Safety Concerns to Consider Before Leasing a Skip Bin

Are you thinking about relocating to a new home, renovating, or annual spring cleaning? In this case, you will likely have to deal with a significant amount of rubbish afterward. Hence, it makes sense to rent a skip bin, which can prove useful in such situations.

Indeed a skip bin can be a fast and straightforward solution for times when you have to deal more than the usual amount of rubbish. That said, there are some safety concerns that people tend to overlook when dealing with such services.

In this article, we’ll go over some safety concerns you would want to keep in mind before renting a skip bin. Such information ought to prove useful in making sure that you go through the process as safely and conveniently as possible.

Preventing fire hazards in skip bins

One common misconception about renting Skip bins in Adelaide is the belief that you can put anything you want inside it, which is not true at all. For one thing, most skip bin services don’t allow any electronic/electric waste or anything that might present a fire hazard. That includes combustible substances like gas and chemicals like Benzene and ethanol. As a safety precaution, you would want to make sure that you don’t toss anything that might fall under said category.

Also, as an added precaution, you would want to put the bin at least 10 meters away from your house. Clear the container of any rubbish that might accidentally catch on fire.

Note that if the bin hire contractor finds any combustible material on your bin, they will probably refuse to collect your bin for disposal. 

No hazardous chemicals on the skip bin

You should not load any dangerous chemicals on a rental skip bin. This includes asbestos, battery fluid, motor oil, and propane containers. These chemicals need to be handled and processed correctly. 

Simply tossing chemical substances into a bin will not do as it presents a hazard to the environment. Not disposing of chemicals properly can have life-threatening consequences.

Load the skip bin properly 

Last but not least, you would want to use the skip bin properly. That means (among other things) loading rubbish evenly. An unequal load implies that the skip could lose balance and tip during transport. It goes without saying that this can be a severe hazard for motorists.

Likewise, you don’t want to overload the bin or compact it’s contents to accommodate more stuff. Jumping into the container to squash it’s contents can lead to serious injury — lacerations, broken bones, sprains, etc.

Keep in mind that the “fuller” the skip bin is, the more difficult it’ll be to move it. After all, weight is another safety concern that can bin hire services will have to deal with while transporting the bin. Hence, they’re unlikely to collect it if the bin is not loaded correctly.


As you may have already realized, getting a rental skip bin is more than just leasing a large metallic container. Its use has potential dangers, which means that you shouldn’t treat it like a regular trash bin. After all, skip bins are leased out and handled by specialists, and for a good reason.