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Skip Bin Waste Guide

Not sure what you can or can’t place in your skip bin? Check out this useful guide and reach out to us if you have questions.

Waste Types

What can you put in a skip bin?

  • Construction and Demolition Waste – metal, steel, tiles, bricks, aluminium and gypsum.

  • Green waste – grass clippings, tree branches, stumps and clippings
  • Old furniture – lounges, tables, chairs, beds or home office furniture.
  • General household waste – toys, books, boxes and any other general waste items.
  • Electronic equipment – televisions, computers and laptops, stereos, plus any additional unwanted electrical goods.

What can’t you put in a skip bin?

  • Chemicals
  • Flammable material
  • Asbestos
  • Paint
  • Batteries
  • Food stuff

Do’s and Dont’s

When getting a quote or ordering a skip bin it pays to check what can & can’t be placed in the bin. We’ve taken the time to provide some guidance below.

  • Do Check Overhead Clearance

All skip bin companies require a specific amount of overhead clearance. When considering your bin placement, think about the delivery truck, not just the skip bin. The spot you choose should have no tree branches, eaves or utility lines that could interfere with the truck or the bin.

  • Do Give the Delivery Truck Clear Access

The delivery truck must be able to drive to your chosen location and back out without trouble. Ensure all roads & driveways we need to navigate meet all width and capacity requirements for the truck. These requirements may differ from company to company. Additionally, check with us before requesting that you need to lift your bin over a fence or place the bin in your backyard.

  • Do Place the Bin on Your Own Property

In most cases, the only way to avoid needing a council permit for your skip bin is to place the receptacle on your own property. Keep in mind that your homeowner’s association or neighbourhood may have specific skip bin regulations you must also adhere to.

  • Don’t Block the Street

Even if you have a council permit to place a skip bin on the street, you cannot put the bin where it would impede traffic. Most areas require that you leave at least three metres of clear pavement for drivers. Check with us as well as your local council to ensure you comply with placement regulations.

  • Don’t Infringe on Your Neighbours’ Property

Be courteous of your neighbours and use common sense when placing your skip bin. Do not place the bin where it would interfere with your neighbour’s daily life. If you live in a cul-de-sac, you will likely need to obtain permission from all home owners in your location before placing a skip bin there.

  • Don’t Interfere With Utilities

Skip bins, especially larger models, can easily interfere with utility lines and drains. Ensure that your bin does not block water drainage points, especially if your project takes place during a rainy time of year. Also, consider whether your skip bin placement could prevent authorities from accessing utility lines and poles.

  • Don’t Move the Bin Yourself

Once your bin is delivered, it should stay in that location until the next collection. If you have issues with the current spot and have an ongoing agreement, ask us to move the bin after the collection. Do not attempt to move the bin yourself. Not only could you cause property damage to your home or vehicle, but you could also physically endanger yourself, other members of your household or your neighbours.

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