Hiring a skip bin is one of the easiest solutions for quick and trouble-free rubbish removal on your property. However, if your home has restricted access, or limited front yard space, locating the skip can be tricky and offer some challenges.
Follow these tips to learn some of the lesser known facts about skip hire and all the options for placing a skip safely at your property.
How Skips are Loaded
The standard size skip from a company like Backyard Bins is commonly lowered from the delivery truck with two hydraulic lifting arms. Larger sized skips are usually managed with a roll-on roll-off, or hook lift system. With this type, the bed of the truck tips up and allows the skip to slide down.
These mechanical operations often determine where the skips can or cannot be off loaded.
Placing the skip within your property is, naturally, the best option if you are able to do so.
This prevents passers-by from gaining access and off-loading their rubbish into your bin. Additionally, there is no need to organise a council permit, which is necessary when a bin is placed on public property.
Placing the Skip in the Front Yard
Quite often locating the bin in the front yard is a very easy solution. If the front fence is a low one, the skip can be simply lifted over it. Alternatively, the truck can reverse into the drive, and if there is sufficient turning room, can turn in to lower the bin into the yard.
Placing in the Driveway
When making an estimate to see if the truck can fit into your driveway, remember that trucks are wider than the average car.
Most standard driveways are able to accommodate a skip truck without difficulty. However, you need to also allow a little extra for the widest part of the truck: the side mirrors.
Placing in Garages and Carports
You will need to check with your skip bin service to determine if they can deliver the type of bins suited for placing in these locations. Usually a mobile skip will be needed.
There also needs to be enough overhead clearance. If your garage or carport can accommodate a large 4x4 type vehicle, then a skip should also fit without any difficulty.
If you have several options available to you for placing your bin, then think carefully about the surface on which the bin will be placed. Remember that they are very heavy and can easily damage brittle material. They can be quite unforgiving on your paving or driveway surface.
If however, you have none of the usual options for placing your bin on your property, then your skip may need to be located on the street or nature strip. This can work out quite successfully if you remember a few key points.
Tips for Placing on the Nature Strip
Arrange a Council Permit
The majority of councils require a permit to locate a skip in these situations. In most cases, the skip operator will handle the details and arrange for the permit. Usually these companies are registered and accredited with the council and have the necessary liability insurance cover.
However, if you prefer, you may be able to obtain the permit yourself in certain council areas. Costs may vary between the various councils and operators. You can gain some idea of permit costs here.
Check Available Space
Make sure you have enough space in your street for the truck to off-load the bin. Be aware that the truck, when it has its lifting arms extended, will occupy the space of about two car lengths.