Tips for using a skip bin

July 30, 2016

There are many reasons why someone may choose to hire a skip bin. If you are looking to knock your house down, undergo some renovations or simply clean the place up a bit, a skip bin can be your best tool.

If you are professional in the building, renovation, construction or landscaping industry hiring a skip bin is a part of daily work life.

Whatever your reason for using it, we have some tips that can save you money as well as prevent damage to your home or driveway:

  1. Check whether you need a permit: If you are planning on putting the skip bin on your own property or building site, you shouldn’t need a permit. But if you plan to put the bin on the street or a nature strip, then you will need to obtain a council permit To save yourself some money, make room to place the bin on your own property to avoid needing to pay for a permit. If you do need a permit, Moorabbin Bin Hire can organise it for you.
  2. Think about the materials going into the bin: Before you hire a bin, have a think about what you are actually planning on putting into it. There are different types of bin hire for different types of material, so knowing this up front could end up saving you money. At Moorabbin Bin Hire we specialise in mixed loads so you can throw it all into the one bin if you need to. However, if you are doing a single waste type you may be applicable for a discount so it is worth thinking this through before hiring. However, please note that asbestos removal is not usually included as part of a skip bin service. You will need to look for a specific asbestos removal company if you come across asbestos in your home. Other materials not allowed are; hazardous waste (batteries etc), food products, liquids and paint. You will also need to specify to your bin company if you are planning on disposing of electrical items as not all companies will accept this kind of waste. Save yourself money by discussing these things up front rather than having a load rejected at collection time.
  3. Don’t throw just anything in: Don’t just throw all of your rubbish into the bins. We’ve already covered what not to put into a bin in the above point, but even with the materials that are allowed, you should still be selective with what goes in. Remember to use your own council bins and council clean up times for some waste too. The more you can dispose of through those methods, the more you can fit into your skip bin, meaning you may not have to hire a second one if it fills up too quickly.
  4. Pack tightly but don’t overfill: Once you have a bin on your property, don’t waste space! Don’t just throw empty boxes in without first folding them down and make sure you fill up all of the extra little spaces and crevices. However, take note of the maximum fill line and don’t go over it. Sneaking just a little extra on top can end up costing you more money as the bin collectors won’t take the additional rubbish with them, leaving it with you to dispose of.
  5. Don’t put the bin directly on the ground: If you are putting the skip bin on your property, place it on planks of wood. This will stop it from scratching your driveway. If you are putting it on grass, still lift the bin so that the grass underneath won’t die.
  6. Pick a size: You will notice on our homepage that there are various skip bin sizes you can hire. But which one is right for you? It is hard to say, without knowing the extent of the job you are doing, so please call us to discuss in further detail. As a rough guide, a renovation of one main room (such as bathroom or kitchen) will require a 4 cubic metre bin. A deceased estate where you will be getting rid of the majority of household items will require a much larger one – start with the 12 cubic metre and go from there. If you are moving house and are taking most items with you, get a 2 to 3 cubic metre bin.
  7. Plan in advance: Although we can sometimes deliver a bin to you on the same day you book it, this is not something we can always guarantee. Your best bet is to plan in advance so you can be assured that you’ll receive your bin exactly when you need it.
  8. Protect your skip: While you are in possession of the skip, you are responsible for anything that goes into it. That means that if anyone walks by and throws a prohibited material into the bin, you are still responsible. This is another good reason to have the skip placed on your property rather than on the street.