When selecting the waste disposal system for your upcoming project you may be weighing up the costs and benefits of skip bins vs rubbish cages. Obviously it’s imperative to have an effective disposal system in place that allows your team to operate efficiently and safely and at the same time It’s no secret that the cost of living and doing business seems to be rising daily. 

Naturally, most of us are carefully assessing when we can be making more cost effective decisions within our business operations. Today we want to help alleviate some of the heavy lifting for you and outline how the investment in a Skip Bin Vs rubbish cage on your next job.

On Site Rubbish Cages – What Are They? 

Rubbish Cages on a construction site

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 (and often a few times throughout) you will need to bring in a Bobcat and tipper truck to load the rubbish onto a tipper truck which then transports to and unloads at a waste disposal facility. 

Through experience, we have found that tradies who use cages are doing 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 you need to be aware of the rising hidden costs which your business shoulders when using a cage.

The Hidden Costs of Using a Cage and Tipper 

Double/ Triple Handling

If you use a cage, when it comes time for the tip run you will be paying your team to double handle the waste as they load up the tipper for the tip run. Oftentimes it will require a Bobcat or Skid Steer to transfer the load so consider the price of the additional machines required for the job. The process generally takes a few hours and might happen a few times throughout the project. 

You will also want to consider the cost (wages, vehicle running costs etc) of the time spent on the roads between job sites, to the tip and the time spent unloading at the disposal centre – all of which become redundant if you use a skip bin instead.

Additional Weight that you weren’t expecting 

The same load of waste might just cost you more to dispose of. The reason being 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. Also consider that when you use the bobcat to load the waste into the tipper, it’s collecting dirt from the ground below that pile. 

The cost to dispose of waste 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.

Safety Concerns 

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. Choosing a skip bin definitely keeps your staff and pedestrians safer.

More Space & Less Flexibility

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.

Why Choose a Skip Bin? 

Skip bins are 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
  • 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

Above it, hiring a Skip Bin offers a huge convenience for the already busy team – simply make a call and your waste is gone within 24 hours. 

If you’ve been trying to weigh up the costs and benefits of skip bins vs rubbish cages for your site we hope this has been helpful and taken away the heavy lifting for you! 

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