Are you thinking of moving, building or renovating your home? If your project is going to produce the need for waste disposal, you should consider hiring a skip bin. Before you do, you need to understand a few things about the hiring process. This article will explore in what situations you might need a permit to hire and place a skip bin, and in what situations it’s just fine to hire and place without a permit.
Before contacting your local (eco-friendly) skip bin provider, it’s best to establish what you need it for, where it’s going and how long you need it for.
Answer these questions:
On some occasions, a permit will be required.
We’re a skip bin hire company in Perth and have had years of experience working with various councils around the city. From our experience, we can give you some pro tips for Perth:
For most councils in Perth, you do not need a permit. The only time we have found you need a permit is if you are placing the skip bin on the road or footpaths.
If you need a permit, you’ll need to contact your local council. In applying for the permit, the following information will be requested.
The process of applying for a permit can vary from council to council, and may depend on the type of property you’re placing the skip bin on, i.e. house, apartment, townhouse. The biggest factor will be the type of bin you need and where it’ll be positioned.
When applying for the permit, you’ll be asked what kind of waste you’re disposing of.
What CAN go in a skip bin:
What CAN’T go in a skip bin:
If you’re unsure if your waste is permitted in skip bins – contact your local skip bin provider.
When you know what type of project you’re working with and how much waste it’ll be producing, you can choose a type of skip bin. The two common types of skip bins are:
It’s important to note that any skip bin filled above the rim is a risk and will not be collected by the skip bin provider.
Are you unknowingly living in a home or building constructed using asbestos? In Australia, approximately 60% of homes currently standing were built using asbestos cement. Find out how to watch out for asbestos and how to identify if it might be hiding behind any walls or ceilings you are working with.
So if you’re looking at a renovation – or another project that involves getting into your walls and ceiling – have a read below and be aware of the risks of Asbestos in your home or building.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral made up of durable thin fibres. Asbestos is used in building materials because it’s resistant to heat and doesn’t burn or conduct electricity. The fibre can be commonly found in insulation, cement, plaster, fire blankets and brake pads. But Asbestos becomes dangerous with prolonged exposure to the substance.
Prolonged exposure to asbestos can lead to health problems and in some cases, death. Because the substance is commonly used in building materials, people involved in demolition and maintenance are most at risk. The tiny fibres that dislodge from insulation or building material can be breathed in, get lodged in the lungs, and cause fibrosis, mesothelioma, and cancer.
The first step to identifying asbestos is to figure out how likely it is that your house was built using it. In 2003, asbestos products were banned throughout Australia, but if your home was built before 1990, it most likely contains some form of asbestos.
The majority of homes built in the 1960’s were constructed using asbestos cement. In the 1970’s the majority of homes were still constructed with asbestos cement, and asbestos was used for insulation in the roofing.
If you suspect that your home contains asbestos, it’s best to seek the advice of an expert. Any unprotected contact with the fibres can put you at risk.
Asbestos is a massive health hazard. Not just to the person disposing of the material, but also to unsuspecting victims. In Australia, there are licenced asbestos removal specialists that are trained to remove the material safely. Asbestos products CAN NOT be thrown into a regular skip bin.
If you’re working on a home renovation, it’s best to get the home surveyed by a professional before proceeding with the demolition.
Can one person really make much difference? There is a massive misconception that what a single person does has little impact on the environment. But this is simply not true.
One water bottle a day can add up to 365 plastic bottles in a year. That is a massive 10 kilograms of plastic from one person. Now multiply by Australia’s population. That’s a whole lot of waste. But there is a solution. Did you know that plastic can be upcycled to become 20 t-shirts?
So where do you start? We’ve made recycling easy with a handy recycling guide to help make your household greener.
Not all plastic can be recycled, and it’s important to know the difference to ensure you’re not doing more harm than good.
On the back of every plastic item, there should be a tiny number inscribed. That number signifies whether the plastic item can be recycled easily or if it’s hard for a processing plant to handle.
1 or 2 = RECYCLABLE
5 = DON’T RECYCLE
It’s as easy as that.
Glass is 100% recyclable. There is no excuse whatsoever to throw this in the bin. It takes over a million years for a single glass bottle to disintegrate – It should never go into general waste.
What to do with your metals can be confusing. But if you can – remember that these 4 metals CAN BE recycled.
If you come across items labelled “hazardous waste” they must be handled and disposed of carefully, to avoid endangering the lives of others. Hazardous waste can be:
Do not deposit large amounts of hazardous waste yourself. Communicate with your local council to properly dispose of the waste.
Skip bins are an efficient way to dispose of large amounts of waste. Projects like home renovations can produce a lot of rubble and need to be disposed of correctly. Look for an eco-friendly skip bin provider to sort and dispose of your waste properly.
We might not think too seriously about it when we put the wrong piece of rubbish in the wrong bin. But what about tonnes of waste being improperly disposed of? How might that affect us?
It’s an unfortunate truth that illegal dumping and improper waste management are on the rise in Australia – notably so in Perth and WA. This is largely a result of the increased levy that is to be paid when taking waste to the landfill. While the government is trying to encourage industrial companies to dispose of their waste through recycling, the companies themselves are taking the toll.
The landfill rate used to be just $12 per cubic meter of waste, but over the past few years it has been pushed up to $90, and it is set to increase even more, to $105 per cubic meter, by July. Companies are finding that if they were to pay these rates, they would be out of business. In order to avoid this, they are taking their waste elsewhere, where it may not be monitored correctly and could lead to harmful chemicals being released into the environment.
A report by Perth Now found that Perth’s drinking water catchment had been polluted as a direct result from waste stockpiles. These stockpiles accumulate because businesses cannot afford to pay the landfill levy, and are instead forced to hold onto their waste until they can find a way to dispose of it otherwise.
Water in Perth’s drinking water catchment was tested and was found to have an increased concentration of nitrates, heavy metals, and perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, and while the Department of Water and Environmental Regulations assures us that it poses no risk to Perth’s drinking water, it’s still a concerning discovery.
Water pollution can not only be harmful to humans – causing nausea and headaches among other things – but also to the environment. If the pollution becomes too much, it can have a lethal effect on the local marine life.
One of the main concerns for improperly disposed of waste is lingering asbestos fibres. While any demolition crew knows that it is a requirement to remove all asbestos from a house before it is demolished, this is not always done. And what can be said about any fibres lingering in the sheeting, tiles, or plasterboards? If these areas are missed and the waste is sent to be crushed, the lingering asbestos could be a real danger to those surrounding the area.
Similarly, the dust produced from crushing down waste can contain many contaminants. If they are not disposed of properly, this dust can all too easily be blown into nearby towns. While not as dangerous as asbestos, it still poses a risk to neighbouring areas.
While there’s nothing you can do to stop illegal dumping or the increase of the landfill levy, it is true that every little bit helps. Every time you recycle or dispose of your waste properly, you are helping the environment.
And on a larger scale, if you do have a house renovation coming up, or you’re looking to rid yourself of some of the waste that has piled up in your house and garden, or perhaps you’re looking to clean up your workyard or do some small-scale industrial work, hiring a skip bin is a great way to ensure that your waste is handled responsibly. At Bonza Bins, we make sure all of your waste is properly disposed of, so you have nothing to worry about.