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What are Commercial Bins?

Commercial bins are containers used for temporarily storing waste produced by corporate entities. They are typically kept outdoors and are collected to be emptied into waste carrier trucks often on a weekly basis – although this is entirely dependent on the type and size of business.


This guide will be the definitive source for all your information on commercial bins.



The Main Differences Between Domestic and Commercial Bins

Whilst both domestic (wheelie bins) and commercial bins essentially serve the same purpose – to store waste until emptied into a truck for disposal – they do have some key differences.


Here are the basics:


  • Size – commercial bins are often far larger than domestic wheelie bins.


  • Availability – you have to pay to order commercial bins from a waste management service, whereas, domestic wheelie bins are provided free of charge by your local government and properties are almost always automatically provided with bins; so you’ll typically have them available from day one of moving in.


  • Types – there are 4 common domestic bins available to the public: general waste (black), recycling paper and cardboard (blue), cans and bottles (green), and recyclable food and general waste (brown). But businesses can request various different types of bins such as hazardous waste bins because their waste disposal needs are different.
Four types of coloured wheelie bins



Types and Sizes of Business Bins

There are three main types of business bins in terms of form factor. You have Wheelie Bins, Front End Loaders, and Roll-On-Roll-Off Skips.


Wheelie Bins

Sizes typically range from 120 litres to 1100 litres. They are the most common type of commercial bins and are used for general waste, glass, food, cardboard, and mixed recycling. And as the name might suggest, are bins on wheels.

3 types of commercial wheelie bins 2 types of large commercial wheelie bins


Front End Loaders

Otherwise known as FELs, Front End Loaders are essentially skips with a lid. One of the core reasons they are lidded is to keep the waste stored in them dry. That’s because they usually store recyclable cardboard and other dry-mixed recyclables which need to be kept out of any adverse weather in order to be successfully recycled.



Roll On Roll Off Skips

Otherwise known as Ro-Ro Skips, are likely to be the largest commercial bins available to your business. These are used to store very large quantities of general waste and larger business waste items such as construction scrap.

2 sizes of roro skips


Other Types of Business Bins

Your waste management servicer will require that you segregate your waste streams into separate bins if you wish to have additional collection services rather than just general waste collection. For instance, if your business produces hazardous or clinical waste, you will need to have a separate commercial bin for this.


These bins will still likely be one of the three forms above (most likely wheelie bins or FELs) and will typically be a different colour to your general waste bin so that you correctly segregate your waste and your collection servicer can identify the type of waste immediately.



Commercial Bins Best Practices


Getting the Right Bins

Your chosen waste management provider will be able to guide you on selecting the appropriate bins for your business. But for them to be able to help you make the right choice, they will need some information from you. The basics they will need to know is what type of waste you produce, roughly how much of each type of waste you produce, and how quickly you produce each type of waste.


To be able to provide this information you should conduct a waste audit. This should provide you with good estimates for all the questions your waste management service will need answers to. Small businesses will likely find that they need a general waste commercial bin and secondary bins for their next most common waste streams. For instance, restaurants will need probably need secondary bins for food waste and for glass.

different coloured wheelie bins


Where to Store your Bin

There are a few things that you need to take into account when deciding where to store your bins on your business site:


  • Of course, the first thing is that you need an area comfortably big enough to hold your bin(s).


  • Secondly, this area will need to be fairly close to your business site so that you can easily transfer your indoor waste to your outdoor bins.


  • Thirdly, once your commercial bin is in your storage area, you need to ensure that your bin is not obstructing or in a dangerous position for the public or your staff.


  • Fourthly, you need to ensure that your bin is in an area that your waste collector can easily access to move the bin to offload the refuse into the truck.
commercial bins outside black and white


Business Bin Maintenance

Once you have your commercial bins and you have them in an adequate storage space, you need to maintain them. This includes cleaning them, not letting them overfill, and ideally even securing them in a lockable gated perimeter.

wheelie bin removal animation

The most important out of these is probably not letting them overfill. If your bins are overfilling, your waste management service will struggle to collect your bins and you may be subject to overweight charges. To avoid this, once you notice your commercial bins overfilling you should conduct another waste audit to reassess how much waste you are producing and how quickly. Then take the results to your waste contractor and negotiate for a secondary bin or more frequent collections.



Choosing a Bin Collection Servicer


Picking a Waste Management Service

As a business, you are legally required to have a waste management service. But it is crucial that you pick the right one. You need to consider price, efficiency, and a whole variety of factors.


And now, in 2021, you may also need to consider a waste service provider who is responsive to the changes the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdowns have caused for your business. At CheaperWaste, we have tried to support our customers as best we can during these unprecedented times, and our ease of setting up a contract to meet your exact needs is what we pride ourselves on.


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Here at CheaperWaste, we are the UK’s fastest-growing waste management company and we are growing fast for a reason. We offer the best service, at inexpensive prices, and are focused on small businesses. We understand your business’ needs and have a team catered to help you grow and succeed. Get a quote for free and see how much you can save today by simply filling in the quick and easy quote form below.

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