Skip bins provide plenty of benefits to everyone, including home and business owners. But there’s typically a vast difference between these two groups. Those from the commercial sector are required to follow strict health and safety guidelines, which also concern their use of skip bins. On the other hand, residents, in general, are not subjected to the same stern regulations.

However, for you to make the most out of your skip bin, you should use them properly. Here are six of the best ways to ensure you are utilising your skip safely upon waste disposal:

1. Be Prepared for the Skip Bin’s Arrival

Here at Backyard Bins, we stick to a precise schedule, which means you have clear information about the skip bin’s delivery time and date. We advise that residents have a clear cut plan before the skip arrives. The most significant part of the plan is knowing where to place the skip bin.

Pick a location in your property that’s stable and flat. The area should not have any obstructions. It helps when loading the rubbish so that you will not find it difficult to go to that particular area. Having this plan in place will certainly help reduce and even prevent any damages to your property and injuries to people and pets.

2. Talk to Your Skip Bin Service Provider

Communication is key in, well, everything, including your skip bin delivery. Make sure that you reach out to the team on the scheduled date and time of the skip’s arrival. It’s helpful not only for the provider but for you, as well. Suppose you hired Backyard Bins as your provider. In that case, we can guarantee that we will maintain good contact with you so that we can receive proper instructions from you. Whilst we’re Perth locals and thus have the knowledge about Perth and its suburbs, we may not be familiar with your location unless you have been a client of ours.

Therefore, we will require clear directions from you, particularly regarding where to position the skip bin. We ask our clients to keep the area clean and clear with no children, pets, and spectators around as much as possible. That way, accidents and headaches can easily be avoided.

Once our team has placed the skip bin on your property, please don’t attempt to move it. Skip bins are pretty heavy, especially with the waste you have dumped. You cannot easily move them to another location in your backyard without proper equipment. Attempting to do so will not only damage your property but may also cause serious injuries. That’s why it’s essential to know exactly where you should position the skip.

3. Dispose of the Heaviest Items First

This tip makes a lot of sense. Think about it. If you’re moving and you pack your possessions, you never put your pillows in the bottom of the box. Placing heavier items on top of the cushions would cause the container to topple over. That’s why it becomes difficult to move and manoeuvre the box. This concept is applicable when using skip bins.

When you place heavy items on top of light things, the skip bin could spill the contents when it’s loaded onto the truck. Worse, it could fall off the truck, risking injuries to people near the vehicle. To ensure the safety of your property and everyone else, remember to place heavy items first. Please keep them at the bottom of the bin as you load your waste.

worker depositing rubbish in in skip bin

4. Be Sensible When Loading Your Rubbish

When you’re in a hurry to finish your tasks, you probably just throw waste into the bin without even looking. We’ve probably done it at least once in our lifetime, but it’s certainly not a safe habit.

Another thing that you have to think about is to take care of your back when loading waste into the bin. Many people neglect this part of the body as they try to carry heavy items. Doing so, especially repeatedly, can injure your back. The best way to avoid this issue is to simply ask for help from another adult in your household.

When loading rubbish, keep your back straight and bend your knees. Rely on the strength of your legs as you lift heavy items. Don’t overestimate the health and robustness of your back since back injuries are no laughing matter.

5. Don’t Crush Rubbish Using Your Feet

Some people would go over the skip bin and try to crush the materials down with their feet. That way, they can utilise the space provided by the bin. It may look like a good idea when you’re running out of room for your rubbish, but it can cause serious injuries. Let’s say your home is currently undergoing renovation. You most likely have debris like glass, metal, pieces of wood, and nails in the bin. Trying to crush waste with your feet (even if you’re wearing shoes) can lead to cuts and lacerations.

6. Don’t Overfill the Skip Bin

For the best value for money, we recommend getting a larger bin than what you think you need. This is for your safety and for us to avoid issues as we transport rubbish, as well. Overloaded skips violate the laws, not to mention the hazard associated with them. It’s illegal to move overfilled skip bins, so avoid filling them up beyond what’s allowed. If you cannot close the lid, it’s undoubtedly overloaded.

Before you hire a skip bin, ensure that you have planned its use to determine the best skip size for the task. If you are still unsure, give Backyard Bins a call. We will guide you in choosing the suitable skip for your project.

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