Rubbish Skip Hire | What You Need To Know

  • 8th July 2020
  • News

The skip bin rental industry plays an integral role in the Australian economy, helping to remove over 68.9 megatons of waste every year1. The industry services customers across a range of markets, including retailers, households, and manufacturing and construction firms. With so much garbage to get rid of, it’s no wonder that rubbish skip hire services are so popular!

Why use skip bins?

Builders, construction workers and commercial cleaners often require rubbish skip bin hire for their daily work. This includes removing materials like wiring, nails, insulation, tiles, bricks, debris and discarded concrete on demolition jobs.

However, skips are not just handy for businesses—a skip hire for household rubbish is the most efficient and effective way to manage high volumes of waste. It also saves valuable time (and money) driving back and forth to the tip!

Renovating your bathroom? Place your old bathtub, vanity and tiles into the skip as you go. Working on a landscaping project? In goes your green waste and damaged pavers. Cleaning out the garage? Say goodbye to broken appliances, unusable gardening equipment and worn out camping gear.

Rubbish skip hire goes beyond just removing your waste. Reputable skip hire companies use industry best practices to provide environmentally friendly solutions, safely transporting your rubbish to a transfer station so it can be legally sorted and disposed of. They should also be dedicated to conscious waste management, with any metal, plastic, paper or glass being recycled where possible. This will avoid you paying resource recovery centre fees and minimize unnecessary landfill, which according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, constitutes over 27 per cent of our total waste generation! 

What sizes are available?

Interested in rubbish skip bin hire, but not sure what is available? Skips come in a range of sizes, and although they look big, you’ll be surprised how quickly they fill up. As an example, at Cutter Skips we offer the following sizes:

Mini skip bin – 2 cubic metres

Holding around eight wheelie bins of rubbish, this option is great for everyday residential decluttering jobs, including the removal of household garden waste. They are also a budget-friendly option if you need to dispose of household items that aren’t worth selling or giving away.

Mini skip bin – 3 cubic metres

With a capacity of 12 wheelie bins, this mini skip is ideal for slightly larger jobs where you need to remove more waste. This includes tackling an out-of-control garage or undertaking an in-depth spring (or autumn!) clean to keep things spic and span.

Skip bin – 4 cubic metres

If a kerbside pick-up is not an option, our 4-cubic-metre skip bin is the perfect solution, and our most commonly hired size. With a capacity of 16 wheelie bins, it’s perfect for people undertaking a home renovation or DIY project, which can often result in a large amount of excess rubbish.

Skip bin – 6 cubic metres

Offering optimum capacity and value, this skip holds the equivalent of 24 wheelie bins of rubbish. Popular with the construction trade, these are ideal for industrial or commеrcial sitеs needing high-volume waste removal. Alternatively, why not get the neighbours on board and tackle a street clean up? Make the skip bin communal, share the cost and enjoy a tidier neighbourhood. It will be a win-win for everyone!

Still not sure what size you need? Read our guide here, or contact us for more advice!

What can you put in a skip bin?

It’s illegal to put certain items into skip bins. Filling it with items that are prohibited can result in your load costing you more money, or being rejected.

If you are interested in rubbish skip hire, you should also dispose of waste responsibly. Before you start packing your bin, take the time to consider if any of your rubbish can be reduced, reused or recycled2.

What is allowed

Just like wheelie bins, most household, construction and renovation rubbish is accepted. This includes:

  • Construction materials including concrete, metal, timber, tiles, bricks and gypsum board
  • Green waste including branches, dead plants, weeds, tree stumps, old turf and tree and grass clippings
  • General household waste including toys, books, paper, cardboard, glass and plastics
  • Furniture including tables, chairs, lounges, beds and mattresses
  • Office equipment including tables, desks, chairs and filing cabinets
  • Electronic equipment including computers, TV’s, stereos, printers, speakers, fridges and freezers. 

What is prohibited

When it comes to rubbish skip bin hire, certain types of waste are prohibited to protect the people who manage it. This includes:

  • Chemicals
  • Toxic materials
  • Hazardous waste
  • Paint
  • Asbestos
  • Batteries
  • Food items
  • Car tyres
  • Flammable materials

Your local council website will have more information on how to dispose of prohibited items. If you are in Brisbane, you can refer to the BCC website.

How much to hire a skip bin?

When thinking about skip hire for household rubbish, cost is obviously an important factor. Skip hire is one of the most convenient and economical approaches to waste management. Especially when you consider the alternative of having to hire a trailer, pay for fuel and resource recovery centre fees, and then potentially repeat the process all over again!

At Cutter Skips, our services include the drop-off and pick-up of your skip, and its transport to a transfer station so that waste can be legally sorted, disposed of and recycled if possible. Plus, there are no weight restrictions and delivery is free! Here are our rates by skip bin type:  

Mini skip bin – 2 cubic metres

Capacity: equivalent to 8 wheelie bins

Cost: $160 for a full 7 days

 Mini skip bin – 3 cubic metres

Capacity: equivalent to 12 wheelie bins

Cost: $200 for a full 7 days 

Skip bin – 4 cubic metres

Capacity: equivalent to 16 wheelie bins

Cost: $240 for a full 7 days

Skip bin – 6 cubic metres

Capacity: equivalent to 24 wheelie bins

Cost: $340 for a full 7 days

What is the best way to fill a skip bin? 

There is a right way and a wrong way to fill a skip bin. Doing it incorrectly is not only inefficient, it could result in you paying more for an additional bin, or having to re-pack it if your skip is overfilled. You can read more about how to fill your skip bin correctly here, but here are our top four tips.

1. Place it correctly

When you book a rubbish skip hire service with us, we recommend placing your skip bin on your property or the footpath, rather than on the street. This alleviates the need for a council permit and deters others from disposing of their rubbish in your bin! Alternatively, it can be placed on your driveway and positioned so that it is easily accessible from the road for delivery and pickup.

When sorting your rubbish, try to place it as close as possible to the skip bin so you can load it easily. Gather all the items in the one spot, grouped by shape and size. That way you can decide how to make the best use of the space available. 

2. Pack it efficiently

When packing, start with objects that can lie flat like plywood, sheet metal and unwanted timber, and make sure they all lie in the same direction. Follow up with bulky or heavy items that have been cut up, crushed or broken down, dissemble old appliances and remove any legs and arms from furniture.

Then place lightweight items like old paperwork, green waste or smaller household items on top. Pack the skip bin as tightly as possible to minimise gaps and air pockets, and distribute the weight evenly so that it doesn’t tip over!

3. Avoid overfilling it 

Our third tip when it comes to rubbish skip bin hire is remembering that skips are rented by volume and can’t be filled above the rim. This follows government health and safety legislation, which cites that it is illegal to transport a waste container beyond its dimensional capacity. Overfilled skip bins are also unsafe for travel and not adhering to legislation can result in heavy fines.

4. Pack approved materials

As mentioned above, there are certain materials that are not legally acceptable when it comes to rubbish skip hire contents. One of the most harmful is hazardous waste, which are products that have the potential to cause damage to ourselves and the environment. These come in the form of gas, liquids and solids and include many of the chemicals in our garages, kitchens, bathrooms and gardens.

Many local governments offer services dedicated to hazardous waste removal, including designated drop-off days for households throughout the year. Visit your local government website for more information, or read more about disposing of hazardous waste here.


  1. 2017, Waste Account, Australia, Experimental Estimates, Australian Bureau of Statistics
  2. 2020, Reducing Waste, Australian Government, Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

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