A skip is the ultimate home waste disposal system. You call the company, they drop off the skip, you fill it and they take it away. However, there are also some things you need to consider when hiring a skip. Aside from the usual safety precautions, which we’ll go into in more detail later, you also need to know what you can and what you can’t put in a skip.

Please see below for a list of waste items that most Central Coast skip bins hire companies will take and also a list of items that they can’t. Of course, there may be some exceptions to the prohibited waste list, but you will need to contact them to clarify any special arrangements that they may be able to make.

Home Waste That You Can Almost Always Put In A Skip

  • General Light Waste – Household waste, etc.
  • Heavy General WasteBricks, Concrete, Stone, Aggregates, Soil, Sand, Metals
  • Green Waste Garden natural waste

Some skip bin companies may also be able to make provision for the collection and disposal of asbestos, but prior notice is absolutely essential due to the availability of the purpose designed asbestos bins. It is also worth mentioning that asbestos removal is a specialist job and should not be attempted by a homeowner. The skip bin company may also offer a separate collection and disposal service for white goods, mattresses, beds or divans.

Home Waste That You Can’t Put In A Skip

The list below may vary from company to company so be sure to ask if you have waste items that may have to be disposed of separately.

  • Explosives and Gas Containers
  • Car Batteries
  • Tyres
  • Oversized Tree Stumps
  • Food Waste
  • Liquids including Oil
  • Paint Cans that are not empty
  • Super Six Fencing

As mentioned above, some companies may be able to dispose of a larger variety of items than others, so be sure to call in advance to check.

Safety Considerations

There are a number of safety considerations to bear in mind when you hire a skip, including but not limited to:

  • Location of Skip – You will need to ensure that the surface that the skip is to be placed on is free of debris and not located on muddy ground where it may sink into the ground when fully loaded. It also needs to be placed where it doesn’t restrict access.
  • Lighting and Signage – If the skip bin is placed on the highway or obstructs, even slightly, any access, it will need to have warning lighting and signage.
  • Child Safety – You will need to bear in mind any children around the skip’s location – kids will be kids and will inevitably see it as a toy or playground apparatus, this can be very dangerous so assign someone to keep an eye out and make sure the local children can’t get near it!

Using A Recognised Skip Bin Specialist

By using a long established, highly regarded skip bin specialist, you will get a complete service not just the actual skip. They will be able to answer any questions you may have and provide recommendations if required.

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