3 Tips to Fill Your Skip Bin Like a Pro

When you ordered your skip bin, you likely read over the most basic rules for usage. You know that you should never put car batteries, appliances and cleaning products in your skip bin. You even read a few warnings about not smoking near your bin or keeping children away from your bin.

But one rule gave you slight pause: do not overfill your bin.

Understandably, you don’t want to pay extra for trips to empty your skip bin over and over again. So what can you do to save money and maximise your available skip bin space?

1. Sort Your Rubbish

As you renovate and clean your home or worksite, you may feel tempted to throw your trash and rubbish into the bin as you work. After all, keeping a clean workspace not only reduces the likelihood of accidents but allows you to complete your work quickly.

However, when you randomly and sporadically throw your construction materials and other waste into your skip bin, you leave a lot of air pockets that could easily fit smaller debris you want to throw away. Furthermore, you might accidently toss items that you could donate, sell or turn into compost.

Before you put anything into your skip bin, take a few minutes to sort what you have. Consider selling items in good condition (such as old furniture) or donating working appliances (such as an outdated refrigerator) to your local charity home.

Although you could put recyclables in your bin, you could save space by adding paper, cardboard and certain plastics in your personal recycling bin and have the city remove that waste for free. Save your hired skip bin space for concrete, tiles, rubble and similar materials.

2. Pack Like You’re Playing Tetris

In the game of Tetris, your goal is to take an assortment of pieces and make them fit together in such a way that they don’t go above the top of the screen. Similarly, you need to take your assortment of rubbish and make everything fit together so it doesn’t overfill your bin.

With both the game and your skip bin, you want to lay pieces that will act as your foundation. If you have any items that sit flat, such as unwanted timber or sheet metal, put them down first. Next, place your bulkier, heavier items, such as concrete and household junk. You can then slide smaller, lighter items in between your heavier items and place any leftover debris on top.

Additionally, you want to distribute the weight of your skip bin as evenly as possible to reduce the risk of tipping. While you don’t have to create a perfectly balanced load, you should not put all your heavy materials on one side and your light materials on the other.

 3. Break Down Bulky Items

By their sheer design, some items naturally take up more space than others, despite weighing less. Old tabletops, work benches and garden trimmings, for example, may quickly fill up your skip bin and leave little room for heavier items such as bricks, tiles and plumbing pipes.

Fortunately, some items will crush easily, giving you plenty of extra room. If possible, remove any legs or arms from damaged furniture and dissemble broken-down appliances. Fill hollow items, such as buckets and tubs, with rubbish, and chop up any especially large branches or timber.

Do not attempt to crush items with your feet, especially if the rubbish is already in your skip bin. The garbage on top may hide broken glass or shattered timber, and you could severely injure yourself in the process.

Make the Most of Your Skip Bin

When you follow these basic loading tips, you can fill every last centimetre of your skip bin without overfilling it. But if you worry that your project may be too big for your skip bin, consider upgrading to a larger size, just in case.

Backyard Bins Team

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