Q: What size skip bin do I need?
A: Not surprisingly, this is the question we are asked the most. The size of the skip you require depends on the amount of waste you have.
The skip bins come in different sizes and configurations. It is recommended that you check out the sizing on our “Skip Sizes” page, which details the dimensions and shows what each size looks like.
Keep in mind that you can only fill a skip bin level with the rim of the bin. If you overload the bin it will not be collected. Ignore the depiction of highly overloaded skip bins on television shows, they cannot be transported on the road like that.
Also, keep in mind how the rubbish or waste will be loaded into the skip bin. If you estimate that your brick bbq takes up 2 cubic metres of space in its built state, it wouldn’t fit in a 2 cubic metre skip bin once you demolish it, unless you load it brick by brick without any gaps! You would actually need a 3 cubic metre skip bin.
A lot of people think that a 4 cubic metre skip bin is 4 metres long, 4 metres wide and 4 metres high, or at least 4 metres long, but this is not the case. Apart from the fact that this wouldn’t fit on the back of a truck, the cubic metre sizing of our skip bins is the capacity it will carry and not an indication of how long the bin is. 4 cubic metres of space is the equivalent of 4 metres long by 1 metre wide and 1 metre high and the actual dimensions of the bin in our range comes in two different configurations as shown on our “Skip Sizes” page, so check that out first.
Q: Do I get a discount if I order more than one bin? Is there a pensioner discount?
A: To be perfectly honest, commercial discounts are only available to large commercial projects where we might service many bins in just one day, or at least many bins in any week. We endeavour to keep our prices as low as possible across all sectors, keeping in mind just how expensive waste depot charges are. The government levies all waste at $138.00 per tonne in our region. The reason the levy is in place is to encourage recycling. We do our best to divert as much waste from landfill as possible, but this is very manpower intensive and therefore just as costly.
Our prices are based on sending our truck out to deliver and collect your bin, the cost to process and dispose of the waste in the bin and hire on the skip bin. The price we pay to depots is set according to our annual volumes and we don’t get any further discounts, or discounts for pensioner’s waste and therefore no discounts to pass on to customers.
Q: How long can I keep the bin?
A: Standard hire on 2 and 3 cubic metre skip bins for domestic hire is five days. This can be extended to seven days as required at no additional cost, however, we usually find that five days is plenty to fill a small bin. We usually get calls to collect bins earlier rather than requests to keep longer.
Standard hire on 4, 6 and 8 cubic metre skip bins is seven days.
In extenuating circumstances we may allow an extra day or two if arranged prior to scheduled collection, otherwise, it is either $25.00 per day after the first seven days or each additional $125.00 week (we don’t charge for Saturday and Sunday as being extra days).
It is more cost effective to get all your waste together in one place and then get the skip bin in, rather than having it sit there whilst you rummage through your house picking bits and pieces to throw out. This way will also prevent your neighbours from filling up your skip bin whilst you aren’t looking. You can fill the bin and then get it picked up and out of the way.