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How to Load a Skip Effectively

Here at A&R Skips of Wigan we like to advise on the best practice when it comes to filling a skip. Whether you’re throwing out a few items or taking on a larger renovation project, it’s always important to load your skip efficiently. Not only does this keep you or any onsite workers safe, but it also prevents you from overspending on a large skip that’s not needed, or even worse getting charged for overfilling your skip!

Tips for loading a skip efficiently

Loading a skip is like a game of tetris: you’ve got to make sure every space is filled.

Begin by separating your waste into four categories:

  • Flat items – such as cardboard and paper
  • Hard Core – such as bricks and tiles
  • Bulky items – such as furniture and appliances
  • Debris – such as soil and sand

Flat items

Flatten down any cardboard boxes before placing them into the skip.
Place your flat items into the bottom of the skip, but don’t stack them on top of each other. Instead, create a layer, and only begin stacking once the first layer is complete. The key to loading your skip effectively is to go layer by layer.

Hard Core

Load your hard core items into the skip in into layers. Remember to fill as much space as you can on one layer before moving onto the next.

Bulky items

You’ll first need to break down your bulky items into smaller parts. If you are getting rid of a table, for example, you’ll want to try and remove the legs so that you can load the tabletop and legs separately. This is the best way to utilise all the available space.

Once you’ve deconstructed your bulky items, you’ll want to load them into your skip and fill as much space as you possibly can.


Fill all remaining pockets of space with your loose debris.

What happens if I overfill my skip?

We will have to charge customers extra who go over the skip limit and overfill our skips.
Skips that are too full are dangerous to transport; the items could easily fall out and hurt someone during the removal process.
If you’re unsure which skip is best for your project please contact us directly and we can advise on the best suited skip.
We’ll also recycle as much of your waste as we can. On average, we recycle 90% of the waste we receive.

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