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26 NovHow to Load a Skip Bin

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There are some things to keep in mind when you load a skip bin. Overfilling will result in an excess charge on top of the bin hire, and sometimes it means the skip bin company can’t pick up the bin while it’s still overloaded.

It’s better for both you and the skip bin company if you load the bin correctly. Below is some information on how to load a skip bin, and why there are limits imposed on filled bins in the first place.


How much can I put in the skip bin?

You shouldn’t load a skip bin above the top line.


Why can’t I fill it above the rim?

Restrictions on overfilling a skip bin are in place due to occupational health and safety legislation which states that it is illegal to transport a waste container beyond its dimensional limits (large fines and demerit points apply to truck drivers if caught doing this).

Full skip bins are to be covered while in transit. Though tarpaulins may be used to prevent waste material escaping during transit, they do not have sufficient structural integrity to prevent heavy debris from dislodging.

A good question to ask yourself if you think you might be overloading the bin is: ‘Would I feel safe driving behind a skip bin truck that was transporting this bin?’ If the answer is no, you need to remove the excess waste.


How should I load a skip bin in order to maximise my bin load without overfilling?

Here are a few tips that will help you maximise use of your bin space without overloading it:

– Pack the skip bin carefully and leave no airspace where possible. Lay flat objects (for example, table tops) down first, and then load bulkier or heaver items.

– Break down or crush bigger items where possible (e.g. furniture).

– Don’t put recyclable items in the bin. Your local council may recycle it for free. This includes cardboard, glass and plastic bottles etc.

– Arrange to store the bin on your property rather than on the street. This will help avoid people disposing of their trash in your bin as they walk by.


Being aware of, and avoiding, overloading your skip bin maintains legal safety requirements and prevents additional hassle when the skip bin company retrieves the filled bin. Make sure you get the right skip bin size for your needs and you should have no problems.

If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us today!