The best skip bin hire and rubbish removal companies in Canberra

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Yellow skip bin full of building waste.

The hiring of a skip bin can be a cost-effective way to remove bulk volumes of household waste material. Photo: Region Media.

The responsible removal of bulk waste from your home or office can be challenging. You’ll need to consider many factors when choosing how to dispose of unwanted material that isn’t allowed for regular waste collection. This includes legal, regulatory, environmental and financial factors.

If you’re clearing your backyard or garage, moving house or renovating, you’ll understand the value of hiring a skip bin hire or rubbish removal company. This includes for general household waste, building materials or green matter. It can also include hazardous substances such as asbestos, oils or chemicals which need to be disposed of in line with environmental regulations.

In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a skip bin hire or rubbish removal company, and share where to find the best in Canberra.

What makes a great skip bin or rubbish removal company?

Choosing the right skip bin hire or rubbish removal company can make disposing waste quick, easy, safe and cost-effective.

It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a skip bin hire or rubbish removal company.

  • Wide range of skips. You’ll want to choose a company that has a range of skip bins. You may only need a small one for household material. Or you might need a large one for building or renovation waste, or landscaping waste. Choosing a company with a range of size options, at different price points, means you’ll only pay for what you need.
  • Competitive pricing. Checking price plans on skip bin or rubbish removal company websites. Comparing costs will help you find a price that suits your budget.
  • Availability, delivery and pickup. Choose a company with a skip bin ready to be delivered when you need it. Bear in mind that skips are in hot demand and you may need to wait a few days. You’ll also want peace of mind by choosing a company that will collect your rubbish on time. This can be important if you’re moving house or renovating against a tight schedule.
  • Hidden costs. Make sure you know what you can dispose of and how much so you don’t get dinged with extra costs. Some skip bin hire or rubbish removal companies charge extra for materials such as concrete, toxic substances and car tyres. Others have strict weight allowances. If you exceed these, you may have to pay extra.
  • Responsible practices. It’s important to choose a skip bin hire or rubbish removal company that disposes of waste responsibly. This is one that adheres to laws and regulations for removing and treating waste. Selecting an ethical local business that is environmentally responsible is the way to go.

The best skip bin hire and rubbish removal companies in Canberra

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.

ACT Skip Hire

ACT Skip Hire is one of the longest running services of its kind in Canberra. The business guarantees great prices and quality service, to help clients during a spring clean, house move, house clearance, home renovation or garden makeover. Waste is recovered or recycled. Open top bins up to 10 cubic meters are available. Some bins have opening ends.

Melanie Glover wrote on Google, “A great local business.  Friendly drivers and office staff.  Prompt delivery and pick up, prices very good.”

That guy with a Ute

Locally owned and operated, That guy with a Ute is a friendly rubbish removal solution. Services include pickups, deliveries, rubbish and green waste removal, or anything else requiring a ute or trailer. That guy with a Ute will even help load and unload waste. Straps and blankets supplied to ensure safe transport.

On Facebook, Rose Clarke wrote, “Fantastic service. Professional and very efficient. Had some larger items removed within an hour of enquiring about the job. Would highly recommend!”

ACT Rubbish Removals

ACT Rubbish Removals has been servicing Canberra and surrounds for more than 10 years. The company helps with domestic or household rubbish, office or commercial rubbish, and nursing home-related jobs. It also helps with garden or green waste and construction and renovation waste.

On Google, Sonya Mac wrote, “I highly recommend Act Rubbish Removals. I cannot fault their service. They were on time, courteous and extremely helpful. They removed a very heavy treadmill down 13 stairs with no problem.”

Budget Bins

An environmentally friendly company, Budget Bins handles residential, commercial and industrial waste sustainably and professionally. No rubbish removal job is too big or small. Budget Bins has 200 skip bins in sizes ranging from 2.5 to 10 cubic metres. They offer same-day drop-off and collection service.

France Meyer wrote on Google, “Just got a skip from this company and the service was excellent. Friendly advice, immediate delivery (on a Saturday!) … the skip was removed as soon as it was full.”

Brindabella Waste

Locally owned, Brindabella Waste provides household, commercial, body corporate and event waste and recycling solutions. They specialise in trash paks, bins and rubbish removal with a strong recycling and environmentally friendly focus. They handle general household waste, whitegoods, e-waste, furniture, mattresses and green waste. Other services including gardening, tree surgery and gutter cleaning.

Bernadette Van Graan wrote on Facebook, “I’ve been a customer for nearly 10 years and plan to be for many years to come.”

If you’re looking for more information on big clean up jobs in Canberra, you might like our articles on the best landscapers, best gardening services, best builders and renovators and the best storage facilities Canberra has to offer.

Your experience with skip bin hire and rubbish removal companies in Canberra

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback. If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you had any experience with any of the skip bin hire or rubbish removal companies listed above? If so, share your experience in the comments section below.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get rid of hazardous materials?
It’s best to have these taken to a specialist drop-off facility. This includes toxic materials, such as chemicals, paints, oils and insulation materials, that are not allowed in general waste skip bins. The same might apply with rubbish that should be recycled. It’s best to check on the skip bin or rubbish removal company to see what they’ll let you dispose of.
Can I hire a skip bin just for green waste?
Absolutely. If you have green waste that exceeds the amount you’re allowed to put at the curbside for collection, you can use a skip bin or rubbish removal company to help. If you have large branches and tree trunks, or a massive amount of garden waste, however, you’ll need to double check with the company you choose on any restrictions.
Should I put bricks and concrete into a hired skip bin?
For significant renovation and building work, a specialist concrete and brick skip bin is recommended, especially one without a weight limit. Some general waste bins can accept some heavy materials, but if there’s a weight limit you may have to pay extra.
Can I use a skip bin to dispose of household e-waste and whitegoods?
It’s best to check recycling services for the best way to dispose of unwanted fridges, freezers and washing machines. The same applies to electronic waste, such as televisions and appliances. Talk to e-waste facilities about recycling. You can also take to skip bin hire or rubbish removal companies about how they handle such waste.
Can I hire a skip bin long-term?
The length of skip bin hire in Canberra is typically three to seven days. However, if you need the skip for longer, some local companies can accommodate this. For smaller waste requirements, such as green matter and light rubbish, trash paks companies can be a handy solution.

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51 Responses to The best skip bin hire and rubbish removal companies in Canberra
Beth Sheather Beth Sheather 1:44 pm 10 Jun 20

I spoke to the owner/operator of Betta Bins this morning to try and book in a skip bin hire for early next week and he was rude and beyond unhelpful. Offered no alternate options, just said ‘can’t help ya sorry’ and hung up. Not sure why they ended up on the list of best skip bin companies to use in Canberra. Disgraceful customer service and will tell everyone we know not to use this company ever.

Rozar Antho Rozar Antho 4:36 pm 07 May 20

Give a try to https://www.cutpricegroup.com.au/cutpriceskips.html

I always use them and am very happy with their superb service and affordable prices, They are very careful and always on time.

Chelle Belle Chelle Belle 3:19 pm 25 Apr 20

What is the cheapest and best hire for a month?

    Ziggy Zangl Ziggy Zangl 2:07 pm 15 Jul 20

    Chelle Belle... Did you find the cheapest Skip? I need one.

Rhonda Maxwell Rhonda Maxwell 7:47 pm 22 Apr 20

Brindabella Waste Company - I have a trash pack from them and it's in my top ten best ideas ever. They will come to collect and if it's not even half full, they will leave it and send an email saying no collection, no charge as it wasn't full. One off fee for this size trash pack. Happy, happy and happy.

jackmark jackmark 7:11 pm 22 Apr 20

For any Skip bin hire service in Canberra location or ACT, Cut Price Skips is the best one. Always go for it without thinking twice.

Gareth Rowlands Gareth Rowlands 10:45 am 22 Apr 20

Cut Price skips all the way

Tegan McInnes Tegan McInnes 9:44 am 22 Apr 20

Cut price skips

Ken Owers Ken Owers 7:22 am 22 Apr 20

Stupid question time, when they say $190 for three days hire is that just for the bin and they charge you extra for what you put into the bin? Also can you put mixed waste into the one bin i.e greenery and house building materials left over from a renno? TIA.

    Gareth Rowlands Gareth Rowlands 10:44 am 22 Apr 20

    Ken Owers No that's all included. Each bin come with a weight limit though. You'll pay extra if you go over that weight. If you have mixed waste companies like cut price skips will advise you split them up. For example instead of a 4m skip, get 2x2m skips - one for Reno material the other for green waste.

    Ken Owers Ken Owers 10:45 am 22 Apr 20

    Gareth Rowlands Cheers Gareth

Steve Lowe Steve Lowe 6:24 am 22 Apr 20

Budget bins

Tammy-Jo Madsen Tammy-Jo Madsen 11:36 pm 21 Apr 20

Cut Price Skips, delivery and service was great and I didn’t have to worry about hidden costs

Katie Ryder Katie Ryder 11:28 pm 21 Apr 20

Cut price skips are the best hands down, my family run various maintenance businesses and we use them on a regular basis. The team are friendly and accommodating to changes is circumstances and don’t require much notice for extensions

Belinda Napier Belinda Napier 11:11 pm 21 Apr 20

It would be useful if you could hire a skip bin for a month at a reduced rate. We are doing a mega clean out during iso, but it’s obviously taking more than a week to get through almost 20 yers of accumulated stuff. We’ve just had a skip (from Cut Price Skips), and it would have been handy to have it for another 2 weeks (but at $100 extra on top of the almost $300 for the initial hire) it wasn’t affordable. The skip got picked up only about 2/3 full.

    Sher Young Sher Young 11:54 pm 21 Apr 20

    Belinda Napier you could keep doing the declutter, put all the stuff in an area then order the skip. Probably a pan to double handle things...let alone the temptation of reclaiming something 🥴

    Belinda Napier Belinda Napier 12:09 am 22 Apr 20

    Sher Young that was what caused this initial build up haha... and then a second pile here.. third one there.. a whole home office full! Plus it has taken a while to jump start the huspain into action and he only has the weekends to work through the garage full of his junk.

    Bec Eyley Bec Eyley 5:44 am 22 Apr 20

    Belinda Napier you can buy pink skip bags from Bunnings, take as long as you like to fill them, then call the company to come pick them up.

    They are fantastic.

Sher Young Sher Young 10:59 pm 21 Apr 20

I’d luv to know of anyone who sends out green waste bins. I live n an apartment so I don’t get the ACT waste bin Services.

Stan Vizovitis Stan Vizovitis 10:45 pm 21 Apr 20

A1 bins for me

Troy Ray Troy Ray 10:40 pm 21 Apr 20

Cut price skips

    Karen Baldwin Karen Baldwin 6:42 am 22 Apr 20

    Another vote for cut price skips

    Gareth Rowlands Gareth Rowlands 10:41 am 22 Apr 20

    Cut price are great. Always use them when needed. Hassle free and always on time

Elyse Rose Elyse Rose 10:39 pm 21 Apr 20

Just used BettaBins and the bin got delivered the day after booking it and no hidden costs - it was a fixed cost (very reasonable) and much better than other companies we have used in the past which cost a fortune.

http://www.bettabins.com.au/

Delaney Parton Delaney Parton 8:40 am 21 Apr 20

That guy with a Ute such a professional service!! Was able to fit me in last minute and did the job so quickly!! I have absolutely no hesitations in calling Jesse again!! 10/10 🙂

Cabrini Rebecca Cabrini Rebecca 8:25 am 21 Apr 20

That guy with a Ute is fantastic! I found him on Facebook, I’ve used Jesse multiple times to help me move or get rid of rubbish. He’s Friendly and cheap, always gets the job done quickly without breaking stuff.

morky morky 5:03 pm 20 Apr 20

I definitely agree re Cut Price Skips. I’ve used them 3 times now and they are fantastic.

Iphone75 Iphone75 10:31 am 17 Mar 15

Try http://www.actrubbish.com.au/
I used them a few times and I’m very happy with their service and prices, always on time and very careful with my house walls and door when they moved a massive sofa out.

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