Skip bins: Effective waste management, what you need to know…


Effective waste management

Skip bins are large rubbish bins used for disposing of specific types of waste that are normally too large for residential and traditional waste bins. This is not only a way to ensure potentially harmful materials get disposed of properly, but to promote recycling,  as 80% to 85% of waste collected in skips bins gets recycled, essentially going green!  And believe it or not, there are actually really strict laws surrounding how to dispose of specific types of waste. You certainly wouldn’t want to get fined for disposing of something the wrong way.


Thankfully there are waste management professionals, also known as skip bin hire, who can guide you through this process and set you up with up with the exact type of waste bin you need.


In this article, we’ll cover some important things you need to know when hiring a skip bin service…

So when do I need a skip bin?


Let’s say you have a major home improvement project in the works. You know you’re going to have a lot of leftover rubbish once you’re finished, but you’re not really sure how to dispose of these types of materials. This can be time-consuming not to mention potentially hazardous, as these materials are often very heavy and could contain toxic chemicals. This is when you call a skip bin hire.

What types of materials can be placed in a skip bin?

Skip bins come in many different sizes and types for example; mixed heavy, green waste, soil and dirt and general waste.

  • General Waste – Most general household waste can be put in a skip bin; including things like boxes, timber, furniture, white goods, some electronic appliances, clothes, toys, carpet and most types of green waste.
  • Bricks & Concrete – usually these items cannot be placed with any other rubbish and require a special type of skip bin.
  • Sand, dirt, and soil – cannot be disposed of in a general waste skip: they must be disposed of solely in a special skip with no other materials, not even in the smallest quantities.
  • Green waste – Green waste includes grass, leaves, branches, wood chips, bark and other organic materials, not including sand, soil, dirt or putrescible waste (including food waste, and pet waste). Green waste disposal may require a special green waste skip.


These items should never be placed in a skip bin:

  • Electronics – This includes printers, scanners, keyboards, computers (monitors and hard drives, including laptops and tablets), mice (computer), monitors, photocopiers, television sets, and batteries of any kind
  • Putrescible waste (including food waste, nappies, and pet waste)
  • Liquid waste (including paints, oils, chemicals, and thinners)
  • LPG gas cylinders
  • Asbestos
  • Hazardous waste
  • Tires


How much can I expect to pay for a Skip Bin Hire?


The cost of the skip all depends on the size of the skip bin, weight, and type of bin you are using. It can also depend on the duration of your project and how long you will need the skip bin for.

Still unsure about whether or not you need a skip bin for hire, or still wondering how to effectively dispose of certain types of waste? Never fret! Simply contact a local company, then you’ll able to speak with a professional waste management specialist and get all the answers you need.

Paul Alana

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