If you've got a lot of waste or debris you need to get rid of, a skip is an efficient way to dispose of it. But whether you're hiring your skip just once or have a long-term contract for skip bin services, you want to make sure that you get the most out of your skip, ensuring the maximum amount of waste disposal at minimum expense. Here are some important tips for getting the best out of your hire.
Know your size
The first step to getting the most out of your skip hire is choosing the correct size. Obviously, a too-large skip is a waste of money; you want to get the smallest container that will fit your needs. But a too-small skip is an even greater problem. If you run out of space, you may need to hire an additional skip, which will cost much more than simply hiring a larger receptacle in the first place. Consult in advance with your skip bin service provider; they should be able to help you estimate what size skip you'll need based on the job you need it for.
Load in the right order
Once you've got your skip, you can improve the efficiency of your loading by putting items in it in the correct order. Wherever possible, you should load smaller items and debris into the skip before placing larger items in it. Smaller items will fit together more evenly and create fewer air pockets. Once heavier items are placed on top, smaller items or rubble will compress, taking up less space. If you load larger items first, you'll create space-wasting voids within the skip's contents.
Break up big items
If you're going to be disposing of larger items within your skip, one way to make sure you make the best use of available space is to break them down into pieces. That may mean sawing up trees or bushes, disassembling furniture or even breaking apart large pieces of concrete or masonry. A large number of smaller pieces is much easier to fit safely and neatly within the skip than a single large item.
Naturally, you want to get as much waste as possible into your skip. However, you shouldn't let that lead to unsafe behaviour. An overloaded skip can't be moved safely, and your hire firm will refuse to move it. Each skip should come with clear guidelines about how to load it—for instance, you shouldn't allow waste to protrude above the tops of its walls. Be careful to observe these rules in order to avoid wasting more time on reloading the skip.
These four simple points can help you get the best result out of your skip bin; if you're ever unsure about anything else—like whether a certain item can be disposed of in a skip—just ask your skip bin services company and they'll be happy to help you.