Skip bins are a ubiquitous feature on most building sites around Australia. These bins are popular because they offer a convenient and high-capacity way to dispose of large amounts of refuse. Skip bins are also popular with homeowners who are cleaning up after renovations, storm damage, garden makeovers or simply a massive clear-out of the house.

If you’re considering hiring a skip bin for use at your home, you may be feeling a bit confused about which is the best size and type of skip bin to hire. Here’s a guide to help you decide which bin will be best suited for the job at hand.

Choose a Size

Deciding on the right size skip bin is the first big decision. Backyard Bins provides skip bins starting at two cubic metres in size all the way up to ten cubic metres. To help you visualise this, know that a cubic metre is approximately the same volume as the tray of a standard trailer.

It can be hard to estimate what size skip you will need, but fortunately, rubbish removal isn’t an exact science. If possible, compile the disposal items in a single area prior to booking your skip-bin hire. This will give you a more accurate idea of the volume of rubbish you’ll need to deal with.

If in doubt, always hire a skip bin size that errs on the side of needing a larger size. It’s far better to pay slightly more for a larger bin than be forced to pay for the hire of another separate bin because you’ve underestimated the size you need.

Decide What You’ll Be Disposing Of

Once you have chosen the size of the skip, you’ll need to figure out exactly what you’ll be putting in it. This may sound like a no-brainer; rubbish is rubbish, after all. However, Australia has stringent waste-disposal laws that skip-bin companies must comply with.

For this reason, you can choose between several different types of skip bins. Generally, you can choose between general waste and mixed-waste bins. Both types allow you to dispose of general household waste and green waste from the garden. The mixed-waste bin also allows you to put dispose of materials such as sand, bricks, concrete and other heavy building waste.

Make Alternative Arrangements for Hazardous Household Waste

By law, hazardous household waste can’t be disposed of in skip bins. Things considered hazardous waste are such things as vehicle tires, flammable or corrosive liquids, batteries and fluorescent light bulbs. The Perth City Council offers sites where you can drop off this type of waste to be disposed of safely.

Asbestos is one hazardous household waste product that can be disposed of via a skip bin. You’ll need to hire a special asbestos bin and adhere to the laws around the removal, transport and disposal of asbestos. Asbestos bins must strictly be used for asbestos and not for any other type of household waste.

Understand the Importance of Effective Packing

Packing a skip full of rubbish may seem like a simple task, but like with packing a suitcase, there is a certain art to it. Packing your skip systematically and effectively is one of the best ways in which you can achieve value for money and make the most of every square centimetre of your skip bin.

To begin with, it’s a wise idea to have all of your rubbish next to the skip so that it is easier for you to see what you have. Flat items go in first, as these can lie on the bottom. They are followed by large, solid items, such as fridges, lounge suites and washing machines, as these items are bulky and not able to be compacted down.

The remaining space can be filled with smaller items that can be compacted down in the spaces between the larger items. If you have furniture to dispose of, it’s worthwhile breaking it down into smaller pieces before you add it to the skip bin.

If you’re still unsure which size and type of skip bin will be best, contact the team at Backyard Bins. They’ll help you to gauge an accurate assessment of the right skip bin for your needs.


Backyard Bins Team

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