Whenever we undertake a clear-out, renovation, or a demolition, we can easily underestimate how much waste we’ll generate. Now, if you’re hiring a skip bin, it’s pretty important for you to choose the right size. A lot of people do not take this seriously, which consequently ends with them having to overload their skip. Unfortunately, here at A’n’K Budget Bins, we are legally required to reject an overfilled skip bin. In this post, we are going to look at the risks and regulations behind overloading a skip. What’s more, we’ll share some tips on how you can avoid this problem during your skip bin hire period.
How to Know if You’ve Overfilled Your Skip Bin
It’s quite easy to spot an overloaded skip. Obviously, if the waste exceeds the height of the bin’s walls, then it is overfilled. However, you should also check the ‘fill line’ which highlights the upper limit that your rubbish can reach. Now, if you overload your bin, you need to remove the excess waste. Skip bin companies in Australia are not allowed to transport overloaded containers. So, if you’ve underestimated the holding capacity of the bin or the amount of junk you’ve generated, you’ll likely need another skip. We always recommend that you call us and ask for advice regarding skip bin sizes.
What Are the Risks of Overloading a Skip Bin?
We cannot reiterate enough how dangerous it is to overload a skip bin. Here are some of the risks involved:
All the jagged, sharp edges poking out from the skip’s top and sides can be dangerous for you, passers-by, and the people handling the bin. If this hazardous waste falls out, it could injure other people or cause accidents on the road. This scenario is a real risk for overflowing skip bins, which is also the reason why we cannot accept your excess waste. As such, when this issue occurs, we advise our customers to remove the extra junk. We must secure the items in the skip during transit. Now, if they were to spill out of the bin, this would undoubtedly result in accidents and injuries on-road.
As we’ve mentioned, it is illegal to transport an overloaded bin. Violating the law should be enough to deter you from overfilling a skip. No matter what skip bin company you hire, the personnel will refuse to transport your overflowing bin. Skip businesses comply with regulations, compelling them to reject your overfilled container.
Problems with Your Neighbours
You should inform your neighbours before your skip bin arrives. Keep in mind that the container must be accessible. Otherwise, you’ll need a licence for your skip bin. Moreover, it should not block the street or road. After all, a skip can be unsightly—more so an overloaded one. Aside from that, you could also cause conflicts with your neighbours. After all, they know that there are safety hazards involved with an overloaded skip bin.
Since skip companies are legally required to reject overflowing bins, you may need to hire another container. So, you will end up spending more than you should as a result of underestimated waste.
How to Avoid Overloading a Skip Bin
It is quite easy to keep your waste load at the right level as long as you give it a bit of attention and planning. The first thing you need to do is ensure that you get the right skip size for your entire rubbish load.
Before hiring a skip bin, we recommend taking an inventory or estimating the amount of rubbish you’ll need to dispose of. We suggest that you stack the waste in a pile to get the best estimate of the amount. You can also contact us and ask for our advice on the best skip size for the job. In most cases, we recommend getting a bigger skip to be safe. After all, you wouldn’t want to end up hiring an extra bin that you cannot fill to capacity anyway.
You should also have a strategy for filling your skip bin to avoid overfilling it. To maximise the space, break up the items. For instance, you can dismantle fittings and furniture, turning them into smaller chunks. Also, make sure that you place large and flat objects at the bottom of the bin. If you’re discarding slabs of plywood or a door, you can lay it flat first. Make sure that the heavy items are at the bottom to prevent the skip from falling over.
Of course, you should not forget to hire a reliable and cost-effective skip bin in Perth. Here at A’n’K Budget Bins, we offer bins in a wide range of sizes—from 2m3 to 12m3. Needless to say, you are always sure to find the right skip to accommodate for your entire rubbish load.
Call A’n’K Budget Bins today and schedule a skip bin delivery and pick up!