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How To Properly Load A Skip – with infographic!

Posted on by David Brown

Whether you’re renovating your home or clearing out your commercial premises, make the most of your hired skip by learning how to load it with safety and space-saving in mind. In this simple guide, we’ll show you some helpful tips on how to properly load a skip to make the most of your hired vessel, and how to adhere to regulations.

You can also download this skip loading guide as an infographic!

 

Hire the Right Size Skip

Skip Sizes


Always be realistic with the size of skip you require. It can be tempting to go for a cheaper, smaller skip, but underestimation will not save you money in the long run if you have to hire out a second skip to fit all your waste into. Our skip sizes guide can help you decide the size of skip you need.

 

Health & Safety

Health & Safety

Don’t put your health at risk when loading a skip, and always follow best practices for correct lifting and carrying, such as not bending your back when lifting and keeping the load close to your waist. More tips can be found online.

 

Check for Forbidden Materials

Forbidden Materials

Legally, there are certain items that are forbidden from skips, including asbestos, hazardous chemicals, flammable items, batteries, and more. For a full list, take a look at the ‘what can’t I put in a skip?’ section of our FAQs.

 

Move the Waste Closer

Move Waste Closer

If possible, before the skip is delivered try to position the waste close to the intended location of the skip. This will make skip loading faster and more efficient.

 

Don’t Overfill

Don't Overfill

Overfilling a skip is an illegal practice, and one that could land you with a fine if discovered. Consequently most skip hire companies will not be able to collect skips that are overflowing above the top lip of the container.

 

Consider Weight

Consider Weight

Any flat materials should go into the skip first to provide a platform. After that comes heavier, bulkier items, finishing with lighter items on top. This way, you’ll be able to fit more into the restricted space.

 

Break Down Items

Break Down Items

Just like when you dispose of household waste in the bin, break down or crush any items you can. For example, flatten cardboard boxes and disassemble any furniture to aid space-conservation.

 

Load Smartly

Load Smartly

Should you fill your skip too quickly from careless loading, you will find yourself having to hire out a second vessel. Save yourself money by loading your skip smartly, and fit pieces together like a puzzle, being sure to fill in all gaps.

 

Here at David Brown, we offer premier skip hire and recycling services to homeowners and businesses alike. Our specialists can offer a range of skip sizes, and are also happy to give some friendly advice on how to load your skip. Get in touch today to find out more about our services.

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