Whether you’re going through a vast home renovation, you’ve finally decided to clear out the garage after a decade of throwing every odd bit in there, or you’re in charge of cleaning up a worksite, skip bin hire is most certainly the way to go. It’s dropped off, you pile everything in, and then it’s picked up and whisked away, never to be seen again. What could be more simple?
Well, as simple as it may be, it pays to remember that not everything can be dumped into a skip bin and taken away. While most things – bricks, wood, garden refuse, general waste and refuse – are more than welcome, there are some things that aren’t, and must be disposed of separately.
Asbestos should never be placed in a skip bin as it is far too dangerous and can cause contamination. If you are aware that there is asbestos to be disposed of before hiring your skip bin, talk to the company and see what solutions they can offer. Some companies have bins dedicated entirely to the removal of asbestos – and this is the best way to rid yourself and your home of it.
Any sort of gas bottle or propane tank has the potential to explode if the conditions are right, and this could be harmful to any people, equipment or property nearby. If you have any gas tanks that you need to dispose of, contact your local authorities for information on how to do this safely.
Chemicals, acids, and solvents aren’t the safest things to have around at the best of times, and when it comes to getting rid of them, a skip bin isn’t the place to do so. Any leaks could result in the chemicals absorbing into the sides of the bin and contaminating the surrounding environment.
Similarly, herbicides and pesticides should be disposed of separately. They often contain very strong chemicals that, if disposed of improperly, could cause lasting damage to the surrounding area. If you’re unsure on how to get rid of any herbicides or pesticides, try asking a local garden centre for their advice.
While paint certainly isn’t a toxic as acids and pesticides, it still contains plenty of toxins and dangerous fumes. As a result, placing them in a skip bin isn’t an option. Instead, you could keep it incase your paintwork ever needs a top up, or you could donate it to someone who is looking to decorate their own home. Whatever you do, don’t put it in a skip bin.
Old types can take up quite a bit of space in your garage, but unfortunately, putting them in a skip bin isn’t an option as disposing of them is hard work. If you have tyres to get rid of, try asking your mechanic if they can take them off your hands, or see if anyone nearby operates a recycling programme that includes tyres. If not, you could always make a tyre swing.
When it comes to disposing of your old appliances and electronics, most skip hire companies don’t allow them to be included as the risk of leaking coolants and chemicals is too high. If you have large appliances and electronics – also known as white goods – to dispose of, read our post on Replacing Your White Goods here.
Whether it’s a full renovation or a big clear out, we wish you the best with your project. And if you need skip bin hire in Perth and Canning Vale, or just have any questions about what can or cannot go in your skip bin, contact us today!
When it comes to hiring a skip bin, there are plenty of things to consider. You need to know the correct size, when it can be dropped off, when it will be picked up, and what exactly you can put in it.
But one of the most important – and often overlooked – factors is where your skip bin should be placed.
The placement of your skip bin might not seem like a big deal, but a badly placed bin can be a big inconvenience to you, to any builders, and to the employees of the skip bin company. So what can be done to ensure your skip bin is ready to do the job?
Above everything else, safety must be prioritised. If your skip bin is placed in the way of vehicles, in an area where children normally play, or in a way that makes it hard to reach, you could be compromising the safety of yourself, your family, and your neighbours. Before your skip bin is placed, consider the safest place for it – preferably somewhere out of the way of moving vehicles.
You want to make it as easy as possible for the drivers delivering your skip bin to do their jobs. Not every household has an expansive drive or open grassy area on which to place a bin, but there are certainly things you can keep that will make the job that much easier.
Have your skip bin placed somewhere that doesn’t have any trees or telephone poles around – this way, there’s no chance of causing accidental damage to your area, which you may be fined for. As well as this, ensure that the placement of your skip bin doesn’t restrict the access to any utility lines, telephone poles, or electricity boxes that may need to be surveyed.
Wherever possible, you should have your skip bin placed on your own property in order to avoid inconveniencing your neighbours – but be sure to check first whether the bin you have ordered will fit. If you are hiring one of our “heavy” skip bins – 6m3 or above – there is a risk that your driveway could be damaged, and in this case, it is better to have it placed on the verge.
If the bin cannot be placed on your property, make sure to check with your local authorities on their policies when it comes to skip bins. If your skip bin is placed on the roadside, try as much as possible to ensure it isn’t in the way of other drivers on the road.
If you are opting to have your skip bin placed in your garden, be aware that damage could be caused to your grass. While this damage isn’t usually long-lasting, there are ways to avoid it. Try placing wooden planks down where you would like your skip bin to be placed to avoid direct contact between your garden and the bin.
Just as there are things to keep in mind when choosing the placement of your skip bin, there are also things to avoid. The main thing to steer clear of is placing your skip bin somewhere that makes it difficult for the delivery drivers to drop off and pick back up. They should be able to drive in and out quickly and easily, without running into any issues.
You should also avoid placing your skip bin anywhere that will cause a problem for your neighbours. If you live in a crowded area or a cul-de-sac, take the time to speak to each of your neighbours that may be affected and gain their consent before placing your skip bin.
You’ve got a job to do, and a skip bin company should be there to help you do it – that’s our view, anyway.
But it doesn’t always go that well. Get a bad skip company, and you could end up with a delayed workflow, an unhappy customer and a bill that makes you grumble. Get a good skip company, and you’ll be looking at better efficiency, cost savings, and if you’re lucky, a mate or two who’ve got your back when you find yourself in a pinch that may or may not involve large piles of bricks and tile.
When it comes to skip bins for trade work, there are a few things to look for. We’re going to go over them here quickly so that you know how to sort the good from the bad and get on with it.
You don’t want to have to size up or down from what you actually need due to poor selection. Try to squeeze your rubbish in a small bin and you may kill time and money getting the extra one. Buy too big and it’s wasted space.
Here’s an example of a complete fleet of bin sizes for selection from smallest to biggest:
Prompt delivery and pickup, friendly service and extra help for repeat business can go a long way for your jobs and for your customers, too. We’ve heard horror stories of skip providers approaching homeowners after a completed job and asking for payment that was supposed to be made by the construction company!
Decent service might seem like a given for skip bin providers, but you’d be surprised how uncaring and slack some drivers can be.
Have a look at company reviews on Google, websites, and Facebook to get a picture of the service level before you book!
We can’t help but share our Facebook reviews here. It’s a bit self-promotional, but we put a lot of hard work into every job to get this kind of feedback.
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This is the part where we let you know we’ve been working with tradies for almost 15 years. Our skip bin hire service in Perth covers all southern suburbs from South Perth through to Fremantle, and as far east as Armadale.
If you’re looking for a provider who’s guaranteed to deliver and never let you down, contact us. Details listed below.
08 9331 7271
Everyone knows how useful a good skip bin is. One place to put all your junk, no matter what job it came from. It arrives when ordered and disappears when picked up. It’s perfect. At Bonza Bins, we’ve been serving Perth with skip bins for almost 15 years and there’s always been a need – no wonder.
But today, we’ve asked the question – can skip bins go beyond hard yakka?
Well, the answers (there were multiple) were almost too good for words. Here’s what happens when people get creative with Skip Bins.
NOTE: Before we dig in, we do have to give the “please don’t do this at home… and please don’t turn any of our bins into boats or anything else” warning.
Why dig a hole in the ground when you can chuck a tarp into the skip bin, fill it up and do a bombie?
Image Credit: dezeen.com
We don’t know where this skip bin came from, but we know where it’s staying: right where it is, because this pool is awesome.
It started with a skip bin delivery and ended 5 kilometers into the bay. We’re not sure if this person is running away from a reno that went pear-shaped or enjoying their Sunday afternoon but either way, we’re impressed with the engineering. And the paint job (our bins have the same).
Photo Credit: Cutterskiphire.com.au
This is quite possibly the most indestructible table tennis setup ever. Tired of knocking the table over when you make that diving save? No worries here.
Seriously though, skip bins work so well as table tennis tables that about 100 of them were used for a pop-up project around London. See the photo credit link for more details. Game on!
Photo Credit: urban75.org
This one has almost got us interested in skateboarding! Although if we saw this on the street, we’d probably be more interested in the joinery than the sweet tricks being performed.
Could this be the answer to skateboard property damage? Possibly. Just order a skate skip to a problem area, and it will act like a magnet for all the damage skating can cause to public property. We’ll let you know when we get that business up and running.
Some people feel this way about their car, but few actually act on that feeling. We can only imagine this is a satisfying sight to the one-time car owner… unless this is a prank!
This also stands as a testament to how sturdy a skip bin really is!
…Grab yourself a coffee from this ‘shop’! Nothing better than fair trade coffee brewed in the same container it was shipped in, right?
This is actually one of several coffee shops built in the Netherlands. The project was meant to make people think about recycling, and the amount of waste people produce. It’s very clever, but we don’t know if we would pop in and stay a while at this coffee stand.
Photo Credit: theverybeststop10.com
But we’ve got to get back to work! If you do too – and if that work requires a skip bin – just give us a call or visit us to book online. Contact details below.
08 9331 7271