Questions You Might Have About Using a Skip Bin

A skip bin is a good way to ensure your home and property stay safe and clean when you're handling a renovation or remodeling project, and they can also be used when it's time to tackle a major spring cleaning job. Whatever your reasons for needing a skip bin, you might have some questions about how to use them. Note a few questions many homeowners have about skip bins and then discuss these with a rental agent if you still need more information.

1. Can anything be put in a skip bin? 

Each agency will have their own guidelines about what can or cannot be put in a bin; usually things like tires, mattresses, and the like are not allowed, as well as any type of food waste, oils of any sort, or anything flammable. However, if you do have these types of items you need to dispose of, ask the bin rental agency. They may take mattresses and tires for an additional fee, or may be able to arrange the disposal of hazardous materials separately. Don't assume the bin can hold everything but also don't assume that you cannot get rid of items that are otherwise considered dangerous, but ask the rental agency about your options.

2. Do I need to pick up the skip bin myself?

Some skip bins are actual trailers that you haul yourself; you would need a bumper hitch to connect to the bin and bring it home. Otherwise, bins are usually delivered and then picked up by the rental agency. Note that many are far too big to fit even in a pickup truck, and an agency typically prefers they manage the transport of their bin themselves, to ensure its safety.

3. Do skip bins tear up the grass?

A larger, heavier skip bin might not be good to put on your lawn as the weight of the bin and the items you toss into it might flatten your lawn. If you're concerned at all about any damage a bin might do to your lawn, your asphalt driveway, and the like, opt for one on wheels so the bin is lifted from the ground and less likely to crush your lawn. It's also good to ensure you have the bin far enough away from your home, garage, or other outbuilding that you won't risk hitting the side of the house as you toss items into the bin. Many will come with a ramp you can use to walk to the top of the bin rather than trying to heave items over the side, so use this to reduce the risk of damage to your property when you rent a skip bin.

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