Are you planning to hire a general waste bin? If so, to make sure everything goes smoothly, there are some things you need to know.

What is general waste?

Firstly, general waste is stuff you’ll find around the home — timber, Gib, furniture, plastic and green waste, etc. You can throw in some hardfill (bricks, concrete, tiles and soil); however, to avoid exceeding your bin’s weight limit, we recommend no more than two to three wheel barrow loads.

Weight limits

Every general waste bin has a weight limit (a 9 m³ bin’s limit is 1,500 kg). This is simply because we pay by weight at landfill, and your bin’s price is based on a maximum weight. If you exceed your weight limit, we, unfortunately, have to pass on the extra cost to you. Don’t worry, though: As long as you don’t overfill your bin or load it with too much hardfill, you shouldn’t have any problems.

Tip: Put a tarpaulin over your bin to keep out the rain—the extra weight of rain water can add to your cost.

Overfilling

Though tempting it may be, don’t over fill your bin. Basically, waste should lie flat and not stick out over the top. We’re not being picky; this is a safety issue because an overloaded bin is dangerous. Our driver is also liable if, say, a piece of timber flies off and causes damage while travelling between your place and our depot.

Restricted waste

You MUST NOT put anything in your bin that could be hazardous to our driver or members of our recycling team. Hazardous waste includes chemicals, medical waste and asbestos. Also, though not dangerous, you can’t put tyres in a general waste bin; landfill won’t accept them because they can’t be compacted. For a full list of what you can and can’t put in a general waste bin, click here.

What happens to tyres? In our case, we take them to J & J Laughton Shredding Services. They shred the tyres, remove the steel and use the rubber as, a kind of, replacement bark for places like horse arenas.

Bin placement

Please don’t move your bin. Our driver will put it in an area where it can be picked up later on safely and without damaging your property. There have been occasions where a customer has pushed a bin close to a fence. Then, when our driver has tried to pick it up, the fence took a hammering.

Also, particularly during winter, we avoid driving on grass—trucks and damp lawns don’t play nicely together.

Of course, we don’t want to put your bin in an inconvenient place, so please give us instructions.

Four-day hire

You get to keep your bin for four days. This is the industry standard. So, on the fourth day, make sure you have loaded your bin, and it is ready to go — our driver may arrive at any time of the day from 7 am to 5 pm.

Of course, we’d like to hire out our bins for longer, but we have a limited supply, and we don’t want to let other customers down. Having said that, if you use bins regularly and need more time, give us a call; we’ll see what we can do.

So, there you have it; if you stick to these guidelines, you shouldn’t experience any problems when hiring a general waste bin.

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