Five Tips for Maximising the Space in Your Skip Bin During a Home Renovation Project

A skip bin can be invaluable if you are doing a home renovation project, but as you throw gypsum board, old carpet and other items into your skip, it may get full too quickly. Want to maximise the space in your skip so that you can fit in as much rubbish as possible? Then check out these tips.

1. Donate or give away anything useable.

In most cases, during a home renovation, you will get rid of a lot of things that someone else may use. If possible, avoid putting those items into those skip. Instead, list them on a swap and trade site on the Internet, or create a "free" pile next to your skip for neighbours to use.

2. Recycle electronics and white goods.

In most cases, you are not allowed to throw old electronics and white goods such as appliances in landfills. Because of that, you should arrange a recycler to pick up these items. It is required in most areas, and it helps free up space in your skip.

3. Put large items in the skip first.

When you are filling a container, it is typically more effective to put in the large objects first. Then, they can find the space they need, and as you put in smaller items, they can fill in the spaces between your large items. When doing a home remodel, put old bathtubs, rolls of carpet or other large items in your skip first. Keep this in mind and adjust the flow of your renovation project accordingly as needed.

4. Break down items to make them smaller.

It's pretty hard to break down old bathtubs and rolls of carpet, but during your renovation, you will find other objects that can be broken down. Grab your hacksaw, ax or knife and make those objects smaller before you throw them in the skip.

For example, if you remove a wall and you have a large piece of gypsum board, break it into smaller pieces so that it is easier to fit into your skip tightly.

5. Pour bagged rubbish directly into the skip.

As you renovate, you will likely end up with a lot of bags of rubbish. If you want to maximise space, you should empty these bags of rubbish into your skip.

Imagine you have a roll of carpet and a stack of old paving stones in your skip. When you throw in a whole bag of rubbish, it hits the carpet and paving stones and balances on top of them. As a result, the space between these two objects and beneath the bag is just wasted empty space. In contrast, if you empty the bag into the skip, all of the rubbish conveniently fits into the area between those two objects. That helps create extra space for more rubbish.