The Best Skip Bin Hire & Rubbish Removal in Canberra

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 a residential property can be a challenging process. There are many legal, regulatory, environmental and financial factors to consider when choosing how to dispose of unwanted material that is either too large for regular curbside waste collection or comprises prohibited matter.

If you are simply clearing your backyard or garage, moving house or undertaking home renovations, hiring a skip bin or organising a professional company to arrange the safe disposal of materials is often the most practical solution.

Within the Canberra region, there are many companies that specialise in effective rubbish removal, catering for whatever items need to go. Whether it be general household waste, building materials, green matter, or hazardous substances such as asbestos, oils or chemicals, your requirements can be met in cost-effective ways that adhere to environmental regulations.

We asked our readers from Canberra and the surrounding region to share their experiences with leading skip bin hire and rubbish removal companies. Below, you will find a recommended list of reputable business that can cater to your bulk waste needs. If you are not sure what you are looking for, the following checklist should help you decide which trustworthy waste-removal professional is for you.

What to look for when hiring a skip bin

  • A wide range of skips. Everyone’s waste needs are different so it is important to choose a waste removal company that boasts a full range of skip bins. You may only require a small bin for household material, whereas someone else might be undertaking major building or renovation work, or landscaping. Choosing a company that has a large range of options, each at different price points, might be best as they can make suggestions on the skip size that best meets your requirements – that way you only pay for space you actually need.
  • Competitive pricing. There are many dependable waste removal companies throughout the ACT so finding one that will provide what you need for a reasonable price should be the easy part. Most skip bin and rubbish removal companies provide pricing plans on their website. It’s worth shopping around to find a skip that falls within your budget.
  • Reliable delivery and pickup. Knowing you can rely on the skip to arrive and then be collected on scheduled days gives you peace of mind when beginning a large-scale renovation project, purging unwanted goods or simply moving house. If you’re on a tight schedule, you want assurance that your skip will be there from the time you are paying for it.
  • Hidden costs: Make sure you know exactly what you can place in your skip bin. Some companies may charge extra for materials such as concrete, toxic substances and car tyres.
  • Generous weight allowances. Most waste disposal companies have weight allowances on their skips. It is pretty standard for costs to be incurred for exceeding these limits so make sure you know what your limit is and how much you will be charged if you exceed it. Some companies offer no-weight flat rates so shop around for one of these if you are anticipating a heavy load.
  • Availability. Believe it or not, skips can be hot, in-demand items. Sometimes you might have to wait a couple of weeks for a skip in a particular size to become available. But waiting isn’t always an option so if you need one yesterday, you need to find a company with skips available right now.
  • Responsible practices. Adherence to strict laws and regulations regarding the removal and treatment of waste material is crucial to ensure you are dealing with an ethical local business that values its environmental responsibility.

Agree with our list? If you’d like to add something, share your thoughts in the comments area.

The best skip bin hire companies in Canberra

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 19 years of onsite 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 maintain a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.

That guy with a Ute

That guy with a Ute

Locally owned and operated, That guy with a Ute is one of Canberra’s friendliest rubbish removal solutions – with the added benefit of someone who can give you a hand to load the waste.

For any job needing a ute in Canberra and surrounding areas, including pickups, deliveries, rubbish/green waste removal, or anything else requiring a ute or trailer, give Jesse a call for a fast, friendly quote.

As satisfied customer Lindsay Maree says on Facebook, “Very reasonable price, super helpful and a nice bloke. Will definitely use his service again.”

Phone: 02 6188 7185

Cut Price Skips

Locally owned and operated, Cut Price Skips is one of the leading skip bin hire companies serving Canberra and Queanbeyan. With 14 years’ of waste removal experience, they offer top service, expertise and very competitive pricing. In addition to their skips that range between 2-9 cubic metres, they offer trash paks for residential and commercial customers regularly wishing to dispose of green waste and other light materials. A trash pak can be set up on your property and the Cut Price team will service it every four weeks.

Troy wrote on Google, “I am very happy with the service of skips provided by the Cut Price Skips team. Always recommended. Keep up the good job. Will hire them again when required.”

Tom's Trash Paks

Established in 1978, Tom’s Trash Paks has been servicing the Canberra community’s waste needs for more than 40 years. A local business with a fine reputation for quality and reliability, it boasts experience when it comes to servicing the ACT’s homes, businesses and commercial spaces. You can hire a trash pack for light, dry rubbish material and green waste and it will be collected and replaced every four weeks. They can also arrange the removal of whitegoods, furniture, e-waste and miscellaneous items.

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. They also offer a range of other services including gardening, tree surgery and gutter cleaning.

Bernadette Van Graan wrote on Facebook, “Fantastic service! I have been a customer for nearly 10 years and plan to be with them for many years to come.”

A1 Bins

Servicing Canberra since 2004, A1 Bins provide a safe and reliable means of disposing unwanted materials. With skip bins ranging from 2-10 cubic metres available for hire throughout Canberra and in Queanbeyan, Murrumbateman, Bungendore and Royalla, they are suitable for domestic and commercial use, as well as for large-scale events. They can also provide specialist hazardous materials removal, including asbestos.

Budget Bins

As one of Canberra’s most environmentally friendly companies, Budget Bins ensures your residential, commercial and industrial waste is handled sustainably and professionally. Whether your rubbish removal job is big or small, they have a supply of 200 skip bins to suit residential, commercial, industrial and green waste with sizes ranging from 2.5-10 cubic metres. They also offer same-day drop-off and collection, and boast a five-star rating on Google customer reviews.

Customer France Meyer wrote on Google, “Just got a skip from this company and the service was excellent. 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. Also, the skip was removed as soon as it was full. The pricing was very good too and extremely competitive. I fully recommend this business, it’s such a relief to see that outstanding service is alive and well in Canberra.”

ACT Rubbish

Covering all of Canberra, as well as Queanbeyan, Murrumbateman and Yass, ACT Rubbish specialises in residential, commercial and green waste removal. If you don’t wish to hire a skip bin, they are the guys for you because they do the removal for you. They deliver reliable service in handling domestic waste, including mattresses, furniture and electronic goods, as well as office and commercial rubbish, and heavy duty building and renovation materials. The team also specialises in assisting moves to retirement homes and villas by taking care of unwanted items and donating them to charity or disposing of them.

Satisfied customer, Becc Waterson, wrote on Google, “Highly recommend this business. They were prompt and efficient in response to my query, turned up when they said they would, and the cost was very reasonable for the amount of rubbish that was removed from our premises.”

Once you have finished clearing out all the junk, if you are looking for storage solutions for short term or long term storage you may also like to check out our list of the best storage facilities in Canberra.

Your experience with skip bin hire 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 companies listed above? If so, share your experience in the comments section below.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get rid of hazardous materials such as paints, chemicals, oils and asbestos?
Most general waste skip bins prohibit the inclusion of toxic materials such as chemicals, paints, oils and insulation materials. If you have such items needing disposal, it is recommend they be taken to a specialist Canberra drop-off facility. It is also recommended that electronic waste be dropped off at these facilities so it can be recycled. Small amounts of asbestos from domestic sources can also be dropped off by appointment, although significant asbestos removal work must always be carried out by a licensed practitioner. You must never put this material in hired skip bins.
Can I hire a skip bin just for green waste?
Absolutely. If you have green waste that exceeds the volume of regular curbside bins, there are many Canberra skip hire and trash pak companies that either specialise in the removal of plant matter, or can provide bins for this purpose. There are still usually restrictions on the size of items – including branches and tree trunks – but most garden waste is usually accepted.
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 of which a weight limit does not apply. Some general waste bins can accept such heavy materials, however if there is a weight limit on your general skip bin, bricks and concrete will soon push it over and you could be facing additional expense.
Can I use a skip bin to dispose of household e-waste and whitegoods?
You can dispose of household whitegoods in most general waste skip bins. However, it is recommended you first seek out recycling services to see if they can take away your unwanted fridge, freezer or washing machine. Electronic waste, such as televisions and appliances, can also go in general skip bins, but dropping them off at an e-waste facility should be the first consideration, if possible, so they can be recycled.
Can I hire a skip bin long-term?
The standard length of skip bin hire in Canberra is three to seven days. However, should you seek to hire a skip for longer, some local companies can arrange extensions. For smaller waste requirements, such as green matter and light rubbish, trash paks that are regularly serviced by some companies are a handy solution.

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52 Responses to The Best Skip Bin Hire & Rubbish Removal 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

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

    Juliet Jackman Juliet Jackman 9:14 am 22 Apr 20

    Yep. I use cut price skips. For both skips and a trash pack. Great value

    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.

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

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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