There are many hidden costs associated with skip hire, for example:
Skip hire is time consuming: How many phone calls and how long did it take you or one of your team to make the booking? Then, once the skip arrives someone at your end needs to be on hand to make sure it gets put in the right place.
Filling the skip bin is hard work: It takes time and labour to fill a skip, and it’s hard work!
Health and safety risks: There’s a high risk of accidents, sprains and injuries associated with the lifting and throwing involved in loading a skip bin. This can lead to time off with ACC – not to mention lots of paperwork for the Health and Safety rep if you are a business.
Paying for air: It is hard to make the most of a skip’s capacity because items dumped in them tend to land like a big “pick up sticks” pile, on top of each other with big air gaps in between. Things get broken and smashed during this process, and often need cutting down to fit in.
Paying for water: Wet weather can cause construction materials like gib to double or triple in weight, which can mean your skip is now overweight and extra charges will get added on.
Others dump their rubbish in your bin: Sneaky dumping is a big issue and having others put their rubbish in your skip can be an expensive problem.
Having a skip on-site is a pain: Skips get in the way and it can be inconvenient to have your drive-way, loading zone or car park being blocked while its there. In public areas there are health and safety issues to consider and you may need to cover the skip with a net to prevent the wind blowing things out and fence off the area to stop curious people having a pick through. They are often graffiti ridden eyesores too.