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Renting a skip is one easy way of bulk waste removal for homeowners and contractors alike.Skips can carry huge quantities and comfortably take in furniture and even trees. But some skip renters may find it tricky in knowing how to load a skip to its full potential.

The amount of waste you can fit in a skips does rely heavily on how well you fill it. Why hire a second skip if some handy tips can get everything filled into one?

Let’s learn some helpful shortcuts for maximizing space in your rented skip:

(1) Start by placing flat items like drywall and doors on the skip floor

Flat materials can create gaps underneath themselves when placed on un-even surfaces. These gaps could otherwise serve as valuable space for loose materials. The safest option is to line the bottom of the skip with flat items. Along with drywall and doors, other examples include countertops, plank, tiling, carpet, cardboard and gypsum board.

(2) Disassemble when convenient

Although helpful for maximizing space, dismantling furniture and appliances is a cumbersome and time consuming process. An easier option is to simply remove furniture doors (such as on cabinets and wardrobes).  With the doors removed, fill in the hollows with loose materials and smaller junk.

(2) Big and bulky towards the bottom

Appliances and furniture often occupy the most space in a skip. Place larger items at the bottom to allow smaller materials to filter down and fill up the gaps.

(3) Use bin bags wisely

You may have gathered some waste in plastic bin bags. Pop a small hole in each bag to press out the air before dropping them into the skip. Compressing bin bags provides more working space in the skip.

Alternatively, empty your waste into the skip directly. Have your skip hire company drop off the skip closest to where you need it most on the property.

(4) Flatten cardboard boxes

Cardboard is not as malleable as paper and can result in a good deal of air pockets if not dealt with properly. Flatten cardboard boxes and use them to line the floor of the skip. Cardboard will also compress and save space with all the heavier items pressing down.

(5) Break trees and branches into smaller chunks

Skips can take a surprising number of materials types – plants and trees included. Make the most out of your garden refuse removal by having trees and branches broken down into smaller chunks. Smaller plant materials also means that your garden waste will decompose quicker at the landfill site, contributing to a sustainable environment.

(6) Know what not to dump

Local and national laws carefully restrict what items can be dumped at landfill sites. It’s therefore important to note what items are allowed in the skip before starting to load it up. This will save you from having to remove items at a later stage. Click here to view items that are not permitted in our skips.

(7) Allow wet sand to dry before loading

Wet sand can add a significant amount of weight and bulk to a loaded skip. This is problematic as the maximum loading line for sand is lower than that for garage junk and garden refuse. Leave wet sand to dry before loading into the skip to lower the final weight and fit in more.