Whether you are doing a small household cleanout or commercial construction, hiring a skip bin is an effective way to manage your waste responsibly and sustainably. Depending on the size of your project, you’ll need to choose a bin suitable for your waste requirements. Packing your skip smartly means you’ll maximise the value of your bin hire and avoid problems down the road such as overfilling. At Jim’s Skip Bins, we’re experts at managing waste and have some handy tips on how you can pack your skip bin effectively.
1. Choose The Right Sized Skip
An easy way to ensure your skip bin hire is worth it is to ensure you are choosing the right-sized bin. Think about the scale of your project and the waste it’s likely to create. When it comes to skip bin hire, it’s recommended to size up if you’re unsure. You’ll often find that you will generate more waste than expected and choosing a larger bin will prevent the need for multiple bins to be hired or the possibility for your bin to be overfilled. In the case that your skip bin is overfilled then it’ll be declared unsafe to travel and can’t be disposed of until it meets the legal bin dimensions. Use the sizing guide below to work out what size skip bin you need!
2. Avoid Adding Prohibited Items
Knowing what can and can’t be added to your skip bin is a great way to save space and ensure efficiency. So, what can’t you put in your skip bin? It’s best to avoid any items which may decay, smell, damage, or be dangerous in the skip bin. You can check out the full list on what to avoid here. When you’re uncertain about whether an item can go in the bin, have a chat with our skip bin hire team before you place it in the bin. This will prevent the annoyance of having to remove an item from the bin and reduce the risk of all the contents becoming hazardous.
3. Pack According To Weight And Scale
It’s best to approach packing your skip bin like a giant game of Tetris. While it may be tempting to simply chuck everything in there, taking the time to pack your bin will maximise space. Skip bins larger than 3m have walk in doors, so pack heavier items that use a trolley or wheelbarrow first. For smaller skips without walk-in doors, start with large flat objects, such as planks of wood and shelves, first. They can lie on the bottom of the bin and distribute the weight. Next, you want to put all your heaviest items. This includes items like white goods and heavy furniture; couches, tables, and desks. You want to place your biggest items in the skip bin following the heavy items so you have an idea of the remaining space.
4. Compress and Condense Waste
Following placing the biggest and heaviest items in the skip, add smaller items in the spaces left. To make the most of the space, you need to condense your items and make them as small as possible. Disassemble furniture, cut tree branches, and roll up softer items like carpet or other materials. You can bag up green waste like leaves as well as other smaller items.
5. Dispose Of Items Elsewhere
If you’re reaching maximum capacity in your skip bin, consider disposing of your unwanted items elsewhere. In the case of household items, evaluate whether an item can be given to a friend or family member, donated elsewhere or recycled. Green waste can be transformed into mulch for your garden. While not everything can be reused, removing a few items can create valuable space in your skip bin and give them a second life.