Skip bin Tips for Demolition Waste Removal

The demolition of buildings is a hazardous and necessarily messy activity requiring an air-tight demolition waste removal plan to ensure the job runs smoothly. Here at Bookabin, we believe every good demolition rubbish removal plan begins with a skip bin and ends with a clean and safe worksite. We have been providing demolition sites with skip bin hires from Perth all the way to Hobart and have learnt a few things along the way. Here is our list of tips for using a skip bin for waste removal on a demolition site.

old demolition bricks loaded 
into a old blue skip bin

Safety Around Your Skip During Demolition

Working around a demolition site is no walk in the park; numerous life-threatening dangers are lurking around every corner, so safety is always the primary focus. Bookabin recommends creating an exclusion zone around the skip to keep unauthorised people from the skip. Also, check that the area around the skip is always clear of rubbish that can be tripped or cause other damage to your team. Do not smoke around your skip bin or light a fire anywhere near a skip bin.

Hazardous Waste Disposal

You are likely to encounter many hazardous materials while performing a demolition with many older homes in Australia using asbestos materials in construction. All states across Australia must collect and dispose of asbestos by a licensed disposal company. Skip bins for hire through the Bookabin site do not allow asbestos material. Other types of hazardous waste include solvents, paints, acids, laboratory waste, oils, and grease traps. Walk around the site and list the waste types and locations for reference. Use HAZARDOUS WASTE signs, so everyone on the demolition site recognises the hazardous waste areas.

Wear Your PPE

Dust, noise, and heavy loose materials are just some safety issues on a demolition site. High visibility clothing, hard hats, gloves, steel-capped boots, eye protection and earplugs are easily accessible. Site visitors must follow your health and safety rules. Good PPE providers also supply safety signage and other helpful products.

Skip Bin Location

When removing demolition waste, the location of your skip bin should be well thought out and should take the following into account:

  • Driveways for skip trucks usually need to be a minimum of 3m wide.
  • Avoid overhead tree branches or power lines.
  • You will need a council permit if you place the skip on the street.
  • The skip bin cannot block or impede pedestrians or traffic.
  • Skips should not be placed over manhole covers or any utility access.

Use a Cover Over the Skip

There is a lot of waste to remove on a demolition site, so the last thing you need is someone else filling up your skip. Here are a few tips to keep other people’s rubbish out of your skip.

  • If possible, point a security light towards your skip.
  • Cover your skip with a tarp.
  • Locate the skip out of view from the street.
  • Fill the skip quickly. Don’t leave it empty.

Watch Out for Sharp Objects

Demolition waste removal can be just about as dangerous as the demo itself with all that snapped wood, broken concrete, and other types of hard and brittle waste lying around. Take a walk around your skip to check you are safe. If you see a sharp object, place it safely within the skip and ensure it can’t fall out.

Book Your Skip Early!

During the warm summer months, skip demand can be very high, and supply becomes tight. Skip bin hire prices usually increase in high-demand seasons too. Book your skip requirements early and keep your demo project on schedule.

Bookabin can Help Clean up Your Mess

Demolition waste removal is far from the most fun aspect of the job, but it’s a necessary one. Make your clean-up easy by hiring a skip bin with Bookabin and following our handy tips on how to make the most out of our skips. Give us a call today and start making light work of big messes.

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