When selecting which skip bin to hire you have the choice of a regular skip bin or a hook bin. However, if you’re anything like I was before entering the skip bin game you may be thinking all bins are the same. Apparently not. So, to make your life easy, here is everything you need to know about hook bins. 

Let’s start with the basics. Why is it called a hook bin? Or alternatively a hook lift bin? 

The answer is as logical as they come, hook lift bins are quite literally lifted off the truck by a hook when delivered to your site. And yes, this means they do require a large clearance area! You’ll need 15m length and about 6m height if you’re having a hook bin delivered to your site. 

Why so large? Unloading process aside, hook bins are larger than your regular skip bins. At Jumbo we offer 10 – 20m hook bins and they can be used for any waste category. Because of the larger capacity, you will generally find hook bins on large jobs and construction sites including high rise builds, office and shop fit outs or possibly a double story home clean out. 

What are the key differences between regular skips and hook lift bins? 

Firstly, the shape. Regular skip bins have sloping walls whereas hook bins have straight walls. One benefit of the straight walls is that if you have piles of old sheet or other material you can easily stack them and they fit neatly in the hook bin without the worry of inclined walls. 

Next is access doors. While some smaller skips have access in the form of a wheelbarrow sized ramp, hook bins completely open at one end. (Picture one wall actually being a door). 

The full access door means that you can enter the skip to place down large and heavy items as well as stack and arrange items for maximum fit. As opposed to throwing items over the top and hoping the game of tetris sorts itself out to your advantage. Thought out stacking often results in you having a larger disposal capacity as you maximise the space. 

So how do you calculate the size of the skip you will need? 

It can be useful to start by listing all of the largest items that you have to dispose of. Also consider the amount of time you have to break down these large items. Green waste for example can be compacted down as it is generally light and won’t lead to exceeding load limits. Bulky items once broken down also fit more neatly and compactly.

If in doubt, go bigger. We find that oftentimes clients will underestimate the size of the skip that they need and on occasion need to order a second bin. This becomes more costly because you are paying for transport twice. Clients who choose bigger bins always find that they can fill them, there is often more laying around (site or home) that you no longer need and ordering a larger bin leaves you feeling lighter! 

Are hook bins more expensive? 

Yes and no, you are paying for your skip based on the volume of waste you will need to dispose of. As hook bins fit larger amounts of waste, the cost is higher however there is no surcharge for the ‘type’ of bin.

Remember weight limits. So your hook bin arrives and your eyes light up, so much space for all that waste. We want you to maximise the space but also remember the load limits of 12T! When booking, ask our team specifically based on your rubbish type. Limits apply for concrete and soil so be careful! Exceeding load limits leads to additional charges and that makes no one happy.

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