All waste is the same, right? Wrong. There is light waste and heavy waste, and when it comes to skip bins, the difference is important.
Why? Because you need to know what waste type you have, in order to match the bin size with your needs and ensure that once the bin is filled, it can be lifted by one of our trucks and transported safely.
Along with this, knowing the waste type helps us better manage which category of waste can go to a particular waste recycling centre or transfer station for sorting. Sometimes, having this information may result in an opportunity to offer a discount on some types of waste.
So, what is the difference between light and heavy waste? Let’s find out.
Light waste is anything that is seen to be light.
General light waste can contain most light household or commercial waste as follows:
Activities such as gardening, small DIY projects, small household clean-up and moving house, are the main activities that generate light waste required to be removed from the home.
There are some variations from region to region as to what is considered general light waste. As such, it’s recommended that careful note be taken of the special instructions attached to each skip bin service definition.
As light waste is easier to move and tip, light waste skips are generally cheaper to hire. You can find more information about our skip bin sizes and pricing here.
Heavy waste is anything that is seen to be heavy.
Heavy waste usually contains hard and heavier materials as follows:
Activities such as commercial building, or major backyard or home renovations are the main activities that generate heavy waste required to be removed from the home.
If you do have any heavy waste to be removed, you’ll need a heavy/mixed skip bin, which allows for either all heavy waste or a mixture of heavy and light waste. Please be aware that our large 8m³ and 10m³ skip bins do have weight restrictions and are unsuitable to be used for heavy waste.
You can always give us a ring if you are unsure what type of bin you need.
Knowing the difference between light and heavy waste will help you match the bin size with your needs and ensure your waste will be collected efficiently.
Even if you know the type of waste you’ll be removing, estimating the right bin size isn’t easy. If you’re still unsure of the bin size bin you need, we recommend going one size larger.
Now that you know the difference between light and heavy waste, you’re all set to start that clean-up project and ready to order your skip bin.