Reducing Garbage Waste and Saving Money on Garbage Removal

6 Tips for Packing your Skip Bin to Maximize Usage

by Clarence Robinson

Whether you're getting through a home renovation or conducting major spring cleaning and decluttering in your home, hiring a skip bin can be an effective way to get rid of the rubbish that you collect. There are many advantages to hiring skip bins, but convenience comes at the top, since you can simply order it online, have it delivered to your doorstep, pack it the way you want and have it collected.

Below are tips to help you maximize space as you're filling the bin, so that you can save money by getting as much rubbish out on a trip as you can.

1. Sort your junk

Sort your rubbish according to type and size before loading it on the skip to help maximise space. Do not fill valuable space getting rid of rubbish that can be removed by your regular garbage removal service. For instance, plant, grass and tree cuttings can be thrown in your green bin while recyclable waste like bottles and paper can be thrown in the yellow bin.

2. Choose the right bin size

Think carefully about the amount of trash you want to remove using your skip before hiring one, so that you're sure you have the right size. Depending on the amount of rubbish, hire a skip that's a slightly bigger size in case your estimation was wrong; it's better to have a larger bin than a smaller one. Skip bin hire prices increase according to the size of bin, but getting a larger bin at the outset will be cheaper than asking for an additional small bin if the one you took is too small.

3. Don't leave spaces

Sorting your junk can help to ensure you leave no empty pockets when packing your skip. Begin with bulky items like furniture, and then pack around them with smaller items to ensure no empty pockets remain. Use hollow spaces in things like furniture, tubs and buckets to pack more trash.

4. Elevate the skip

Rest a block of wood or piece of old carpeting underneath the skip before you start loading it, especially if it's sitting on pavers or concrete. This will ensure your pavers/concrete isn't scratched when the skip is lifted during collection once filled.

5. Place on private property

It is best to place your skip inside your property, as you may need local council approval to place a skip on public property depending on where you live. You also don't want to worry about traffic or neighbours sneaking their own rubbish into your skip if it's on your turf.

6. Don't throw asbestos or food

Asbestos or food waste shouldn't be thrown into the skip. There are health and safety risks with asbestos removal, therefore look for professional asbestos handlers if you need to get rid of asbestos-containing material. Food waste can be removed by your regular removal service, so don't waste the valuable skip space on it.