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We know what you’re thinking – just chuck it all in! But there are ways of doing it to make it easier on yourself and to fit more in, giving you even better value for money. So read our step by step guide below to make sure you fill your skip the best way you can!


1. Think about what will go in 

What waste do you have to dispose of? What type of waste is it? How big are the individual items? You may be having a clear out of your loft, garage or garden, or taking on a project to keep you occupied when there’s not much else you can do! Once you know what you will need to dispose of it will be easier to get the right skip booked.

2. Research what’s available

SOLAR Skip Hire have a range of skips to offer, everything from mini skips, right up to 40-yard containers and everything in between. Check out our individual skip pages to find out the exact sizes of the available skips and what their capacities are. This will help you decide which skip you’ll need to go for.

3. Order online

Once you’ve decided which skip is suitable for you, get an online quote and book yours today. You can choose the delivery date, which can be as soon as the next working day if you wish!

4. Position your skip well

Have a think about the best place to have your skip positioned. It needs to be a place where you can get to it easily and with enough room around it for hoisting things in. You should also ensure that it’s not blocking anything else – including your cars! If you’re having it positioned on your driveway, make sure you leave enough space to get your cars in and out as well!

5. Flat things first!

Always place flatter or heavier items at the bottom of the skip. Flat items such as doors, radiators, fence panels and old flooring are best placed at the bottom, as are heavy things like bricks, concrete and breeze blocks. If you have any glass to put in, lean them up against the side to try to keep them in one piece.

6. Avoid gaps

If you have a lot of stuff to fit in, try to place everything carefully in the skip, keeping it as compacted as possible. Try to avoid air gaps as this is wasted space!

7. Use a wheelbarrow

Make the job easier on yourself by using a wheelbarrow to move your waste from where it is to the skip – it will save a lot of energy, rather than lugging everything by hand!

8. Prioritise

If you do find that you have more waste than you can fit into your skip, prioritise what you really do not want left hanging around. Get rid of the most unsightly stuff first! You can always book another skip in a few weeks’ time, especially if you have further clear outs or projects planned.

9. Garden waste

Remember that you can put garden waste in your skip if you have space. It’s one type of waste that often gets forgotten about, but freeing your garden of this waste will give you a nicer outlook and more space at a time when all we have is our gardens!

10. Leave yourself enough time

You’ll be able to keep the skip for up to 14 days but make sure that you’ve finished filling it by the time the 14 days is up – or by the arranged collection date if this is earlier. There’s nothing worse than running out of time and not finishing off the job!

11. Don’t over fill your skip

Most skips have the expression ‘Level Loads only’ clearly written on the side and the terms and conditions of skip hire will also specify the same.  This means you should never fill your skip above the height of its sides. If you exceed this height then you risk the skip lorry driver refusing to collect your skip or asking you to empty out all the extra stuff before he removes it.  This is because overloaded skips are dangerous to transport since stuff could fall out on route and cause damage or injury to others.


  • Wood
  • Cement
  • Rubble
  • Tiles
  • Bricks
  • Electrical cabling
  • Metal
  • Glass
  • Kitchen and bathroom fixtures and fittings
  • Flooring
  • Old toys and furniture
  • Garden waste


  • Liquid waste of any kind
  • Batteries
  • Fridges
  • Freezers
  • Televisions or computer screens
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Clinical waste

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