A Complete Guide to Buying and Using a Skip Bin

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Hiring a skip bin is a convenient way to get rid of your rubbish, saving you countless visits to the tip as well as the worry of damaging your vehicle or having to hire a trailer.

If you have a lot of rubbish to get rid of, you need to find a reliable skip bin hire company.

Read on and find out how to choose the right size skip bin, as well as what you can and can’t put in your skip bin.

What Can You Put in a Skip Bin?

Before you start organising your skip bin hire, it’s important to assess what type of waste you have and whether or not you will be able to dispose of it in a skip bin.

While skip bins may seem like a catch-all solution, most companies will have strict restrictions on what you can or can’t dispose of in their bins.

While it’s always best to discuss your specific needs with your skip bin hire company, here is a general guide to what you can put in a skip bin.

What You Can Put in a Skip Bin

  • Paper waste - books, newspapers, magazines etc.
  • Clothes
  • Kitchenware - pans, utensils, place settings, dinner sets.
  • Cardboard
  • Food packaging - empty cans, glass jars, bottles etc.
  • Electronic entertainment equipment - TVs, stereos, speakers etc.
  • Kitchen & cleaning appliances - dishwashers, washing machines, fridges*, freezers *, microwaves, dryers etc. 

Note that mattresses are usually accepted too but may incur a surcharge, so make sure you enquire when making your Sydney skip hire booking. 

* Fridges and freezers must be degassed and have all doors removed to go in your skip.

Alternatively, you can take your fridge or freezer to your nearest Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment centre to save yourself the hassle.

Waste From Home Renovation Projects including:
  • Dirt
  • Tiles
  • Sand
  • Metal
  • Bricks
  • Concrete

Note that rubber, rubber flooring, carpets and underlay are generally accepted, however, there will usually be a surcharge for these items as they required specialist disposal methods. 

Garden Waste including:
  • Leaves
  • Branches
  • Pebbles
  • Plant pots
  • Trellises
  • Pebbles
  • Small tree logs
  • Woodchips

Note that large tree stumps are normally accepted but may incur an additional fee.

What You Cannot Put in a Skip Bin

If you have any doubts over any items, check with your skip bin hire company before you make your reservation.

In general, the following items are not accepted: 
  • Chemicals
  • Explosives
  • Medical waste
  • Insulation
  • Asbestos
  • Oil 
  • Paint
  • Solvents
  • Batteries
  • Gas cylinders

What Are the Sizes of Skip Bins?

Skip bins come in numerous sizes which can make choosing the correct size skip bin for your needs a little tricky.

Remember that you can only fill up to the rim, never over, and that most people tend to underestimate just how much rubbish they have.

Ask for advice when booking your Perth skip bin hire and if you are in between sizes, always opt for the next one up.

Here are the most popular skip bin sizes in cubic metres, plus we’ve also added the approximate equivalent in four-foot by four-foot trailer loads to give you a better idea of just how much space you’ll have.

2m3 and 3m3 Skip Bins

These skip bins are suitable for small bathroom renovations or jobs requiring the equivalent of 1.5-2 trailer loads.

4m3 Skip Bins

Suitable for larger single room renovations, a 4m3 skip bin is a good size for a kitchen renovation and can hold approximately the equivalent of 3-4 trailer loads.

6m3 to 8m3 Skip Bins

Depending on how much you have to throw away, a 6m3, 7m3 or 8m3 skip bin makes a good size for getting rid of rubbish and unwanted items when you’re moving house.

A 6m3 skip bin can hold around 4-5 trailer loads, while an 8m3 skip bin will take approximately 5-6. 

10m3 and Over

If you need to hire a large skip bin, for example, for a full house renovation, check with your skip bin provider which sizes they have on offer and get their advice as to the best size.

When ordering a large skip bin, remember to account for any placement restrictions.

Make sure you know you have enough space to accommodate your skip bin before making your reservation. 

Weight Capacity

Don’t forget to check your skip bin’s maximum weight capacity.

If you have a lot of heavy items to dispose of, seek advice from your skip bin company before booking. 

They can best advise you which skip bin to opt for. 

How Much Do Skip Bins Cost in Sydney?

The cost of your skip bin hire will depend on the size of your skip bin and how long you are hiring it for.

You may also have to factor in some extra outlay for certain hard to dispose of items that your skip bin hire company will inform you of prior to confirming your reservation.

Small skip bins tend to start around a couple of hundred dollars, with larger ones starting at $500.

The best way to get an accurate price for your needs and location is to get direct quotes from your local skip bin hire agencies. 

Advice on Choosing the Best Skip Hire Company

Having difficulty deciding which skip hire company in Sydney is the best to go for?

Look out for companies that meet the following criteria when making your decision.
  • Clear & Affordable Quote - any extra charges should be outlined from the very start.
  • Period and Availability - does the company have availability when you need it and for as long as you need your skip bin for.
  • Available Sizes - make sure they have the size you want rather than taking a much larger or smaller skip bin. 
  • Customer Service - are they friendly and interested in having you as a client? 


Looking for a cost-effective solution to your waste bin hire needs?

ATR has been in business for over 25 years and our skip bin hire service covers the entire Sydney metropolitan area.

We pride ourselves on providing friendly, honest and professional assistance - give us a call today or contact us online for a no-obligation quote and benefit from our expert advice. 

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