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Skip Bins With or Without Weight Limits: Comparing Option for Efficient Waste Disposal.

Understanding the Difference Between Skip Bin Hire with Weight Limits and No Weight Limit Skip Bins!

In the waste disposal and skip bin hire industries, there is an ongoing debate regarding two types of pricing structures: skip bins with or without weight limits, which option is better?Understanding the difference between these two options can help individuals and businesses make informed decisions when it comes to their waste management needs.

Skip bins with weight limits are containers that have a specified maximum weight capacity. This means that once the weight limit is reached, additional charges may apply for exceeding the weight limit. Companies which use weight limits are normally smaller independent skip bin hire & waste disposal companies, with 1 or 2 trucks.

On the other hand, no weight limit skip bins do not have any restrictions on the amount of waste that can be placed inside them. This provides flexibility for users who may have varying amounts or types of waste to dispose of. However, it's important to note that while there may be no weight limit, there may still be restrictions on what can be placed in these skip bins.

Determining which option is best depends on several factors such as the type and volume of waste being generated, budget considerations, and any specific requirements or regulations in place.

For projects involving heavy materials or large quantities of mixed general waste, using skip bins with no weight limits may be more cost-effective, as it allows for better control over disposal costs. However, if flexibility and convenience are top priorities, opting for no weight limit skip bins might be more suitable.

The Benefits of Using Skip Bins with Weight Limits

There may be concerns about companies using weight limits for skip bins, as some argue, it could lead to overcharging for waste disposal. While it is possible that some companies engage in such practices, it is important to note that their dishonesty would not be sustainable in the long run.

The reason why weight limits are implemented in our skip bin hire service is because we are charged based on the weight of the skip bins contents at landfill sites and transfer stations across Melbourne eastern suburbs & Yarra Valley..

Having weight limits ensures fair pricing and allows us to accurately cover the costs associated with waste disposal and running the business. If we want to stay in business, we need to ensure the cost of disposing of the waste being generated, does not exceed the prices we charge for our skip bin hire service, which can easily happen, if no weight limits are applied!

One major benefit of opting for skip bins with weight limits is that they often come at a more affordable price compared to companies that offer skip bin hire services without such restrictions. If you're primarily disposing of general household waste, choosing a skip bin hire service with weight limits can result in substantial long-term cost savings for you.

Another good reason for using weight limits, is trucks all have a gross vehicle mass (gvm = weight of the truck and it’s legal carrying capacity weight wise), if we exceed the gvm, the driver and the company will receive huge fines, so we need to make sure customers are sticking to our guidelines.

In summary, weight limits are ideal for handling lighter waste loads from various settings such as homes, offices, factories, workplaces, schools, and farms. The majority of our customers (95%) do not exceed our weight limits, which are generous. Through years of experience, we have established a mutually beneficial arrangement where customers enjoy affordable prices, while we maintain a sustainable business operation!

The Advantages of Opting for Skip Bins with No Weight Limits

No-weight-limit skip bins offer a range of advantages when it comes to waste disposal. Unlike traditional skip bins that have weight restrictions, these flexible options allow for the disposal of a mixture of light general waste along with a large amount of bricks, concrete, tiles, pavers, rubble, and more.

Normally, companies do not impose weight limits as they have their own sorting yard where skip bin contents are not weighed on a weighbridge. These companies categorise certain materials into waste groups in order to recycle them and benefit from lower disposal costs for items such as dirt, concrete, green waste, and more. Steel, dirt, concrete, bricks, pavers, rocks, green waste, and wood products without chemicals (such as wooden pallets and old hardwood fences) are among the waste materials that 90% of these companies recycle.

If you come across a company claiming to recycle 80% or 90% of their waste, they are likely exaggerating. In reality, the recycling rate for most waste, especially household or domestic junk and light waste from homes, factories, offices, and worksites, typically ranges from 40% to 50% at best, I would question these figures.

Companies that claim to have no weight limits for skip bins will still have restrictions on certain materials that cannot be loaded. For instance, if you load a couple of bricks or a few pieces of concrete into a skip bin categorized as "light waste" with no weight limits, they may charge you for a "builders waste" category, which is significantly more expensive!

This is where skip bins with weight limits are more convenient, we allow people to put some bricks or dirt in our skip bins, but if they go over the weight limit, they pay a little extra for every 100kg they exceed the weight limit by. If they do not exceed their weight limit, there are no extra costs!

Determining the Right Choice: Factors to Consider When Choosing Between Skip Bins With or Without Weight Limits

When deciding between skip bins with weight limits and those without weight limits, there are several factors to consider. These factors can help you determine the best choice based on your specific needs and requirements.

  1. One of the key factors to consider is the type of waste materials you will be disposing of. Certain types of waste, such as construction debris or heavy materials, may require skip bins with no weight limits to be more cost effective for you . On the other hand, if you are dealing with light waste materials like household items or green waste, skip bins with weight limits will be more suitable and a far cheaper alternative.

  2. The quantity of waste again if the waste is light, go for a skip bin with weight limits and save money. If the waste is heavy and a mixture of light waste and a lot of heavy waste, go for the skip bins with no weight limit, you will also save money!

  3. Budget constraints also play a significant role in decision-making. Skip bins with weight limits often come at a cheaper cost due to having a specified weight limit. If your budget is limited and you do not anticipate exceeding any weight restrictions, choosing a weight-limit skip bin can help save on costs.

Please Note:

The waste disposal and skip bin hire industries are a very complex and at times, the information provided may seem to be contradicting. However, if you have any concerns or questions, it is better to call Wendy to clarify your concerns.

In A Nutshell, Following is an easier skip bins with or without weight limits comparison, for which areas they are suited to.

Skip Bins & Mini Skips With Weight Limits For and Against

Good Points

  • Cheaper for the disposal of Light Residential and Commercial Waste;

  • Can be Cheaper Prices for Green or Garden Waste disposal;

  • Cheaper Prices for the Lighter Builders General Waste up to about 1,800kg;

  • Competative Pricing for 100% loads of dirt, concrete, bricks, pavers etc, no other general waste is to make up any part of the load. Skip Bins for dirt, concrete, bricks etc., have No Weight Limits, even for companies using weight limits. This is due to the whole load being able to be disposed of at the one time for recycling.

  • Trucks are normally smaller in size, allowing them to acess most driveways, allowing room for people to walk past the skip bins.

Not So Good For:

  • Heavy loads of mixed general waste, with alot of bricks, concrete, dirt, rubble etc, mixed together within the load. These loads can weight inexcess of 3 to 4 tonnes, even more!

Skip Bins Without Weight Limits For & Against Points

Good Points

  • Cheaper for the real heavy loads of mixed general waste, plus dirt, bricks, concrete etc;

  • Competative Pricing for Green Garden Waste;

  • Normally companies not using weight limits use larger trucks with a higher gvm, which allowes them to carry heavier loads. Their bins are normally built alot stronger, made with heavier steel sections and sheeting, making them the best choice for this purpose.

Not So Good For:

  • More Expensive for Light Domestic or Light Commercial Waste;

  • The lager hooklift bins may damage your driveway, if the rollers are jammmed or damaged;

  • Trucks are normally bigger and wider in size, so on road permits are required for the large bin sizes over around the 10+ m3 (m3 = cubic meters).

Ultimately, when determining the right choice between skip bins with weight limits and those without, it is crucial to assess factors such as the type and quantity of waste materials as well as your budget constraints. By considering these factors carefully, you can make an informed decision that best suits your specific needs for efficient waste disposal.

weight limits will save you money when used correctly.
weighbridge with a truck leaving it

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