What Are Clean (Hard) Fill Skip Bins?

Clean Fill Skip Bins Hire North Shore for tiles and bricks

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Skip Bins for Roof Tiles & More: Plus – Where to Hire in Sydney’s North Shore & Northern Suburbs

Did you know that bricks, pavers and Besser blocks can be disposed of in clean hard, fill skip bins? One of our skips (photo above) was hired in Sydney’s northern suburbs for the disposal of roof tiles. It can be surprising to learn how many tonnes of roof tiles and similar products are thrown away during demolition and renovation projects. We also picked up a clean fill skip in Mosman (North Shore), which was full of concrete. Construction waste from DIYers and building companies is the perfect material to recycle into road base, aggregate and concrete blocks. As clean hard fill has an incredibly long lifespan (100 – 1000 years), resource recovery is paramount to protecting non-renewable virgin resources.

More on what clean fill is, how it is recycled and where to hire clean fill to skip bins in Sydney are covered below. Click on the link here to view the areas serviced in Sydney.

What is Clean Fill (Hard Fill)?

In the context of skip bins, clean hard fill is waste made up of only masonry materials that can be repurposed(*1). For example, a skip bin filled with roof tiles, stones, and pavers would be classed as 100% clean hard fill. However, a skip bin with bricks (clean hard fill) and timber would be classed as mixed waste.

Types of Clean Fill

Clean Fill Skip Bins Hire North Shore and Northern Suburbs for bricks

• Roof and ceramic tiles.
• Bricks, pavers, and Besser blocks.
• Stones and rocks.
• Concrete.
• Rubble.
• Gravel and aggregate.
• Cement.

What is NOT Clean Hard Fill?

Hazardous waste, green materials, soil, household rubbish, steel, and aluminium must not be thrown into clean hard fill skip bins. To be ‘clean’, the skip bin must only consist of hard fill that can be recycled and repurposed.

How is Clean Fill Recycled?

Clean Fill Skip Bins Hire North Shore and Northern Suburbs for Roof Tiles. What are Hard Fill and Clean Fill skip bins.

Clean hard fill is perfect for turning into aggregate of various sizes, road base and concrete blocks(*2). Before it can be recycled, the clean fill is sorted to ensure it is ‘clean’. It is then prepared for recycling and repurposing. By re-using clean hard fill we are:

1 > Diverting tonnes of re-usable materials away from landfill.
2 > Extending the lifespan of non-renewable resources.
3 > Protecting our environment and boosting our economy(*3).

How is concrete sorted and prepared for recycling? Have a look at this video to see our excavator controller sorting through hard fill.

Why is it Important for Hard Fill to be ‘Clean’?

When people buy clean fill products from recycling companies, they must be confident it does not include any pollutants or hazardous materials. Construction and landscaping companies can incur huge fines and have contracts cancelled if their fill is not up to standard (environmentally safe). Sadly, some recycling companies mix their clean waste with other materials which can leave contractors in serious trouble. Ensuring you only buy clean fill from reputable businesses is essential. This is why we take the time to ensure our fill is 100% clean and safe before recycling.

Where to Hire Clean Fill Skip Bins (and How to Save Money on Waste Disposal)

Quick Skips (formerly Dial-A-Tip) in Sydney is a highly reputable company that provides skip bin hire and recycling.

A clever way to save money on construction sites (and to make waste disposal on-site easy) is to hire two skips – one for clean hard fill and one for general waste. Clean fill skips are cheaper than general waste. If you don’t expect to have much general waste, you may even prefer to hire a small light general waste bin and a larger sized clean hard fill bin.

If you’re not sure what bin sizes or types to hire, call Quick Skips 0433 958 977 for advice. We service residential and commercial sites across Sydney regularly. We can share what others do and the best combination of bins for your particular project.



*1. Abert, JG. Resource Recovery: Economic and Institutional Aspects. Conservation & Recycling. Vol. 6. No. 3. 139-144pp. 1983.
*2. RW Corkery and Co (RWC) for Department of Planning and Environment. 2.6 Substitute Construction Materials: Supply and Demand Profile of Geological Construction Materials for the Greater Sydney Region. 2019.
*3. Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water NSW. Disposal Based Survey of the Commercial and Industrial Waste Stream in Sydney. 2010.

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