Clearing the Garbage: 3 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Skip Bin

14 September 2016
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If you are about to carry out a major clear-out of your home, you may be considering renting a skip bin to transport and dispose of all the waste and garbage which will be generated. However, skip bins are available in a wide range of styles and sizes. If this is the first time you have hired a skip bin, to ensure you get the skip bin which is right for you, there are some questions you should ask the skip bin hire company before you sign the agreement.

Can I move the skip bin myself?

This question is important because once you have had the skip bin dropped off, you may wish to move it to another location. However, depending on the type of skip bin you have hired, you may not be permitted to do this. This is because some most skip bins are extremely heavy objects which require a specialist winch or crane to lift them. If you wish to have a mobile skip bin you should hire a model which is fitted with wheels.

Can the skip bin be placed on the pavement or road?

While ideally your skip bin would be placed as close as possible to the property which is being renovated, this is not always possible. If you think you may have to place the skip bin on a public road or pavement, you should let the skip bin hire company know about this. Depending on the type of skip bin you have hired, you may have to apply to the local authorities for a permit. You will also have to follow local laws regarding the display of warning signs and lights on and around the skip bin.

Does the skip bin have doors and if so where are they located?

There are generally three types of skip bin:

  • The open top skip bin
  • The close top skip bin with roof door
  • The open/closed top skip bin with side door

If you plan to transport garbage to the skip bin using a wheelbarrow, you should opt for a skip bin with a side door. This will allow you to walk right into the skip bin with the wheelbarrow, avoiding the need for any heavy lifting. If you plan to use a rubbish shoot, you should opt for an open top skip bin or one with a roof door.

If you are interested in hiring a skip bin, contact a local skip bin hire company, such as McSkips Bin Hire Service, today.