How to make best use of your skip

May 2, 2017

Get to know your waste, no, we are not kidding you.
If you know what you are going to put in the skip you can make much better use of it;
and the better use you make if it the better value you are going to get!

Think about what you are going to load, when you hire your skip, even better, write everything down.
You will get to know straight away if there is anything you’ll need to handle separately and
what is the best order to load the skip too.

Before you hire your skip and start with loading,
let’s go through a few things that are not generally permitted in a skip:

  • Asbestos, batteries, highly flammable items, food and biohazard waste,
    quantities of oil or chemicals, quantities of paint, tyres,
    quantities of plasterboard old style TVs and fridge freezers that
    may contain CFCs in their refrigerant.

This is not your skip hire company being awkward –

it’s simply that these hazardous items need separate disposal and are subject to different regulations.
If you are not sure about a particular type of waste going into the skip then get in touch with to find out. 
It’s usually possible to dispose of these items with your loaded skip,
but subject to a separate charge.

Waste materials including furniture, office waste, packaging material, paper,
cardboard, plastics, furniture, metal items, appliances,
garden items like soil, timber, grass, branches and rubble, tiles, bricks and
sand can all be disposed using a skip.

Skips are priced by volume, the most common and the one you’ll usually see at
building sites is a 6 yarder so called as it has a nominal 6 cubic yard capacity.  
Knowing that skip hire from are based on volume,
it can be tempting to overfill; better not! An overfull skip,
even though it is covered in transit, may cause hefty debris to dislodge and
is a serious safety hazard for not just the driver but also everyone on the road!
Skips are covered in transit, but loose items are dangerous.
Most skip hire companies specify that the load should be level.

So instead of overfilling, why don’t you try maximising? Here are some essential tips:

  1. Crush items that are big, break them in pieces.
    Disassemble furniture and flatten cardboard boxes;
    there is no point in paying to transport air!
  2. Start filling the skip bin with heavier pieces of waste first.
    Rubble, bricks, concrete.
    The lighter material like garden clippings and branches can go on the top.
  3. Look at the skip bin like a jigsaw puzzle and pack the waste tightly.
    Do not leave any gaping holes.
    Lay flat objects on the floor or along the sides of the skip and start filling it up around them.
    Best to put mattresses on top
  4. Take a moment to think if anything you are putting in the skip can be re used locally,
    perhaps via or
    well over 95% of waste put in skips diverted from landfill by the skip hire company;
    but local reuse is always better and you get to put more in your skip too!
  5. Skips are best located close to the waste you want to dispose of.
    If your skip will be accessible to others in the neighborhood
    think about covering it when not in use or hiring an enclosed, lockable skip.
    No point in giving others the possibility of adding their waste to your skip.
    Try to keep it close to your home or inside if possible.
    Minimising other people using your skip will maximise the benefit that you can get out of it.