Skip bins are the preferred way of waste collection for home and business, especially when you have larger amounts of building rubble, garden cuttings or trash which you need carted away. The best thing about it is that you don’t have to buy a skip bin in order to use one – there are many companies like Zaks Bin Hire that can provide you with a container and then pick it up again for responsible waste disposal once you’re done.

A skip bin isn’t just a skip bin! There are a few essential things that you’ll have to think about before getting in touch with any skip bin hire company.

  • Skip bin placement: You can’t just put a skip bin anywhere. Consider the fact that a truck still has to place the skip bin and remove it when full, and will need more than enough space around the skip bin to do it. Skip bins are also better placed on hard, level surfaces rather than softer ones where it could sink into the surface.
  • Type of waste: What type of waste do you need removed? Some types of waste (such as concrete) will require specific types of skip bins, and other types of waste (some types of organic material, chemicals and other hazardous substances) aren’t allowed to be put in a skip bin at all.
  • A reputable company: Make sure that the company you hire for your rubbish removal needs is adequately registered to operate, and disposes of the waste they collect in a responsible way. Check reviews for the company online, and look around for happy customer testimonials when you can.
  • Size matters: Size really matters when hiring a skip bin, so make sure that you choose the right size (and type!) for your individual needs. There are different sizes available ranging from 4m for smaller loads through to 14m for much larger things you need lugged around.

When you have to choose a size of skip bin for your next removal, measure the area where you intend to place the skip bin first – and from there, have at least a vague idea of how much waste you’re going to need removed.

If you aren’t entirely sure about the right size for what you need, just ask your local skip bin company to advise which could be best, or make sure you hire one that’s a little bigger than your needs.

Different Skip Bin Sizes

Different skip bin sizes are available depending on just how much waste you’re going to have to get removed, and how much space you have where you put it. Remember that it’s always better to hire one that’s bigger than for what you needed it, rather than to end up with one that’s too small for the waste needing to be removed.

The different standard skip bin sizes are:

  • 4m (3m x 1.7m x 0.80m)
  • 6m (4m x 1.8m x 0.85m)
  • 8m (4m x 2m x 1m)
  • 10m (4.6m x 2.2m x 1m)
  • 12m (5m x 2m x 1.2m)
  • 14m (5m x 2m x 1.4m)

As a few added skip bin placement and size tips:

  • Never place a skip bin on softer surfaces, or on uneven ones.
  • Make sure that there’s enough space around the skip bin for a truck to move around it for easy collection and removal.
  • Don’t fill a skip bin to the point where it’s overflowing or there are things standing next to or around it. Instead, if you run out of space, call your skip bin company to collect your skip bin when it’s full – or call them for a second skip bin drop.