Important Tips for Keeping Your Skip Bin Secure


Skip bins are used for a multitude of rubbish types and are the handiest things to have on-site for renovations, construction jobs and cleanups. It’s important to be able to fit everything you need to get rid of in your skip bin and to control what is in the bin to comply with company and state policies regarding correct rubbish disposal. 

Unfortunately, not everyone is up to date with the latest rules around refuse and rubbish disposal, and neighbours are susceptible to being inspired by their cohabitant’s clean-outs. It is frustrating to find rubbish that isn’t yours or doesn’t belong in your skip bin and this can lead to a more expensive collection fee or an overflowing bin. 

If your neighbours are using your bin or if you’re concerned about the safety of your bin, read on for our tips on how to keep your bins secure:

Communication is Key

Like anything with neighbours, it is important to keep communication lines open. Giving the benefit of the doubt can go a long way toward mending fences and sometimes all it takes is simple communication. Casually explaining the purpose of your skip bin and the rules around rubbish disposal can help to prevent drama down the line while placing a boundary between your skip bin and your neighbours. Let your neighbours know how long your bin will be on your property, especially if it is obscuring their view or access, and explain its purpose. If you have some capacity leftover, then you can extend the hand of generosity and let your neighbours declutter with you – it will go a long way in improving your neighbourhood community. 

Be Strategic with Time

The best strategy for using your skip for exactly what you need is to fill it as soon as possible. You should plan for your skip to arrive right when you’re planning on pulling down walls or throwing out junk so that it won’t be on your property for longer than necessary. Even if your bin isn’t full right away, if you can get the biggest and most difficult rubbish thrown in, you can rest assured that you’re using it how you will need it the most. The more proactive you are – the earlier you can get your skip taken, meaning your rubbish is spending less time sitting on your property. 

Choose the Best ‘Bin Spot’

Don’t be the inconsiderate neighbour that blocks access to driveways or nature strips. The closer you can place your skip to the main dwelling, the better, and it will serve in notifying the public that it is only for private use. Some may assume that a skip placed well within the public domain is in fact for public use, and if it is blocking essential access – you could cop a fine or a slap on the wrist from the council. Better still – if you can put your bin in the backyard, you will be avoiding the court of public opinion altogether. 

Secure Your Rubbish

Covering your skip with a tarp or plastic sheet is the best way to keep vultures and rain out while letting neighbours know it’s not for public use. If you want to go the extra mile, you could request your skip bin to be positioned in an area underneath motion-sensitive lights to deter people from being sneaky with their rubbish. 

Skip bins in Perth and in most major capital cities in Australia come in a range of shapes, sizes and types so you can pick the best bin type for your rubbish needs. Although others would rarely sneak in their rubbish, we suggest the above tips to avoid the need for sorting through rubbish to avoid fines or delays of disposal in the instance that they do.


If you’re swimming in heaps of rubbish at home and you are ready to book a skip bin, Best Price Skip Bins can help with your next rubbish removal project. Simply, give us a call on – 1300 791 132 – Seven days a week across Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane.

We offer guaranteed next day delivery, so it’s never been simpler to sort out your rubbish. We have bins for all waste types from clothes to green waste, large furniture items, and more. Click here to read more about the waste types we can help with, and why it’s so important to keep the wrong types of waste from going into your bin.