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
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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.
Quality, professional service every time. That’s Budget Bins Canberra’s guarantee. Reliable skip bin hire starts with booking over the phone and continues to delivery and pick-up, always with top-notch customer service.
Budget Bins Canberra services residential, commercial and industrial. Bin sizes range from 2.5 cubic metres to 10 cubic metres. An environmentally friendly company, Budget Bins Canberra handles residential, commercial and industrial waste in the most sustainable way, recycling where possible.
Two hundred skip bins are available, and Budget Bins Canberra provides a list of what cannot be disposed of.
Budget Bins Canberra has been a leading supplier of skip bin hire, servicing the city and surrounding areas. The company won the Apac Insider Australian Enterprise Awards-Best Skip Service, Canberra, in 2021.
France Meyer wrote on Google, “Friendly advice, immediate delivery (on a Saturday!) and the driver was very careful not to damage the street trees on the verge when positioning the skip. Skip was removed as soon as it was full. Pricing was very good too …”
Angel Waste is a skip bin hire and waste management company that does things differently. Canberra owned and operated, Angel Waste focuses on inclusivity, eco-friendly practices and—last, but not least—friendly, personal service and competitive pricing.
Servicing residential and commercial clients in the ACT and Queanbeyan region, Angel Waste works hard to make it easy for clients to get rid of trash. That includes general waste and green waste.
Angel Waste has it systems down pat to make matters simple for clients. Email or book online. It only takes a minute. Select the size of skip needed (2m3, 3m3, 4m3 or 6m3), the length of time needed (3 days, 7 days or longer), the dates and address for drop off. Angel Waste will take care of the rest and beat any written quote.
On Riotact Jennifer Hartcher, "I recommend a new business in Canberra Angel Waste."
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.
Russell Heaton wrote on RiotACT, “ACT Skip Hire are fantastic with great service and we continue to use them.”
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.”
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 include 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.”
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Your experience with skip bin hire and rubbish removal companies in Canberra
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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. However, if you have large branches and tree trunks, or a massive amount of garden waste, 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.