If you are new to the industry you may be wondering, ‘How big is a skip bin?’ It’s one of the most frequently asked questions we get from customers making a hire for the first time. And it’s a great place to start!

You’ve definitely seen skip bins around town, perhaps at a home renovation or construction site. Maybe on the front lawn of a neighbour’s home while they get that new pool installed – jealous! But I’m guessing you haven’t stopped to take a good look at exactly how much wasted is packed into a bin.

Don’t worry – we are here to help and set you on the right path.

The long and the short of it is that skip bins come in a huge range of sizes. We have bins to suit the needs of all customers whether you be cleaning out your home or building a new one. There are also a number of bin types – we’ll get to this later. Let us explain.

Bin Sizes 

At Jumbo our skip bins range from a small size of 2m cubed to as large as 20m cubed. 

  • Regular skip bins come in the smaller sizes – 2m to 10m cubed. 
  • Hook bins are larger and are a great option for construction sites. At Jumbo our Hook bins range from 10 m to 20 m cubed.
Row of 15 m hook bins

 

If you want to learn more about hook bins to know if they are right for your job, click here. We have previously written a detailed blog to help you out. 

What fits in a bin? 

So now that we have the sizes covered – let’s paint you a picture. 

As a guideline, 1 Cubic Meter ≅ 4 Wheelie Bins ≅ 10 Std Wheelbarrow Loads ≅ 1 standard box trailer worth of rubbish. 

Our website has epic graphics to help you visualise each size. Just click the bin size you are looking at to view more detail. 

  • A 2m skip bin is approximately equal to 2 enclosed trailers or 8 regular wheelie bins.
  • A 3m skip bin is approximately equal to 3 enclosed trailers or 12 regular wheelie bins.
  • A 4m skip bin is approximately equal to 4 enclosed trailers or 16 regular wheelie bins.
4m skip bin dimensions
  • A 6m skip bin is approximately equal to 6 enclosed trailers or 24 regular wheelie bins. 
  • An 8m skip bin is approx equal to 8 enclosed trailers or 32 regular wheelie bins. 
  • A 10m skip bin is approx equal to 10 enclosed trailers or 40 regular wheelie bins. 
  • A 10m hook bin is approximately equal to 10 box trailers or 40 regular wheelie bins. 
  • A 12m hook bin is approximately equal to 12 box trailers or 48 regular wheelie bins. 
  • A 15m hook bin is approximately equal to 13 box trailers or 60 regular wheelie bins.
  • A 20m hook bin is approximately equal to 20 box trailers or 80 regular wheelie bins.

If you are considering one of our smaller skip bins, consider how many large items need to go into the bin. This will help you get a feel for the right size.  

For example – for household clean ups if you are disposing of a couch, fridge, washer/dryer or mattresses then you will need to hire a larger bin (6m recommended).But if you only had a few of these items you could size down a little. The more you can disassemble items before disposal, the more you will fit into the bin. 

For larger jobs, construction for example, you’ll be looking for a larger size regular skip or a hook bin. You may be interested in our specialised bins (read about them here).

Looking for the specific dimension?

   

Length 

Width

Height

2m skip bin

Internal 

1.8m 

1.5m 

0.95m 

External 

1.9m 

1.7m 

1m 

3m skip bin

Internal 

2.4m

1.5m

0.95m

External 

2.5m

1.7m

1m

4m skip bin

Internal 

3.2m

1.5m

0.95m

External 

3.3m 

1.7m 

1m

6m skip bin

Internal 

3.6m 

1.5m

1.25m

External 

3.7m

1.7m

1.3m

8m skip bin

Internal 

4m

1.5m

1.5m

External 

4.1m

1.7m

1.55m

10m skip bin

Internal 

4.2m

1.7m

1.5m

External 

4.3m

1.9m

1.55m

10m hook bin

Internal 

4.5m

2m

1.2m

External 

5m

2.3m

1.45m

12m hook bin

Internal 

5.4m

2.1m

1.2m

External 

5.8m

2.4m

1.42m

15m hook bin

Internal 

5.6m

2.1m

1.5m

External 

6m

2.4m

1.72m

Picked your size?  Now remember that the truck will need space to deliver. 

It’s important not to just account from the skip bin dimensions, the truck used to deliver and pickup the skip will need to fit through your driveway (or the designated travel path). To prepare make sure that you measure your gate width, take note of any overhead obstructions and monitor the ground conditions or underground services that could be impacted – trucks are heavy.

Need some more help? 

This blog was written for those looking to hire for the first time and wondering exactly, how big is a skip bin? We trust you’ve got all the info to choose the right size for your job. Our expert team are of course on hand and always happy to help if you want some extra assurance.

Give us a call on 1800 458 626, or email [email protected]

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