerously fall out of the skip while in transit. Your skip hire company might refuse to collect an overfilled skip, or charge you for removing the extra items.