Why You Shouldn’t Overload Your Skip

If you need to get rid of some of your old things, or if you’re making renovations on your garden to prepare it for summer (it is, after all, National Gardening Week!) and have rubbish to dispose of, hiring a skip is always a great solution. The large sizes of skips, when compared to normal bins, allow you to put more in, and to put large items as well, although that doesn’t mean you can just keep on piling trash on top of trash until the skip is overflowing.

Usually you’re not allowed to exceed the height of the skip walls, although you should ask your provider when you hire one. This is because:

Safety Hazards

If your skip is overflowing, it can quickly become a danger. Jagged pieces, pointy ends, falling rubbish… everything you want to avoid when filling a skip, not only for your safety, but also for everyone else’s. It might happen that you miscalculated how much waste you had to dispose of, so overloading the skip might be very tempting. Still, you might want to think about hiring a second one instead.


Think of the Neighbours

Hiring a skip is easy and fast but, since you’ll be disposing of waste, you might want to warn your neighbours of your plans, so that you won’t inconvenience them. It’s equally important to consider the location of the skip, so if you’re placing it outside, on a public street, you have to be careful not to block any access.

Also, an overloaded skip is a sore sight for your neighbours, as well as a danger, so you should make sure you hire the right skip size for all the rubbish you want to get rid of, or you run the risk of annoying your neighbours!

Legal Restrictions

Not overloading the skip is not just a question of danger or neighbourly friendliness, it’s also the law. You can be faced with a fee if your skip is overflowing, and the other likely case is that your waste will remain there, as the driver will probably not take it – since they’re endangering themselves when transporting an overflowing skip, as well as damaging the lorry and public property, as there’s a risk of flying debris.

Using your skip responsibly is vital, so in order not to overload it, plan ahead and account for all the waste you’d like to get rid of, so that you won’t be faced with too much rubbish and not enough space. If you’d like to learn more about acquiring a skip, get in touch with us on 01506 411141. We’re always on hand to help with any questions you might have.

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