4 things to consider when hiring a Skip Bin

Whether you’re doing some home renovations, landscaping your yard or taking on a serious spring clean, chances are the rubbish will be more than your wheelie bin can handle. Hiring a skip bin is usually the most convenient option for dealing with these kinds of projects. However, there are a few things you should consider before you hire a skip to ensure you get the right bin for the job.

  1. What are you putting in the bin?

Most skip bin hire companies will have clear rules and regulations around what can and can’t be put into their bins. They also usually provide different bins for different types of rubbish. The three most common skip bin rubbish categories are general household waste, garden and green waste, and renovation and building waste. If you have a mix of these, then you may need to hire more than one bin.

There are also a number of materials that you can’t put into a skip bin. Common banned substances include asbestos, batteries, gas cylinders, insulation material, food waste, chemicals, explosives, poisons, medical waste, oils, paints, solvents and other harmful or dangerous materials.

Some skip bin companies will be able to handle these materials for you separately, but you will need to discuss this with your hire company and it will usually come at an extra cost on top of the skip hire.

  1. How much waste do you have?

Before hiring a bin, you should try to work out approximately how much waste you will have. That will help you to get the right skip size for your requirements.Skip bins are available in a range of sizes from two to more than 30 cubic metres, with the cost of the bin increasing with the size. Since it will be cheaper to hire a larger bin than hiring a second bin if you run out of space, you’re always better off going for a slightly larger skip than you think you’ll need.

Bin companies also have strict rules regarding the weight you can put into each bin and level to which the bins are filled. Overfilled bins can be a safety hazard and companies generally won’t remove a bin that has been overfilled.

Having a general idea of how much waste you will have to get rid of will help you to select the right size skip. Getting this right will save you time and money.

  1. Where are you putting the bin?

Once the skip bin hire company arrives with your bin, you will need to organise where to place the bin for the duration of the hire period. You will need a spot that’s easy for you to access and close to the worksite. It’s also best to try to place the bin on your own property, like in the driveway or on your front or back lawn.

If the bin is on your property then you won’t need to think about council permits and other people will be less likely to dump their rubbish in your skip. However, if space constraints are a problem, it may not be possible to place the skip on your own property. In that case, you can look at using your nature strip or placing it by the curb on the road. If the skip is sitting on public property, you may need a council permit (more on that below).

You should also take into account vehicle access when considering skip bin placement. While your front lawn may be the most convenient spot for the bin, if the delivery truck can’t easily access the space, then it won’t be able to place the skip there.

  1. Do you need a council permit?

If you are planning on putting the skip bin on the road, nature strip or other council land, you may need to get a skip bin permit from your local council. Generally, your skip bin hire company is the party responsible for getting council permission. However, if you are using a non-licensed bin company, the responsibility may fall to you. It’s always worth checking that your bin company is licensed and has the appropriate public liability insurance policy and necessary agreements.

Thinking about each of these factors will help you to get the right bin for your job and avoid any inconveniences, additional costs or even fines that may come with getting it wrong.

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Yashar Pirani

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