Top Five Things You Need to Know Before Hiring a Skip Bin

Hiring a skip bin when you need to cart away a car load full of junk is definitely the easiest option you have. Not only will you not have to worry about where you’re going to stow your rubbish – you won’t even have to worry about moving it! But, before you jump in feet first, what do you need to know? How can you make this frankly mind-numbingly boring chore easier on you physically and financially, as well as more efficient? We’ve compiled a list of the top five things you definitely should know before you hire a skip bin. Read on to find out!

What do you need the skip bin for?

It may seem obvious, but if you order a skip bin designed to take only lightweight materials and later on discover you need to throw away a heap of furniture, you could be in a world of hurt financially. Have a think about what exactly you need to do with the skip bin. Are you renovating? Do you need to throw away a lot of different materials? Are they going to be heavy? Are you landscaping your yard and only need to throw away green waste? How much stuff are you looking to get rid of? Skip bins are so versatile, there’s a load of different uses for them, and figuring out just what you need to do with it will help you decide which skip bin is the right one for you. If you need any advice on what type of skip bin best suits your particular situation, give us a call on 07 3348 5257. We’re always happy to help!

What size skip bin do you need?

Now that you’ve figured out what you want to use the skip bin for, it should be easier to determine what size skip bin you’ll need. At Cutter Skips, our skip bins are measured in terms of cubic metres. Our smallest bin holds 2 cubic metres of waste, which is about 8 wheelie bins or 20 standard wheelbarrow loads. The next size up is the 3 cubic metre skip bin, which holds approximately 12 wheelie bins worth of rubbish. Our 4 cubic metre skip bin holds 16 wheelie bins worth of waste, while our largest bin, at 6 cubic metres, holds 24 wheelie bins worth of garbage. All in all, there’s a skip bin to suit every situation.

You need to consider how much waste you have, as the bins go up in cost as they go up in volume. If you load up the bin and it goes over the restricted weight limit, you’ll be charged extra, so you’ll need to keep an eye on it. If you’re worried you’ll go over, go for the next size up or hire two bins. It’ll be worth it in the long run, and save you money and worry!

How long will you need the skip bin?

Your renovations, spring cleaning, or landscaping has resulted in a metric tonne of waste that you need to dispose of quickly. But how quickly are you able to load it all up into a skip bin for easy removal? Here at Cutter Skips, we offer our skip bins to our customers for up to 7 days. If you need longer than that, contact our friendly team and have a chat about the length of time you need to keep the skip bin. There may be an added fee depending on the length of time you require.

Will I need a permit for the skip bin?

In a number of cities in Australia, you might need a permit to place a skip bin on the footpath or a nature strip. Luckily enough, we live in Brisbane, where you won’t need a permit if you ensure that enough room is left for pedestrians to safely and easily move around them. You will need to ensure that you don’t have the skip on the road at any time, however, as this isn’t permitted by Brisbane City Council. If you have any doubts about whether you require a permit for your skip bin, please contact Brisbane City Council or your local council if you live outside Brisbane City limits.

What safety precautions do I need to take with the skip bin?

Safety is paramount to the successful completion of any endeavour, and we are no strangers to working safely and efficiently with our customers. Before you hire a skip bin, it’s important to know how to safely use one. We’ve got a couple of tips to help make it easier for you!

Safe and unsafe items

You need to ensure that you stick to the list of approved materials that can be safely disposed of in our skip bins, and the list of materials that are unsafe. Such safe items include:

  1. Construction resources such as metal, tiles, bricks, and gypsum board;
  2. Green waste, such as grass and tree clippings, branches, and tree stumps;
  3. Old furniture;
  4. General household waste such as old toys and books, boxes, and other general waste;
  5. Electronic equipment such as TVs, computers, and other unwanted electrical items.

As we’ve noted above, there are certain materials that Cutters Skip bins do not permit into our bins. These include all chemicals, paint, batteries, food items, and asbestos. For more information about why these products aren’t permitted, contact us or visit our website.

Properly lit skip bins

Are you planning on using the skip bin at night? We all know accidents happen, but without the proper lighting, the risks increase exponentially. Skip bins do not come with their own lighting – instead, most come with reflective strips that glow. You should ensure that the skip bin is somewhere where you can use proper lighting to ensure your safety and the safety of all those using the skip bin.

For more helpful tips or handy advice on all things skip bin or waste removal, visit Cutter Skips online or call us on 07 3348 5257 today.

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