Skip Bin Rental Tips

Whether planning a home renovation project or cleaning out some household junk, you’ll likely need to rent a skip. Most people don’t have a big enough vehicle to transport large rubbish items or have the time to make multiple trips to the dump.

To make the process as smooth as possible, you must understand how the skip bin rental process works. Use the following skip bin rental tips to make the most of your hire.

woman loading rubbish into a skip bin

Skip Size

The golden rule when choosing your skip bin size is to go slightly bigger than you first think you’ll need. It’s an annoying and costly mistake to underestimate the amount of rubbish and require a second skip. You’re always better off going a little bigger than you anticipate needing!

You are also better off having more room in a skip bin than too little. Overfilling a skip bin is not recommended. Skip bin suppliers are conscious of rubbish spilling over the top of their skips. They will often request that you unload excess waste before they take the skip.

Skip Bin Placement

Ensure that you have an appropriate space for your bin. It may seem obvious, but this is a skip bin rental tip you should always keep in mind. Drivers will refuse to place skip bins over fences, under power or telephone lines, and close to buildings. Skips placement is required to be somewhere with minimal risk of damage or harm. Don’t forget your driveway; it must be at least three metres wide for the truck to fit.

Ensure that no cars or any other vehicles are blocking your driveway. Skip bin suppliers run on a tight schedule; as the old saying goes, “time is money”. Drivers can’t afford to sit and wait while you move a car. They will often skip the delivery and go to their next site if they can’t access the area.

You will require a local council permit if you plan to place your skip bin on the kerb or street. Permit details vary between local councils, but they all have codes of practice and legal requirements to follow. Failure to obey the local laws will likely result in a fine.

How Much Weight Can I Put in The Skip Bin?

A handy tip for hiring a skip bin is understanding exactly how much weight you can have in your bin.

General and green waste bins have a weight limit of 150kg per cubic metre in size (i.e., a nine cubic metre skip bin can hold up to 1350kg of waste). Suppliers charge tip fees based on weight.

The limit of 150kg per cubic metre is the average industry weight limit for this type of weight. Suppliers may charge additional tipping fees if your bin exceeds this weight limit.

Don’t Overfill Your Skip

Avoid filling your skip bin higher than the top of its sides to prevent material spillage while stationary or during transit. Appropriately filled bins are important from a health and safety standpoint too. Suppliers will face prosecution for unsafe or overweight loads.

Can I Get a Skip Delivered on Sunday?

Yes! You can arrange your skip bin delivery for a Sunday delivery with Bookabin. However, the choice of suppliers will be limited. If possible, request that we deliver your skip bin on the Friday or Saturday before.

How Much Notice is Required When Ordering My Skip?

Most suppliers will be able to deliver a skip bin within 24hrs of ordering. However, we suggest booking far in advance to ensure you receive a bin that best meets all your requirements.

Get the Most out of Your Skip Bin Hire

Skip bins are a lifesaver at any job site or large-scale clean-up, but only when used correctly. Equipped with our skip bin rental tips, you can get the most out of your hire.

Bookabin has easy-to-read guides on waste types and skip bin sizes for further information on skip bins. If you’re interested in hiring a bin for your next project, get in touch with Bookabin today.

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