Top Tips when Hiring Skip Bins

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Here are our top tips for preparing for skip bin hire

Take responsibility for your skip bin delivery by making sure you nake timely and reasonable requests. Here are our top tips to get the service that you deserve.

Tip 1: Don't leaving booking your bin until the day before you want delivery.

You are unlikely to be the only person who wants a bin delivered tomorrow early and the longer you leave booking the bin the more likely to be disappointed when you are the second or third job on the schedule. Our staff work extremely hard to meet your stated preferences whether taking your order, scheduling the delivery runs , driving the truck or getting you updates on deliveies and pick-ups.  

Tip 2: If you  have people or equipment coming to load a bin get it delivered the day before.

The only way you can be 100% sure the bin is going to be onsite at 7:00 am (or any other specific time of day) is to get the bin delivered the day before. Trucks break down, drivers get ill, traffic accidents happen with varring results and Murphy will strike when you least expect it. So minimidse the risk of unforeseen events and get you bin delivered the day before the work is due to be performed.

Tip 3: Think in terms of preferences (rather than absolute instructions).

Unless you are a truck driver with experience operating waste equipment then make requests in terms of preferences rather than expecting drivers to take direct instruction. The driver is responsible for placing your skip bin where it is safe.  They have to conside the conditions of you site, over-hanging wires, the slope of ground where the truck is when placing the bin down and picking it up. After all you want them to use their experience and expertise to minmise the risk to you and your property. If a bin is placed differently to where requested there is probably a very good reason and we are always happy to explian our actions.

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Tip 4: If you have a lot of rubbish order a bigger bin, to be on the safe side.

It is illegal for a driver to drive on public road with an unsafe load. The road authourities determine what is an unsafe load and they are extremely harsh on truck drivers who put other road users at risk. This means that if the contents of your bin are above the top of the bin then the driver could be fined or loose points off their licence (and thus their ability to work and earn a wage). Respect the drivers feedback on the amount of rubbish in the bin and comply with their requests. It is nothing about the quantity of rubbish in the bin, it is the safe of other road users that is the absolute priority.

Tip 5: If things are not going to plan show some grace where possible, as it will often pay dividends.

A little grace and patience will often go a long way and it will make you feel better when difficulties arise. Driving a large heavy truck can often be difficult in heavy traffic. And when it rains or other things happen that effect driving time and tipping queues realise that the impact on the drivers (and other staff) can be 8 fold the impact on you, as your job is likely to be one of many that has to be done each day by the driver. They have no inflence over the weather, the queue at the disposal facilities or other road users. They are all very compotent trades people doing their best to make your day a success, but some days Murphy seems to be against them.


  • Authored By:Steve Shergold
  • Updated:24/03/2023