All Things Skips

Everything You Wanted to Know about Skip Hire in Perth

At West Bin, we’re experts in the removal of rubbish and waste. Our skips are useful for everything from one-off spring cleanings to ongoing construction or demolition projects. The ins and outs of our service can be complicated, which is why we’re publishing this in-depth guide to hiring a skip from West Bin.

Here’s everything you ever wanted to know about skip hire in Perth!

All things skips


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What Can’t Be Put in a Skip?

Our skips can accommodate a wide range of rubbish and waste materials, but there are a few limitations on what you are allowed to dispose of in a skip. These are a few restricted categories of waste.

Medical Waste

It’s easy enough to understand why medical waste isn’t allowed in a skip. Medical waste is hazardous and potentially infectious, and its handling requires an expert’s care and attention. Items considered as medical waste include:

  • Discarded needles and sharps
  • Discarded lancets
  • Discarded surgical gloves
  • Blood-soaked bandages
  • Cultures and swabs used to inoculate them

Hospitals and other medical facilities may also have human tissue and removed organs to dispose of. These are classified as medical waste and may not be placed in a skip. Contact your local authority if you’re unsure of what to do with your medical waste. Ultimately, such waste must be delivered to a local incinerator licensed to destroy medical waste.

Hazardous Waste

Hazardous waste presents a real and present danger to those collecting it, and the personnel at West Bin are not equipped to deal with such refuse. Our specialty lies in collecting, sorting, recycling and disposing of general waste that doesn’t require any special handling.

Some examples of hazardous waste include volatile chemicals, paint or paint thinners, motor oil and – most notably – asbestos. The latter must only be handled under carefully controlled circumstances. If asbestos is found in one of our skip bins, we have to charge a handling fee plus a per-tonne penalty. It’s the only way we can protect our staff from exposure to this deadly carcinogen.   

Food Waste

Food and food packaging don’t belong in a skip. This sort of refuse quickly rots and generates foul odors. It will also attract pests and vermin. All of these issues are bad for sanitation and end up invoking the ire of those who live and work in the same area as you. To keep matters simple, food waste needs to be sealed in plastic rubbish bags and disposed of with general waste.  

Gas Bottles

Gas bottles are volatile and dangerous – even if there are only trace amounts of gas inside. It’s important to understand that West Bin is not licensed to carry gas cylinders, as the government requires special qualifications in this regard.

Large gas bottles can usually be refilled. In most cases, the company that you purchased the original from can take care of this for you. You may have also paid a deposit on the bottle, in which case returning it to the original supplier will result in some cash back. In any event, pressurised gas cylinders could explode when compacted and must be disposed of separately.

Here’s a list of local companies that accept and either refill or recycle gas cylinders.  


Appliances and electrical equipment are not allowed in a skip. These include the following:

  • Refrigerators
  • Freezers
  • Televisions
  • Dishwashers
  • Computers
  • Electric cookers

Electrical appliances often include small components and heavy metals that could be dangerous to the environment if improperly disposed of. Likewise, batteries are also barred from being disposed of in skips. Batteries contain lead and a host of other dangerous and caustic chemicals.  

Your local recycling centre should be able to advise you on where to take appliances, electronics and batteries. In some cases, pick-up service may even be available.


Tyres are downright difficult to dispose of, and certain special measures must be taken to ensure that they don’t pose a threat to the environment. Skip hire companies like West Bin aren’t able to make these special arrangements.

The good news is that tyre fitters who replace your old tyres with new ones will be able to recycle them for you. Likewise, organisations that collect scrap cars are also equipped to properly dispose of tyres. You can also check with your local council to see if your local recycling centre accepts tyres. In any event, you should be able to dispose of your tyres at little or no expense.

How Can I Get Rid of the Rest of My Waste?

For waste that may not be disposed of in a skip, there are a few other options available to you. We’ll go over a few of them below:

  • Social Media
    You’ll be surprised at the amount of waste you can sell or dispose of through social media channels. Most cities and towns have Facebook groups set aside for selling and trading items. They serve as an excellent way to find new homes for large appliances and other items that still work.  
  • Local Authority
    For some types of waste, your local council will arrange for its pick-up and disposal. In this case, they will charge you a nominal fee to cover their expenses. In some areas, your local council may even be able to collect domestic appliances or even medical waste. This is a good way to manage materials that are otherwise difficult to dispose of.
  • Waste Companies
    Some of the waste that is not permitted in a skip can be disposed of through your general waste collection. For example, food waste can be placed in the garden bin. Likewise, you might even consider composting your food waste and recycling it in the garden.

Skip Bin Sizes

We have several different skip bin sizes in stock. Generally, we divide them into two major categories – domestic and industrial.  

Domestic Skip Bin Sizes

  • 2 m3
  • 6 m3
  • 12 m3

Industrial/Commercial Skip Bin Sizes

  • 6 m3
  • 12 m3
  • 30 m3

Feel free to contact us directly if you have any other questions about skip bin hire in Perth.

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