Skip Bins In Public Places: Location And Visibility

Proper disposal of waste from a demolition exercise is vital in this day and age of increased environmental awareness. Hiring a skip bin is the first step towards the mentioned objective.

A standard-sized skip bin is about the same size as a car. Many DIY-minded homeowners are often forced to place skip bins in public areas for lack of adequate space within their premises. This article discusses a few things you should know about the placement of skip bins in public areas.

Choosing The Right Place For The Bin

Determining the exact location to place your bin along a footpath/pavement requires you to consider a few factors. For one, your chosen location should not obstruct access to private driveways. The location should not fall in an area where parking/stopping of vehicles is not allowed and it should be in a low-traffic public area (whenever possible).

Additionally, your chosen location shouldn't prevent access to manholes that cover public utility lines running below the ground. Service technicians may need to access these utility lines through the manhole for routine maintenance.

Making Your Skip Bins More Visible

The law requires that you make skip bins as visible as possible if they're to be left by the roadside from sunset to dawn. Ideally, the public location you choose for the bin should be as close as possible to your house. This ensures that you have a reliable source of power, which you'll need in order to mount a flashing light on one corner of the bin. Yellow flashing lights are often recommended to enhance the visibility of skip bins left by the roadside.

Because your situation might be far from ideal, you may not have access to a reliable power source that will power the flashing light. In such a case, you're allowed to use yellow retroreflective tape to make your bins more visible. To do this, you'll need to join individual pieces of tape such that they form an inverted "L". You should then stick the "L-shaped" pieces of tape as close as possible to the top corners of the bin. At the end of it all, your retroreflective tape markings should allow an approaching motorist to determine the height, width, and length of the bin.

Under certain conditions, you may be required to mount the flashing light and to use retroreflective tape at the same time. For example, if the bin is to be installed in a poorly-lit area.