11 May 2012

How to Use a Skip Bin Bag

Posted by bcsands

Before addressing the finer uses of a skip bin bag it is important to understand the difference between a skip bin bag and a skip bin.

The latter is a heavy metal bin that cannot be moved from its drop-off point, usually on the front verge or in the driveway of a property. It requires a large truck to come and take it away from exactly where it was dropped off. The biggest disadvantage of a skip bin is that you have to lug everything to it, lift your material over the top and throw it inside.

The skip bin bag, on the other hand, is a more versatile container, made of a recyclable, heavy duty material. It can be moved to the place it is needed and, if it’s not too heavy, to a place up to 3 metres away from the agreed collection point. It is much easier to fill because it is not as high as a bin and you can place it in a variety of locations convenient to you.


When is a Skip Bin Bag “Full”

Our skip bin bags are 900mm long by 900mm wide, with a deep 1200mm of space inside. Sometimes there is the temptation to over-fill it, especially with heavy material like sand or rocks.

It is important to remember that a skip bin bag needs to be lifted, and even though it’s being picked up by a machine, there are limitations on the cloth straps that need to be considered when filling. Therefore a skip bin bag is considered full when the contents weigh one tonne. This equates to:

  • Half full of bricks, pavers or large rocks
  • Three quarters full of sand or soil
  • Filled, but not overflowing with garden waste such as clippings and weeds


What Materials to Fill a Skip Bin Bag With – And the NoNo’s

There is large range of acceptable materials you are able to place in our skip bin bags. These include:

  • Most DIY and renovation waste (There are exceptions, see below)
  • Lawn and garden waste (No tree stumps as they tear the bag)
  • Sand and soil
  • Rocks and pavers
  • Small furniture items (They must fit in the bag completely)
  • Household appliances
  • Carpets and mattresses (again, they must fit into the bag with no excess)
  • Cardboard, paper and other recyclable waste


As you can see, the list is fairly comprehensive. There are however, things we cannot accept in our skip bin bags. These are very definitely the following:-

  • NO SHARP EDGES – This means anything that will cut the bags during transport – glass and broken Perspex spring to mind.
  • NO LIQUID WASTE – this means no paint, oil, batteries or anything that will leak out or dissolve the bag.
  • NO EXPLOSIVES – this means no propane gas containers or any pressurised cans or anything that can explode when exposed to heat or other elements.
  • NO HAZARDOUS WASTE – This includes asbestos, fluorescent tubes, tyres, low energy light bulbs, batteries, poisons, chemicals or any other toxic waste
  • NO FOOD WASTE – this speaks for itself


It may occur to you to wonder what happens to all this stuff you’re filling BC Sands’ skip bin bags with, and you’ll be pleased to note that we recycle almost all of it.

So if you’re thinking of doing a little maintenance around your place, keep BC Sands’ skip bin bags in mind – they might prove more useful than you ever thought possible.



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3 Responses to “How to Use a Skip Bin Bag”

  1. Great post, you providing us good information…


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  2. Thanks for sharing with us this beautiful and informative post…


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  3. I know this post is quite old but you won’t believe how little information is there about using a skip bin bag properly. Would love to see more visuals/pics but definitely well-written!


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