Every city in Australia has a system in place for skip bin collection. These may vary from one city to another, but overall they are designed to be convenient and easy to follow.
Doing your part helps the city government, together with commercial collectors, ensure seamless waste management. As a homeowner, you have responsibilities to know and fulfil as far as proper skip bin preparation is concerned.
Skip Bin Colour
In Armadale, the bin with a dark green lid is for the rubbish. That with a yellow lid is for recycling. Check the local government’s website to know the colour for garden organics.
Are you aware of your bin day? Refer to waste collection maps if you don’t know when to take out the bins. Each city has its designated collection day. Some cities allow you to prepare two bins on collection day as part of their waste management strategy.
Skip Bin Position
Position the bin facing the kerb and within one metre from it. Your closed bin should be out by 7:00 am.
During the collection day, put a 50 centimetre distance between the bins. Bins placed in an obstructed area will not be emptied. Do not leave them outside overnight.
When hiring, you have the bin for seven days. KwikSkips.com.au says you can call the company if you want the bins collected earlier.
The rubbish bin is for small household items. These should not weigh more than 70kg. Make sure there are no burning ashes or toxic chemicals. Electronic equipment, large and sharp objects, motor vehicles and medical waste should also not be in this bin.
For the recycle bin, allowed items include plastic bottles and containers, foil, juice and milk cartons without silver lined UHT, glass bottles and jars without lids. Food and cardboard boxes, envelopes and advertising materials go here, too. In cities with collections for green waste or those meant for composting, you may refer to your city’s guidelines.
Skip bin collection is a team effort. You, your city government and partner organisations like commercial collectors for hire should do it well.