7 Helpful Safety Tips For Using Skip Bins

How To Use Skip Bins Responsibly?

Using a skip bin should not be rocket science. However, even with no need for instruction manuals and all, some individuals pay no attention to how they use the skip and endanger everyone around them. Whether as a parent, employer, or contractor, there are certain requirements you must meet when using skip bins. We’ve listed in this infographic some general safety tips you can keep in mind to ensure you utilise the skip as you should.

7 Helpful Safety Tips For Using Skip Bins

1. Be sensible when you load your rubbish

Now, we understand that this may sound a little harsh, but it is because it is a very crucial point. When you are in a hurry to load rubbish and execute your task, you will often throw garbage into the skip bin without looking. Apart from this, most people carry heavy items without consideration of how they are hurting their bodies. When you load the rubbish, ask for help from another person and maintain a good posture to avoid injuries to your back.

2. Don’t overfill the skip bin

Overloading skips can put you in the crosshairs with your skip provider or even the government. The reason is that it is illegal to transport overfilled skip bins. Thankfully, the bins come with markings that indicate the maximum levels the waste should reach before transporting. Do the following to ensure optimum use of space:

Choose the right skip bin: Skip bins are available in different types and sizes. Rightly-sized bins can accommodate rubbish regardless of the amount without overflowing. Therefore, go through various sizes available before choosing the final product.

Disassemble bulky items: disassemble items that take up excess space even if they weigh less. You can simply remove the arms and legs from damaged furniture or disassemble appliances to make more room within the skip.

Organize your rubbish: thoughtfully organize the skip bin to ensure maximum space efficiency. For example, place flat objects in the same direction, disassemble bulky items and place them next, and let lightweight items sit on the top. The idea is to distribute the weight to ensure that it doesn’t tip during transportation.

3. Don’t crush rubbish under your feet 

Don’t ever go over the bin and try to crush waste using your feet. While it appears like a genius plan to save space, it can end in serious injuries. For example, if you are working on property currently undergoing renovations, the skip bin would contain nails, metal, wood, glass, etc. Now, imagine trying to crush rubbish down with your feet. You will be lucky if you end up with only a few cuts.

4. Consider temporary fencing around the bin 

Create a fence around your bin if you can or use hazard tape to make it challenging for kids to get into the bin without supervision. Also, keep the access doors closed when the bin is not in use or install a temporary lock to keep stubborn children out. If a crew is working on a property with kids, make sure the workers know how many children will be on the property during working hours. It may even help if you introduce the children to all the workers. This way, they can look out for them while working.

5. Declare the amount and type of waste you will dispose 

Identify the wastes you plan to put in the bin and confirm if your bin provider is comfortable with using their product for that type of waste. Most wastes fall into the categories of general waste, mixed waste, and asbestos waste materials. After identifying the type of waste you want to dispose of, sort it to make disposal easier.

6.  Be conscious of the weight restriction

Discuss options with your skip provider if you think the weight will exceed the limit. Also, sort different types of waste, and ensure that the weight is evenly distributed. Never put heavy items on top of light items, as this can cause the content of the skip to topple over. To ensure everyone’s safety, place heavy items at the bottom of the bin.

7. Be prepared for the skip arrival 

Make sure your provider communicates the bin’s arrival date and time. Then, prepare for the delivery. For example, pick a flat and stable location on your property to place the bin. Ensure the location does not have any obstruction and that the bin itself won’t be an obstruction. Also, supervise the skip delivery so that you can address any unforeseen issue while the provider is still around. Don’t attempt to move the bin yourself after delivery as it can cause serious injuries and damage your property.


As we mentioned earlier, skip bins don’t come with a user’s manual. However, you must be proactive and alert to prevent serious injuries to someone else. Sometimes, all you need to do is ask questions and obey a few rules. Not to worry, you will do just fine.