When it comes to waste on your job site, it’s imperative to have an effective disposal system in place that allows you to operate smoothly and safely. So have you even wondered if you are better off using a cage system or hiring a skip bin? When it comes to skip bins compared to cages, there are a few things to consider.

At Jumbo Bins we’ve seen thousands of sites in our time and know the reality of both options. Allow us to take you through an honest breakdown of cages versus skip bins. 

Waste disposal cages involve a setup where the builder/contractor forms a very rough fence in a square/circle on the building site, and all the contractors then throw their rubbish into the cage. 

At the end of the project, you will need to bring in a bobcat and tipper truck to load the rubbish. The disposal process of loading and driving to the waste centre generally takes a few hours.  Most projects will require disposal at least once throughout the job and again at the completion. 

We find that many tradies who opt to use cages do so because they believe them to be the lower cost option. However this is not always the case. Historically cages were the cheaper option but these days the costs are more like for like. 

One reason is that when rubbish is stored in a cage it is exposed to the elements. When it rains, if you look at skip bins compared to cages, the water simply pools at the bottom of the pile and the materials collect runoff like mud and dirt. Additionally, when you use the bobcat to load the waste into the tipper, it’s collecting dirt from the ground below that pile. 

When you dispose of the waste, the charge is calculated per tonne. Thus if you are using a cage, your disposal cost will be higher than if it were just the waste as you are also paying for the excess mud, dirt and other residue as outlined above. 

Cages are also quite hazardous and environmentally inferior because a lot of the lighter rubbish  blows through the cage or over the top of the fence. And you’ll lose even more rubbish when loading it into the tipper. For this reason, many local councils and land release operators have banned  cages as a waste disposal method. 

Finally, it’s worth considering the large space that cages take up on site and the chosen position because once established it cannot be relocated with ease the way a skip can. 

So how does this all compare to using skips? 

  • Skip bins cleaner and tidier thus safer on site
  • You can stack and secure down waste in the skip preventing rubbish flying away
  • Drainage at the bottom of the bin prevents water pooling
  • You can move the skip around the site through different phases of your project
  • Skips are also delivered and collected on schedule – no down time
  • Select the best size bin for your project variety of sizes to suit your project
  • Waste is sorted more accurately and thus recycled at a higher percentage

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