Getting Your Place Ready for a Skip Bin Delivery

There are few factors you want to take into consideration when getting your property ready for that brand new skip bin you ordered from BookaBin Australia. We have helped tens of thousands of people with their rubbish removal, so follow the guidelines in this blog and you will be A-OK.

Large blue skip bin outside white house under construction

The Rules

The Australian government takes waste disposal seriously, so there are several responsibilities you must be aware of. If you’re planning to have your skip bin placed on the kerb or street, you will require a local council permit. Permit details vary from council to council, but all have codes of practices and legal requirements that you need to adhere to.

Common Legal Requirements

  • Most local councils can remove any bin that encroaches onto a road or if it obstructs the use of a road.
  • Local councils can impose fines on anyone who fails to get a permit for a bin, or who fails to meet Codes of Practice.
  • Overfilling a skip bin to the point that rubbish is littering the roadside can result in a fine of up to $7,500. It is against the law for waste management and skip bin companies to transport overloaded bins, facing heavy fines and demeriting.

Typical Code of Practice Rules for the Placement of a Waste Bin on Roadsides/Nature Strips

  1. Never impede traffic or pedestrians with a skip
  2. Do not cause obstruction to delivery vehicles
  3. Skips cannot be placed over walls
  4. Not obscure a motorists’ view of the road
  5. Not be placed in high volume pedestrian and vehicle traffic areas (visual pollution)
  6. Not obstruct access to and servicing of public utilities (eg, power poles, traffic lights, hydrants etc…)

Sometimes, residents/business owners are required by councils to place flashing lights or retroreflective tape on their bins, usually when they are in areas where they may become a hazard because of poor visibility, such as in high traffic zones, steep curves and hills, in unlit areas, or in narrow streets.

Guidelines for Preparing a Location for a Skip Bin

  1. Overhead Clearance: Choose a spot with no overhead tree branches or power lines. You want to make sure there are no low hanging trees, branches or any structure that could become a barrier for the delivery and placement of a bin.
  2. Preventing Scruff Marks: Placing a tarp or an old tarpaulin over your concrete will minimise scuff

Thinking of Getting a Skip?

We deliver a whole range of skip sizes, if you’re not sure about what kind of bin you need for your property, just check out our skip bin size guide, and it will help you find the perfect skip to hire. Alternatively, you can contact us to discuss your needs. Check our Facebook page for weekly Tips and COVID lockdown updates for skip hire. Hiring a skip is easy when you take some simple and sensible precautions, and Bookabin Australia is here to make sure you get the best service possible, so feel free to ask us anything you need!

  1. marks, keeping your driveway clean and neat looking.
  2. Bin Accessibility: You want to place your bin in a location that is accessible at all times. One common mistake for homeowners is to poorly position their skip bin in a driveway that would result in their parked car blocking access to the skip bin.
  3. Keeping Your Lawn Undamaged: If you’re going to have a bin placed on your lawn or a grass area of your property, it serves to lay down some wooden planks to keep the bin elevated from the ground.

3 Tricky Skip Bin Hire Questions Answered

A lot of the time, we don’t realise how many factors go into hiring a skip. Not only is there the type of waste, skip bin size and how long you want it for. But there’s also location, and visibility to keep in mind. So, before you hire a skip, consider the following questions:

1. How much weight can I put in my skip bin?

The average capacity and industry weight limit for a skip bin is usually 150kg per cubic metre, although there are a wide variety of skip sizes with larger bins having the capacity to hold up to 1,350kgs of waste. Suppliers are charged tip fees based on weight, but additional fees can incur if your bin exceeds the weight limits. Aside from avoiding the additional fees, observing the weight limits helps ensure that the bins do not overfill and that all contents are kept inside the skip.

skip bin filled with garbage and overflowing

2. How much space does a skip bin delivery truck require?

The amount of space required by a skip bin will depend on its size and the layout of the area it is intended to be placed in. For the average skip bin, a driveway would need to be at least three meters wide. Overhead clearance is essential because delivery trucks are high, so ensure there are no low hanging trees, utility lines or anything else in the way that would impede the delivery and placement of a skip bin. It is illegal in Australia for waste management and skip bin companies to transport overloaded bins, facing heavy fines and demeriting. Skip Bins are required to be placed in a location where they will not impede traffic and pedestrians or prevent authorities from accessing utility lines and poles.

3. How high can I fill my skip bin?

Skip bins should not be filled any higher than the top of their sides because any waste that might fall or protrude over the sides of a bin may litter sidewalks or alleys, obstructing passage and causing a nuisance for pedestrians and drivers. It is also a hazard, as sharp materials in the garbage bags could hurt pedestrians or puncture the tires of vehicles. According to Australian law, leaving excess waste outside your bin is considered to be illegal dumping and people caught doing it could face heavy fines of to $7,500. Waste management companies can also face prosecution for carrying unsafe or overweight loads. Long story short, don’t overfill your skip! If you can’t fit all your garbage into a bin, order a larger one.

Want to Hire a Skip Bin?

If you’re looking for cheap skip bin hire, Bookabin is the service for you! We have skip bin hire available across the country and we aim to save you both time and money by keeping a database of skip bin supplier rates so you get the best available price for skip bin hire anywhere in Australia. Contact us today, to get your skip bin.

Green Garden Waste Tips

Green waste is composed of any organic material that is biodegradable, and capable of being decomposed through the action of biological agents such as bacteria and fungi. These wastes are usually in the form of grass, twigs, and leaves – hence the name “green” waste.

Unlike other garbage, green waste can be fully recycled as compost – fully decomposed organic material mixed together and used as fertiliser for growing plants. Green bins are used for garden waste removal, storing green waste, which is collected by waste management authorities and taken to a special site to be turned into compost.

Green Bin filled with tree parts
Green Bin filled with tree parts

What is and isn’t Green Waste?

In Australia, not all biodegradable rubbish is accepted as green waste by waste management authorities. This includes all food wastes like oil, fat, bones, and includes large branches of trees. “Brown” waste such as dry leaves is also separated, as these brown materials are more resistant to decay.

Painted timber, books, and shopping receipts are also rejected because the ink and chemicals in them can contaminate compost. Similarly, plants like weeds, cabbage, flax, and bamboo are also not accepted, because they are more susceptible to viruses that can also cause contamination. Pathogens in soil, faeces, and dead animals can spoil compost and should not be mixed with green waste.

Don’t Throw Green Waste Away

Green waste is rich in nitrogen and other nutrients that make it an excellent fertilizer for soil, so why waste it by throwing it away into a landfill? Composting is also an excellent way of helping the environment as it prevents green waste from releasing methane, which is twenty times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.

By composting green waste into fertilizer, we are preserving naturally occurring nutrients that would either wise be lost and restoring the environment by returning green waste nutrients back to the earth where they originated from.

Collect Your Green Wastes Regularly

Green waste can be easy to ignore, so don’t neglect your property and the environment by allowing green waste to sit around and rot; clean it up regularly and dispose of it into a skip bin for your local waste management group to collect.

Need a Green Bin?

Hire or purchase a green bin today with bookabin! Our skip bins range in size from 2 to 30 cubic metres. For more information about the different types of cheap skip bins, look at our small, medium, and large skip bookabin guides.

Bookabin’s online booking service offers customers value for money by providing the lowest available price for refuse disposal, and our aim is to provide you with a high standard of service and excellent value. Find out more today!

Planning Your Landscaping Project

When contemplating your landscaping project this winter, don’t forget to book a skip bin as part of your planning. Proper waste management allows you to easily maintain your back garden. Remember to take your time to select the most appropriate and affordable bins for your landscaping job. Bookabin Australia can help you find the perfect skip bin for your project.

Gardening Projects Can Require Waste Disposal

Bookabin has specific bins for all the different types of waste you will encounter during your project, so for your back garden waste requirements. Green waste is composed of biodegradable waste products, which means they can easily break down and become a part of the earth again. This is typically made from garden waste, such as grass clippings and weeds. It is “green” because it is high in nitrogen instead of brown waste, which is predominantly carbonaceous.

Read our Green Garden Waste List

Although it may sound straightforward, it is essential to know what it means when referring to soil and dirt regarding waste and its disposal. Soil and dirt waste must not contain any contaminants or other forms of waste. It is purely only soil and dirt, free from pollutants or other rubbish. 

Read our Soil & Dirt Waste info

Bookabin offer dirt and soil waste removal around Australia, servicing Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Brisbane and Perth, and just about everywhere in between. To discuss the various waste types or skip bin hire in your area, you can get a free quote or use their live chat feature online to speak with a representative.

Download our FREEBackyard Landscaping Guide here!

How Wide is a Skip Truck?

Trucks come in a wide range of sizes, so it can be confusing. Bookabin and its suppliers follow a golden rule. Knowledge of it will make the delivery of your skip bin a breeze.

Woman in her twenties sitting inside a pickup truck with her arm outside the truck door window.
Let’s back this truck down your driveway

Driveways must be at least 3 metres wide for a truck to drive down to place your skip bin.

Please check nothing is blocking your driveway, and please ensure that no cars are blocking your driveway.
Suppliers run to tight schedules because, as the old saying goes, Time is Money. The driver cannot afford to sit and wait while cars are moved.
The skip supplier will often go straight to their next booked job, taking your skip with them! Follow this basic guideline to avoid hassles and unwanted charges.

You Should Know These Bin Tips:
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Never Over-Fill Your Skip – Here’s Why
Our Favourite Cost-Cutting Suggestion When You Hire a Skip Bin

‘Can I Put Garden Waste into My General Waste Skip?’

People might not realise it, but a general waste skip bin can also contain garden waste.

So, a General Waste bin, suitable for light domestic and commercial waste, can take light domestic waste, light construction waste, office waste and green garden waste. The price for Green Garden Waste is based STRICTLY on green garden waste only, such as grass, leaves, tree trimmings, small branches, weeds, bark etc.

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South Australia Skip Bins

Important Update for Our South Australian Customers.

The state government will not allow skip bin deliveries to residential customers during this COVID lockdown. Only trade and commercial customers can receive skip bin deliveries. We apologise for any inconvenience and look forward to serving our residential customers once the situation changes.

Many thanks, Bookabin



Reduce Building Waste & Save Money

Are you a builder, designer, estimator, project manager or building sub-contractor? These simple suggestions explain cost-effective and practical ways to minimise your construction waste.

1/. Pick a waste champion
Assign a senior staff member with an interest in waste minimisation to take responsibility for the project waste management plan.
2/. Set realistic waste reduction targets
Let your team develop some ideas and set ‘easy to understand’ waste targets.

Two builders add a new window into a house.
Adding a new window into a house

3/. Reward your team
Have incentives for your team if your waste reduction targets are met, such as morning tea shouts.
4/. Keep your team informed
Make waste information and progress towards waste reduction targets readily available and part of your waste management plan.
5/. Design considerations
Encourage designers and customers to use standard product dimensions and prefabricated products wherever possible to reduce onsite handling, reworking and offcuts.

Here are more great tips and advice for you:

6/. Material estimates
Provide detailed plans and instructions so estimators and contractors can provide accurate material take-offs. If you notice an excess of waste materials for a particular product, reduce the wastage allowance for material estimates.
7/. Incentivise subcontractors
Add contractual terms to incentivise subcontractors to minimise waste. Make them responsible for the disposal of any debris or preferential consideration if they follow your waste management plan.
8/. Try to prevent rubbish dumped into your skip
This can represent up to 30% of waste removed from building sites. Avoid skips onsite until absolutely necessary and keep them away from public view or access. Use a recycling site sign which prominently displays ‘This Builder Recycles. NO UNAUTHORISED DUMPING’.

Home Renovation Waste

Did you know that between 2016 and 2017, more than 6.7 million tonnes of construction and demolition waste went into landfills across Australia? Any renovation project, regardless of size, has the potential to save money and save waste going to landfill. Valuable or useful excess materials such as leftover paint, floor coverings, fixtures and fittings can be neatly stored for the homeowner’s future use. Alternatively, try selling excess re-usable product.

Two male builders looking at building plans inside a partially renovated room

Most residential construction waste is recyclable:

  • untreated timber
  • plasterboard
  • cardboard
  • metal
  • some plastics
  • some carpets

Several waste materials can be readily re-used: more considerable lengths of timber, large pieces of flooring, cladding, building wrap, polythene, slightly damaged finished products such as mouldings, cabinets and doors and leftover paints. Individually these materials don’t fill skips. But collectively, they can send your total waste from one or two skips per job to two or three.

Home renovations are rewarding and we have some money-saving tips for further reading:

Fly-tipping is a bad idea.

There may be times when your rubbish exceeds your council allowance. Or you have bulky items that you cannot dispose of in the usual way. So, what to do instead? Get in touch with a skip hire specialist like Bookabin so that you can get rid of that rubbish efficiently and safely.
Sadly, however, a few people instead choose to dump their waste illegally – a practice known as fly-tipping.

White fridge placed in the middle of a city service lane. Fridge has an angry face drawn on it.
Fridges are often fly-tipped

Fly-tipping is terrible for our economy.
Fly-tipping remains a burden for local councils, costing vast amounts of money in cleanups. Imagine all of the better things that could use such wasted money. All of those costs of clearing up illegally dumped waste have to be paid for somehow, and inevitably, it’ll be you footing the bill through your rates.
Fly-tipping is illegal. If you get caught, you could be hit with a fine and even a prison sentence, costing you not only money but also your freedom.

Large amount of household rubbish illegally dumped around a blue commercial waste container.
Fly-tipping costs the ratepayer

A quick way to lower land value.
All of that illegally dumped waste has a negative impression on your neighbourhood, dragging down nearby house prices – including your own.

Illegally dumped rubbish, including an old couch dumped on an urban street.
Rubbish on the street looks bad

The effects aren’t just financial.
There are substantial environmental effects that it has on an area and its human and non-human population. Just think of some of the toxic substances that many household goods can contain, killing a wild animal or child if swallowed. Poisonous substances can sink into the earth and prevent the growth of fresh greenery. Then, there’s plastic, which has notorious strangulation potential for children. Bags of rotting food attract flies and rats, the latter potentially bringing disease.

We have Australia covered!

We service Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth and just about everywhere in between.

We have something for everyone!

Moving house? Garden Clean Up? Renovation Project? Construction Site? Whether for domestic or commercial waste removal we have skip bins to suit your requirements.

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When size matters!

No matter how BIG or how small your waste removal requirements are we have skips to suit your needs. With skip bins from as small as 2 cubic metres up to as large as 30 cubic metres.

We are real people!

We have friendly customer service staff ready to assist you with any questions you may have; contact us via on-line chat.

We have got it sorted!

We have waste specific bins for all your rubbish removal needs. Including General Waste, Cleanfill/Hardfill, Green Garden Waste and Soil/Dirt.