Filling a skip bin with a wheelbarrow can seem like a tricky task. The usual challenge when using a wheelbarrow with a standard skip bin is the height barrier.

Typically, skip bins have high sides, designed for safety and to hold more material. However, these high sides make it difficult to load waste using a wheelbarrow.

You have to lift and tip the wheelbarrow at an awkward angle, which is not only hard work but also risky. It can lead to spills and even injuries from straining.

However, the solution is simpler than you might think. Just choose the perfect skip bin.

Selecting the Perfect Skip Bin

The key lies in choosing a skip bin with a drop door. This setup is a game-changer. This type of bin is ideal for easy loading and unloading.

A drop door eliminates these hurdles by providing a level entry, making the process straightforward and safe. It lets you roll your wheelbarrow straight in and out without any lifting. That saves you effort and reduces the risk of strain or injury.

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Skip bin with a drop door from Coastal Waste

Most companies that rent out skip bins have this option available. For example, Coastal Waste offers skip bins with a drop door. Make sure to specifically ask for a bin with a door when you book.

It might cost a bit more, but the convenience is well worth the extra expense. Plus, it makes the job quicker and simpler, which is exactly what you need when you’re dealing with a lot of waste.

Loading Your Wheelbarrow

When loading your skip bin with a wheelbarrow, follow these steps for a smooth and safe process:

  1. Wear gloves. Always protect your hands with sturdy gloves.
  2. Wear solid footwear. You need shoes that provide good grip and support for extra safety.
  3. Clear the path. Ensure there are no obstacles around that you might trip over.
  4. Keep it light. Don’t overload the barrow. It should be heavy enough to be steady but light enough to push easily.
  5. Push steadily. Rushing might cause spills or accidents.
  6. Unload smoothly. Once you’re over the threshold, tip the barrow gently to unload. Let gravity do most of the work.

By carefully doing these loading techniques with these safety precautions, you’ll ensure that filling your skip bin is both efficient and safe.

What If There’s No Drop Door?

If your skip bin doesn’t come with a drop door, you can still manage with a ramp. Though it’s a less common approach, it’s perfectly viable.

First, ensure you have a sturdy ramp. You can make a ramp from wooden planks or whatever is available and strong enough to support the weight. Secure it well against the skip to prevent any movement.

When using the ramp, push your wheelbarrow up cautiously. It will require more effort, so take your time to avoid any accidents or spills.

filling a skip with a wheelbarrow and a ramp illustration
Filling a skip with a wheelbarrow and a ramp

Wrap-Up: Roll In, Roll Out

So there you have it—the simple secret to turning a potentially back-breaking task into a walk in the park. The right skip bin can make all the difference.

Imagine rolling your wheelbarrow up to a skip bin and just gliding it right in. No fuss, no muss, no awkward lifting.

It’s like having a magic door that takes care of the hard work for you. And if you ever find yourself without that magic door, remember the ramp trick—it’s your trusty plan B.

Next time you need to hire a skip bin, remember to opt for one with a drop door. It’s not just a skip bin; it’s your easy bet for tackling big clean-ups with a smile. Happy wheeling!

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  • Jack Sims has been an integral part of Coastal Waste Management since 2019, serving as the Sales Manager. Prior to joining Coastal, he honed his expertise as a Business Development Manager at JJ Richards. With a passion for sustainable waste solutions, Jack brings years of hands-on experience in the industry. He is dedicated to offering customers eco-friendly and efficient waste management services.