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Loading Your Skip
Plan How to Load You 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.
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.
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. 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 to create more space by extending the sides of the skip. However, this is not legal and is frowned upon by all 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 skip to be removed.
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 are responsible for the contents of the skip, so you will have to pay fines or face prosecution if you do break skip hire regulations. 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.
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