As you plan for an upcoming landscaping project or household renovation, you know you’ll need a skip bin to handle the waste. But as the start date of your project comes up, you realise that you aren’t quite sure where to put the bin during use

Of course, the exact placement of your skip bin will depend on its size and on the layout of your property. But in this blog, we provide some best practices for properly placing your bin.

Do Check Overhead Clearance

All skip bin companies require a specific amount of overhead clearance. When considering your bin placement, think about the delivery truck, not just the skip bin.

The spot you choose should have no tree branches, eaves or utility lines that could interfere with the truck or the bin.

Do Elevate the Bin Off the Ground

Skip bins weigh quite a bit. If you feel concerned about your grass, driveway or pavers, place some planks under the bin to elevate it.

This simple step distributes the pressure of the skip bin while reducing the risk of scrapes and scratches.

Do Give the Delivery Truck Clear Access

The delivery truck must be able to drive to your chosen location and back out without trouble. Ensure any roadways or driveways you ask the technicians to use meet all width and capacity requirements for the truck. These requirements may differ from company to company.

Additionally, check with your skip bin company before requesting that technicians lift your bin over a fence or place the bin in your backyard.

Do Place the Bin on Your Own Property

In most cases, the only way to avoid needing a council permit for your skip bin is to place the receptacle on your own property.

Keep in mind that your homeowner’s association or neighbourhood may have specific skip bin regulations you must also adhere to.

Don’t Block the Street

Even if you have a council permit to place a skip bin on the street, you cannot put the bin where it would impede traffic. Most areas require that you leave at least three metres of clear pavement for drivers.

Check with your chosen removal company as well as your local council to ensure you comply with placement regulations.

Don’t Infringe on Your Neighbours’ Property

Be courteous of your neighbours and use common sense when placing your skip bin. Do not place the bin where it would interfere with your neighbour’s daily life.

If you live in a cul-de-sac, you will likely need to obtain permission from all homeowners in your location before placing a skip bin there.

Don’t Interfere With Utilities

Skip bins, especially larger models, can easily interfere with utility lines and drains. Ensure that your bin does not block water drainage points, especially if your project takes place during a rainy time of year.

Also, consider whether your skip bin placement could prevent authorities from accessing utility lines and poles.

Don’t Move the Bin Yourself

Once your bin is delivered, it should stay in that location until the next collection. If you have issues with the current spot and have an ongoing agreement, ask your technicians to move the bin after the collection.

Do not attempt to move the bin yourself. Not only could you cause property damage to your home or vehicle, but you could also physically endanger yourself, other members of your household or your neighbours.

Use these guidelines to ensure your bin hire period goes by smoothly.

Still not sure where to put your bin? Consult with the Backyard Bins technicians when they arrive. Our staff members have the training required to assess your property and help you decide how to maximise accessibility without endangering your property.


Backyard Bins Team

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