How to get the most out of your skip bin

How to get the most out of your skip bin!

Loading your rubbish sounds more simple than it looks! There is a level of art and science in doing this task. Knowing the right way to load your skip, will get you the most out of what you pay for.

Here are some tips on how to load your skip bin properly

Heavy or flat items go first

Ensure you are putting the heavier items first to prevent the bin from toppling over and keeping the center of gravity at the bottom of the skip. Flat items such as furniture, plywood, shelves and cupboards should go first too, so they are able to lay flat against the skip base.

Even weight distribution

As mentioned above, Avoid putting too much weight at the front, back or one side and work with the weights from bottom to top, keeping the centre of gravity at the bottom.

Break apart bulky pieces

Particularly if the items are irregular shapes, furniture, branches, and other large bulky items must be broken down in order to make more space in the Skip Bin to avoid filling empty space with the air.

Don’t fill over the rim

It is against health and safety regulations to transport a skip with anything above the indicated level. Any waste above the rim will be removed before the bin is collected for safety.

Stay within the weight capacity

If you are loading heavy items such as concrete, gravel, sand etc, please check the maximum weight capacity for safe transport.

Separate your waste products

We must ensure appropriate disposal of our rubbish. Pro Skips Australia will help you dispose of your rubbish and get them to its appropriate places. However, there are some items that are better off recycled, such as plastic bottles, paper, and metals, which you can get rid of through your local council bins. This could not only save space in your skip bin but also save the environment. Our planet is our home, and with so much threatening its survival we have made it our mission to revolutionize the waste management industry by providing innovative solutions that are well within reach. We exclusively use facilities that turn over more than 80% of waste into recyclable goods. Using the latest in waste management technologies, we’ll help to clean up our home, one scrap at a time.

Let’s maximize the volume of waste you put into your skip! Pro skips Australia provides a cost-effective skip bin that will suit your needs regardless of the project size. Give our friendly team a call on 1800 776 754

What is a mini skip bin

What is a mini skip bin?

A mini skip bin is the smallest size skip bin you can hire. Their size ranges from 2 to 4 cubic meters. In many situations, a mini skip bin is a perfect solution for rubbish removal. 

Occasionally we have moments of urge to spring clean, garage clean, clean overgrown gardens or neglected storage areas. A much easier and cost-effective solution to multiple wheelie bins and multiple trips to the tip is a mini skip bin! All of your waste disposals will be done with the least amount of effort. Simply place all the rubbish into the skip and watch it be transported off your property.

Mini skip bins can be filled with a range of different household waste including green waste – branches, dirt, leaves, small tree stumps, and any other greenery that would normally fit in your wheelie bin.

Mini skips are great for construction materials from a home renovation or landscaping including cut-offs from paving stones or garden edging. Other materials such as wiring, tiles, nails, debris, concrete, brick, and rubble can be put into the skip. Be cautious of hazardous waste, contaminated soils, batteries, asbestos, toxic and flammable material, food scraps, and oils as these are not appropriate for your mini skip. Pro Skips Australia offers specialized skip bins for these types of materials.

When would you hire a mini skip?
Spring cleaning
– Home renovations
– Landscaping
– Construction
– Domestic or Commercial applications

Benefits of hiring a mini skip?
Proper Waste Disposal – Helps you dispose of your waste in a way that won’t harm the environment. Pro skips exclusively use facilities that turn over more than 80% of waste into recyclable goods.

AffordabilitySince mini skips are the smallest available, they are the cheapest skips offered by skip hire companies.

Convenience – Mini skips are small enough to be placed on nearly any property, meaning no council permit is required. Labour is minimized as multiple trips to the tip or wheelie bin are not needed. 

Prevents injuriesEven small construction projects can generate large amounts of rubbish and unfortunately, most standard household waste bins are not big enough to hold the amount of rubbish that renovation work tends to create. Leftover waste may fill the floors and cause potential injuries. Fewer trips with wheelie bins, bags, or trips to the tip also make the environment safer.

Speed up renovation processYour project could take significantly longer without a skip bin due to the substantial amount of time driving to and from your local tip. A skip bin on your property will spare you the time-consuming journey to and from the tip, allowing you to dispose of your rubbish in minutes, rather than hours. This will allow you to spend more of your time and energy on the renovation process and therefore ensure that it progresses at a quick pace.

Can I hire Skip Bin during COVID 19

Skip Bin hire during COVID 19

During COVID 19 Pandemic and with restrictions getting tighter around Greater Sydney, it’s important to know that skip bin hire is a low-risk public service. Skip drivers don’t need to make any form of contact with customers, they wear a mask and also maintain social distancing. All government guidelines are followed. At Pro Skip’s it is our number one priority to promote safety for both our customers and staff. 

Pro Skips are passionate about recycling and limiting waste that ends up in landfill. We have proudly reinforced contactless transactions and booking systems to ensure our services are still running and supporting a greener environment.

 

What are contactless transactions?

Contactless payment is a transaction made without any physical contact! Many trades used to work quite often with cash, however this payment method is now quite rare and not ideal in our current situation.

Just like many other businesses, Pro Skips have turned to contactless payment. We offer an online booking system, that requires card details. We also offer By now pay later services when booking online. Where you can hire the Skip Bin now and pay it later.  Alternatively, we can take card payments over the phone.

 

Will contactless transactions impact you skip bin delivery?

Most certainly not! Online orders and over the phone payment methods have always been around, however they are just far more popular now and encouraged given the current circumstances. Once you have ordered your skips bin, it will arrive at the requested date and location. In order to comply with government orders and promote a healthier and safer environment our team recommends taking advantage of our contactless payments.

 

Give our friendly team at Pro skips a call on 1800 776 754 or send us an email today! Alternatively, you can even book online where we offer After pay & Zip pay.

Permit for a Skip

Do you need a permit for a Skip?

In most cases throughout the Sydney metropolitan area, if you are placing your skip bin on council property such as the road, footpath or nature strip, a council permit may be required. If you plan to put a skip bin on your own private property you don’t need to apply for a council permit. 

Some council’s a skip company can buy an annual permit which will cover them for placement and the customer does not need to worry about it. In other areas the customer must apply for the permit. In some council areas, skips up to a certain length and width that meet requirements with regard to markings can be placed in the street without a permit for a certain period of time. You need to check with your local council

 

What happens if I do not have a permit?

Failure to obtain the correct skip bin permit may result in a fine payable by the hirer of the skip bin/property owner.

 

How to get a council permit?

Contact your local council for a Skip bin permit! The process of securing permits varies from council to council, as does the cost with some charging a fee or bond whilst others do not.

If you have any further questions and would like to hire a skip bin, give our friendly team at Pro skips a call on 1800 776 754 or send us an email today! Alternatively, you can even book online where we offer After pay & Zip pay

Waste recycling

What exactly is recycling 

Recycling is the process of converting certain used and discarded materials into new materials and objects. Recycling can prevent the waste of potentially useful materials and reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials. Recycling reduces energy usage, air pollution – from incineration and water pollution – from landfilling. It makes our environment cleaner and the air is fresher to breathe!


Here is a list of things that to your surprise cannot be recycled:

Shredded paper – Shredding paper destroys its natural fibres. If recycled, it will not hold its shape well anymore.

Paper and/or Cardboard Food Containers – Grease and food residue significantly affect the quality of paper and cardboard materials. The recycling machines may jam from the grease and other substances on the materials. If you eliminate the parts contaminated with food, a clean box can be recycled. Some Examples of these are pizza boxes, paper takeout containers, and used paper plates. 

Paper cup and drink cartons – Just like food containers, these are stained with organic matter and are, therefore, unfit to be recycled. Most of the time these drinking containers are lined with plastic which are non-recyclable.

Paper towels, napkins, and tissue products – These are considered contaminated and not suitable for recycling. The culprit can be a lot of reasons, from food residues, body fluids, hygiene materials, and even toilet use. 

Disposable nappies – These single-use items that are contaminated by human waste. They are also made from composite materials. The mix of materials and the contamination with human waste make them almost impossible to recycle.

Ceramics – Ceramics are not recyclable. Do not throw your broken china, crockery, or kitchenware in with your glass in the recycling. They may seem similar to glass which is recyclable, however this is not the case.

Loose bottle caps – Although plastic bottles are recyclable, loose bottle caps are not. The bottle caps are often too small for the recycling machines. Also, some bottle caps are often not even made out of the same type of plastic.

Grocery plastic bags – Majority of the thin single-use bags we find at supermarkets are not suitable for recycling. Grocery bags made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE) are too thin for the machines as they wrap around the machine parts and can potentially stop it from working. Thicker plastic bags, however, the ones made from low-density polyethylene (LDPE) can be recycled.

Skip bin hire and Rubbish removal service

Skip bin hire VS Rubbish removal service

Whether you are in a residential, commercial or construction setting, eventually all waste will need to be removed in order to maintain a clean home or working site. Waste is produced everywhere!

 

What are skip bins?

Skip bins are waste receptacles that typically have a rectangular or trapezoid shape and are used for anything from green waste and household items to construction and demolition waste. Skip bins also hold plastics, furniture, glass and whitegoods. Once the skip arrives, waste is collected and put it into the bin. The skip bin is then collected when ready and your waste is then disposed in an appropriate manner. Pro skips allows you to keep the bin for up to 14 days and gives you the choice of 8 different Skip bin sizes depending on your needs. Hiring a skip bin is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways of getting rid of household, commercial or construction waste.

 

What is Rubbish removal Service?

Rubbish removal services dispose of all types of rubbish from households, gardens, offices, and other settings that may need waste removed. Rubbish removal services provide a service where they arrive at the chosen site, collect the rubbish for you and dispose on the same day. 

 

Which is best for me?

Hiring a skip bin is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways of getting rid of household, commercial or construction waste, however you are required to collect the waste yourself. Rubbish removal services are more costly, however allow you to stay productive with other tasks as the waste removal is done for you. Hiring a skip bin allows you to hold the bin for up to 14 days, meaning you can acquire more waste over a longer period of time. Alternatively, rubbish removal services will arrive, collect and dispose of your waste in one day. If you are continuously producing waste every day and are looking at an affordable option, you should opt for Skip bin hire. Rubbish removal service would be the more desirable option if you require urgent waste removal for just a day and have limited time on your hands.

Give our friendly team at Pro skips a call on 1800 776 754 or send us an email today! Alternatively, you can even book online where we offer After pay & Zip pay

Why You Shouldn’t Fill A Skip Bin Over The Rim

If you’re contemplating whether or not you should be filling your skip bin over the rim, we’ve got the answers for you. In short – the answer is no, you shouldn’t be! Here’s why you shouldn’t fill a skip bin over the rim.

  1. Safety

Here at Pro Skips Australia, our biggest priority is keeping our customers, staff and the general public safe when it comes to waste management. If a skip bin is filled up above the rim and the rubbish begins to overflow out – it presents many dangers. Materials from the bin could possibly fall out of the bin and onto the road, endangering road users and pedestrians.

  1. Illegal

It is against the law to transport a skip bin that can’t be safely covered. Meaning if you overfill your skip bin and there are bits and pieces overflowing out – it is illegal for us to transport it back to our warehouse.

How to avoid overfilling a skip bin

Avoiding overfilling a skip bin is quite simple. The first tip would be to ensure you’re hiring the right size skip bin! It’s important to evaluate your waste so you’re not underestimating the amount of waste you have accumulated. If you’re unsure of how to do this – it’s as simple as giving Pro Skips Australia a call and discussing your needs so we can ensure your skip bin isn’t too small for your project.

Another tip on how to avoid overfilling a skip bin is by filling it up strategically. Disposing of your waste in whatever way and direction isn’t really going to help the situation. What you can do is make the most out of the space you have by starting off with laying flat objects at the bottom of the bin. Larger and bulkier items go next. Followed by any lightweight items you have. Have a read of our blog ‘how to strategically load your skip bin’ for more information!

You can also avoid overfilling a skip bin by knowing its limits! There is usually a line on the inside of the skip bin which you shouldn’t fill rubbish past. Stick to the limit and you’ll simply avoid overfilling the skip bin!

Zero Weight Restrictions

Unlike most of our competitors, here at Pro Skips Australia, we have zero weight restrictions. If you’re wondering what that means, it means that we have no restrictions when it comes to the weight of the skip bin. Our only policy is that the skip bin can’t be filled over the rim of the bin! We provide skip bin sizes ranging from 2 cubic metres all the way to 12 cubic metres. This means you will never have a problem overfilling your skip bin! We’re here to help you choose the right size to avoid this. Give our team a call today on 1800 776 754 to discuss which skip bin will suit your project needs!

Tips To Reduce Office Waste

Whilst we usually talk about recycling tips at home and going green, at times we seem to forget about turning our businesses green too. It’s important to introduce better ways to reduce waste which additionally, will save your business money too. There are so many simple ways to do this and help our environment to work towards a cleaner tomorrow. Here are some tips to reduce office waste:

Reducing paper waste

Do you REALLY need to print that email out!? A way to reduce majority of paper waste is by transforming your office into a paperless (or mostly!) digital office. There are so many applications available that allow you to share things with colleagues and sync files. A way you can also provide friendly reminders to others about reducing paper waste is by added a ‘think before you print’ message on your email signature.

Place paper recycling bins around the office

Placing paper recycling bins around the office and in handy and convenient places makes it so much easier and more effortless for people to recycle. It doesn’t require extra effort by colleagues and will increase paper recycling.

Purchase dishes and cutlery

Rather than having all staff using plastic plates, cups and cutlery provided by management it is wise to purchase dishes, glasses and cutlery. This will not only save costs overtime but reduces the wasteful use of plastics in the office.

Reuse folders and binders

A great tip to reduce office waste is by reusing folders and binders. This reduces using a new one each time or disposing of old folders.

Purchase coffee, sugar and tea in bulk

If coffee, sugar and tea are purchased for your office, it’s a smart idea to purchase these items in bulk to reduce boxes and packaging waste. This reduces the amount of packaging that needs to be thrown away.

Print double-sided

Rather than printing on only one side of a page, print on both to save paper. This setting can be automatically set up on your printer!

 

The Environmental Impact of Food Waste

Why are we wasting food?

Australian’s tend to lose focus on the real value of food in our world and the nature of which it comes from. By wasting food, we are being environmentally unethical and are harming our environment’s resources and functions. Consumer behaviour and lack of communication are analysed to be the greatest underlying factor in society’s food waste.

Environmental impacts of food waste

  1. Global warming and climate change

Food waste contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and produces methane. This leads to an increase in global warming and climate change.

  1. Loss of valued environmental resources

The worth of energy and natural resources are lost in the processing, transporting, storing, and cooking when food is wasted.

  1. Agriculture becomes worthless

Approximately one-third of the world’s total agricultural land area is being wasted to grow food that is not consumed.

  1. Deforestation

When meat is at a high request, deforestation of untouched land occurs to contribute as homes for livestock. However, when meat is being wasted in Australian homes, there is no real purpose of giving up and destroying land.

Environmentally friendly ways to recycle food waste

  1. Feed leftover food to pets
  2. Create a new meal with scraps and leftovers
  3. Use kitchen scrap as compost
  4. Reuse the food packaging material
  5. Regrow produce
  6. Buy less food!

Tips On How To Dispose Of Electronic Waste

Electronic waste, also known as e-waste, is the waste that comes from electronic devices that are thrown out. As a nation, we are one of the highest users of electronics in the world so you can only imagine how much e-waste we produce!

Electronic waste should not be thrown out in your household rubbish bin. The toxic metal elements found in the waste can be a potential danger to not only people’s health but also our environment.

Here are some tips on how to dispose of electronic waste:

  1. Sell or donate your old electronics

If your electronics are still in good condition, a good thought is to either sell or donate the old electronics that you no longer want. The only thing that needs to be considered here is that your electronics might still contain some of your data.

  1. Take your e-waste to a recycling centre

A great was to dispose of your electronic waste is by taking it to a recycling centre. There are many recycling centres all-around local areas which are easily found.

  1. Send your electronics back to the company

Many electronic companies allow you to send back electronics you want to dispose of so they can dispose of them safely. They even offer discounts on occasions if you do that!

  1. Buy less electronics!

The best thing you can do is buy less electronics! It’s best to reuse your gadgets until it’s actually time for them to go! Getting caught up in the hype of new products creates a whole lot of e-waste!

It’s so important that whichever way you decide to get rid of your e-waste that it’s not by throwing them away in your normal household bin.