Important Safety Tips for Properly Using Skip Bins
Here at eSkip, we always make sure that we focus on safety when providing our services. Most of our clients from the commercial sector strictly follow health and safety guidelines. On the other hand, our residential customers are not compelled to follow such regulations.
Since we want all our customers to make the most out of their skip bins, we would like to share some safety tips that will help you use our bins properly. Here are some ways you can ensure that you are safely disposing of your residential waste:
Make Preparations Before the Skip Bin Arrives
Even before your scheduled delivery, you have to plan where you will place your skip bin. You have to make sure that your chosen location has a stable and flat surface. You also have to ensure that there are no obstructions in the area so that you can easily load your rubbish into the skip. Carefully planning where you’ll place the skip will also help you avoid damages or injuries.
Skip Bin Delivery
On your scheduled delivery, remember to give our team clear instructions regarding where you should position your skip bin. Make sure that no children, pets or other people are within the area to avoid accidents and hassles.
Once we’ve delivered the skip bin, avoid trying to move it. Keep in mind that skip bins are heavy and moving them without proper equipment may damage your property and cause injuries.
Place the Heaviest Items First
Have you tried packing a moving box? If you put pillows in the bottom and then pile heavy items on top of them, the box would topple over. It can be difficult to manoeuvre and move this box.
The same is true when you place the heaviest items over lighter items inside the bin. Once we load the bin onto the truck, it might topple over. Even worse, the skip might even topple off the truck during the process. You are risking fatal injuries to the people near the truck and to our team. So, remember to place the heaviest items in the bottom of the bin when you’re loading your rubbish.
Sensibly Load your Rubbish
You have to be careful when you are loading heavy items into the skip bin to avoid injuring your back. It would be advisable to ask for help when you are loading bulky items. Remember to keep your back straight, bend your knees and use your leg strength when lifting the items. Back injuries are a serious matter so make sure you load your items carefully. At eSkip, we offer skips with a swing-down door. So, you can conveniently wheel your rubbish into the bin.
Avoid Crushing the Rubbish with your Feet
Some people would go over the bin and crush the materials down using their feet so they can maximise the space inside the skip. You may think that this is a good idea, but doing so may cause serious injuries. For instance, if you are disposing of renovation waste, you may cut or lacerate your feet and legs by stepping onto the pieces of glass, metal and nails. These may cause fatal injuries so just avoid doing it.
Do not Fill the Bin Above the Limit Lines
If you want to get the best value for your money, it is best to get a bigger bin than trying to overfill a smaller skip. There are many reasons why this is the better option and safety is one of them. As governed by laws, we are not allowed to transport skip bins that are overfilled. So, unfortunately, we wouldn’t be able to accept your entire load. You might end up spending money on another skip bin. There are clear limit lines inside the bins and it is best for you to follow them.
Know Which Hazardous Items are not Permitted in the Skip Bin
Skip bins are undoubtedly beneficial for many. However, it is essential for you to know which items and substances are not suited for these bins. Here are some of the hazardous items you cannot place inside the bin:
Household Appliances and Electrical Equipment
Appliances and electrical equipment often have dangerous chemicals like mercury or arsenic. So, you are not allowed to use a skip bin to dispose of these items. Instead, you will have to contact a local electrical waste recycling facility. The same guideline applies to all types of batteries, including those used for vehicles.
Butane and Propane Cylinders
Most skip bin providers do not accept gas cylinders. Of course, the number one reason is the risk of explosion or ignition. Don’t worry because there are still companies who can pick up gas cylinders. You can even use your empty gas cylinder to buy a new one at a discounted rate.
As a carcinogenic material, asbestos can cause significant health hazards. So, skip bin hire companies refuse to dispose of them. Some forms of pipe insulation, old plasterboard and tiles may have substantial levels of this powdery substance. So, it is best to contact a regulated professional when you are disposing of these sorts of waste.
Paints, Liquid Solvents and Fuels
Fuels, liquid solvents and paints are substances that may distinctly cause hazards to the environment and to the personnel disposing of them. These substances are quite flammable as well. So, they are not allowed inside the skips. It is highly possible that there is a licensed disposal centre in your area that can handle such waste.
Only trained professionals should handle medical waste in order to avoid health hazards. You shouldn’t use skip bins to dispose of biological waste products, needles and other materials that have been directly in contact with bodily fluids.
So there you have it… the important safety tips you have to know when using skip bins! Make sure you follow these guidelines to ensure that you are properly and safely disposing of your waste.