Most small the medium sized skips are lowered off the back of a truck by two parallel hydraulic lifting arms. Many large skips are of the roll-on-roll-off variety (otherwise known as hooklift bins). With this mechanism, the bed of the truck tips up and the skip then slides down the bed of the truck. These mechanics dictate where a skip bin can or cannot be positioned.
Placement within your property
It is preferable to put the bin in your property if you can as this will avoid the need for a council permit and will also help to prevent unauthorised access to your bin by passersby who often put their own refuse in other people’s bins.
Placement in a driveway
A skip truck is normally between 2.5m wide (small truck) and 3.3m (large truck) so if you need the skip right up a long driveway you need to be aware of the width of your gate and driveway. The widest point of the truck is the mirrors so if the gate is low enough for the mirrors to pass over, even a large truck can get into most driveways. The video below show a 4 cubic metre skip being placed in a driveway.
Placement in a front yard
If you want a skip bin placed in your front yard, this can often be achieved easily. There are two ways this can be done; either the skip can be lifted over the front fence if it is fairly low or the truck can reverse into the driveway and turn in so it can lower the skip in the yard rather than onto the driveway. The second option requires that there be adequate turning room. The video below shows a 4 cubic metre skip being lowered into a front yard over a fence.
Placement in garages, carports and underground parking stations
Only mobile skips and skip bags can be placed in these locations. The required overhead clearance for a mobile skip is 2.1 metres. If you can get a Toyota Landcruiser in the structure, the mobile skip will also fit.
Placement on the street or nature strip
If it is not possible to place the skip within your property, you might need to put it in the street or on the nature strip. Please refer to our Council Permit page for more information regarding the relevant rules that differ by location.
The video below shows a 4 cubic metre skip being placed on the roadside. Please notice that the truck with its lifting arms extended occupies at least 2 car lengths so if you are placing it in a street with cars parked, please keep in mind the need to secure sufficient space for the placement to occur. If a skip can’t be placed where you have indicated and the skip has to be returned to the yard, you will be required to pay any call out fees associated with the failed delivery.