What Size Skip Bin Do I Need?

We often asked, “What is the right size of skip bin to choose and use?” But we realized that visualizing the differences of container sizes is difficult. While estimating the capacity of it is quite challenging, the tips and guide below can help you decide on this matter.

Consider the type of waste materials and the particular job of your skip bin. Is it for a regular household or a business establishment?

  • Think of it this way: a cardboard box that has the dimension of 1 m length, 1 m width and 1 m depth is equivalent to one cubic meter. How many cardboard boxes can handle the waste materials from your home or office? The size of a skip bin is always expressed in cubic meters (m³).
  • Some people find it easier to estimate using wheelie bins and trailer loads. A standard trailer measures 6 x 4 ft which most of us can picture. he volume of the trailer is also about one cubic meter. Hence, one should determine the number of trailers they need for their waste management.
  • The measurement of a wheelie bin is the most common comparison most people use. However, it also comes in various sizes. In general, every three 330-liter wheelie bin is almost equivalent to a cubic meter skip bin. From here, you can calculate how many liter of rubbish can fill your skip bins
  • Most bins have a “do not fill above top” label on them. It is illegal to fill it higher that the rim to prevent spillage during transportation. The amount of rubbish you can place in the bin depends on how you utilize the space. We suggest you cut the green wastes in smaller parts and minimize air space.

Other Guides

Consider the following comparisons a guide to make visualization easier.

  1. 10 microwave ovens are equal to a cubic meter.
  2. A 2-seater sofa approximately measures to two cubic meters.
  3. Six monoblock chairs and a table are roughly equal to three cubic meters.

Know that large skip bins also have weight restrictions so you cannot just dump any large item on it. An overfull bin is not possible to lift or carry. Likewise, you should check its capacity limitations and general safety to follow waste disposal guidelines set by your local government. The maximum safe lifting limit of a skip bin is 3 tons.

Experts also recommend using the skip bin that is one size bigger if you are still not sure. Most of us tend to underestimate the amount of waste we need to dispose of especially during general cleaning days.

Thus, you can always use that extra space in the bin. Likewise, you can avoid overfilling and additional costs if you’ll choose a bin that is one size larger. It is also helpful to make a list of the items you will be putting in the skip bin.

Now that you already have an idea on various sizes of skin bins, you need to estimate the amount of waste your household or commercial space will generate. You can opt for a 2m³- 3m³ for regular cleanup jobs. Some providers offer up to 6m³ and 8m³ skip bins which suit demolition jobs or moving to houses.

To calculate the amount of waste, pile it up and measure the width, height, and length of the stack. Multiple these three and you can have an estimate volume.

Fortunately, some companies also provide bin size calculator to help their customers decide accordingly. They also provide size guides, details and measurements of the services they offer.