If you've got a major home improvement project on the horizon, your thoughts are probably turning to waste disposal. You're going to have a lot of debris and a variety of different materials to get rid of. You may be starting to realise that waste disposal is, by itself, a project, especially if you have a restricted amount of space to begin with. What do you have to consider?

First Things First

Your first task is to choose a reliable supplier, that's got the right size and type of bin, available during that time-frame. You've got to determine first, however, what you're going to do with the bin once you are responsible for it. Where will it be placed and what instructions are you going to issue to the rental company?

On Your Property

Whenever possible, you should always aim to have a skip bin placed on your property for the duration. If you've got the room, just make sure that the delivery vehicle is able to manoeuvre and deposit it, without any issues caused by overhanging tree branches or similar. It's a good idea to erect a simple frame made from strong wood planks to receive the skip. This way you will safeguard the surface underneath, whether it's a paved driveway, or grass. When the bin is moved it can cause damage to your sealed surface or could cause the grass to die off while it is in place.

Placing this unit on your property and away from the public road will also deter people from randomly getting rid of their own rubbish into your skin bin, just because it's there. You never know what people will dispose of and if it's waste oil, you're likely to get a fine from the rental company for cleanup.

Off Your Property

If you have to choose an adjacent location which is off your property, there's quite a lot of work to do. You have to contact the council well in advance to determine where you will be allowed to "park" the skip and how much it's going to cost you for your permit. Typically, the council will require you to leave an adequate amount of room on adjacent roadways and footpaths and may not give you permission at all, if the street outside your home is designated as a major roadway. Either way, you need to mark the bins with special tape that can be seen very clearly at night, and you may also have to erect and maintain some flashing lights (in other words turn them on and off as appropriate).

Unusual Situations

If you have extraordinary circumstances and need to have your skip bin placed outside of your home on a busy thoroughfare, you will need additional time for the relevant department to consult with other residents and perhaps do traffic surveys first.

Getting Advice

It's best to have a word with your supplier well in advance, to make sure everything is considered.