Questions You Should Ask Before Renting a Skip Bin

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A skip bin can make easy work of keeping your property clean and neat during a home renovation project, spring cleaning, move, and the like. You can rent a skip bin, have it delivered, fill it with whatever debris and trash you create, and then have it picked up again when you're done with it. This saves you the hassle of trying to find a nearby landfill or dump that will take your trash, and protects you from the risk of fines you may face from tossing this type of trash in with your everyday garbage. When you're ready to rent or hire a skip bin, note a few questions you might have and then discuss these with the agency.

1. What if there is no driveway for the skip bin?

If you have no driveway or other area on your property to park the skip bin, you may need a special permit from the city to allow you to keep it on the road in front of your home. You may also need a permit from an apartment or condominium complex if this is where you live, as you would technically be putting the skip bin on their property during your move or cleanout. 

The company that rents the skip bin will usually be very familiar with the requirements in your area and for your type of property, so ask what permits or other paperwork would be necessary for you to receive the bin without a driveway. They may even need to do the paperwork themselves to ensure permits are in place before they deliver the bin and it doesn't get hauled or towed away.

2. What is meant by different types of waste?

The skip bin company where you hire the bin may ask you about the type of waste you will be producing from your project. To you, rubbish and waste may all be the same, but the skip bin company will need to know the approximate weight of the waste and may need to make different plans for disposing of different types of waste. 

Household waste usually means items from a cleaning of the house, such as furniture and appliances. Builder's waste will refer to items produced during a renovation project, such as old roofing tiles, drywall, wood studs, metal framing, and so on. Green waste will usually mean rubbish from an outdoor project such as branches, sod, and paver stones. When hiring a skip bin, note these different forms of waste and be sure you choose the right bin for the project you'll be tackling.