Home Waste Management: Selecting the Most Appropriate Skip Bin

Posted on: 17 February 2016

The management of waste materials in the home environment is critical in maintaining the safety and aesthetics of the property. In simple terms, poor rubbish collection and disposal practices will lead to unattractive littering and sanitation problems related to putrefaction of waste. It is prudent to establish a trash collection plan and review it periodically. One of the beneficial methods to enhance or complement your residential waste management strategies is hiring a skip bin.

Generally, the service provider will deliver the rubbish container to your home and collect it when the designated rental period is over. You can select skip bin hire as a one-time service during spring cleaning, deceased estate clean-up and refurbishment projects. This can also be a long-term rubbish disposal strategy whereby the filled container is replaced with a fresh skip bin. Regardless of the rental nature, here are considerations to facilitate the selection of the ideal rubbish bin.

Marrel or Hook

There are two common skip bin configurations in the general market: marrel and hook. These categories are defined by the method utilised in loading and unloading the container into and from the skip truck. The marrel skip bin is probably the most widely used design for domestic rubbish collection. The container has higher sides and a shorter length to allow placement in limited residential space, without compromising the cumulative volume. The marrel bin is lifted using chains, which provide better support for heavier waste materials. 

The hook skip bin is designed for handling using a hook arm, as implied. The configuration is usually wider, so more space is required to accommodate the container. This is suitable for light, volume-based materials because the wider design and single hook arm will limit stability when handling heavier waste items.

Skip Size

The specific size of skip bins is measured in form of volume or capacity. Therefore, you should compare your needs and the sizing of the containers provided by your waste management company. Remember that a smaller-than-required bin will limit its usability, and a larger alternative will result in paid unused space. Ideally, you should take note of weight restrictions and compare a known volume, such as a wheelie bin, with the skip sizes. For example, eight 240L bins will translate to approximately two cubic metres of skip waste.

Loading Features

Finally, you should check for special skip bin features that allow easy loading of rubbish into the container. Common advantageous structures include wheelbarrow doors, swinging tailgates and even the dropdown ramp.