This month on the Jumbo blog we’re diving in to unpack one of our most frequently asked questions! Many first time customers are trying to understand if a skip bin will be the right solution for their job, will it take all of their waste and get it done quickly?
Naturally, our bookings team is asked almost daily “What can I put into a skip bin?” And equally as important “what can’t I put into a skip?”
Below we have outlined our waste type categories including what you can put into the bin for each.
It’s important to know that booking the right bin for your waste type matters as different load limits apply and the contents may also need to be disposed of at different locations.
Be sure to continue reading on to the disallowed items in order to avoid fines and charges!
Household / General / Light Bins
This bin is suitable for common waste items that would come out of your home if you were to do a thorough clean up. Think general rubbish, old appliances, couches, bed frames, desks etc. Accepted materials include plastic, cardboard and timber.
We recommend this bin for a home or office clean up! It’s ideal if you’re about to move and want to make sure you’re only taking the essentials.
Got a mattress? We can only be accepted if you have notified us in advance. An additional charge will apply and the mattress must only be placed on the top of the skip.
Mixed Heavy Waste – Concrete & Demolition
This bin is best for builders and renovators. It can take general waste, as listed above, plus building and construction waste. Allowed items include bricks, tiles, dry concrete, timber, sheet metal, steel, furniture and appliances. Our mixed Heavy Waste bins are also able to accept green waste.
Make sure you refer to prohibited items below and remember to adhere to weight limits – we need to be able to lift your bin in order to remove it.
Concrete, Masonry & Hardfill
This bin is suitable for dry concrete and cement, bricks, rocks, roof tiles, pebbles, and stones.
As well as prohibited items, unaccepted materials include concrete, masonry and hardfill bins ceramic tiles, stone bench tops, general rubbish, garden and green waste, soil, clay or dirt as well as prohibited items listed below.
This bin can take your typical green waste such as cuttings, leaves etc found around the garden. Think jobs like landscaping, yard tidy ups or perhaps the installation of a deck or pergola. Ideal for homeowners and landscapers alike.
As well as the prohibited items listed below, this bin cannot accept general waste, soil, clay or dirt, concrete or masonry.
Soil & Excavation
If you are excavating or digging a significant trench in your yard you will likely need to dispose of some soil and dirt. Uncontaminated soil can be disposed of in a skip bin safely.
These bins cannot accept turf, general waste, hardfill, concrete, rocks, garden green waste or any of the prohibited items listed below.
Special Offering: Clean Concrete Bins
If you happen to be disposing of clean concrete you can speak to our staff about selecting a clean concrete bin. In conjunction with our partners at Moreton Bay Recycling we are able to take your clean concrete and process it to give it a second life.
What you can’t put into a Jumbo Skip Bin
It’s important that you are aware of the items that are not allowed to go in skip bins. These items may be dangerous and need to be processed at a specific disposal centre in order to protect our communities safety and the environment.
We have previously written a blog outlining a list of items not allowed in skip bins. Below we have recapped a few of the key categories however please refer to the blog above for a comprehensive list here.
All types of liquids are prohibited from skip bins including engine oils. For more info about how to dispose of engine oils see below:
Engine oils – When changing the oil in your can or another engine, responsible disposal is imperative to ensure that it does not end up as pollution in our waterways. Planet Ark advises you to pour your used motor oil back into an empty oil container and take it to your local used oil facility for recycling. Refer to their website here to find a local recycler.
Known to cause asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer, asbestos is prohibited from skip bins. The safest option is to hire a licensed asbestos contractor to remove and dispose of asbestos. You can find a local asbestos removal contractor through the Demolition and Asbestos Industry Association (QLD) here.
All types of pressurised cylinders are disallowed from skip bins. Most commonly customers are seeking to understand how to appropriately dispose of Fire Extinguishers and Gas Bottles.
Fire extinguishers – Extinguishers can often be taken to fire extinguisher shops, or the dump but are not allowed in your Jumbo skip.
Gas bottles – Gas bottles can often be exchanged. If you are looking for disposal options instead, be aware that they cannot be put into landfill and they don’t go in skip bins. You will need to take your old gas bottle to a refill or recycling service. You can visit Planet Ark here to find a recycling point for your gas bottle near you.
Car & Truck Tyres
If not disposed of correctly, tyres can end up stockpiled which presents a fire danger. If burnt they can release toxic gases into the environment.
You can commonly drop your tyres off to a local mechanic. It’s important to ensure that they recycle your tyres rather than sending them to landfill or some other unknown place.
Polystyrene (also known as EPS) takes over a hundred years to break down. Whilst it can be put into a skip but only in very limited amounts. The rule of thumb is that up to 10% of your skip can be polystyrene. Any more than that will lead to excess charges.
To dispose of EPS in large quantities the best option is to locate a drop off point. The Expanded Polystyrene Australia website is the best resource to locate the drop off point in your state. Visit them here.
You can read a previous Jumbo blog dedicated to explaining the disposal of EPS here.
Please note this includes bean bags.
Mattresses are another item that need to be disposed of thoughtfully. You can read more at Planet Ark. They recommend that you contact your council to see if they can collect your mattress or accept it at a transfer station. If this is not possible, the local tip is the most appropriate place for mattresses.
As mentioned above, we can accept mattresses when they are booked for a fee and they must be placed on top of the skip.
This blog was written for first time hirers who find themselves wondering, “what can I put into a skip bin?’ We hope that this blog has offered you some useful guidance to help you understand which type of bin is required and if you have a disallowed item, exactly what to do to dispose of it safely.