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Eastern Skip Hire Blog - Who Are We?

Eastern Skip Hire is a family owned and operated skip bin hire company, based in the outer easten suburbs of Melbourne, nestled in the Yarra Ranges suburb of Kilsyth.

Being an owner operated business means we have a hands on approach with our customer service and business dealings with customers over the phone, on emails as well as on site when delivering or picking up our skip bins. When dealing with Eastern Skip Hire, you are dealing with the owners of the business. not an employee!

Eastern Skip Hire have a high level of integrity and are a tranperant at all times. Our customers can easily see our prices, the services we provide and what our additional charges are prior to booking a skip bin. We do not have any hidden fees or charges within our pricing arrangements all pricing is clearly illustrated on https://www.easternskiphire.com.au/apps/webstore/" target="_blank">http://https://www.easternskiphire.com.au/apps/webstore/.

Eastern Skip Hire Service Areas: - 

  • Eastern Suburbs
  • Outer Eastern Suburbs
  • Yarra Valley
  • Yarra Ranges
  • Dandenong Ranges
  • Maroondah
  • Whitehorse
  • Knox
  • Manningham (parts of)
  • Monash (a small part of)


 

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Eastern Skip Hire's Melbourne Service Areas

Posted by Trefin Margerison on August 15, 2022 at 1:35 AM

Eastern Skip Hire Melbourne Service Areas

Eastern Skip Hire only service Melbourne's Outer Eastern Suburbs, they do also service parts of the Yarra Valley, parts of the Yarra Ranges, parts of Manningham & parts of Monash areas. 

Why Do We Only Service Parts of These Districts & Not The Whole District?

Every business including skip bin hire and mini skip hire services have to set boundries of where their delivery service area will be, this includes pizza shops, carpet cleaners, builders. Every business has to have a cut off point inorder for them to be able to run at a profit, if it is going to cost you more to do the job than what you are receiving for payment, their is no point in doing the job. This is the case with Eastern Skip Hire's melbourne service areas

Eastern Skip Hire's Melbourne Skip Bin Hire & Mini Skip Hire service areas, all boils down to the ecconomics of running a business, for example:

  • the cost of fuel, our truck gets 3.8 km to the litre with a tail wind behind it;
  • extra wear and tear on the truck, the faster the km's click over, the shorter the life of the truck is;
  • the extra labour cost for the driver's pay packet at the end of the week;
  • the additional costs just don't make it viable for us to service areas more than around 20km from our yard in Kilsyth.
So now the question is, where do we actually service in Melbourne's Outer Eastern Suburbs, & towns?
Following is a list of all the suburbs and towns serviced daily by Eastern Skip Hire:

Shire of Yarra Ranges
  • Belgrave 3160, Belgrave South, Belgrave Heights
  • Chirnside Park 3116
  • Coldstream 3770
  • Kilsyth 3137
  • Lilydale 3140
  • Monbulk 3793
  • Montrose 3765
  • Mooroolbark 3138
  • Mount Evelyn 3796
  • Olinda 3788
  • Sassafras 3787
  • Seville
  • Seville East
  • Silvan 3795
  • Tecoma 3160
  • Upwey 3158
  • Wandin North
  • Woori Yallock
City of Maroondah
  • Bayswater North 3153
  • Croydon 3136, Croydon North, Croydon South, Croydon Hills
  • Heathmont 3135
  • Kilsyth South 3137
  • Ringwood East 3134
  • Ringwood 3134, Warranwood 3134
  • Ringwood North 3136
City of Whitehorse
  • Blackburn 3130, Blackburn North 3130, Blackburn South 3134
  • Forest hill 3131
  • Mitcham 3132
  • Nunawading 3131
  • Vermont 3133, Vermont South 3133
City of Knox
  • Bayswater 3153
  • Boronia 3155
  • Ferntree Gully 3156
  • Knoxfield 3180
  • Rowville 3178
  • Scoresby 3179
  • The Basin 3154
  • Wantirna 3152, Wantirna South 3152
City of Manningham
  • Doncaster East 3109
  • Donvale 3111
  • Park Orchards 3114
  • Templestowe 3106
  • Warrandyte South 3134
  • Wonga Park 3152
City of Monash
  • Glen Waverley 3150
  • Wheelers Hill 3150
So the bottom line is, if your suburb or town isn't listed above, Eastern Skip Hire don't service your suburb or town, it is unfortunate, but customers don't want to pay more for our services inorder to go the extra 10 km's or so, that's why we don't service certain areas.

Covid 19 - Stage 4 Restrictions

Posted by Trefin Margerison on August 9, 2020 at 2:35 AM

YES WE ARE OPEN for Business as usual During the Covid 19 - Stage 4 Lockdown

Eastern Bin Hire will be taking all of the necessary precautions inorder to keep our customers safe, as well as keeping all of our staff safe!

Our Safety Precautions for Covid 19 are as follows:

 

  • wear a facemask at all times while delivering or retrieving skip bins;
  • we will sanatise our hands before arriving and leaving our customers location;
  • we will always keep a minimum of 1.5 metres from customers.
  • we will sanatise the inside of the truck several times a day by wipping the steering wheel, indicator lever, gear stick knob, the handbrake knob, door handles etc.

 

While we will be providing our full premium skip bin hire and mini skip hire services, we ask all our customers to please keep their distance from the driver while he is loading or unloading your skip bin, especially if youm are not wearing a face mask or some sort of covering for your face.

If you need to dispose of any waste materials from decluttering your house, garage, shed, veradah, garden or anywhere else, we are always happy to be of assistance. Wendy is always available for skip bin advice, skip bin prices or to book a skip bin hire service, just Call Wendy 0417 514 763 Now

E - Waste Recycling

Posted by Trefin Margerison on July 11, 2019 at 4:15 AM

E - Waste Recycling 

As of 1st July 2019, all E - Waste will be banned from being deposited at all landfill sites accross the state of Victoria!

What Is E - Waste?

In a nutshell, E - Waste is all electrical items or products which use electricity as its power source inorder for it to function, as well as all items and products which use batteriesas their power source inorder for iut to function!

So What Do You Do With Your E - Waste?

Follow this link to find out where your nearest E - Waste Recycler is located : -https://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/Campaigns/eWaste/Where-do-I-take-ewaste ;

When hiring a skip bin or mini skip from Eastern Skip Hire, we will accept your E - Waste items and dispose of them responsibly and at the correct location for it's disposal.

All we ask, is that when you hire your skip bin or mini skip, that you place all of your E - Waste items on the top of your load. This way our drivers can easily remove the items and place them into the E - Waste collection bin at the tip, prior to tipping the rest of your load.

When You Have Two Skips Loaded On The Truck at the One Time, How Do You Know Different Contents Weights of the Skip Bins?

Posted by Trefin Margerison on May 16, 2019 at 3:45 AM

This is another comon Question I get asked when I pick up our customers skip bins, so I will answer the question simple as possible.

When I go into the transfer station to empty the skip bins I :-

 

  1. unload the skip bins in an area set aside for skip trucks, where we can safely leave our a skip bins while we go about tipping our bins contents; 
  2. I place two skip bins on the ground;
  3. I pick up the top skip and weigh the truck on the weighbridge;
  4. I tip the contents of the skip into the pit;
  5. I then go back over the weighbridge to weigh off and pay; 
  6. Then I put the first skip down and pick up the second skip bin and do the same thing again.
By picking up two skip bins at a time, it increases my daily productivity, especially during peak periods, it also helps to save fuel and wear and tear on the truck which is quite expensive!

 

How Do You Know How Heavy The Skip Bin Is?

Posted by Trefin Margerison on May 16, 2019 at 3:10 AM

This is a comon question we get asked regulary and it really does baffle alot of customers!

The answer is very straight forward, once we pick up your skip bin after you have filled it, we then take it to a transfer station where we:-

 

  1. When we entre the transfer station we go onto a weighbridge;
  2. They record the trucks gross weight (the total weight of the truck, skip bin and its contents;
  3. We tip your waste materials into a pit;
  4. We then go back onto the weighbridge and get re weighed;
  5. Whatever the difference is between the entry gross weight and the gross weight of the truck after tipping, we then pay for the difference in weight terms per kg. 
I will illustrate an example of how we get charged for the skip bin contents and how it is weighed
  1. Entering the transferstation and going onto the weighbridge, the truck may weigh 7,240 kg;
  2. We tip the skip bins contents into the pit at the transfer station;
  3. We then go back over the weighbridge, the truck may weigh 6,360 kg (after tipping the contents), 
  4. The calculation would be 7,240 kg minus 6,360 kg = 880 kg
  5. The weighbridge operator will then charge us for 880 kg of general waste materials, green waste, dirt, concrete etc.
  6. We then pay cost of the tipping fee;
  7. We recieve a weighbridge reciept, customers who exceed their weight limit, are then charge for the difference in weight. 
  8. Wendy can show customers the reciept for their skip bin for the odd customer who does exceed their weight limit if they would like proof or varification of the skip bins weight.

 

Disposal of lamps containing mercury!

Posted by Trefin Margerison on August 16, 2014 at 3:00 AM

Disposal of lamps containing mercury!

Lamps containing mercury are the largest category of products which hold a significant percentage of waste of murcury, which polutute landfil;l sites each year in Victoria.

Lamps containing mercury are able to be successfully recycled, with the glass, plastic and phosphor powder contained within them.

Lamps with Mercury in them

Lamps containing mercury within them includesmall compact flourescent lamps, which are comon in domestic houses and offices in the form of flourescent tubes being the most common. Street lighting and sports grounds use high intensity discharge lamps, where small amounts of elemental mercury is essential for the operation of these types of lights.

With lamps containing mercury, the larger the usage of power the light source requires, the more mercury will be used to operate the lamp.

Lamps containing mercury include: -

  • HID lamps, for street lighting - mercury vapour lamps conbtain between 50 - 1000 milligrams of mercury
  • linear flourescent tubes are used in commercial and public buildings and contain less than 15 mg
  • CFL's are required by Australian Standards to have a maximum of 5mg, these lamps are mainly used in domestic homes
  • some neon tubes which are used in signs 

Here is a cool fact: -

Using CFL's is better for our enviroment when compared to using incandescent light bulbs. This is due to electricity being produced using coalreleases mercury!

CFL's only use 20% of the electricity of an incadescent bulb uses to produce the same amount of light, therefore less elctricity is required to be generated.

The end results are amazing, CFL's release approxametely 80% less mercuyry than incandescent light bulbs. 

Disposing of Lamps Containing Mercury

Disposing of large amounts of lamps containing mercury such as street lamps, and those generated from business and industry in Australia. Is forbidden in most states and councils to be deposited in landfill sites. 

Broken Lamps

You should avoid being exposed to mercury as it is a neurotoxin, so avoid where possible. Although short term exposure to a broken CFL or flourescent tube is not a sigmnificant health risk to exposed adults, children or pregnant weomen.

Specialty recyclers

There are specialty recyclers who will recycle and safely recover the mercury but also the glass, phosphor and aluminium contained within the lamps, which is a great alternative to disposal of these types of mercury lamps into landfill sites.

A lot of the mercury recovered by the specialist recyclers of lamps is sold to the dental industry and is used in amalgam for fillings. 

Information source

http/www.environment.gov.au/protection/national-waste-policy/mercury-containing-lamps 

Australian Recycling Statistics Facts

Posted by Trefin Margerison on July 21, 2014 at 9:40 PM

Australian Recycling Facts

How good are you at recycling?

Waste Disposal is a huge problem for Australia and for the world as a whole. Waste Disposal isn't a dirty word and we shouldn't feel bad about throwing things out, to declutter our houses or backyards. Whether we like it or not, our beloved goods no matter how much we cherish them or look after them, they will all either stop working, break, or are just passed their use by date, life goes on.

Having said all of that, we do need to take responsibility for what we are disposing of and to make sure we dispose of our used items in a responsible manner.

Sometime it is easier just to throw your outdated mobile phone in the rubbish bin with little regard for where it's going, what the impact is of where it is going, is it harming our environment or is it being recycled?

If we are going to dispose of our once beloved old expired goods, we need to be taking the extra step and recycle everything we can, in an effort to help our environment to sustain the pressure of our globes increasing population and the effects this is having on our planet.

Below are some facts from Sita that may help you to keep recycling and to see the benefits to the environment from recycling.

Steel and Aluminium Facts

Recycled steel is collected from the kerbside of our domestic homes, collected, sorted, sent to a furnace where it is melted to a liquid, then it is made into billets of steel, they are then transport

  • In 2010 - 93% of all Australians have access to kerbside recycling services which accept aluminium and steel cans, unfortunately many steel and aluminium cans are still finding their way into landfill sites across the country
  • In 2010 Australians recycled 30.3% of all steel cans and 67.4% of aluminium cans
  • In Australia we send enough steel to landfill to manufacture the equivalent to 40,000 fridges
  • To manufacture 1 aluminium can takes the same amount of energy, as it does to manufacture 20 cans from recycled materials
  • It only takes 60 days for an aluminium can to be recycled, and then put back on the supermarkets shelf
  • More than 2 Billion aluminium cans are recycled each year in Australia
  • Every week in Australia 17.5 million steel cans are recycled, this is enough steel to manufacture 900 new cars
  • Recycling 1 Tonne of steel, saves 1131 kg of iron ore, 54 kg of limestone and 633 kg of coal
  • Using recycled steel cans to produce new steel compared to raw material, uses up to 75% less energy
  • Recycling 1 aluminium can will save enough power to run a TV for 3 hours

Paper and Cardboard facts

To recycle paper and cardboard it is collected from the kerbside, sorted and made into bales, it is then transported to paper mills where water is added turning it into a pulp, it is then screened to remove steel staples and objects, de inked, poured onto screens where it is dried and turned into paper.

  • In 2006 - 2007 In Australia we used 5.5 million tonnes of paper and cardboard between for domestic and commercial use, Of this amount only 2.5 million tonnes was recycled
  • From 2006 - 2007 domestic waste going to landfill contained 26% paper and cardboard, while commercial & industrial waste contained 55% paper and cardboard
  • Making paper from recycled materials uses 99% less water and 50% less energy compared to using raw materials
  • It takes 2.5 tonnes of radiate pine to manufacture just 1 tonne of newsprint
  • Recycling 1 tonne of newspapers saves 3 cubic metres of landfill space
  • Recycling 1 kilogram of paper and cardboard will save 1 kilogram of greenhouse gasses
  • The manufacture of 26 piece of paper is equivalent to driving your car for 1 km
  • 1 tree will make 6 reams of paper or 3077 pieces of A4 paper

Paper breaks down slowly in landfill due to a lack of oxygen. The result is methane is let off in large amounts, having a greater greenhouse gas impact than carbon dioxide.

Plastic Facts

Plastic to be recycled is collected from the kerbside it is then sorted into the different polymers, compressed into bales, the bales are transported to recyclers, the bales are shredded and cleaned, the materials are then fed into an extruder where it is heated up and forced through a die, it plastic strings like spaghetti, it is cooled slightly then cut into granules or pallets, bagged and ready to be moulded into its next product.

  • In Australia we use 377,000 tonne of plastic packaging each year, in 2010 we recycled 288,194 tonnes
  • The production of plastic requires oil, gas and coal, the manufacture of plastic also emits greenhouse gasses which contribute to climate change. Plastic is also contaminates our oceans and kills millions of marine animals each year.
  • It takes 125 plastic milk bottles to manufacture 1 140 litre wheelie bin
  • Plastic bottles in landfill can take up to 500 years to breakdown
  • PET bottles made from recycled materials saves 84% of energy, compared to using raw material
  • Plastic products made from recycled materials compared to virgin material reduces water usage by 90%, carbon dioxide by 2.5 tonnes and energy consumption by two thirds
  • There is meant to be 46,000 pieces of plastic floating in each square mile of our oceans
  • Recycling just 1 plastic drink bottle will save enough power to run your computer for 25 minutes.
  • Recycling just 1 tonne of plastic will save enough power to run your refrigerator for 1 month

Glass Facts

Recycled glass is collected from domestic kerbside collections, glass is sorted into 3 colours green, amber (brown) and clear, it is sent to be crushed in to fine powder called cullet, the glass is sent to a beneficiation plant where it is further crushed, heated to 1500 degree C and poured into new jars and bottles.

  • Glass was discovered about 5,000 years ago by the Phoenicians, which makes glass on of the oldest forms of packaging
  • Glass is made from soda ash, sand and limestone and can be recycled an infinite amount of times
  • 25% of all glass bottles and jars are made from recycled materials
  • Recycled glass products just half of the greenhouse gasses compared to making glass from sand.
  • Recycled crushed glass (cullet) can be substituted in concrete for sand
  • Making new products from recycled glass saves 75% of the energy it takes to produce glass from raw materials
  • Glass is 100% recyclable and can be recycled 1 million times over to produce bottles and jars of the same high quality
  • A glass bottle can take anywhere from 4,000 to 1 million years to breakdown in landfill.
  • Fluorescent Tubes, Lamps and Globes Facts
  • In Australia we dispose of 50 - 60 million fluorescent tubes and HID (high density discharge) lamps every year. The end result is large amounts of mercury being deposited into our landfill every year.
  • Between 2008 - 2020 Australians will save 28 million tonnes of greenhouse gasses, just by using energy efficient lighting.
  • As of 2009, incandescent light bulks can no longer be sold in Australia
  • The unsafe disposing of mercury coated products leads to contamination of our food chain, especially fish.
  • Fluorescent tubes contain heavy metals that are toxic and impose a major health risk to human health and to our environment.
  • It is estimated that 95% of mercury containing HID lamps end up in Australias landfill each year

The mercury, glass, aluminium and phosphor powder from fluorescent lamps can be recycled and saving valuable resources and help prevent environmental damage.

E Waste Facts

Electronic waste can contain toxic materials such as lead, mercury, cadmium, Hexavalent, chromium, and brominated fire retardants that are hazardous and difficult to dispose of and are potentially damaging to our environment.

  • E-Waste is produced at up to 3 times the amount of household waste production
  • Recycled components from a mobile phone can be used to manufacture jewelry, stainless steel and plastic fence posts
  • More than 3.4 litres of oil are used to make just 1 new laser cartridge
  • In Australia it i8s estimated we throw out 18 million computer cartridges each year
  • More than 90% of a mobile phones components can be recycled
  • Valuable materials such as gold, copper, iron, nickel and silicon can be extracted from electronic components and reused
  • The average computer monitor contains up to 2 kg of lead
  • Making just 1 desktop computer and monitor uses the same amount of chemicals 22kg, water 1500 kg and fossil fuels 240 kg which is the same as to make a medium size car

Battery Facts

  • We purchase approx. 350 million batteries in Australia each year, over two thirds of these batteries are sent to landfill each year, this makes batteries the most common form of hazardous waste
  • Only 6% (by weight) of handheld batteries are currently being recovered for processing
  • Each Lead acid (car) battery contains 2 - 3 litres of sulphuric acid
  • Recycling lead acid (car ) batteries uses less energy than refining primary ore and removes lead from our environment
  • 98% of a car battery can be recycled
  • Metals found in batteries such as cadmium, nickel, lead and mercury are toxic and endanger the health of our wildlife, humans and our environment if not managed properly
  • Other materials recycled from batteries can be used to manufacture new batteries, fertilisers, rubbish bins and pot plants.

Source of information - http/www.sita.com.au/media/fact_sheets/


Material Weight - how heavy is it?

Posted by Trefin Margerison on July 21, 2014 at 8:50 PM

Material Weight - how heavy is it?

How can you tell how heavy your skip is getting when you are loading the skip, you don't have scales and the time to weight everything as it is getting loaded into your skip bin, so how heavy is the skip!!

You don't need to worry too much about the weight of the skip if you are only loading light waste materials, 90% of customers do not exceed Eastern Skip Hire's weight limits, so don't panic!

The only reason customers exceed their weight limits, is because they load dirt, bricks, concrete, tiles, pavers, rocks etc, with their light waste skip booking where these materials are really not permitted to be loaded into, due to the weight. We recently had a customer who booked a 4 m3 skip bin for light waste (600 kg weight limit), we picked up the bin (we knew it was very heavy), went to the tip, it weighed 3,740 kg!

In order to be able to guage how heavy a load is getting, you first need to know how much the materials weight per cubic metre. If you have no idea of the material weights per cubic metre, you certainly will be inclind to overload the skip bin and attact some excess weight fees!

For this reason we have listed how many kg's per cubic metre a wide range of different material types weigh.

Material Weight per cubic metre

The following materials weight list will help you to visualise your load for the skip bin hire and to be able to make an approxate weight decission for your skip bin load.

  • asphalt 1300 kg
  • aggregate fine 1670 kg
  • aggregate coarse 1450 kg
  • concrete 2400 kg
  • clay dry 1010 kg
  • clay damp 1760 kg
  • soil 900 kg
  • topsoil moist 1400 kg
  • mud flowing 1730 kg
  • bricks soft 1600 kg
  • bricks pressed 2240 kg
  • brick mortar 1650 kg
  • brick rubble 1800 - 2200 kg
  • gravel 1920 kg
  • dry fine sand 1280 kg
  • dry sand coarse 1600 kg
  • wet beach sand 2300 kg
  • glass 2500 kg
  • gypsum plaster 737 kg
  • hardwood 960 - 1120 kg
  • iron bark (wood) 1400 kg
  • pine (hoop) 550 kg
  • paper waste 350 kg
  • sawdust 210 kg
  • steel 7850 kg
  • terra cotta 1800 kg
  • tyres rubber 175 - 255 kg
  • water 1000 kg

 If you don't know how big a cubic metre is, I will explain it for you: -

1 m3 - (1 cubic metre)

1,000 mm wide x 1,000 mm deep x 1,000 mm high = 1 m3  or

1m wide x 1m deep x 1m = 1m3 high


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