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What Really Fits in a Skip Bin? Common Household Rubbish Comparison Guide

When you are getting your bins ready for verge side collection, it is easy to make the mistake of choosing the wrong sized bin. If you are not familiar with the different household skip bin sizes, you could make an error when paying for skip bin hire. At Advance Waste Disposal, we provide 10 skip bins sizes ranging from 2m3 all the way to 30m3. However, which one is the right option for your needs?

In this guide, we condense your options into four distinct household bin sizes so you can determine which one you require. Please note, if you use our services, we ask you to specify the type of rubbish you wish to dispose of before using our skip bin hire. For instance, we don’t accept tyres, gas bottles, batteries, asbestos, paints or liquids or any other form of hazardous waste.  

1 – Small Bins for Tidying Up

We would classify a ‘small bin’ as being anywhere from 2-4 cubic metres. As a rule of thumb, you should get approximately 10 bin bags of waste material per cubic metre, but this can vary depending on the type of rubbish you are disposing of.

If you need skip bin hire for tidying up around the house, a small bin is your best bet. For instance, a bathroom renovation where you are disposing of old shower screens, tiles, a toilet and bath, curtain rail and the packaging your new bathroom goods were in, only needs a small household skip bin.

If you are moving to a new house and are only intent on throwing out general junk items, a small bin is also enough. In general, a small bin will do for a kitchen renovation, although the size of bin needed can vary according to the size of the kitchen. Waste normally includes bench tops, cabinetry, a dishwasher, wall tiles, floor coverings, a stove and packaging.

2 – Medium Bins for Clean Outs

We would suggest using a ‘medium’ sized household skip bin from 5-10 cubic metres if you are completely clearing out a property. Perhaps you have just purchased a building and have decided to get rid of most of its junk items. This includes white goods, exercise equipment and other items.

For residential rubbish removal involving garden waste, a medium sized bin is usually sufficient. You may believe that a small bin is sufficient, but you will be surprised at how much waste a garden produces. For example, branches don’t compact well, and unless you have the time and patience to cut them into smaller sizes, or even turn them into wood chips, then you might be better off investing in a slightly larger bin than initially anticipated.

3 – Large Bins For Moving House

Our large household skip bin hire range goes from 10-14 cubic meters, and we find that customers who are moving house see them as very useful. Moving home is a stressful experience so it is best if you can keep a few things within your control during the process. Hiring a residential rubbish removal company can prevent a few headaches.

As much as we would like to bring everything with us, it isn’t always possible or practical. Once you have decided what you want to keep, what you can sell, and what you can give away, you must determine the amount of waste you need to remove. It is definitely best if you ‘overestimate’ the size of the skip bin you hire!

We also recommend hiring a large bin if clearing up a deceased estate or building a new extension. When you add a new room to the home or extend an existing one, there is plenty of foundation work that must be removed before work even begins. As for clearing out a deceased estate, you will probably need a far bigger bin than you would if you were merely moving home.

4 – Extra Large Bins for Renovations and Home Projects

At Advance Waste Disposal, we offer household skip bin hire of up to 30 cubic meters. This should equate to approximately 300 standard sized bin bags, more than enough for practically any residential need. Indeed, our largest skip bins are usually hired by construction companies.

However, you may find that a supersized bin is necessary for detailed renovations and home improvement projects, especially those involving the garden. For example, you will be astonished at how much waste is produced when removing a lawn or undertaking any other project involving soil removal.

You can estimate the quantity by multiplying the length, width and depth of the area being removed. We recommend adding 30% to this estimate to allow for any inefficiency when packing the waste. If you use one of our household skip bins for removing a lawn, we must insist that the bin is only used to store sand or soil with no added materials.

It is the same situation when removing demolished concrete or brickwork. Once again, multiply the length, width and depth of the material to establish the volume. This time, however, add an extra 50%. For instance, if you multiply 3 x 2.5 x 2.2 meters, you get 16.5 cubic meters. Add an extra 8.25 cubic meters to allow for packing inefficiency. In the end, you will need a bin with a capacity of 24.75 cubic meters to fulfil your need.

Final Thoughts

When it comes to domestic bin hire, it is always best to err on the side of caution and go for a larger bin. It is far more common for individuals to underestimate the size of bin needed than to overestimate it. You’ll find that it might cost $100 to ‘upgrade’ a bin and $300 to hire an additional bin. It makes no sense to spend money on two small bins when a single larger bin will do the job for a couple of hundred dollars less.

If you need a household skip bin for verge side collection, get in touch with us today.