6 Tips To Fill Your Skip Bin The Right Way

You’ve got a massive clean-up project to tackle and now it’s time to hire a skip bin in order to get the whole process started. But what sized skip bin do you need? Are there any weight restrictions? And how can you ensure you fill it as efficiently as possible? Here is a guide on how to fill your skip bin the right way.

Tip #1 – Choose the Right Skip Bin For Your Project

Before hiring a skip bin, you’ll need to work out how much skip space you actually require. Skip bins come in a range of sizes that suit a range of uses, and prices are dependent on the cubic meterage you need. If your project allows you to gather all the items you’ll be placing in your skip in the one spot, start by grouping them by size and shape so you can decide what will go where and how you’ll make the best use of the space.

As a guide, our mini-skips are around two cubic metres in size and hold about eight wheelie bins worth of rubbish, our three cubic metre skips hold the equivalent of 12 wheelie bins, our four cubic metre skips hold the equivalent of 16 wheelie bins, and our largest, our six cubic metre skips hold an impressive 24 wheelie bins of rubbish.

Tip #2 – Weight Restrictions

There are no weight restrictions when you hire a skip bin from Cutters Skips. For any enquires for dirt and concrete, please advise us at the time of booking. 

Tip #3 – Avoid Over-Filling Your Skip Bin

When loading a skip bin bear in mind that it can’t legally be filled above the rim. This is part of the government’s health and safety legislation and it is actually illegal to transport any type of waste container beyond its dimensional limits. Overfilled skip bins are unsafe for travel and therefore most companies (including us) won’t take the chance of incurring heavy fines.

Tip #4 – Pack Your Skip Bin Tightly and Efficiently

The next step in the process is to fill your skip bin, and the key here is to pack it in a way that makes the most out of the space you have.

Start with flat objects like sheet metal, plywood and unwanted timber that can lie flat, and ensure they all lie in the same direction.

Next, follow with heavy and bulky items like old table tops and household junk, break down bigger items like large tree limbs down into smaller pieces, remove any arms and legs from furniture and dissemble old appliances.

Lightweight items like green waste and old paperwork can then go on top, and lastly, as you’re filling your skip bin ensure you’re distributing the weight as evenly as possible to reduce the risk of it tipping over once it’s full!

Tip #5 – Avoid Air Pockets As Much As Possible

When hiring and using a skip bin, aim to pack it as tightly as possible to minimise gaps and air pockets. Think of it like a jigsaw puzzle – you are gradually filling up the skip, however, in between bulky items, you’re slotting in smaller items which will allow you to get the most out of your transport costs. After all, why pay for air?

As you’re packing also try and fill up hollow objects like tubs and buckets with other rubbish, and if you find you’ve got spare room left over at the end, whack an old mattress on top – it makes the perfect skip bin lid!

Tip #6 – Organise Your Rubbish Thoughtfully

Whether you’re hiring a skip bin to remove rubbish from your home or workplace, there are some items that are deemed safe and those that are unsafe and therefore cannot be accepted. Safe items accepted by Cutters Skips include the following:

  • – Old furniture including lounges, tables, chairs and beds
  • – General household waste like books, cardboard, plastics and old toys
  • – Construction materials including metal, timber, concrete, bricks, tiles and gypsum board
  • – Electronic equipment including computers, stereos, printers, speakers, TVs and other unwanted electrical items
  • – Office equipment including tables, desks, chairs and filing cabinets
  • – Green waste such as weeds, branches, dead plants, old turf, tree stumps and grass and tree clippings

Materials not permitted in Cutters Skips bins include:

  • – Paint
  • – Chemicals
  • – Batteries
  • – Asbestos
  • – Car tyres
  • – Flammable liquids
  • – Food items

And when it comes to caring for our planet, before you even start packing your skip bin, take some time to consider if any of your ‘rubbish’ can be sold, donated or repurposed. Here at Cutters Skips, we are dedicated to our stance on conscious waste management, so if recyclable glass, plastic, metal or paper is part of your clean-up project, let us know. We will do our very best to ensure your collected rubbish is recycled wherever possible.

Sorted your waste but not sure what sized skip bin you need? Get in touch with the experts at Cutters Skips today on 0417 644 901.

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