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Top Tips: What to Consider Before Hiring a Skip

Looking to Hire a Skip?

At Wellington Waste Management, we understand that people have concerns about how to dispose of waste. We’ve provided our list of top tips to make hiring a skip as simple and easy as possible.

1. Don’t Underestimate the Size of Skip you Need

People often hire a skip that is too small and overload it. It’s easy to be tempted to overfill a skip if you’re close to the end of the project and realise that your skip is too small. What’s the worst that could happen? Well, put plainly, overloading a skip is unsafe. It is also irresponsible. There are two main issues that arise when you exceed a skip’s fill level:

  • Making the skip too heavy: an overloaded skip is usually too heavy to transport safely. Remember, your skip provider will have to collect your skip by having it lifted back onto their truck. A skip that’s too heavy could make this dangerous – or even impossible. Heavy skips can damage the truck, the lifting mechanisms or the operatives themselves during transportation.
  • Presenting a threat to the general public: waste which extends over the skip walls – overhanging, dangling or protruding away from the skip – could present a health and safety hazard to the public. Again, during lifting and transportation, unsecured waste extending outwards from the skip could fall or shift, harming other drivers or pedestrians. We reserve the right to refuse to take away an overloaded skip– and you could be charged for the inconvenience.

For help in deciding which size skip you will need, check out our skip size guide.


If you make a mistake and find you have more rubbish than you thought when the skip arrives, please contact us and we will provide advice.

2. Check that Your Items are Allowed in a Skip

Hiring a skip with us means you will not have to worry too much about organising your waste as most non-hazardous materials can be put into our skips. For example, garden waste, soil, bricks, rubble, general household waste, wood, cardboard, plastics, metal, old furniture, bathroom and kitchen fitments.

Waste is classified as ‘hazardous’ if it has the potential to harm our health or the environment. Hazardous waste, whether produced, received or transported, is subject to regulations within the UK.

At Wellington Waste we can assist you with the disposal of hazardous waste such as asbestos. This cannot be handled via a standard skip but we can supply special skips to do the job. There are specific processes to follow before such waste is disposed but we can arrange for correct and safe disposal on your behalf.

If you have other hazardous waste for which you need advice or disposal facilities, please contact us and we will see how we can help.


3. How to Load a Skip Efficiently

It’s a good idea to place the rubbish near to where the skip will be before it arrives if possible. Any items that are flat or can be flattened should go in first, followed by big, heavy items and then lighter items on top (make sure to fill in any gaps as you go). It’s also worth crushing any items you can to maximise space and stop anything blowing away or falling off when in transit.

Loading a skip inefficiently will mean a great deal of space is wasted, so it’s important to get it right.

4. How Long to Hire a Skip For

The usual term for hire of our skips is 14 days. If you do not have space for a skip on your private property, we can apply to the council for a permit on your behalf. The permits typically last for 28 days.

To hire a skip from us, call 01823 664628 or email us at enquiries@wellingtonwaste.co.uk.

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