6 Tips to Fill Your Skip Bin The Right Way

Chris Freeman
Oct 21, 2019 · 4 min read

In the present-day world, one of the easiest and most cost-efficient ways of disposing of a large quantity of waste is by hiring a good skip bin company. We can get rid of all our unwanted debris or clutter in an instant through the convenient process of renting a skip bin. While, this is a straight forward process, there are still a few things to be mindful about when filling up your skip bin. To make sure the procedure of waste disposal is efficient and no mistakes are made.

In this article, you’ll find the basic things you should know filling up your hired skip.

Rest assured, by the end of this article; you will have a good understanding of things that should be kept in mind when loading up your skip bin.

Prohibited wastes

A large number of people tend to make the error of throwing the wrong types of waste materials into the bin. To avoid this simple mistake, remember to ask your skip bin company to provide you with a list of items which are prohibited from being placed into the bin.

Here is a general list of materials that can’t be thrown in a skip bin:

You could also brief your skip bin hire company beforehand about the waste materials you are going to dispose of in the bin. Then they can provide you with appropriate containers catering to your needs.

Know your wastes types

Now that we have a better understanding of wastes which are prohibited from being thrown into skip bins, let us now look into eligible ones.

Below is the general classification of wastes that skip bin providers usually accept:

  • General waste — wood, clothes, glass, papers, toys, carpet, recyclable plastics, documents, and others
  • Clean fill/ soil — soil, dirt, and sand
  • Bricks, concretes & tiles
  • Green waste — grass, shrub, branches, barks, etc.
  • Steel & aluminium

After you have identified the waste that you need to dispose of, separate it in the categories mentioned above. It will make the process of disposal easier.

Don’t overfill your skip bins

When loading up your skip bin, remember to monitor the fill levels given on the skip bin. There are incidents where people throw excessive waste in their skip bin.

These scenarios mainly occur when they keep on filling their skip bin without keeping track of the volume of the skip. Overfilling will make your bin unsafe for transport and travel, it is also illegal to transport bins that are overflowing, and it can subject the skip company to fines. Many skip hire companies would not think twice to decline your overfilled skips because specific limitations and restrictions are also mentioned in their contracts.

Try to avoid air pockets

When filling up your skip bin, aim to pack it as tightly as possible to minimise gaps and air pockets.

Remember how you pack your luggage pre-flight? Cramming personal belonging to every inch of the luggage?

The same idea should suffice when loading up your skip bin. Think of it as a puzzle, try to slot in smaller items amidst bulkier items which will allow you to get most out of your transport costs. Another tip would be, try and fill up hollow objects such as tubes and buckets with other rubbish, and this will free up some space and allow other waste materials to be stuffed inside the skip bin.

Organise and pack your skip bin efficiently

The key to filling up your skip bin efficiently is to pack it in a way that utilises most out the of the volume of the container. The steps are shown below:

  1. Firstly, begin with flat objects like metal sheets, timber that can lie flat on the bottom, ensure that they all lie in the same direction.
  2. Next, follow up with heavy items like household junk, break down bigger things, remove any arms and legs from furniture and dissembled old appliances.
  3. Lastly, lightweight items such as green waste and old paperwork can go on top, try to ensure you’re distributing the weight evenly when filling the bin to reduce the risk of it falling over.

Check weight restrictions

Every skip bin has a specific weight restriction, before agreeing to hire a skip, take a look into this bit of relevant information. Failing to do so may lead you to exceed the weight limitations of the bin. This could end up costing you more money. If the waste which you are planning to dispose of is heavy, it is better to double-check the weight restrictions beforehand.

Above, I have mentioned some of the things you should know when filling up your skip bin. The types of waste, the amount of space you’ll require, even distribution of waste; these factors should be taken into consideration when hiring the right skip bin. Keep in mind all of the points shown here is to ensure that you get the best bang for the buck and have a hassle-free waste disposal experience.

Chris Freeman

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