So you’ve got a massive clean-up project to tackle, but what sized skip bin do you need? Are there any weight restrictions? And how can you ensure you fill it as efficiently as possible to save some money? Here’s our handy guide on how to fill your skip bin the right way.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT SKIP FOR THE JOB
Before hiring a skip bin, you’ll need to work out how much skip space you require. Skip bins come in a wide range of sizes and for a several waste types. Prices are dependent on the size, measured in cubic metres. If practical, it is a good idea to gather all the items you’ll be placing in your skip in the one spot. Group them by size, type and shape so you can decide what will go where and how you’ll make the best use of the space. Check out here for more info on estimating skip sizes, and here for details on different waste types, or click the help icon when getting your instant online quote.
CONSIDER WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS
Certain types of waste have weight restrictions. When you get your instant online quote, click on the help icon after you click on each type of waste to see if a weight restriction applies, and what the small penalty would be for any additional kilograms.
AVOID OVER FILLING YOUR SKIP BIN
When loading your skip bin, bear in mind that you cannot legally fill it above the rim. This is part of Australia’s health & safety legislation. It is actually illegal to transport any type of waste container beyond its dimensional limits. Overfilled skip bins are unsafe for travel and therefore most companies (including us) won’t take the chance of incurring heavy fines or endangering people’s safety.
PACK YOUR SKIP BIN TIGHTLY
The key here is to pack the skip bin in a way that makes the most out of the space you have. If you have a mixture of materials, start with flat objects like sheet metal, plywood and unwanted timber, and ensure they all lie flat in the same direction.
Next, follow with heavy and bulky items like old table tops and household junk. Break down any bigger items like tree limbs into smaller pieces, remove any arms and legs from furniture and dissemble old appliances where possible.
Lightweight items such as green waste can then go on top, but as you fill the skip bin it is good practice to ensure you’re distributing the weight as evenly as possible.
AVOID AIR POCKETS
When hiring a skip bin, aim to pack it as tightly as possible to minimise gaps and air pockets. A bit like a jigsaw puzzle, it is good practice to slot smaller items between bulky items to get the most out of your transport costs. After all, there is no point paying for air! You might also want to fill up hollow objects like pots and buckets with other rubbish.
CONSIDER THE ENVIRONMENT
Reduce, reuse, recycle. When it come to caring for our planet, before you even start packing your skip bin, it is worth considering if any of your waste can be sold, donated or repurposed. Also, when you sort your waste into a single type (such as clean waste or soil and dirt only), our partners will be able to divert a larger proportion of rubbish from landfill.
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
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