30 Mar 2022
how-full-can-a-skip-be

You have your skip and you’re ready to pack as much as possible into your skip, but now you’ve already taken up a lot of room and wonder ‘How full can a skip be?’. Don’t worry, here at Colson Skips, we know pretty much everything there is to know about the industry and we’re here to help. 

How full can a skip be in short: You can fill up to the line, which should be marked on the inside walls of your skip. You may also have to think about the weight of the rubbish as some skip providers have certain weight restrictions.

We have a guide on how to fill your skip, so you can make the most out of how much space you have.
If you’re looking for a skip to hire, why not get in touch with Colson Skips today?

Make sure that you choose the right size in the first place

You will only be able to fill your skip as high as the fill line, which will be marked around the sides of the skip. In the case that you exceed this line, it might not be collected as it could be considered dangerous to move. 

You may be thinking ‘how will I predict how much waste I need to fit into a skip?’. You’re right, it can be hard to predict, which is why we’ve gone into detail on this topic in our blog ‘what size skip do I need?’. It’s always best to predict as accurately as possible to avoid having to order a second skip.

If you’re looking for a brief overview, here’s a rough guide:

  • 4-yard skip (40 bags full of rubbish)
  • 6-yard skip (60 bags full of rubbish)
  • 8-yard skip (80 bags full of rubbish)
  • 12-yard skip (120 bags full of rubbish)

Are you looking to hire a skip? Get in touch with Colson skips today.

How full can a skip be? Health and safety precautions

At Colson Skips, the safety of our customers the general public and our drivers are highly important to us. This is why marked clearly on our skips is a fill line. This makes it easy for our customers and drivers to identify whether the skip is too full.

Ignoring the fill line can have a negative impact on:

  • Safety of pedestrians or drivers who could get hit by items that fall out of the skip
  • Waste that is sticking out of your skip may clip people or vehicles going past
  • Lighter items might blow out of the skip and cause problems to the environment
  • Balancing items could cause a ‘landslide’ of waste out of the skip
  • An overfilled skip is likely to spill 

Are you looking to hire a skip? Get in touch with Colson skips today.

How to make the most out of skip space

If you don’t buy a skip big enough, don’t panic, there are ways to maximise the space you have without going over the fill line. Below we have identified some space-saving tips to make sure that you make the most out of your skip.

  • Lay flat items such as doors on the floor of the skip
  • Break up any bulky items such as furniture as this will reduce the amount of internal space
  • Place lighter items at the bottom of the skip, so the heavier items can flatten the lower layers
  • Load heavier items on the top of the skip to flatten the lighter waste

Thank you for reading our blog ‘How full can a skip be?’. Are you looking to hire a skip? Get in touch with Colson skips today.