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Disposing of Vinyl flooring in Skip Bins

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What is Important to consider when Disposing of Vinyl flooring in Skip Bins?

Important factors when disposing of vinyl floor coverings are:

  1. What sort of vinyl is to be disposed of?
    Vinyl Flooring comes in a few different forms. First of all Vinyl can come as either Floor tiles or rolls of vinyl. These types then also come in commercial and residential forms.  The commercial vinyl is usually more hardwaring and will be better suited to heavier foot traffic. The Residential vinyl will be more aligned to the needs of the home so it might be cushioned and more oriented to decorating fashions. These factors will generally effect the thickness of the vinyl flooring and also the potential density of the flooring materil.  Commercial vinyl flooring is likely to be thicker and heavier to acheive the objective of being more hardwaring. Meanwhile the residential viynl might be less dense due it it being cushioned which would normally invoilve incudling some material that holds air in the material to give the cushioning effect.
  2. How is the vinyl to be packed into the skip bin?
    When dealing with vinyl tiles this are predominantly stacked in a skip bin. This is often the case as they are lifted from the floor and stacked and then carried in pile to the bin and then placed in the bin in stacks. Such stacks would have little air or space inbetween than and hence the density of the piles will be close to the density of the source vinyl tile density. This is easily found from the packaging of the original packs of the tiles. Generic Vinyl Composition Tiles that are typical 30 cm x 30 cm x 0.3 cm typically weigh in at about 0.6 kg each. So this equates to about about 6.8 Kg per square meter (which is about 11 tiles). Thus a cubic meter of such tiles stacked up would be 2.25 tonnes.
    The weight of a cubic meter of tiles highlights that the material is heavy (if not very heavy). What distorts the weight of Vinyl flooring is how it is place in a bin. If the vinyl is a roll of the material is to be placed in the bin it could be rolled or folded. Rolling the vinyl has the effect of aerating the material asin the core of the roll will be a column of air. This column of air can effectively reduce the density of the flooring material by 50%. So if the the flooring was rolled into small tubes of flooring vinyl then the weight of a cubic meter of such tubes could be about  1.1 kg (or just over a tonne).  Where the rolls are larger (i.e. the allow being rolled up is long then the width) then the weight of the tubes is likely to be higher and could increase to 1.5 tonne per cubic meter.  
  3. How much vinyl is there to be removed?
    So the starting point for planning the removal of vinyl in a skip bin is to work out what the area of flooring is to be removed as an area. For example if you have vinyl from a hall that is 30m by 20m then you have 600 square meters of flooring. At this point it would be best to check the thickness of the vinyl if possible.  Vinyl can vary in thickness from 1mm to 8mm in thickness. Assuming the thickness of the vinyl is the same as the generic then the solid volume of waste vinyl you would have is 1.8 cubic meters. If well stacked into the bin this might need a 2 cubic meter bin.  If the material is type rolls then this could required between 3 and 4 cubic meters. If the virnyl is being foldeed to be placed in the bottom of the bin then the packing density could be even lower and a 6 meter bin might be needed.
    Back to checking the thickness (or depth) of the vinyl floowing. If the vinyl is 7 mm think rather than the 3 mm used in the previous paragraph you will have more than double the volume of waste vinayl and hence will need 2 to 3 time as much bin space. It is also likely that is the volume of the vinyl increases then the weight of the material will also increase.

Key Vinyl Skip Bin Points to Remember

  1. Vinyl is heavy and if stacked into a skip bin it is very, very heavy.
  2. The Volume of skip bin needed for the disposel of vinyl can double or tremble if packed poorly into a skip bin.
  3. The properties of your vinyl can vary drastically from the Generic Vinyl Composition Tiles we have used as the basis of this discussion. So where possible alway check what the properties of you vinyl are and use them when calculating what services you need.
  4. If in doubt call Bins Skips Waste and Recycling to dicuss you needs 


  • Authored By:Stephen Shergold
  • Updated:13/08/2019