What Size Skip Bin Do I Need?


When it comes to skip bin hire, it’s important to take the time to work out what size bin you’ll need. If the bin’s too small, you may not be able to fit everything and that means you’ll have to pay for a second bin or a second pick-up. If the bin’s too large, then you’re paying for extra space that you don’t need.

However, working out how much waste you have and what size bin you need is a little trickier than you might think. Most people tend to underestimate how much waste they will have and end up hiring a skip that’s too small.

We have a few tips to help you work out how much space you’ll need and what size skip you should hire.

What’s the project?

The work you’re doing will affect the size of the bin you need. If you’re only doing a small amount of garden landscaping you won’t need as large a (or as many) skip bins as you would if you were completely renovating a house.

Skip bins are a necessary part of a lot of home maintenance and repair jobs. You will likely need to hire one if you’re renovating or constructing a home, or even moving home. The last thing you want is to bring items you don’t need to your new property.

Before hiring a bin, think about exactly what you’re going to do and estimate how much and what kind of rubbish will be disposed of. Green rubbish like branches, lawn clippings and other garden waste will condense down, so you can fit in quite a lot. If you’re emptying a house, on the other hand, bulky items like furniture and appliances can be compacted and will take up a lot of space.

What bin sizes are available?

Skip bin hire companies generally provide bins in a range of sizes (measured in cubic metres). Standard skip bin sizes range from two to 31 cubic metres. It’s unlikely, however, that for most residential projects you’ll need anything bigger than 20 to 25 cubic metres.

When it comes to estimating your rubbish, it helps to know the general cubic measurements of some standard household items. For instance, your average armchair is about one cubic metre, whereas a two-seat sofa is about two cubic metres. Two cubic metres is roughly the size of eight standard wheelie bins.

If you’re doing a small garden clean-up, it’s unlikely you’ll need anything over four cubic metres. On the other hand, if you’re renovating part or most of your house, you’ll want a bin that is somewhere between eight to 20 cubic metres. The final size will depend on the level of renovations and what you’re disposing of.

Since most people underestimate how much rubbish they will be disposing of, it’s recommended that you go one size bigger than you think you need. It’s better to have a little space left over than to try. It’s also worth remembering that you can’t overfill skip bins. Most companies will refuse to pick up a bin that’s overloaded for safety and weight capacity reasons.

What are you disposing of?

Bin hire companies have clear rules about what can and can’t be put into specific skip bins. Bin hire is generally split into three categories: green waste, construction waste and household waste. This is done so the different waste can be disposed of properly. While green waste can generally be composted, there are more strict rules about the disposal of construction waste.

Choosing the right skip bin for the job doesn’t need to be difficult. All you need to do is think about the size of your job and what you’re getting rid of. If in doubt, get a size bigger than you think you need.