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What Size Skip Bin Do I Need?

What Size Skip Bin Do I Need?

What Size Skip Bin Do I Need?

If we breakdown what really matters when hiring a skip bin, more important than the shape, the company, or even the price, is the size. Hiring the right size skip bin is vital. It could be the difference between an affordable skip hire and a costly skip hire.

To ensure your skip hire remains affordable, then you need to get the size right – the first time! Failing to do so will mean one of two things; either you end up paying more for a bigger skip than you needed, or worse, you order a skip too small and then have to order a second skip. And, you’re much worse of in the latter case!

So, how do you choose the right size skip? Well, you need to know what size skip you need. To do this, you need to estimate how many square metres of waste or rubbish you need to get rid of because this is how skip bin sizes are measured.

As the owner of 4 Waste Walk-n Skip Bins, I’m just the person to explain how to go about doing this. Continue reading this article as I break this down for you in easy-to-follow conversions.

How to measure your waste

The key to choosing the right size skip bin is correctly estimating how much waste you have to get rid of. There are various ways to go about this.

If you want to get scientific, you can use a cubic metre calculator, such as this one here. To find out home many cubic metres of waste/rubbish you have, you need to have the measurements for the length, width and height of the pile of rubbish.

M3 = Length × Width × Height

If you have taken measurements in centimetres, then the equation would be:

M3 = Length × Width × Height ÷ 1,000,000.

If you don’t have a tape measure on hand, or you don’t have your rubbish together to form a pile, then you’re better to guestimate the cubic meterage. This is how I usually select a bin size.

You need to be able to visualise what a cubic meter looks like to guestimate how much waste/rubbish you have. This can be done easily by visualising a wheelie bin or trailer, whichever you are more familiar with.

1 M3 = 1 Standard Trailer or 4 Standard Wheelie Bins

If you think you have 4 trailers full of rubbish, then you have 4 M3 of rubbish. We have created a handy conversion table here that will help you with your guestimations.

Converting your waste into skip bin size

Knowing how much waste/rubbish you have, knowing what size skip bin you need is now straightforward: it’s a 1:1 ratio.

If you have  4 M3 of rubbish, then you need a  4 M3 skip bin.

Choosing skip bins based on size

As you are probably aware, skip bins are priced by size. Thus, as mentioned, get one too small or too big, and it will cost you. This is true for most skip bin providers in Brisbane, but not 4 Waste Walk-In Skip Bins.

Unlike other skip bin providers, we deliver the same size skip bin to each customer, regardless of what size they order. The benefit of this to you, the customer, is you only pay for the amount of waste/rubbish you place in our skip. Therefore, it really doesn’t matter what size skip bin you need or how much rubbish you have; you will only be paying for the amount of waste you have – no more, no less.


It’s important to choose the right size skip bin as it determines how much you will be charged for your skip hire. You don’t want to hire a skip bin that’s too big, nor do you want to hire one that’s too small. It needs to be perfect to get the best values for money.

To know what skip bin size you need, you need to know how much waste you have on hand. You can calculate this via a cubic metre calculator or via a guestimation. Either way, it will help to determine how much rubbish you have, which is a direct correlation to the size skip bin you need. If you have  4 M3 of rubbish, then you need a  4 M3 skip bin.

To hire the right size skip bin every time, choose 4 Waste Walk-In Skip Bins. Our skip bins feature unique billing to ensure you never get the wrong size skip bin. Call our office on 0413 333 330 to place an order or complete the following order form.

*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.