Proper Way Of Using Skip Bins

The Do's and Don’ts of Skip Bin Usage

Skip bins are incredibly helpful with waste removal and disposal. The bins are economical, practical, and more convenient since it allows you the freedom to do more important things while professionals take care of your disposal. However, before you go ahead and hire a skip bin, you must bear in mind some rules and regulations that affect skip bin usage. Our friends from Pro Skip Bins Brisbane has prepared a detailed list of dos and don’ts for skip bin usage.

The Do’s 

Check the overhead clearance and make room 

Before placing the skip bin, check the overhead clearance to ensure that there are no utility lines, eaves, or tree branches that can interfere with the bin or truck. All skip bin companies have guidelines requiring a specific amount of overhead clearance – we recommend you go through the guideline to know the acceptable overhead clearance. 

Also, use planks to elevate the bin off the ground to avoid damage to your pavers, driveways, or grass. 

Place the bin on your property 

Place the skip bin on your property or risk needing a council permit for the skip bin. Bear in mind that the neighbourhood or homeowners’ association may have regulations regarding skip bin usage and placement. While placing, make sure there is clear access for the delivery truck. In other words, the location must meet all capacity and width requirements for the truck to drive and back out from your location without trouble. 

Declare the amount and type of waste and rubbish you want to dispose

Certain types of waste are prohibited in skip bins. As a result, you must identify the waste you plan to put in the bin. Apart from regulations, the amount and type of waste will determine the type of bin you need. Classify your waste under general waste, green waste, clean fill, steel and aluminum, bricks, concrete, and tiles. After classifying your waste, you can sort them to make disposal easy.  

Use temporary fencing to discourage kids

Skip bins are a climbing hazard for kids. To discourage this, build a temporary fence to make it more challenging for kids to reach inside the bins without supervision. You can also use hazard tape to keep older kids out. More importantly, educate children and explain the purpose and potential risks of a skip bin. Explain why they shouldn’t go in and around the bin so that they can willingly accept the rules. Close the doors and use locks if you can to keep out stubborn children. 

Protect the skip from rain and water 

Water adds extra weight to the skip, and any water that is released from the skip carries toxins from the skip. To avoid this, cover the skip to prevent rainwater from getting in. Since some bins come with drains in the bottom, you can open the drain and let the water run out of the skip. However, be careful with water removal to ensure it doesn’t carry toxins to other parts of the neighbourhood. You can use a wet vacuum or bucket to remove or collect water from around the bin. 

Carefully load your bin

Load your bin with care, placing heavy and large items at the bottom. Also, don’t mix types of waste in a single bin. 

The Don’ts 

The Don'ts of Using Skip Bins

Don’t overload the skip bin 

Skip bins come with a fill line that highlights the maximum level your waste can get to. Since skip bin companies are not allowed to transport overloaded bins, you will have to remove the extra waste yourself. To avoid overloading your waste bin; 

Break down the waste content or flatten them to save space. You can break shelves, tables, chairs, furniture etc. 

  • Check out different skip bins to know which would fit your rubbish 
  • Utilise all available space but don’t ever cross the overload fill line 
  • Don’t stack items near the bin

If you have children around, we recommend that you don’t stack items near the skip bins. Children are naturally inquisitive. When you stack items near the bin, you risk kids climbing and trying to find out what is in the bin. 

Don’t throw out liquid waste 

Heavy-weight waste attracts extra charges. Interestingly, water can add a lot of weight to skip bins. To avoid this, don’t throw out any liquid. Also, we recommend that you dry waterlogged waste before putting it in the bin. 

Don’t block the street with your bin 

Don’t use skip bins in areas that will affect traffic. Also, don’t infringe on your neighbour’s property, and don’t interfere with utilities. More importantly, don’t attempt to move the bin yourself. 


The decision to hire a skip bin is a good one. However, you must use them properly to avoid constituting a nuisance or avoiding hazards. Properly inspect the desired location and supervise delivery to avoid unforeseen issues. Also, supervise the bin to prevent safety hazards, and don’t overload the bin.