How Skip Bin Hire Can Save You Money

Skip bin hire is one of the most convenient ways to deal with your waste. Whether you’re a homeowner or running a business, excess waste is an inconvenience that we all have to deal with from time to time.

There are of course a variety of ways to dispose of excess waste – some easier than others.

For homeowners, the usual method is to rely on council bin collections, but these do have their limitations.

All local councils have systems in place for the removal of household waste and usually, every property is provided with a general waste bin, a recycling bin and a green waste bin.

These are emptied on a weekly or fortnightly basis and the cost of this is covered in rates paid by homeowners.

The rules around what can and cannot be placed in council bins are however, quite strict. 

general waste skip bin

General waste bins are meant for rubbish which cannot be recycled or composted – for example –

  • Disposable nappies and sanitary products
  • Fabric, linens and clothing (consider donating to charity)
  • Cleaning cloths and sponges
  • Broken crockery
  • Plastic plates and cutlery
  • Glossy papers 
  • Cat litter
  • Broken glass
  • String and rope
  • Plastic netting and packaging straps
  • Old audio or video cassettes
  • Polystyrene foam trays such as those used in packaged meat or takeaway food
  • Soft plastics such as chip packets or lolly wrappers

You should not put any waste into your general waste bin if it could be recycled or composted. 

Your recycling bin is for the following –

  • Paper and cardboard including junk mail, egg cartons and cereal boxes
  • Glass such as bottles and jars – make sure to clean them out first.
  • Metal cans and tins 
  • Rigid plastic containers – such as ice-cream tubs
  • Cartons meant for liquids – soup, milk, juice, stock etc
  • Other rigid plastic such as buckets, washing bowls and plant pots
  • Old kitchenware including pots and pans

Green waste/organics bins are for all compostable waste – the rule of thumb is that if it grows then it can go in there. This includes the following –

  • All food scraps including meat, dairy, fish and citrus
  • Coffee grounds and tea leaves
  • Used pizza delivery boxes
  • Cut flowers
  • Lawn clippings
  • Small branches
  • Weeds
  • Sawdust

That’s a pretty comprehensive list of waste items which can be dealt with conveniently and regularly – but we all know that most households and businesses, produce much more than that in terms of waste.

What waste items can’t go into council bins?

plastic recyclable bottles

There are a lot of items which most households and businesses produce regularly and which cannot be disposed of in your council bins.

And it’s here that most people hit a snag. Worn or broken furniture, rugs, larger amounts of garden waste, building materials for those times when you’ve indulged in some DIY, bikes and play equipment that have worn out beyond repair – the list goes on.

Dump runs are the answer for many households – pack the trailer or boot with as much as possible and drive to the local dump to ditch the rubbish.

But this is not only a time-consuming exercise, it’s also an expensive one. The rising cost of fuel means you’re paying out to simply get to the place you can dispose of the waste and then there’s the cost of dumping.

All dumps charge to take your waste – the costs vary but it can cost well over a hundred dollars to dump a trailer full of mixed waste and that’s not including fuel costs and of course, the loss of time.

Dumps also have a long list of items for which they charge extra – this can be a nasty surprise when you take your rubbish to dump and end up paying more than expected.

When you book skip hire, you’re paying for the convenience of a large, empty container to be placed outside of your home or business so you can fill it in your own time.

Then for someone else to come and remove it when you’re finished. Skips provide convenience, ease of mind and are also one of the most eco-friendly ways to approach rubbish removal.

All skip bins are sorted for recyclables

When you fill your skip bin, you can do so safe in the knowledge that the rubbish will be sorted out once it has been removed from your property.

Anything that can be recycled is recycled. So, when you book a skip bin, not only are you potentially saving money on fuel and extra charges for certain waste types, but you’re also being kind to the planet.

Time is money

If you’re a busy person then you’ll already be well aware of how time-consuming tasks can eat into your valuable working hours and into your precious leisure time.

Who wants to spend their day off driving to the dump and unloading a trailer of junk only to have to pay for the privilege in both fuel and dumping fees?

Skip bin hire makes more sense. You can book your skip bin to arrive at your door on the day and even the time that you feel will suit your schedule best.

The skip bin operative will take time to ensure that the skip bin is placed at a convenient spot for you so that you don’t need to carry waste far to place it into the skip bin.

Most skips also come with a ramp – this is valuable for those who have heavy waste such as soil, bricks, rubble or large white goods and furniture.

You can use a wheelbarrow or trolley to push the rubbish up the ramp and into the skip bin.

Saving time, saving money and saving your back – skip bins simply make sense!

Dealing with a good skip hire company like Skip Bin Finder Australia is the key to making sure that things go smoothly. The best companies will offer advice and ensure you get the right sized skip bin for your needs.

Start your research now and find out which skip hire is best for your needs.