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How To Fill A Skip Like A Pro

Hiring a skip is easy, and you may think filling it is just as easy, right? 

Well, good news, it is! But, do you know how to fill a skip correctly? There is a little more to it than throwing in every piece of unwanted rubbish you can get your hands on. 

There are a few concerns that involve safety, as well as ensuring you’ll be getting your money’s worth. We at Kwik Skips are here to ensure your rubbish disposal process goes as smoothly as possible, so read through with us to learn how to fill a skip like a pro!

1. Don’t overfill

It’s easy to get carried away when you’re filling up a skip bin, and overfilling it. It’s a good idea to use the rim of the skip as an indicator for when it’s full. Overfilled skip bins are particularly unsafe on roads. You may not be aware but loose debris is prone to fly out and potentially cause damage, or even injury. If you think you have a lot of waste, opt for a larger skip bin size, or hire a second skip.

2. Heavy items first

Keeping the centre of gravity low is how you fill a skip bin the right way. Again, skip bins need to be transported and a high centre of gravity makes them prone to tipping. Any flat objects like timber and concrete should be placed in first, along with heavy and large bulky items. With the lighter items and smaller pieces of rubbish stacked up on top. 

3. Adhere to the correct waste materials

Do you know the type of waste you’re wanting to get rid of? You’ll want to make sure you know it, so you can hire the right skip. Waste needs to go to specific locations, such as to fill sites or processing plants for recycling. Any hazardous materials, like asbestos, chemicals, oils, and pesticides will need to be disposed of by removal specialists. Kwik Skips offers services for a range of different waste types including: 

  • General waste skip bins: anything that can be broken down from your households, such as wood, plastics, paper and metals. 
  • Green waste skip bins: green waste consists of biodegradable materials, such as grass and plant clippings, branches, leaves, weeds, bark and wood chips. 
  • Industrial and commercial skip bins: for the big-scale jobs, like building and construction sites. For this, we have larger bins that come with ramps, if need be. 

4. Skip Bin length is what counts, not height

When you’re filling up your skip bins, think horizontally not vertically. Try not to stack items and rubbish directly on top of one another, stack sideways instead. Otherwise, you’ll quickly reach the rim of the bin. This is a common issue found on worksites where multiple workers place items in the bin. Instruct the workers on how to properly place rubbish in the bin and make signs if it’s a consistent issue. 

5. Break down bulky items

The smaller the item is, the easier it is to pack. Items with odd shapes like furniture leave a lot of air and wasted space. Get the most out of your skip by breaking the larger items down.

With cardboard boxes, it’s simple, just tear away the tape and fold it flat. With furniture and wooden boxes, take a hammer to it and remove nails, and place the pieces in flat. 

6. Keep the weight evenly distributed

Skip bins that have been loaded up unevenly are just as unsafe as bins that are overfilled. We’re going back to transport, but it’s very important. With any truckload, it needs to be evenly distributed to ensure the truck itself doesn’t tip over on the road. For the safety of the driver, and everyone else on the road, fill the bin evenly. It’s easy to fill a skip evenly. If you have a heavy item on one end of the skip, even it out by placing another on the opposite end. 

Come get your fill with Kwik Skips!

As we said, filling a skip is easy as long as you take a few things into consideration. Now it’s time to get in touch with us for our skip bin hire in Perth! We offer a wide range of solutions for waste removal and we will collect the bin within 7 days. Reach out to us either by phone: (08) 9528 2272, email: or through our booking system.