How to know if your skip is too full and how to avoid overfilling

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When you hire a skip, you are agreeing to follow the terms and conditions for skip hire. The provider of the skip can refuse to remove waste or charge you extra if you do not follow the rules of skip hire. You could also receive fines from the council if you break the law and cause danger to others. This is why it is important to load a skip correctly and never overfill a skip. Every skip should have a fill line showing the safe level to fill it up to. If you exceed this line, then your skip may be overloaded. Skips are definitely too full if the waste in them rises above the sides of the skip. This will immediately be visible, and the company may refuse to collect the waste unless you take the excess out of the skip.

Plan How to Load the Skip

The best way to avoid overfilling a skip is to estimate the amount of waste you will have and order the correct size of skip. If you carry out renovation work or clearance, it is a good idea to pile up the waste in available space to see how much there is. Then order a skip slightly bigger than what you think you will need. Having the waste ready to go into the skip when it arrives will save time. Filling it quickly also means that there is less chance for fly-tippers to take advantage of your skip and overfill it for you! Prepare for the arrival of the skip by planning how you will load the waste into it. You will need to distribute weight evenly and ensure that the waste is packed in securely without any gaps.

Load the Skip Evenly

Once you are ready to load the skip, load any flat items in first, at the bottom and around the edges. However, make sure that nothing sticks up above the edges of the skip. Then load bulky and heavy items into the skip, filling as much of the space as possible by fitting the larger items together. You can then fill in any gaps with smaller items until the skip is full up to the line at an even level. Break down larger or awkwardly-shaped items wherever possible to make it easier to fit the pieces in. No empty spaces mean that you are getting your money’s worth out of the skip, and it also makes sure that the items in the skip cannot move around and fall out. Loose items can pose a risk, especially if they are sharp. Definitely, do not heap the waste above the sides if it is heavy large pieces like rubble.

Do Not Overload the Skip

If you do not plan carefully how you will load the skip with all of the waste materials that you have gathered, then it is easy to end up overfilling it. Unless you monitor the fill line and the edges of the skip, you might go over. If you pile the waste too high then you will be breaking the regulations and making the skip unsafe. Some people use “greedy boards” to try to fit more into their skips. Lining the sides of a skip with upright planks or doors can create more space by extending the sides of the skip. However, this is not legal and is frowned upon by the skip hire companies. Your skip will not be balanced, and it is more likely that things will fall out of it when it is overflowing. This is a hazard to anyone nearby and makes it difficult for the company to remove the skip when they come to collect.

Safe and Legal Skip Hire

Skip hire is not always cheap, so it is understandable that you might want to make the most of a skip without having to pay more for a bigger or additional skip. However, overfilling a skip will only ever cause more problems rather than resolve them. Overflowing skips can cause an obstruction and be a nuisance, especially if the skip is kept on the street. You do not want to restrict access or cause harm to people, animals, or the environment. You are responsible for the contents of the skip, so you will have to pay fines or face prosecution if you do break the skip hire regulations. The skip hire company will abide by the law if they are a reputable business and will not accept overfull skips. You will have to remove the excess waste and dispose of it yourself in some other way. Or even if they do agree to remove all of the waste, they will charge you extra for doing this. It is not worth increasing the cost.