The do's and dont's when filling your skip bin

Skip bin

Skip bin filling up with green waste

Getting your rubbish into a skin bin might sound simple. However, regardless of who is filling the skip bin, whether it's an experienced team at a construction site or a first time residential customer, issues and questions arise regardless. There are do’s and don'ts when filling your skip bin that can help you avoid extra costs for an overfilled skip.

Here's 9 tips when filling your skip bin:

1. Choose the skip needed for your waste type

When hiring a skip bin, always check the waste types guide to ensure that you are selecting the right type. Once you've received your skip bin, make sure you remain within the waste type guidelines. For example, if you've ordered a 10 cubic meters marell skip bin to load general waste, you cannot add soil or concrete, as the bin might be too heavy to lift upon pickup and the change of waste type after you've received a bin might result in additional costs.

2. Break apart bulky items

Large items should be broken down so that they will not take up a lot of space in your skip bin. If the items are irregular, make sure you fill in those empty spaces with smaller waste materials so that you can maximise space.

This is important because you pay for a skip bin by volume, so you really want to maximise the volume of waste you put into it and get your money’s worth.

3. Start loading with the heavier items first

Put heavier items first to prevent the skip bin from toppling over, as the centre of gravity of a skip bin should be at its bottom. If you have flat objects such as plywood, shelves, cabinets, or other furniture, you may put this first so that it will lay flat against the skip bin base.

Additionally, should you have loose items, such as bricks, tiles, some small toys, or small light items, we also recommend placing them at the bottom of the bin. If they are placed at the top of a completely full bin, there is a danger of these items falling out of the bin upon transportation, even when the bin is covered with tarp. 

Loose items at the very top of the bin are very dangerous as even a smaller item falling out from the bin on a highway can cause serious damage to the vehicles travelling behind the truck.

4. Ensure the weight is distributed evenly

Make sure that you do not put too much weight at the front, back, or on one side as this will unbalance your skip bin. Only work with varying weights from bottom to top, the heaviest items being placed at the bottom.

5. Compact the rubbish if necessary

If you need to make more space in small skip bins, try compacting rubbish to make a bit more space. If you’ve got a lot of cardboard or other soft objects that are taking up a lot of space, try using a heavy object to press this rubbish down further.

You may be surprised by how much extra room you can make if you force lighter rubbish into a smaller space within the skip bin. 

6. Do not overfill your skip

Stay within the weight capacity and size of the skip bin for safe transport.

When the skip bin truck arrives to pick up the skip bins, the overfilled skip bins cannot be picked up and an alternative pickup date needs to be scheduled. You can check this with your skip bin hire company to ensure that you are putting just the right amount of waste in your skip bin.

Truck unloading skip bin

7. Do not put prohibited waste in the skip bin

According to health and safety regulations, any rubbish that does not contain harmful chemicals or contaminants, is not infectious or poisonous, does not decay or putrefy, and will not cause injury to those who will be handling it is okay to be thrown in skip bins.

On the other hand, there is a list of hazardous materials that you should never be put in your skip bin: 

  • Paints
  • Solvents
  • Fuels and pesticides
  • Asbestos
  • Plasterboards
  • Food scraps
  • Car tyres
  • Human and animal waste
  • Medical waste
  • Batteries
  • Gas bottles and cylinders
  • Mattresses

In addition, here is a list of waste that you are allowed to put in skip bins:

  • Construction resources – metal, steel, tiles, bricks, aluminium and gypsum board.
  • 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.
  • Old appliances – televisions, computers, stereos, plus any additional unwanted electrical goods.

SKip bin filled with cardboard and other waste

8. Only fill the skip bin to the rim

Despite how much we want to pack our skip bin with waste to get the most out of it, you can only fill the skip bin with waste up to the rim.

Health and safety regulations prohibit the transport of overfilled skip bins, and all the waste above the rim will be removed before the bin is collected. It is not safe to transport skip bins with anything above the indicated level as these can easily fall off and cause injury, accident, or damage.

9. Do not mix and match different types of waste 

It is always important to ensure proper disposal of our rubbish and dispose of them in their rightful place. However, there are some items that are better off recycled, such as plastic bottles, paper, and metals, which you can get rid of through your local council bins. This could not only save space in your skip bin but also save the environment.

Talk to a Professional

iSeekplant has an extensive list of Australian skip bin hire suppliers. Be sure to contact our professional team on 1300 691 912, or use the iseekplant get a quote tool today!

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