6 Interesting Facts About Skip Bins

6 Interesting Facts About Skip Bins

At 4 Waste Removals, skip bins are one of the most popular rubbish removal options with our Brisbane customers. I believe this is because of their versatility, affordability and efficiency and getting the job done. However, they also have a lot of interesting attributes as well.

You may be thinking, what could possibly be interesting about skip bins? Well, you might be surprised. We all know that they are primarily used to dispose of construction waste. However, there is much more to this handy item – and much more to know about them as well.

Continue reading this article as I outline X interesting facts about skip bins.

Skip bins were invented a century ago

According to this article from theguardian.com, the first skip-like container emerged in 1922, in Southport, UK, when Edwin Walker, a lorry manufacturer, got together with an engineer and developed a rubbish cart to dispose of commercial and residential waste.

The Australian skip bin industry is worth $3 billion

Our rubbish is worth more than you can imagine! According to the latest IBISWord statistics, published in June 2019, Australia’s Skip Bin Rental Industry pulls in $3 billion revenue each year. Moreover, it had an annual growth of 1.6% between 2014 and 2020.

There are more than 1000 skip bin companies in Australia

The same IBISWorld report states that there are currently 1,110 businesses in Australia’s Skip Bin Rental Industry, which employes 8,240 people.

There is more than one type of skip bin

It may appear as though all skip bins are the same and therefore, this is only one type, but that is no the case. According to Wikipedia, there are four types of skip bins; open skip bins, closed skip bins, roll-on skip bins and mobile skip bins.

You can find out more about types of skip bins here.

Skip bins can hold as much as 12 cubic metres

Skip bins can hold a significant quantity of waste – as much as 12 cubic metres, and even more in some cases. However, lorries that carry them are generally limited to carrying 8,000 kg of weight; including the weight of the skip bin and the waste.

Note: 4 Waste Removals’ skip bins are smaller in size and use a 2 tonne truck for transport. Therefore, we have a maximum weight allowance of 1,700 kg.

Skip bins are heavy, very heavy!

Wikipedia states that the average small skip bin weighs around 250 kg when empty. Assuming this is a 2 cubic metre skip, you can imagine the weight of a 12 cubic metre skip!


Skip bins are undeniably a convenient item for the disposal of construction waste. But beyond that, there is so much more to them, and also a lot more to know about them.

Skip bins originated a century ago in the UK. They have grown to become a multi-billion dollar industry in Australia, which employs over 8,000 people in more than 1,000 businesses. There are various types of skip bins available, which can hold an enormous amount of waste.

If you are looking for a reliable Brisbane skip bin company, then please consider us, 4 Waste Removals. We supply a holistic skip bin service across Brisbane Southside and pride ourselves in our great value skips and first-class service. Contact us to hire skip bins for your next project by calling 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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Green Waste Rules: No logs, stumps, palm Logs, whole trees, mulched trees, golden cane trunks, soil, or turf. Branches must be under 13cm diameter. All green waste must stay under the top rail of the Skip Bin, with nothing poking up.

General Waste Rules: No rocks, bricks, tiles, concrete, pavers, hard wood, paint, chemicals, tyres, carpet,mattress, soil, dirt, sand or hard fill. All general waste must stay under the top rail of the skip bin, with nothing poking up.