Disposing of waste products and rubbish following a renovation project is an important part of the project, and one that should be thought through beforehand. Not planning for how you'll dispose of the waste from your home can leave you with a major headache once the project is completed. However, skip bins can carry bulk amounts of trash at a time, and are an ideal solution for renovation waste. The following are the most important points to bear in mind when planning for and executing your skip bin hire and loading for best results.
1. Name your waste
Depending on the extent and type of renovation that you carried out, you will have different types of waste products to remove. These include existing tiles, fixtures and furniture, bricks or concrete, old plasterboards and wooden blocks from various parts of the house. Talk to your renovations team to sort out your rubbish as the project continues to make it easier to know what rubbish there is that must be removed.
This will be useful when sourcing for a skip bin, since there are different rates for different kinds of rubbish, e.g. recyclable waste like wood or clean fill is cheaper to remove than hazardous waste like plasterboard or asbestos-containing materials (ACM). In addition, the skip suppliers have different protocols for loading/handling different kinds of waste, e.g. ACMs should be loaded in their own skips and plasterboards should be loaded into special disposal bags so they don't mix with non-hazardous rubbish.
2. Estimate the quantity
It's not enough to know what waste you have, as you should also know how much of it there is. This is not easy to estimate at the start of the project, but you can easily do so closer to the end. Quantity can help you choose the right size of skip – it's less costly to hire one large skip than multiple small skip bins. Be wary of bulky items – those with a large surface area and plan for their disposal in a way that maximizes the use of the space you have e.g. you can fill up rubble in hollow items like bathtubs, or take apart oddly shaped furniture.
3. Load the skip
When loading the skip, start with the heaviest waste at the bottom to increase stability of the skip. Try to spread the weight throughout the base of the skip to reduce risk of overturning during transportation. Next consider where to place large items. As you do so, fill in the air pockets created with smaller rubbish to maximize the space. Make sure that plasterboard waste is appropriately bagged before loading onto your skip, as plasterboard should not be mixed into other waste.
If you have a large quantity of recyclable material like timber, plasterboard and concrete as well as clean fill (top soil, stone, rocks, used brick and asphalt etc.), you can hire a separate skip since they will cost less to dispose. Call different suppliers to find out their disposal rates for recyclable materials, and look out for 'Clean fill wanted' ads – some people will pay for your clean fill for their own projects. Separate such waste on-site from the beginning to avoid possible contamination and render them useless.