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Hiring a skip is an excellent solution for getting rid of large amounts of waste. However, it’s important to know how to use them correctly to avoid overloading and causing problems. In this blog, we will explore how to avoid overloading a skip and how high you can fill your skip.

UK regulations for skips

Firstly, it’s important to understand the regulations around skips in the UK. The maximum weight limit for a skip is 8 tonnes, and the maximum height limit is level with the top of the sides of the skip. Overloading a skip can cause damage to the vehicle transporting the skip, as well as pose a risk to road safety.

How to avoid overloading your skip

To avoid overloading a skip, there are several things you can do. Firstly, ensure that the waste is evenly distributed throughout the skip, and not piled up in one area. This will help to distribute the weight evenly and prevent overloading. Secondly, do not fill the skip above the height of the sides, as this will cause the skip to become unstable and pose a risk to those around it.

What waste are you disposing of?

It’s also important to consider the type of waste you are disposing. Some types of waste, such as rubble and soil, are denser and heavier than others, such as green waste or household waste. Be sure to consult with your skip hire company to ensure that you are using the correct size skip for the type of waste you are getting rid of.

Hazardous materials

Another consideration when filling a skip is to avoid any materials that are hazardous or prohibited. This includes asbestos, chemicals, and electronic waste. These items require specialist disposal and should not be placed in a skip. Find out more about what you can and cannot be put in a skip here. In addition, at David Brown Skips we are offer specialised closed skips for the removal of asbestos.

In conclusion

If you’re planning to hire a skip by following these guidelines, you can safely and effectively dispose of your waste. If you would like information or a quote to hire a skip, please call our freephone number 0800 998 1216 or complete our online form.

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