Waste Management Skip Hire

Have you recently hired a skip in order to address a project around the home? If so, there are several things which will you need to know. One of the most important involves understanding the best way to fill a skip. Not only will this help to maximise the available space, but the chances are high that it will make your life easier during the project itself. Some suggestions represent common sense while others might come as a bit of a surprise. Let's take a look at some of the basic principles behind filling a skip so that you will be prepared in advance.

Loading a Skip: Prohibited Items

Before we take a look at the proper filling methods, it is a good idea to review a handful of the items that your skip hire company will not be able to transport. Some of these include:

Plasterboard
Batteries
Hazardous waste materials
Tyres
Paint containers
WEEE (discarded electrical equipment such as appliances).

These items all need to be disposed of in a different manner. To learn more, it is wise to contact your local town council. Many can be picked up from your property at no additional charge.

Take a Step Back

Before loading a skip, take some time to think about what will be going inside. If possible, try to place the skip as close as possible to larger and heavier items. This will help to cut down on manual labour. Speak to the driver to see if this is possible. Also, it is a good idea to place larger items in the skip first (this saves a bit of space). What are some other space-saving suggestions?

Start with Smaller Items

Many consumers are unaware that it is best to begin filling a skip with smaller and lighter items. Why is this the case? The main reason is that lighter materials will be compressed down once heavier items are placed on top. Let's always remember that skips are not measured by weight, but by the total size (measured in metres or yards). By maximising the amount of space available, you will be saving time and money. It is also a good idea to try and mechanically break up items into smaller pieces if possible. Examples include cardboard, upholstery and furniture. Once again, this will increase the space available.

Know the Filling Limits

How high can a skip be filled? Some will answer that overfilling will not present an issue. This is a false myth. You should only fill the skip as high as the top lip. There are several reasons for this. First, any skip that contains too much material can present a hazard to those on your property (items may accidentally fall out). Secondly, an overloaded skip poses a danger to the driver. He or she will likely refuse to collect it if its contents are too high. If possible, try to pack down the materials as much as possible. You could also choose to rent a secondary unit if there is entirely too much rubbish. This brings us to our final point.

Know Your Skip Sizes

The best way to avoid being forced to hire a second skip is to be aware of the sizes available. Skip It Waste Removal provides you with a number of dimensions based off of your needs. These are as follows:

  • 2 yards
  • 3 yards
  • 4 yards
  • 6 yards
  • 10 yards
  • 20 yards
  • 40 yards

The smaller units are known as mini skips while the larger sizes (10 yards and above) are referred to as builder's skips. If you are unsure of the dimensions required, it is a good idea to contact a Skip It representative for additional advice.

Appreciating the best way to fill a skip will make certain that even the largest projects will not present a challenge. Please feel free to print this article out and use it for guidance during the loading process. You will be glad that you did!

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