If you're planning a self-lead large scale outdoor renovation, perhaps in your garden then you'll no doubt need to consider skip bin hire. It's a convenient way of removing excess waste and ensuring that it gets disposed of properly in support of the Australian Government's National Waste Policy which aims to reduce waste and increase the amount of recycling that occurs in each territory. Using a skip can also support the Green Army initiative by minimising the risk of fly tipping in local green areas, helping to support local conservation. This guide will offer some practical advise for hiring a skip to give you peace of mind and help you to save money and dispose of waste ethically.
Choosing Your Skip
Before you undertake any work you should consider the size of skip you'll be requiring. This can be difficult to gauge if this is your first project, however skip companies will often allow you to hire a skip and arrange for regular collections. Skips themselves are usually measured in yards or by the number of bin bags they will hold, and as a rule of thumb you'd be best choosing something slightly larger, especially if the company pickups are scheduled for set days during the week. This will enable you to continue working and reduce the risk of over-spilling.
You'll also need to consider what type of skip you'll need based on whether it will contain organic material, hazardous waste or regular building debris. If it's likely to cause a health hazard or unpleasant odours then a lid is always recommended. Any company worth your money will be able recommend a skip size and may even visit your location to offer a free initial quote.
Before the skip is delivered you'll need to make sure you are able to accommodate the lorry that will deliver it. This is an important, not only to prevent damage to things like cars or walls, but also to ensure the lorry won't get stuck if it rains. The added weight of the skip could lead to issues. You should also contact neighbours and the council if you plan on leaving the skip on the road. The last thing you want is to cause problems with neighbours by blocking their right of way, or by illegally blocking public access. Once again, most legitimate skip hire companies will understand the rules and regulations that govern the safe storage of a skip and will advise accordingly.