Mini Skip Hire – All Your Questions Answered!

Mini Skip Hire – All Your Questions Answered!

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If you’re looking for affordable rubbish removals options, then mini skip hire should be at the very top of your list. Mini skip hire is much like standard skip hire, with a few differences. The most significate difference being the size of the skip.

As the name suggestions, mini skips are smaller in size, which makes them an ideal rubbish removal option for home residential waste. They’re handy for junk and garden removal, amongst other things, and are very cost-effective.

To find out more about mini skips and mink skip hire, continue reading this article. As a leading mini skip bin supplier in Brisbane, I am well equipped to provide answers to the most common mini skip questions. The answers will arm you with everything you need to know to decide whether or not mini skip hire is the right rubbish removal option for your needs.

What is mini skip hire suitable for?

As mentioned above, mini skip hire is ideal for residential use. Mini skips are smaller in size, which means they are more accessible to position on a property, and therefore, in most case, they don’t require a permit. Yet, they are large enough to fit most rubbish generated from a residence –including junk waste and garden waste (which I get into further down in the article).

In addition to being suitable for residential use, they are also convenient for business use and small renovation projects.

What’s the difference between mini skip hire and standard skip hire?

Mini skip hire is very much the same as standard skip hire – the principle is the same; you hire the skip, the skip arrives, and you have ‘x’ amount of days to fill it before the skip hire company comes to collect it.

What sets mini skip hire apart is the size of the skip and what you can place in the skip. Mini skips get their name due to their smaller stature. Unlike standard skips, which can range up to 31m3, mini skips typically range from 2m3 to just 6m3 in size.

Mini skips are often made from less-robust steel than standard skips and are not designed to facilitate the collection of heavy building materials.

How big are mini skips?

As mentioned above, mini skips generally range for 2m3 to 6m3 in size. In most cases, you simply choose the size, and that size skip will be delivered. However, this isn’t the case with our mini skip hire service.

At 4 Waste, regardless of the size you hire, a 6m3 will be delivered. Our skip bins are marked with fill levels to identify 2m3, 3m3, 4m3, 5m3 and 6m3’s so you don’t go over. However, the beauty of our services is; if you hire a 4m3 skip and realise you actually needed a 6m3 skip, you don’t have to hire a second skip, which will cost a lot more. You can simply keep filling the skip and just pay the difference at time of collection.

In terms of physical size, typical mini skips are as follows:

  • 2m3 mini skip – 1.8 (l) x 1.4 (w) x 1m (h)
  • 3m3 mini skip – 2.4 (l) x 1.4 (w) x 1m (h)
  • 4m3 mini skip – 2.8 (l) x 1.4 (w) x 1m (h)
  • 6m3 mini skip – 3.2 (l) x 1.4 (w) x 1.5m (h)

The mini skips that we provide here at 4 Waste Removals, which hold up to 6m3 of waste, measure 3m (1) × 1.8m (w) × 1.2m (h).

What can you put in a mini skip?

Mini skip bins are very versatile in terms of what you can put in them, but they do not accept all waste types. It’s vital to understand the hire terms before commencing a mini skip hire.

What you can put in a mini skip will differ from supplier to supplier, but generally speaking, mini skip bins accept household waste. This includes the likes of general junk, old and broken furniture, white goods, appliances, mattresses, electrical goods such as TVs, DVD players, computers, and light renovation waste such as doors, cupboards, wardrobes, sinks, basins etc. Some mini skips, ours in particular, accept garden waste and may even have a separate green waste service.

To see what you can place in a 4 Waste Removals’ mini skip, click here and refer to the items lists as “permitted” under that heading, ‘Waste Alliance’.

What can’t you put in a mini skip?

Knowing what you can’t put in a mini skip is probably more important than knowing what you can. Again, this will differ from supplier to supplier, but generally speaking, mini skip bins don’t permit heavy construction waste or any hazardous waste materials. This includes the likes of asbestos, tiles, concrete, bricks, carpet and carpet underlay. Tyres, bulk rubber and paper are also prohibited.

To see what you can’t place in a 4 Waste Removals’ mini skip, click here and refer to the items lists as “not permitted” under that heading, ‘Waste Alliance’.

What is the mini skip hire period?

The hire period of mini skips may also differ from provider to provider. However, mini skip hire is likely to be a five or 7-day hire period, which includes the drop-off/collection day.

If an extended hire period is required, it can be arranged easily with the skip provider. For example, here at 4 Waste Removals, we charge a small additional fee of $24 per day of extra hire. Just call our office before the due collection date to request an extension.

Do I need a permit to hire a mini skip bin?

The permit requirements of a mini skip are the same as those of a standard skip. Permits pertain to not the skip itself, but where the skip is placed during the time of hire and may be required if you intend to have the skip placed on the road, a footpath or other council land such an easement or a bordering parkland.

Apply for and obtaining a permit is the sole responsibility of the customer and not the mini skip provider.


Mini skip bins are a cost-effect rubbish removal option for many applications. They are suitable for getting rid of household waste, including junk and garden waste, along with business waste, such as old desks, filing cabinets, computers and other electrics.

Although similar to standard skips, the most significant difference of mini skips is their size and permitted waste types. What distinctly defines a mini skip, though, is size. Mini skip bins are those in the 2m3 to 6m3 range. Their smaller stature means they are not suitable for heavy commercial waste, and there are strict policies in place in terms of what you can and can’t put in them.

Most mini skip bins are available on either a 7-day or 7-day hire, and although smaller than standard skips, a council permit is likely required if you plan on placing the skip on council land.

If you’re looking for top-value mini skip hire service in Brisbane, look no further than 4 Waste Removals. Our ‘one-size-fits-all’ mini skip hire service offers a unique approach to hiring skip bins, which can save you a lot of money. Contact us today on 07 3343 3030 or via reaching out to us via our Contact page.

*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.