10 Myths About Skip Bin Hire

10 Myths About Skip Bin Hire

Skip bins can be a great way to eliminate unwanted rubbish, but it’s important to understand how they work and what they’re meant for before hiring one. If you’re like most homeowners, you probably have many questions about skip bin hire in Brisbane or our surrounding service areas of Logan, and Redlands. Maybe you’re not sure whether you need a skip bin or what size bin to hire.

Many people believe that there are several myths and misconceptions about skip bin hire. These myths can often stop people from hiring a skip bin, unnecessarily filling up their garbage bags and taking them to the local landfill.

So in this post, we’ll dispel some of the most common skip bin hire myths and misconceptions.

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Myth 1 – Skip bin hire is expensive

Truth – skip bin hire is cheaper than you might think. The skip bin industry is highly competitive, which means skip bins typically come with very reasonable prices if you shop around.

There are two ways you can go about skip bin hire, you can hire skip bins billed by size, or you can hire skip bins billed by the amount of waste placed into them. Hiring skip bins that are billed by the amount of waste placed into them, such as skip bins offered by 4 Waste Removals, can often be much cheaper.

For example, typically, you hire a 5m3 skip bin, and a 5m3 is delivered. However, if you underestimate how much rubbish you have, you then have to hire a second skip bin, which can be a very costly mistake. However, you won’t face such a problem by choosing a company that bills based on the amount of waste entered into the skip bin. Rather, you can continue filling the skip bin till you have loaded all your waste, and the difference will be marginal. So you won’t be hit with additional costs to have another skip bin delivered, which can save hundreds!

Myth 2 – You have to wait a long time for a skip bin to be delivered

Truth – skip bin delivery times are usually very quick. In most cases, skip bins can be delivered within 24 hours of you calling them, or even less!

Of course, skip bin hire is a service that requires the skip bin company to make several logistical arrangements. However, skip bin companies have their operations set up so that skip bins can be delivered quickly, thanks to the many skip bin vehicles they have.

For example, at 4 Waste Removals, our drivers based in Logan, Brisbane Southside, and Redlands ensure prompt service. And we have a fleet of trucks and skip bins, so we never run the risk of being fully booked, leaving customers to wait for a skip bin to become available before we can deliver it.

Myth 3 – The size of the skip bin is not adjustable

Truth – in most cases, this is correct, but not with 4 Waste Removals. As mentioned in Myth 1, we bill based on the amount of waste loaded into our skip bins and not on the size of the skip bin. Therefore, we have a flexible and adjustable skip bin hire service.

Regardless of what size skip bin you hire, we will deliver either a 6m3 or 8m3 skip bin. If you hired a 2m3 skip bin, you simply fill it to the 2m3 mark. However, if you need a bigger bin, you don’t have to order a costly second bin; you simply continue filling the skip bin to the desired fill level. We then charge you only the difference in hire costs and not the full cost of hiring a second skip bin.

Myth 4 – The skip bin will fill up quickly, and you’ll have to call again soon

Truth – skip bin hire is a simple and easy-to-understand service. There’s no chance you’ll have to call again soon because skip bins are designed in such a way that they can accommodate a fairly large amount of waste. Unless, of course, you grossly underestimated how much rubbish you have to get rid of. In this case, it won’t be an issue if you hire a skip bin from 4 Waste Removals. Refer to Myth 3 to understand why.

Skip bins are specially designed to ensure maximum capacity. This means skip bins generally only need to be filled once, and they can take a fair amount of waste before you have to call again. Moreover, if you understand how to load a skip bin to maximise capacity, you can eliminate air pockets to ensure you get your money’s worth.

The skip bin size doesn’t affect the fill time; skip bins up to 6m3 can often fill in less than two hours, whereas skip bins with higher capacities may take longer.

Myth 5 – You can’t use a skip bin if you live in an apartment complex

Truth – skip bins can be used in and around apartment buildings, even if you live in an apartment. If your skip bin needs to be stored within an apartment complex, there is no problem. Just be sure to get approval from the apartment manager before placing an order.

When you hire skip bins from 4 Waste Removals, we will always ensure the skip bin placement is safe and secure for all residents. Our skip bins and 2-tonne trucks are much smaller than typical skip bin delivery trucks, which means they’re able to maneuver around tight and confined spaces with relative ease.

Myth 6 – Skip bins accept all waste materials

Truth – skip bins can only accept certain types of waste. That’s why skip bin hire is a service that must be used responsibly.

When you skip a skip bin, remember the skip bin company will have to remove all your waste at some point. Therefore, you should use skip bins responsibly and not place hazardous or illegal materials into them.

Each skip bin hire company will likely have a different policy in terms of waste materials also. So it’s important not to assume they are all the same. For example, 4 Waste Removals only accepts light residential waste and will not accept any heavy construction waste that is acceptable in typical skip bins. This includes furniture, mattresses, and other common household waste.

Please read our Terms and Conditions to understand the waste materials we do and do not accept. We are very strict on our policy, and failure to abide by our waste material rules will result in non-collection.

Myth 7 – Skip bins are only for commercial properties

Truth – skip bins can be for any residential property

Commercial skip bin hire typically attracts higher fees due to higher waste volumes (and acceptable waste materials). However, skip bin services are also used by homeowners and are typically cheaper to hire than commercial skip bins due to the limited accepted waste materials (see Myth 6).

Some skip bins, including our range at 4 Waste Removals, are specially designed only for residential use. For example, they offer easy walk-in access (see Myth 8), are smaller in size, and are designed to cater towards household junk and garden waste. Their smaller size allows them to be placed in small areas such as garages and driveways.

Myth 8 – Skip bins are hard to load

Truth – skip bins are easy to load, especially if you hire 4 Waste Removals’ walk-in skip bins.

While industrial/commercial skip bins can be challenging to load, especially when it comes to large, heavy items, this certainly isn’t the case with our skip bins.

Our skip bins are walk-in skip bins, meaning they are designed with ease of use in mind. There is no need for any complicated waste removal and no straining to lift large, heavy items. This is because our skip bins have an easy-to-access read door that swings open to prove complete access. This allows you to walk into the skip bin or even use a wheelbarrow or removalists trolly to easily wheel items into the skip bin.

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Myth 9 – A Skip bin will damage your driveway or garden

Truth – skip bins can be placed anywhere on most properties

Skip bin placement is a hot topic for many skip bin hire customers. They’re often concerned about whether skip bins will damage their driveway, grass or garden.

This is certainly not the case when you know how to choose the right skip bin company (see Myth 5). Our skip bins and delivery trucks are smaller than traditional skip bins. As such, when empty, they won’t damage a driveway. However, remember that if you plan to put heavy items into the skip bin, it may be safer to place the skip bin on the road or nature strip. This will avoid any potential driveway damage. (Note, our skip bins have a weight limit, and additional charges will apply if the weight exceeds our allowance).

Myth 10 – You need to be at home when your skip bin is delivered

Truth – skip bin companies often don’t require that their customers are at home when skip bins are delivered.

While most skip bin companies deliver within a certain time frame, they usually don’t need the owner to be present. Therefore, the only homeowner must be present in a gated property, where gate access is needed to let the delivery driver enter.

However, if you’re not home, remember that the skip bin may end up in awkward positions, which can be inconvenient. So, it’s important to provide instructions on where you want the skip bin to be placed if you won’t be home at the time of delivery.

Skip bin hire can be a convenient way to remove waste from your home, but it can also be expensive if you don’t shop around for the best price.


As you can see, there are many myths about skip bin hire, all of which we have debunked. Skip bin hire can be convenient, affordable and safe when you skip the skip bin myths and skip the skip bin companies that employ those methods.

Skip bin hire is an excellent solution for residential and commercial rubbish removal needs. However, it’s important to ensure you pick a skip bin company (such as us at 4 Waste Removals) with walk-in skip bins and a small delivery truck to avoid any damage to your property.

Skip bins are available in a range of sizes, making them the perfect choice for any type of project. The skip bin can be delivered to your site within just 24 hours, so you don’t have to wait long before you start getting rid of all that unwanted waste.

Skip bin hire can also be expensive if you hire skip bins priced by the size of the skip bin rather than the amount of waste placed into the skip bin. By choosing skip bins that are billed by waste amount rather than size, such as those offered by 4 Waste Removals, you can avail of significant savings.

To find out more about skip bin hire in Brisbane, Logan, or Redlands, call us on 07 3343 3030 today!

*Please Note: Prices mentioned in this article may not be accurite at the time of publishing or viewing and will not be honoured. For current pricing, always refer to the prices quoted when ordering.

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