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How to Pack Your Skip: Maximising Your Skip Hire

How to Pack Your Skip: Maximising Your Skip Hire

How to fill a skip tips and tricks to get the most out of your skip

If you’re renovating your home, or simply looking to get rid of unwanted rubbish, you can save time and money by hiring a skip.


The major advantage of skip bin hire is simplicity; all you’ve got to do is order your skip online, fill it up, and we’ll come pick it up and take care of the rest. We’ve seen it all, so we thought we’d give you a few pointers on the best way to fill up your skip to maximise space and save you time and money.



Choose the right skip for your project and don’t overfill

Elevate your skip

Sort your rubbish before filling the skip

Avoid air pockets and pack wisely

No food or asbestos is allowed in your skip

Positioning your skip (to stop neighbours using it)


6 handy tips to get the most out of your skip

You’ve booked it and your glorious skip has now arrived! Here are six handy tips on efficient rubbish removal so you can get bang for your buck when hiring a rubbish skip:

Choose the Right Skip For Your Project AND DON’T OVERFILL IT

It’s important to think carefully about exactly how much skip space you require. Our skips come in three different sizes, with prices dependent on the amount of cubic meterage you require. Don’t over fill your skip, your bin needs to be safely covered while in transit, otherwise, objects may fall out. This is not just littering, it can also cause hazards on the road and contaminate the environment.


ElevatE Your Skip

If you’re going to sit your skip on concrete or pavers make sure you rest a chock of wood or a piece of carpet underneath. This is important because when the skip is collected it may scrape and scratch your pavers. Elevating your skip also ensures that water from rainfall will drain properly through the drainage holes underneath the skip.



By sorting your rubbish and giving thought to how you’re going to pack your skip, you’ll maximise valuable skip space. Keep your skip bins free of waste you can remove via your everyday council rubbish removal services instead. Use your green bins for tree, plant and grass cuttings and your yellow bin for paper, bottles and other everyday recyclable waste.


Avoid Air Pockets AND PACK WISELY

By avoiding air pockets when packing your rubbish skip, you’ll save valuable skip space. Wherever possible, fill hollow objects such as buckets and tubs with other rubbish destined for your skip. Put flat items in first, then work from heaviest to lightest, this is because lighter items can be more easily kept down, rather than having chunky items overflow at the top.



No asbestos should be placed in a skip unless you wish to risk a hefty fine. If you need to get rid of asbestos, you must find another means of rubbish removal available to you for that specific purpose. For more information about asbestos removal and monitoring visit Asbestoswise. Food cannot be placed in skips either, nor can any material that may rot or cause offensive odours or other nuisance to residents or road users.


Where should you position your skip? The best place is on your property. By keeping it on your property you don’t have to worry about traffic while you’re packing it, and you don’t have to request council approval. Also, by putting it on your property you make it harder for your neighbours to sneak rubbish into your skip.


Hire a skip with Just Skips and get the most out of it

Hiring a skip is a lot more enjoyable and cost-effective than asking your mate with a ute for yet another favour; driving to the tip; getting stuck in traffic; unloading your rubbish; and burning up fuel on your drive back home to discover you still have three3 more loads. Skip hire is affordable, practical and good for the environment, after all, up to 85 per cent of the rubbish you throw in your skip is recyclable.


Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the best way to fill a skip?

Much like packing a suitcase you need to fill it to leave no airspace. When your skip bin arrives it is best to fill it to get maximum value for your dollars. For large and bulky items it is best to cut, break or crush them up before putting them in the skip bin. Much like crushing cardboard boxes before putting them in your recycling bin.

What cannot be put in a skip?

You cannot put hazardous or harmful materials into a skip. These include TVs, computer monitors, asbestos, tyres, fluorescent tubes, paint and paint tins (unless empty), batteries, medical waste, gas cylinders, liquids, solvents, oil, petrol, diesel and explosives as well as anything that will rot.

Is it illegal to fill someone else’s skip?

Do not put rubbish in someone else’s skip, they have paid money for it and intend to use it for their own waste – you could face legal action. Look out for your neighbour and report dumping.


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