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5 Tips for Skip Bin Safety

Whether it be for a big project like renovating your home or simply spring cleaning your home, hiring a skip bin is the perfect way to dispose of large quantities of garbage that cannot be removed traditionally. Though it may seem easy, it is important that you consider your own safety when hiring a skip bin. We have compiled a list of tips you should follow when you do so:

  1. Consideration of Fire Hazards

Though it is true that you can dispose of almost everything in our skip bins, it is important that you recognise products that pose a fire hazard such as electronics and electrical equipment. The same goes for chemicals, petrol and solvents and other flammable materials. 

If your skip bin does accidentally catch fire, there are ways to prevent them from getting worse and causing more damage. Before loading anything into the skip, ensure that it is at least ten (10) meters away from any building with no garbage lying around it (especially combustibles and flammable materials). Also empty the bin immediately when you are finished, as this will prevent any further fire risks. 

  1. Recognising Chemical Waste Products

Another hazardous material to keep an eye out for is chemical waste products that should not be disposed of in a skip bin. These materials include gas bottles, petrol, asbestos, oil, explosives, and batteries. There are specific facilities and professionals that collect and dispose of these materials to prevent damage. If these materials are not disposed of correctly, they pose a large threat to the surrounding environment and individuals involved. 

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  1. Evenly Loading Rubbish 

It is important that you evenly load your skip bin before allowing it to be collected, as an uneven load is extremely dangerous to both the truck driver and others on the road. An uneven load can result in the truck itself losing balance and tipping over. So before letting any professional collect your waste, ensure that your garbage is distributed evenly throughout the bin.

  1. Do Not Crush the Waste

Many assume that they can simply jump into the bin and crush the garbage inside to create space for more waste. However, if your bin is full, jumping or using tools to compact waste inside the bin can result in harm to yourself and others from materials inside, including broken bones, cuts, bruises, and sprains. 

  1. Do Not Overload the Bin

During transport, an excessively heavy load can create high risks to the truck driver and others on the road. The fuller and heavier the skip bin, the more difficult it becomes to transport it, so ensure you do not overload your skip bin before collection. 

A skip bin is not the same as any other bin in your home, and it should be treated responsibly and carefully, not like any common household item. Skip bins are hired out, collected, and transported by professionals for a reason; using them wrong can result in harm and damage. By using skin bins responsibly, your waste and garbage will be out of your hands in no time, so give Just Skin Bins a call to hire from our friendly and reliable professionals. 


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