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What Size of Skip Bin Do You Need?

Planning on doing a clean-up around the house or office? For large jobs, you might consider hiring a skip bin, which is undoubtedly one of the most efficient and cost-effective ways to dispose of large quantities of waste. But if you don’t regularly hire skip bins, it can be challenging to figure out or visualise which size is appropriate. It is the service provider’s job to assist you in this, but ultimately they’ll be guessing how much waste you’re dealing with unless of course they come and see it on site.


This article will help you in your decision-making process when you’re looking to hire a skip bin and discuss what kind of jobs different sized bins are appropriate.


Always Play It Safe

The difficulty is that even when you have all the facts, you can end up with significantly more or less waste than you would’ve thought. Often it’s advisable to hiring a skip bin when you’re demolition or remodelling or tackling large gardening jobs. If you’re knocking down a wall and pulling out the deck, it can be very tricky to figure out how much waste this will produce once its all said and done.


That’s why we’d suggest that for these kinds of jobs, assume that you’ll wind up with more than you initially thought. It’s not ideal to have excess waste lying around after you’ve filled up the skip bin you’ve rented. Hiring a slightly larger bin isn’t going to cost you all that much more, and it’ll save from having to deal with this. See our collection of available bin sizes.


Dealing with Waste in Common Jobs

The article touched on a couple of typical jobs that may require you to call up your local skip bin hire an expert to get the solution for your waste management. Let’s take a look at a few more and our approximation of what size bin will suit your needs.

Moving house is a good reason as any to go through your old things and throw out what you don’t need. This can produce a tremendous amount of waste, and it’s quite common to get a relatively smaller sized skip bin to take care of this. It will depend on how much of a clean-up you’re planning on doing. If you’re going to be throwing out furniture and large items that can’t be compressed, you’re the best bet is a 6 cubic metre skip. If only you’re dealing with general rubbish items such as old toys, paper waste and the like, you should be fine with a 3 cubic metre skip.

With kitchen renovations, we’re generally talking about bench tops, cabinets, possibly tile flooring and cooking items such as the stove and oven. Unsurprisingly, they can be tricky to predict given the varied size and materials used in kitchens. However, in our experience, the most common skip bins used for this kind of work are on the smaller size, such as 3-4 cubic metres.

Bathroom renovations are entirely predictable given that they are generally similar in size and the materials used. Usually, you’ll be dealing with cabinets, wall and floor tiles, a bathtub, a basin and the bathtub. A 3 cubic metre skip bin should get the job done.

Gardening jobs vary greatly. If you’re removing shrubbery and smaller size trees, you should be fine with a skip bin on the small side - 3 or 4 cubic metres. Garden waste management of this nature can usually be compressed to make more space in the skip bin. However, if you have a large tree cut down in your property and want to dispose of the timber, you may be looking at something significantly more substantial.

As mentioned these kinds of jobs can be difficult to predict, but generally following the guidelines above will put you in a good position and make a solid starting point. If you are still confused about which size of bin you need to hire, this bin size calculator can do the job for you. As always, if you’re looking for a quality waste removal service in Melbourne,contact with the waste management specialists at Metropolitan Bin Hire.

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