Things You’ll Normally Find in Skip Bins During a Home Renovation


Waste is always produced during any home renovation, with larger projects producing more waste. It is important to sort out the waste as it comes out of the building to keep your worksite clean and organised. 

By having a skip bin on site, it is easier to get the materials off site quickly and properly disposed of.

Some materials will go directly into one general skip bin, while others may need to be set aside for special handling. If you are producing a lot of different materials, the skip bin hire company may recommend having more than one skip, each handling a different type of material.

Here are the most common waste materials: 

Household items and furniture – including appliances, old carpeting and other flooring, furnishings and finishes, light fixtures, cabinets, sinks and tubs.

Building rubble – usually refers to irregular broken pieces of building waste. It may include a variety of rubbish types, such as rocks, broken cement pieces, bits of wiring, broken tools, excess building materials such as off-cuts, and packaging.

Drywall, Doors and Windows

Timber – it is like likely that you will have some sort of timber waste needs disposal of, including wooden floors to wood decorated wall. Note that some companies only accept waste in their skip bins that it is free from harmful preservatives. If you unsure, contact your local shire to find out more about treated woods.

Green/Organic waste – including woodchips, sawdust, brush, trees, twigs and branches, tree stumps, grass/shrub clippings, earth/soil, and. rock, sand and excavation materials like dirt and clay

Insulation and fibreglass

Glass – for example shower screens and window panes.

Plastics including all plastic resin/processed waste and packing materials.

Textiles – including clothing, rags, and processed cloth waste.

Cardboard, Cement, Tiles and Ceramics

Metal – including steel frames, electrical wiring and cable, scrap metal, nails, and plumbing fixtures

Bricks and decorative blocks – when knocking down walls, there is no avoiding the pile up of unwanted used bricks. The size and dimensions of these unwanted bricks can vary due to the nature of how the walls are being knocked down.

Hazardous Waste

Hazardous waste requires extra care to handle and some may have restrictions or strict regulations regarding how their disposal is to be conducted, and separate skip bins may be required

Examples of hazardous waste include:

  • Paints, varnish, solvents, sealers, paint thinners and strippers, resins, roofing cement, adhesives, lubricants, caulking.
  • Drums and containers that once contained the items listed above.
  • Treated wood, including lumber, posts, ties, or decks, and utility poles.
  • Asbestos-containing items, such as certain older types of floor tile, insulation, or other materials containing asbestos. 
  • Lead-based paint, or lead flashing or solder.
  • Products containing mercury.
  • Other items that have inseparable hazardous constituents.

Proper waste disposal requires that you put only approved materials in the skip bins. A good skip hire company will give you a list of what is allowed and what is not. They can also advise you of how to dispose of hazardous materials.

If you live in Fremantle and require skip bins, contact Kwik Skips today for more information or a free quote. 


Paul watson