Two Tips to Follow if You’re Using a Crane to Collect Refuse

Posted on: 14 September 2021


If you're using a crane to collect refuse on your building site, here are some tips to follow.

1. Rent the deepest bin available

Deep skip bins can hold far more rubbish than bins with shorter walls that are the same length. Despite this, many people don't rent deep skips because the walls are so tall that it can be difficult to manually throw refuse into them without using ladders or climbing up onto the bin's walls (neither of which is very practical).

However, if you have access to a crane that you'll be using for the collection of refuse, you won't have this issue, as you can use the crane to drop items into the bin, instead of having to throw them over the bin's walls by hand. Given this, it's worth using this to your advantage by getting a deep skip, into which you can put lots of refuse. This could potentially reduce the number of times you have to have the skip emptied over the course of the refuse collection process. As such, after contacting a bin hire business, you should ask them for the deepest bin they have available.

2. Avoid dropping refuse into the bin from a great height

When the crane operator is dropping refuse into the skip, they should aim to lower the crane so that the tip of the boom onto which the refuse is hooked is just a few feet above the bin. The reason for this is that if the crane operator drops heavy or loose refuse (such as bags of broken bricks or chunks of concrete) into the bin from a great height, these hefty items could potentially dent the base or the inner walls of the skip. This may result in the bin hire company having to do repairs or having to dispose of that bin and you might have to pay a higher rental fee because of this.

Additionally, if you drop construction refuse from a great height, the dust from the debris could rise into the air in large clouds and leave those near the bin spluttering and coughing. Last but not least, taking this approach might lead to some of the debris bouncing off the bin and landing on the ground, which would defeat the purpose of using the crane, as you'd then need to pick up this refuse manually and put it back in the container.