If you’re new to hiring a skip bin you may begin your research with a trusty old Google search. Thousands across the nation each month are using the search engine to find “cheap skip bin hire near me”. We all love a good deal no matter what the economic climate! 

You may think it reasonable to assume that the cheapest advertised skip bin is in fact the best priced bin! It’s not rocket science. However, perhaps unsurprisingly to some, there are companies out there baiting new clients with low advertised prices and a myriad of hidden fees. 

There is no denying it, times are tough. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reports that over the twelve months to the March 2024 quarter, all Living Cost Indexes (LCIs) rose between 3.3% and 6.5%. The last thing you want is a bad taste in your mouth (and an empty wallet) because of a sketchy marketing campaign. 


The Cost of Hiring a Skip Bin. Prices Depends on Several Factors.

Hire prices depend on many factors like:

  • the size of the skip
  • the type of skip bin (site bin, or hook bin etc.)
  • the type of waste
  • the bin hire period
  • the waste management company you select

We have written a complete overview about the costs of hiring a skip bin around the Greater Brisbane area, which is the area served by Jumbo Skip Bins.


6 Risks of Cheap Skip Hire in Waste Removal Services

In this article of the Jumbo blog we are going to take a look behind the curtain to help you establish a true understanding of which skip bin company is really offering the most cost-effective hire solution based on your waste disposal needs, to help you select the right skip bin size for your clean-up, renovation, or construction project.


1. Lookout for Low Weight Limits

Weight limits on your skip bin are important! They are in place to ensure that our trucks can lift your bin safely upon collection. Overloading your bin presents the risk that the bin or truck may be damaged therefore overloaded bins will need the load reduced before the bin can be collected. 

Whilst Jumbo’s load limits are based on safety requirements, some companies will lower the limits so that additional charges are incurred bringing their margins back to where they need them. 

If you’re shopping around doing price comparisons, it’s an important question to ask specifically about the size of the bin (which is usually expressed in cubic metres) and its respective weight limits, so that you know whether you are comparing apples for apples. A mini skip for example might come very low weight limits.


Related: How Big is a Skip Bin?


2. Overly Restricted Waste Types

Be aware that affordable skip bin hire companies often restrict the type of waste that you can put in the bin. 

Across the industry, there are items which are disallowed in skip bins for safety reasons. You can review our previous blog on disallowed items which includes a list of the places that you can safely dispose of disallowed and dangerous items in the most environmentally conscious way. 

Outside of this list, some companies may go further and limit waste to general household waste and exclude categories like concrete and demolition as well as green waste. Opting for a skip hire service that accepts a broad range of waste types ensures greater convenience and flexibility.


Related: What Can I Put into a Skip Bin?


3. Unadvertised Cartage Charges and Fuel Levies 

When booking a skip, you are right to assume that delivery is included in the cost – in most cases! Some of the companies advertising cheap skip bins add charges for transport and delivery beyond a specific mileage distance. 

It’s a good idea to clarify that there are no additional fees that will be incurred based on your drop off location.

Hidden costs of cheap skip bin hireRisks of Cheap Skip Bins. Photo Credit: Alina Grubnyak. 


Related: How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Skip Bin?


4. Is the Quote GST Inclusive or Exclusive? 

At Jumbo GST is included in all of our advertised prices as we believe in full transparency. We are aware that there are advertisers excluding GST to hook new customers. Before you book what appears to be the best priced skip bin, make sure to ask the question!


Related: 5 Benefits of Choosing Skip Bin Hire


5. Will You Pay an Environmental Levy on Top? 

On 1 July 2019 the Queensland Government introduced a levy on waste received at all Queensland landfills. The intention behind this is to encourage a circular economy and recycling at material recovery facilities with minimising waste being sent to landfill. 

At larger reputable companies, these tipping costs are included in the advertised cost of your skip bin. Again, we have found that some of the skip bin hire companies advertising cheap skip hire are adding the charge as an additional cost. 

The waste levy is our final tip to help you ensure you are getting an accurate quote on the true cost of the skip bin you are about to book. 


Related: 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring a Jumbo Skip Bin?


6. Liability Costs if the Provider is Underinsured

Hidden liability costs may arise if the chosen provider doesn’t have an adequate insurance in place. If something goes wrong when delivering or picking up the bin causing property damage, driveway or road damage etc., it could leave you liable of paying damage costs. Costs might also be related to careless accidents leading to personal injuries. Make sure to read the terms and conditions of the service, check if your skip bin provider has a full liability insurance and of which amount. 


Now it’s Time for you to Find the Best Skip for the Job – with Transparency! 

This blog was written to highlight the hidden costs of cheap skip bin hire and the risks of being hooked by companies without transparent pricing lists. 

We hope it’s a handy list to assist you as you do your price comparisons to find the best team for your job! 

To get a quote with Jumbo Skip Bins, who together with business partner Moreton Bay Recycling offers recycling and responsible waste management services, visit our booking page, give us a call on 1800 458 626 or e-mail [email protected]