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Skip Hire – How To Optimise The Use Of Your Skip

Using a skip hire service can be a very convenient waste disposal solution, especially when it is necessary to remove large amounts of bulk waste.

Whether you are looking to dispose of construction waste from a commercial project, or if you are putting your DIY skills to the test and carrying out home improvements, optimising how you use your skip will prove a very valuable skill.

In this blog post we will offer some advice as to how you can make the most out of your skip while you have it. Following these tips will make the process of loading your skip more efficient – leaving you more time to focus on finishing your project, whatever that may be.

Think Before You Load Your Skip

A recurring mistake that occurs when people hire skips, especially those who have not used one before, it is to immediately throw any waste in as soon as it shows up. While it may be satisfying to quickly clear your working space and throw all sorts of items into the skip straight away, it is much more efficient to step back for a minute and work out a strategy.

To those not familiar with loading a skip, it might seem logical to put the heaviest items at the bottom of the skip, so that they are out the way first. However, a more effective approach is to place large but light items in first, so that they can later be compressed by heavier objects.

If you follow this approach, as your skip fills up, you will begin to see space being freed up when heavy items are loaded in. This is because the lighter, more supple items at the bottom, under heavy pressure, will be getting pushed further down towards the base of the skip.

Dismantle Your Waste First

Similar to when you break down your cardboard to go in the recycling bin, it is crucial to dismantle waste wherever possible, before it is loaded into a skip. This tip is applicable for items such as boxes, wardrobes and furniture in general. Think how many pockets of space you could save within a skip by breaking down a wooden chair for instance. Essentially, the flatter you can get an item, the better.

Learn What You Can And Cannot Put In Your Skip

Perhaps the biggest mistake you could make when filling a skip, is to load it with hazardous waste, or with items that are forbidden from being disposed of in standard skips. Whenever you hire a skip, enquire with the company which items you are not allowed to put in – they will be happy to provide you with this information. Make sure you survey your property after receiving this information, to make sure these materials aren’t accidentally loaded in to your skip. It is much easier to do things this way round rather than to find out an item is forbidden once you’ve already placed it under lots of heavy objects!

Some examples of items which typically are not allowed in skips are:


  • Asbestos
  • Medical waste
  • Solvents
  • Fuel


The following wastes are permitted but will incur additional charges

  • Batteries
  • Fridges/Freezers
  • Tyres
  • Mattresses
  • Gas bottles

SCB Skip Hire

SCB have built a strong reputation for providing reliable, affordable skip hire in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. We offer a range of skip hire services for all domestic and commercial purposes. Visit our website to find out more or call us now on 01844 338322.

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