What Size Skip Bin Do I Need?

How Do I Know What Size Skip Bin To Choose?

Everyone has faced this common problem – choosing the right size skip bin. Where do you start? What should I consider? How will I know if the size is enough for my project?

Don’t worry – it is easier than you think!

With just a few steps, you can get to the answer of which skip bin size is best for your job. Then all you will need to work out is how much will it cost? So read on to find out how!

Our Number #! Tip

We strongly recommend choosing one size bigger. We often see customers underestimating the amount of rubbish they need to dispose of.

Bathroom renovation

Tackling that bathroom revamp can feel so satisfying. But then there’s all the waste. Typically, bathroom renovations generate a large amount of non-hazardous domestic rubbish including items such as tiles, sinks and toilet bowls which can be difficult to move in bulk.

For most bathroom renovations, a 2-3 cubic metre skip bin should do the job nicely.

Moving house (small cleanup)

Getting ready for a big move and need to get rid of some clutter? You’ll likely have old furniture and household items you no longer need. Moving house usually generates a number of items that need to be disposed of which includes bulky pieces of furniture such as couches, wardrobes and assorted knick-knacks.

In this case, a 4-6m³ skip bin is recommended for small clean-ups when moving house.

For larger cleanups and removing items like whitegoods, exercise equipment, bikes and years of junk you may need a 8 – 12m³ skip bin.

Kitchen renovation

Out with those outdated cabinets and benchtops! Kitchen reno waste can include cupboards, and even flooring materials. Kitchen renovations also involve disposing of old cabinets and appliances plus any excess packaging from new items. These materials alone can fill up 2m³ of space quickly. So it’s recommended to opt for a minimum 6m³ skip bin using this kind of project. They they have greater capacity than the ordinary 2 or 3 cubic metres bins available on the market today.

A 6-8 cubic metre skip would fit your kitchen waste without breaking a sweat *(or your back).

Building or Renovating

With bigger projects like building or extensive renovations come greater amounts of waste such as bricks, timber or metal scraps. They may require more intensive waste disposal needs. Materials often needing to be separated into different categories for recycling such as timber, glass and plastics. This is due to varying sizes and weights it would be best to obtain a larger bin.

For these jobs consider getting yourself a hefty 8-10 cubic metre skip. If you can find a company offering a 7m³ skip bin this should work perfect.

Garden clean ups

Giving your garden a good spruce up? When tidying up the garden, you’ll probably have a heap of green waste to get rid of. These skip bins should be filled with organic materials such as grass, branches and leaves and other organic matter.

This type of disposal requires a light yet voluminous bin. It is recommended to go for a 3m³ skip bin when doing your garden clean-up. If you are doing a larger cleanup, a 4-6 cubic metre skip should have you sorted.

Deceased Estate

Managing the clean-up of a deceased estate can be emotional and overwhelming. You’ll face furniture, general household items and sometimes sadly forgotten treasures. During deceased estates there may be large items which require bulkier skip bins. If you are unsure what size of bin will fit all the materials, consider going for a larger size.

Anywhere from 6-12 cubic metre skip should make the process more manageable. This should be enough to contain most types of house hold items and also allows maximum convenience. But it really depennds on the size of the house being cleared.

Removing lawn or soil projects

For those getting their hands dirty with gardening or landscaping projects, you might need to remove excess soil or dead grassy patches. These jobs can generate a large amount of bulky material and weight. So it is recommended to go for a 7m³ skip bin as this size will have the capacity to store all your rubbish regardless of the type.

Excavation projects

For excavation waste removal such as rocks, dirt or sand from construction sites, you’ll need a bigger bin. These projects can produce huge mountains of soil, stone and gravel which usually require 21 tonne truck skip bins with payload capacity. They feature extra volume, reinforced lids and openings for easy dumping of materials outdoors.

These can vary in size from 9 – 18m³ so check which sizes best suit your project needs so you handle it all in one go.

Demolished brickwork or concrete

Dealing with heavy rubble from demolished walls or slabs? Removing demolished brickwork or concrete requires skips with heavier payloads. Waste like granite, rocks and other stone substances being present – this creates difficult disposal issues. It can be a real problem if not welcomed by the right sized bin!

Choose a sturdy 10-12 cubic metre skip for efficient removal of your load. These things are built for precisely that kind of job!

Just make sure you don’t overfill beyond its maximum allowance!

PRO TIP: Choose a size bigger thank you think. It will save you money


You see – finding the perfect size skip bin doesn’t need to be tricky.

All it takes is identifying the type of waste you’re dealing with. We hope following our guide help you make an informed decision and reap the benefits of hiring skip bins.

So, go ahead and dive into your next project with confidence. Whether it’s a major renovation or cleaning out the garden, get the right sized skip bin today – get that project done tomorrow!

Bring on that clutter-free life!