Standard Skip Bin vs. Walk-In Skip Bin Comparison

Standard Skip Bin vs. Walk-In Skip Bin Comparison

Finding an affordable and convenient solution to removing large amounts of rubbish from a property or premises is made easy thanks to skip bins. There simply is no better way to remove rubbish, whether construction or renovation waste, old furniture and appliances, household junk, or garden waste. However, not all skip bins are the same. For example, there are two main types of skip bins in Brisbane Redlands/Bayside, Logan and Ipswich, standard skip bins and walk-in skip bins, and one may be better suited to your needs and rubbish than the other.

Choosing the right skip bin for your needs can have a significant impact on your hire experience. It can make it pleasurable or exhausting, or it can make it very costly in terms of associated fees. Therefore, it’s certainly worth exploring both types of skip bins to see which is the better choice for your upcoming hire.

4 Waste Walk-In Skip Bins, as our name suggests, specialise in walk-in skip bins, but we won’t let this affect our overview here today. If you need a standard skip bin over a walk-in skip bin, it’s also in our best interest to ensure you hire the correct skip for your needs.

So, without further ado, let’s compare standard skip bins with walk-in skip bins:

Standard skip bins

standard skip bin

Standards skip bins are the skip bins most picture in their head when they think of a skip bin; they feature four fixed walls, where only the rear wall is lowered and angled for loading. Standard skip bins come in many sizes but generally range in size from two cubic meters all the way up to thirty cubic meters, depending on the supplier. Size matters because standard skip bins are billed based on their size. If you hire a four cubic meter skip bin, a four cubic meter skip bin will be delivered. The price is also usually fixed unless you go over the terms of their hire, such as exceeding weight limits or trying to dispose of prohibited waste materials.

While this pricing structure is simple to follow, it can also be costly to the end-user. For example, if you hire a skip bin too small for your rubbish, you then have to hire a second skip bin which costs a lot more than it would have otherwise cost you if you hired the right size to start with. This is because you have to factor in the additional admin, delivery and collection fees. On the other hand, if you hire a skip bin that’s bigger than you need, you end up paying more than you needed to.

By design, as mentioned, standard skip bins have four fixed walls made from tough steel. Their design is robust and will withstand tonnes of pressure for waste. As such, standard skip bins are ideally suited to the building industry, where they are commonly used on construction and renovation sites. They accept most waste types, including heavy building materials such as concrete, cement, bricks, plasterboard, timber etc.

The main disadvantage of standard skip bins is their design, which offers no access for loading. You cannot walk or wheel items into a standards kip bin; you have to lift items over the skip walls. Even at the rear, where the wall is lower and angled, loading heavy items is challenging.

Moreover, lifting items into a standard skip bin creates air pockets, reducing the amount of rubbish you can load into the skip. You then have to literally climb over the skip’s wall, jumping into the skip bin to compress items and maximise space. This can be dangerous if nails and other sharp objects are in the skip.

Walk-in skip bins


Walk-in skip bins, such as those we offer here at 4 Waste Walk-In Skip Bins are similar to standard skip bins. However, they feature two significant differences.

First is their size. Our walk-in skip bins only come in two sizes, either six or eight cubic metres, but you can hire any size from 2m3 onwards. How this works is, rather than hiring based on the size of the bin, our walk-in skip bins are hired based on the amount of rubbish you think you need to get rid of. You can learn more about our unique billing structure here. Providing you underestimate the amount of rubbish you have; you’ll never pay too much for your skip bin hire; you’ll only pay for the amount of waste placed in your skips. As one skip fills, another is delivered, and you won’t be charged the additional admin and delivering and collection fees!

In addition to their size and how we price our walk-in skip bins, the design of our walk-in skip bins is also quite different. They only feature three fixed walls. The fourth wall is hinged to provide complete walk-in or wheel-in access to the rear without any obstruction. This feature is a significant benefit, especially when needed to dispose of large and heavy items that would otherwise be difficult to lift. They can be walked in with multiple people or wheeled in using a wheelbarrow or trolley, reducing the risk of any personal injury and maximising usable space. Because you can walk into the skip, items can be easily arranged to prevent air pockets. Therefore, you fit more into the skip and get better value for money from the skip.

The walk-in access provided by walk-in skip bins means they are less robust than standard skip bins and therefore, heavy building waste is not permitted. Walk-in skip bins are primarily designed and intended for residential use and only accept household items such as electronics, household appliances, white goods, furniture, toys, sports/gym equipment, sinks, baths, mattresses and barbecues. (See the complete list here)

Skip Bin Comparison Chart

Feature Standard Skip Bins Our Walk-In Skip Bins
Bin Sizes 2m3 – 30m3 6m3 & 8m3
Pricing Structure Billed by Skip Bin Size Billed by Volume of Waste
Access No Access Walk-in & Wheel-in
Waste Types Most, Including. construction waste Green waste, Limited Junk Waste – (see permitted waste list)
Suitable For All Applications Residential Applications


Skip bins are the best solution for removing large quantities of rubbish, waste, and junk from construction sites, businesses, and homes. However, some skip bins are better suited than others.

There are two main types of skip bins, standard skip bins and walk-in skip bins.

Standard skip bins are good all-rounder skip bins. They are suitable for all applications and accept the widest selection of waste types. They’re ideally suited to construction and building sites due to their robust design and acceptance of heavy building waste such as bricks, cement, concrete, timber, plaster etc. However, they have two major pitfalls. They generally offer no access, making loading of heavy items challenging, and they are billed based on the size of the skip, not the amount of waste placed into them. Therefore, you may end up paying more than you need to for your skip bin.

Walk-in skip bins are better suited for residential applications. They accept a more limited range of waste types, general household items such as old appliances and furniture, and do not accept heavy building waste. However, walk-in skip bins present two significate benefits over standard skip bins. Firstly, they provide walk-in and wheel-in access, making loading of heavy items effortless, and they are billed not based on the size of the skip but rather by the amount of waste placed in them. Therefore, you will never end up paying more than you have to for your skip bin hire.

If you feel a walk-in skip bin is better suited to your rubbish needs, then get in touch with the leading walk-in skip bin hire company in Brisbane, Redlands, Logan, and Ipswich; 4 Waste Walk-In Skip Bins. Call 0413 333 330 or hire a walk-in skip bin using the form below.



*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.


Green Waste Rules: No logs, stumps, palm Logs, whole trees, mulched trees, golden cane trunks, soil, or turf. Branches must be under 13cm in 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.