No doubt you've done your homework if you're going to hire a skip bin. You would have decided upon the best-sized bin for your purposes at a competitive price. It's important to ensure that the price you have been quoted is all you'll have to pay. There are some instances where you might end up paying more than you were planning. It's certainly easy enough to avoid these extra charges if you plan ahead, by ensuring that the skip bin you're hiring is the best place for what you need to get rid of. So what are some things you need to consider?
Skip bins are there to get rid of whatever you no longer need. Some of these items will go straight to landfill, and other items can be recycled. Will you be putting a lot of recyclable items into the skip bin? Most skip bin companies strictly take care of refuse removal and are not recyclers themselves. When the skip bin is collected, its contents will be sorted. It's important to ask any potential skip bin company whether there is an extra fee for recyclable content. In some instances this fee is included in the price of your hire, although in some instances it might be applied as an additional surcharge. This possible surcharge would include the cost of transporting these recyclable items to a recycler, so it's important to find out whether this cost is included in the quoted price.
Soil and Garden Waste
Do you need the skip bin to dispose of the waste produced during a garden renovation? Not everything from such a project can be placed into a general skip bin. Green waste should be bagged before being placed into the bin (so it can easily be separated and composted), but not all types of soil can be placed into a skip bin. Clean fill and hard fill is fine in most instances, and this includes clean soil (with absolutely no weeds or turf), rocks, concrete, clay, bricks, and even tiles. Garden soil is not generally classed as clean fill as it might contain contaminants (generally weeds or pieces of turf). These contaminants mean that the soil cannot be reused. Have a word with the skip bin provider. If you are only disposing of garden soil (which can be sent to landfill), then this should not pose a problem. If you need to dispose of a combination of garden soil, clean fill and hard fill, then an additional bin might be required (so that the garden soil does not contaminate the other types of fill), or you might wish to dispose of your excess garden soil at a later stage.
Delivery and Placement
Ensure that you have space for the skip bin. If you need to place it on the closest nature strip to your home, then enquire with your local council as soon as possible. You might need a permit (which will increase your overall cost) and failure to obtain one might result in a fine. You also need to ensure that there are no clearway times (preventing vehicles from stopping or parking to relieve congestion) outside your address. This can restrict the times that your skip bin can be delivered. It might not necessarily cost you money, but it can certainly cost you valuable time.
By performing a few extra checks you can make sure that there will be no hidden charges for your skip bin, allowing you to get on with the job of filling it up.