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Top Tips for Loading a Skip

Top Tips for Loading a Skip

If you overfill your skip you’ll either have to hire a second one or pay a fine — either way you’re out of pocket. 

But you can avoid this altogether by choosing a suitable skip size and loading it efficiently.

This article will explain the best way to choose a skip and the ideal way to load one.

Choosing a skip

The first step to any successful building project is hiring the skip. Skips come in a variety of types and sizes — make sure you find one that’s large enough to carry all your waste but small enough so you’re not overpaying.

Check out our skip size guide to find the most suitable skip for your project. Our guide contains detailed information about the different types of skips available. Choose a type, choose a size and we’ll deliver it to your door.

Filling a skip

Much like playing Tetris, the key to filling a skip is to use every available pocket of space.

Begin by separating your waste into four categories:

  • Flat items — these include cardboard and paper
  • Tessellate objects —  these include bricks and tiles
  • Bulky items — these include furniture and appliances
  • Debris — this includes soil and sand

Layer 1 — Flat items

Begin by flattening cardboard boxes and similar items. Place these into the skip to create a bottom layer. You always want to load your items in layers, rather than stacking on top of one another. Once a layer is complete, then you can begin loading the second layer. You may need to cut or tear the cardboard/paper to fill small gaps in each layer.

Layer 2 — Tessellate items

Tessellate items are heavier objects that can fit together, like bricks or tiles. These should be placed in the skip in the same way as the flat items — in layers. The tessellate items should weigh the flat items down to create more space.

Layer 3 — Bulky items

Begin by deconstructing your bulkier items into smaller parts. If you have a table, for example, try removing the legs from the tabletop. Ideally you want your bulky items to be broken down into as many individual parts as possible to utilise all the available space. 

Once deconstructed, place the largest of your items on the first layer and then fill any remaining gaps of that layer with suitable smaller items. Once the gaps have been filled, repeat this process, building up layer by layer.

Layer 4 — Debris

Debris should go on last because it will fill the empty pockets of space left by other layers. Try pouring your debris directly into these gaps where you can.


At Smith Recycling, we provide professional skip hire and waste management services for customers in Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas. We offer a range of skip types and sizes, catering to domestic and commercial projects at all scales. If you need a skip for your project, get in contact with our team.

Give us a call today on 01908 394 231


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