Skip bin sizes: What size do I need?

Skip bin sizes: What size do I need?

Are you looking to hire a skip bin but not quite sure what skip bin size you need? To choose an appropriately sized skip bin, you need to be able to estimate the amount of waste you have on hand – but this isn’t an easy task, especially for the average mum or dad. I know this can be confusing. However, you need not worry – I’m here to help you out.

As a skip bin supplier myself, in this article I will provide some handy tips on how you can understand what skip bin size you need. I will also let you in on a little secret, with 4 Waste Skip Bins, we make life easy. You don’t even have to estimate your rubbish, as ours are “one-size-fits-all”. Listen up!

Approximating skip bin sizes

I’m often asked by customers what is the approximate capacity of a skip bin. Skip bins across most service providers are offered in different sizes and indicated in cubic metres (m³). If cubic metre does not make much sense to you, then there is another way you can approximate the size of a skip bin. 1 cubic metre is approximately the same size as a standard trailer load. So, if your skip provider offers you a 6m³ skip bin, it will be able to hold about 6 trailer loads of waste. This is one of the simplest ways of understanding skip bin sizes.

Estimating the amount of waste

Great! Now you have an idea of how skip bin sizes are measured. However, this does not answer the question of what skip bin size will be suitable for your needs. To find an answer, you need to estimate the amount of waste you have on hand. The best way to do this is to pile up all your rubbish into a large heap and approximately measure the length, width and height of your heap. Once you have these measurements, multiply them to arrive at the total volume of rubbish. For example, if you have raked up a heap of leaves measuring 1.5m in length, 1.2m in width and 1m in height, the total volume = 1.5 x 1.3 x 1 = 1.95m³. A 2m³ skip bin size should be ideal to collect the waste in this case. This is one really simple way you can estimate waste amounts and calculate what skip bin size you need. Always remember to keep a little extra space when choosing a skip bin size just in case you have more waste to get rid of.

4 Waste skip bin sizes

At 4 Waste Removals, we understand that choosing skip bin sizes can be a confusing task for most people. As such, we have a simple solution in place – 4 Waste Skip Bins come in only two size options for you to choose from. We offer 6m³ and 8m³ skip bins and you simply need to choose one of these two sizes. All 4 Waste Skip Bins feature grading to indicate different fill levels, ranging from 2m³, 3m³ and so on, up to 8m³. For most purposes, our 6m³ skip bin should be suitable for regular clean-up jobs, while for demolitions or moving of houses, our 8m³ skip bin will be more than sufficient. If you have only a little amount of waste to get rid of, do not worry. We charge you only for the amount of rubbish you fill into the bin and not for the entire bin itself. Thus, with 4 Waste Skip Bins, if you order a 6m³ skip and end up using only 4m³ of space, you will be charged only for 4m³. Our unique skip bins make it incredibly simple for you to make a choice. There’s no need to accurately estimate rubbish and there’s no need to choose a skip bin size. Simply hire our junk skip bin and remove your waste easily and effectively. This flexibility is not offered by any other service provider in Brisbane.


Before you book a skip bin, you should first understand what skip bin size is suitable for you. One way to understand skip bin sizes is that a 1m³ skip bin is equivalent to one trailer load. In order to calculate what skip bin size you need, you need to calculate the volume of your rubbish. Pile up your rubbish and measure the length, width and height of the pile. Multiply these three measurements to arrive at the volume of rubbish you have and then choose a skip bin accordingly. Alternatively, you can hire 4 Waste Skip Bins to avoid all these hassles. Our skip bins come in only two sizes – 6m³ and 8m³ and these are sufficiently large to handle most clean-up jobs. Don’t worry if you only have a little amount of rubbish to get rid of. We charge only on the basis of the amount of rubbish you fill into the bin and not for the entire bin itself.

Contact us to hire a skip bin today, or book your skip online. We offer same day delivery in Brisbane and our skips are available on a standard 7 day hire basis. Best of all, our services are incredibly affordable. So give us a call 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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