Last Updated Feb 1, 2018 · Written by Richard Kempthorne
What are you going to do with all that rubbish from your renovation, landscaping or major clean-up job? You could make half a dozen or more trips to the tip, but there's an easier way. Hire a skip bin and get rid of it all in just one go. But how much does skip bin hire cost? Let's take a look at the costs.
You've no doubt seen dozens of skip bins, but may not have thought much about them. Basically, they're like giant rubbish bins. You'll see skip bins that can contain anywhere from 2 to 30 cubic metres of rubbish. They’re usually delivered by a skip hire business and picked up after a pre-arranged length of time. When you order a skip bin, it will be measured in length or square metres, with approximate cubic metres added as a guide.
Skip bins can also come in different types for example; mixed heavy, green waste, soil and dirt and general waste.
General waste examples include Light domestic waste, Light construction waste, office waste.
Examples of mixed heavy waste include; domestic, commercial, demolition, construction and renovation material.
Clean fill/hard fill skip bins can accommodate concrete, bricks, rock and ceramic tiles.
A green waste skip bin can take the following waste materials; grass, leaves, tree trimmings, small branches, weeds and bark.
Sometimes there are suppliers who have skip bins that are dedicated to just soil and dirt.
Some bins have a maximum load capacity, mixed heavy skip bins are designed to take really heavy loads so generally do not come with a restriction.
Often skip bin companies will also restrict what can and can not be dumped into their bins. Here is a list of examples of what is often not acceptable:
We have aggregated costs from multiple Australian suppliers and listed those costs below. We have based our costs on a skip bin for suitable for mixed Heavy waste for 1 full day hire.
Bin Size: 2m3,
regular price 343.2 AUD
our lowest price (inc gst) is 286 AUD
Bin size: 3m3
Prices range from $388.00 AUD to $465.600 AUD (including GST)
Bin size: 4m3
Prices range from $429.00 and $514.00 AUD (including GST)
Bin size: 5m3
Prices range from $561.00 AUD to $673.2 AUD (including GST)
Bin size: 6m3
Prices range from $633.00 AUD to $759.6 AUD (including GST)
Bin size: 7m3
Prices range from $704.00 to $844.8 AUD
Bin size: 9m3
Prices range from $939.00 AUD to 1126.00 AUD including GST
Bin size: 10m3
Prices range from $1350AUD to $1620 AUD including GST
Bin size: 12m3
Prices range from $1275.00 AUD to $1530.00 AUD including GST
Bin size: 15m3
Prices range from $1581.00 AUD to $1897.2 AUD
Bin size: 17m3
Prices range from $1632.00 AUD to $1958.00 including GST
You may be able to receive a discount for "clean fill" such as 100 percent concrete. If you are having metal roofing or any other type of metal scraps removed, the skip bin may not cost you anything. The skip bin company will sell it to recoup the cost. You may need to pay more for the removal of unusual or dangerous items, such as insulation and mattresses. Some items, such as asbestos, batteries, paint and tree stumps cannot be placed in a skip bin. If these items are found in the bin, you could incur a heavy fine.
The prices above are to give you a rough guide only. You'll have to get quotes from skip hire businesses to get an accurate quote. Your initial quote will only be as accurate as the information you give the skip bin hire company, so be sure to tell the businesses you get quotes from as many details about the type of rubbish you need to have removed. If you have any items you're not sure can be placed in the bin, ask the company for their advice. They may be able to take them, but will probably add a surcharge for their disposal.
*Cost and prices in this article are indicative and should only be used as a guide. They also vary locally and are subject to market forces. This article was updated 27 May 2015 to reflect current market pricing.