The best skip bin hire and rubbish removal companies in Canberra

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Angel Waste Skip Bins, one of Canberra’s most recommended skip bin hire companies. Photo: Angel Waste.

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.

Angel Waste - Skip Bin Hire & Waste Disposal Canberra

Angel Waste - Skip Bin Hire & Waste Disposal Canberra

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

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.”

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 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.”

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.”

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. 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.

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Capital Hire Skips delivers skip bins all around Canberra and also to surrounding areas including Yass, Manton, Murrumbateman, Queanbeyan, Bungendore, Wamboin, Carwoola, Sutton etc. https://www.capitalhire.com.au/
Locally owned and been in operation for over 20 years.

I used one of their 6cu.m. skips for removal of renovation materials. My two week hire charge was more than doubled once they weighed it.
This skip has weight allowance of only 900kg. Completely ludicrous for a skip of that size. Even if I’d filled it with dry light pine, it would be almost triple that! Add some rubble and you’re looking at an arm and a leg.
I understand now how they can charge so little up front.
Yes. It is in the contract fine print, but I’m not an experienced builder. I’m just an average DIYer who expected the allowances would be fair, in relation to the skip sizes.

Beth Sheather1:44 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.

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.

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.

Cabrini Rebecca8:25 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.

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

Cut Price Skips6:37 pm 20 Mar 19

You can use Cut price Skips for your skip removal in or around Canberra location. They are very professional and provide good skip bin service at affordable cost. Here is the link https://www.cutpricegroup.com.au/ for your help or you can directly get in touch with them @ 1300 884 180.

Most of the skip bin companies in Canberra general provide excellent services. The main problems that occur are usually result from mis-understandings, mis-communications and unset expectations. Dealing with Skip Bin companies right around the country we fully understand what can be troublesome and take every pre-caution to avoid these typicable problems. We send booking confirmations to every customer who books a bin with us so they have a clear description of the service they will receive. Confirmation include delivery preferences and any other requests that are made. Not surprisingly all bins cannot be delivered at 8:00am and picked up at 5:30 pm. Skip Bin companies generally work from 7:00 am in the morning until mid-afternoon except in busy periods when they work later. When there are issues that cause delay’s to service being delivered it is often that the pick ups get slipped to the following day unless a specific pick-up has been agreed. Deliveries will often be given the priority as first impressions matter. So if pick-up of delivery is more important let you skip bin company know. Expectations can sometime be difficult to accommodate as customers sometimes think operating a skip bin company is the same as a Taxi. This in not true. To find out more read more at http://www.binsskipswasteandrecycling.com.au/skip-bin-hire/canberra-act

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.

Thankyou for all of your feedback. Since the last of the direct negative comments about our service (May 2011), we have placed another truck on the road and installed GPS in all of our trucks. From our office we can “see” where each truck is, which greatly assists in delivering our skips on time. The extra truck is dedicated to collecting skips, minimising the number of overdue skips for collection.

We are one of the largest skip companies in Canberra and have been servicing the area for over 16 years. We pride ourselves on our customer service and wish to assure you that we are not “awful to absolutely everyone” (Spectra 26/2/2012)- you can’t survive in business if you are! If you or anyone you know have had or are having a problem with our service, please call our office on 6288 422, so that the issue can be resolved.

Regards,
Capital Waste Skips Management.

pengwingirl said :

i have used capital waste in the past, as have mates of mine, and we each have had trouble getting them picked up! (driver sickness and wet weather were the excuses for it being a week late to getting picked up) i will be using cut price from now on, my mum has had nothig bad to say about them. the driver gave her good advice too!

I just had a bin from cut price, brilliant, will price match anyone else and beat there price quite well.

I had a bin for 7 days, although I filled it up after 3, rang them up, they came and picked it up the next, was brilliant. 4cubic meters is a big bin as well.

OpenYourMind10:28 pm 26 Feb 12

with our never ending renovations, we’ve used a number of companies and not had a problem with any. Of more general advice: you will almost always need a bigger skip than you ever thought you would, pack your skip to maximise space usage (flat things at the bottom etc.), for bigger skips get one that has a door that opens.

madamcholet said :

I’m pretty sure we used ACT Skip Hire. We found them excellent. The bin was delivered on time, and when we filled it within 2 hours they made a detour to pick it up again. Costs were what they were – not cheap and not expensive. He even took some extra items on his truck that could not fit in the skip – not something he had to do at all.

But can anyone answer, why is it that when you have a big clean out and take trailer loads to the tip or fill a skip that about 1 week later, it looks like you could do it all again!

I asked ACT Skip Hire to please deliver as late as possible on a Friday so the skip wouldn’t fill with other people’s stuff – their response? They said, “yes, we’ll deliver it as late in the day as we can”, and then delivered it at 7.30 am!

I realise this is thread necromancy at its worst (so, sorry about that), but I was researching skip hire for myself, and just had a good belly laugh at the two posts above this one. Not only are Capital Waste Skips apparently awful to absolutely everyone, but they are also terrible at posting fake recommendations for themselves. 7 months after the last post and suddenly two users with similarly structured handles appear within 9 minutes of each other singing their praises with almost identical wording? Here’s a challenge: come up with any possible way they could have been more obvious about it.

realz123 said :

I have used a few skip companies and never had any problems.
But recently I hired from Capital Waste Skips and had a few skips delivered over a few weeks and I had no problems at all. They were nothing but helpful and went out of their way to have same day delivery. There was one occasion when my skip was picked up one day late (After the long weekend), although I’m pretty sure that will happen with any Skip company you go through! nobody is perfect. But yeah, I would suggest them to anyone.

I agree, I recently hired from Capital waste skips and found them to be great, My skip was delivered on time and the driver was very helpful. I would suggest them to anyone.

I have used a few skip companies and never had any problems.
But recently I hired from Capital Waste Skips and had a few skips delivered over a few weeks and I had no problems at all. They were nothing but helpful and went out of their way to have same day delivery. There was one occasion when my skip was picked up one day late (After the long weekend), although I’m pretty sure that will happen with any Skip company you go through! nobody is perfect. But yeah, I would suggest them to anyone.

tower8050 said :

I rang Tiger Waste… It was delivered to me within the hour… http://www.tigerwaste.com

From Utah?
Maybe you mean Tiger Waste in Gungahlin>?
http://tigerwaste.com.au/

tower8050 said :

Thanks to everyone for all your great feedback and help. I tried a couple of these companies but the call went unanswered. At lunchtime today I rang Tiger Waste and booked a one day hire bin. It was delivered to me within the hour, so I was really happy and I actually saved money! Jpeek, thanks for the advice I would happily recommend this company to anyone looking for a skip or junk collecton – http://www.tigerwaste.com

This appears to be a Utah based company ? If they can make it to Canberra in one hour, that really is exceptional service !

i have used capital waste in the past, as have mates of mine, and we each have had trouble getting them picked up! (driver sickness and wet weather were the excuses for it being a week late to getting picked up) i will be using cut price from now on, my mum has had nothig bad to say about them. the driver gave her good advice too!

buzz819 said :

I just used A1 Skips, they tried to Charge me for three days, told me the skip would be delivered Saturday morning, it is now 12.30, no skip. Ring them up, well you can keep the bin until Wednesday, doesnt matter that I work during the week so that would be no good, the response, “Well, I told you I am a driver down, either take it an extra day, or we wont deliver it.”

Hmm sends a clear message about their customer service.

Just do as your told m8, business is always right …….. orrrrr is that supposed to be the customer ????

I just used A1 Skips, they tried to Charge me for three days, told me the skip would be delivered Saturday morning, it is now 12.30, no skip. Ring them up, well you can keep the bin until Wednesday, doesnt matter that I work during the week so that would be no good, the response, “Well, I told you I am a driver down, either take it an extra day, or we wont deliver it.”

Hmm sends a clear message about their customer service.

madamcholet said :

I’m pretty sure we used ACT Skip Hire. We found them excellent. The bin was delivered on time, and when we filled it within 2 hours they made a detour to pick it up again. Costs were what they were – not cheap and not expensive. He even took some extra items on his truck that could not fit in the skip – not something he had to do at all.

But can anyone answer, why is it that when you have a big clean out and take trailer loads to the tip or fill a skip that about 1 week later, it looks like you could do it all again!

I second that, ACT Skip Hire – good customer service via the phone, arrived and picked up on time…even managed to plant it on an awkward slope under a big gumtree (the only space we had available).

Goddess said :

If it’s on the nature strip as mine was a few weeks ago, be prepared for neighbours to sneakily use it to get rid of their TVs, monitirs, etc. I reckon mine was over half full before I got to use it

There used to be an ad (for floodlights, I think) on local TV where this was acted out superbly. I do miss that ad. I loved the bit where the lights activated and the neighbours were sprung, and scattered like rabbits.

Thanks to everyone for all your great feedback and help. I tried a couple of these companies but the call went unanswered. At lunchtime today I rang Tiger Waste and booked a one day hire bin. It was delivered to me within the hour, so I was really happy and I actually saved money! Jpeek, thanks for the advice I would happily recommend this company to anyone looking for a skip or junk collecton – http://www.tigerwaste.com

I also recommend Skippy Bins and warn you to stay clear of Capital Waste Skips. Never delivered it on time nor did they pick it up when they should have. Was a thread about bins ages ago on Riot and others had similar experiences.

I had a poor experience with Capital Waste Skips. The bin was delivered on the day that is was promised and they deducted the full amount from my credit card that same day. The bin was meant to be collected after 7 days, but this did not occur. I called the company 5 times over the next 3 weeks asking for it to be removed (with each call I was told that “it would be collected tomorrow”), but it was only when I threatened escalation to the Department of Fair Trading that it was collected without any apology or explanation. I won’t be using them again.

Everyone seems to be about the same price in Canberra so comes down to service and who has bins available. I used Tiger Waste (tigerwaste.com.au) most recently – online ordering + next-day delivery – very handy for those of us that aren’t forward planners!

I’ve used Skippy Bins a few times in the past, and never had any problems. Bins always delivered when they said they would be, picked up on time, and no hassles.

OpenYourMind6:42 pm 26 Mar 11

I’ve used a few different skip companies and never had a problem with their service.

Be careful where you put the skip. If it’s on the nature strip as mine was a few weeks ago, be prepared for neighbours to sneakily use it to get rid of their TVs, monitirs, etc. I reckon mine was over half full before I got to use it and I’ve heard worse stories!

Depending on the quantity of rubbish you have to get rid of, you might be better off finding a mate with a ute and doing a couple of $20 tip runs than spending a couple of hundred on a skip.

Funky Claude12:46 pm 26 Mar 11

I used Cut Price Skips last week and they were excellent. The bin that I got, the rear folded down so I did not have to lift anything heavy up and over. They delivered the bin within 2 hours of me ringing and they were reasonably cheep. 1300 884 180

I’ve used Skippy Bins 6 times and had no problems at all. 6255 4666.

@madamcholet yes. I’m having that very problem. So I’m just letting my current pile get bigger and bigger. It might need a bobcat/tip truck to remove when I’m done.

I’m pretty sure we used ACT Skip Hire. We found them excellent. The bin was delivered on time, and when we filled it within 2 hours they made a detour to pick it up again. Costs were what they were – not cheap and not expensive. He even took some extra items on his truck that could not fit in the skip – not something he had to do at all.

But can anyone answer, why is it that when you have a big clean out and take trailer loads to the tip or fill a skip that about 1 week later, it looks like you could do it all again!

A1 bins 0447 779 971

bd84 said :

I still don’t understand how people think posting this sort of thing on here is an efficient way to look for a service provider. It takes about 30 seconds in total to go to the yellow pages website and do a search and get pages of good results.

Because going to yellowpages looking for rubbish removal wont tell you that you can contact freecycle, revolve, ezyscrap, corkhill bros, etc. to get rid of your stuff for free, and reduce your costs.. their sole interest is in connecting you with someone (but only someone who has paid them) who will take your money to do the service. yellowpages will tell you of a computer rubbish collection business, but wont tell you about charity computers, for example, which RA will.

troll-sniffer10:05 am 03 May 10

bd84 said :

http://www.yellowpages.com.au

type in rubbish removals under “what”
and Canberra ACT under “where”

I still don’t understand how people think posting this sort of thing on here is an efficient way to look for a service provider. It takes about 30 seconds in total to go to the yellow pages website and do a search and get pages of good results.

+1 squared

Woody Mann-Caruso9:18 am 03 May 10

Good to know – thanks.

Felix the Cat8:38 pm 02 May 10

Woody – pretty much anything you want as long as it’s not hazardous or toxic ie not asbestos

taninaus – as taninaus said the Yellow Pages is bit of a lottery. I hate when you do a search under Canberra and it brings up results from interstate.

Woody, you can put most things in, but some stuff costs extra – eg bricks and concrete are extra. You also can’t normally put stuff into a skip that would cost you extra to take to the tip yourself, stuff like computers, car tyres, hazardous waste etc. Green waste is ok, but you can’t get rid of soil. Apart from that, pretty much anything goes.

Woody Mann-Caruso2:47 pm 02 May 10

‘Can you put in skips’, even.

Woody Mann-Caruso2:47 pm 02 May 10

What sort of stuff in you put in skips? Concrete? Gyprock? Green waste?

Don’t hold your breath on a çouncil clean up day here – they might have hinted during the election but there was a definitive noway from the chief recently.

BD84 – yellow pages is like a secret raffle – you cant be sure what you will get or if they even show. Recommendations from people here is a little more reliable.

Sort out whats there, and you can probably get rid of a lot of it for free. Scrap metal and similar items (even whole whitegoods) can be collected for free (you might even get paid). Any usable furniture you can call the Salvos or possibly groups like revolve.

Once youve whittled it down to just ‘rubbish’, find a friend with a ute and/or trailer and take it to the tip or call for a skip. A tip-trip will cost you $20 per load and a skip will cost about $100 (last time we used one anyway). You could also ask any of your neighbours if they have anything to get rid of and share in the cost of a rubbish skip.

http://www.yellowpages.com.au

type in rubbish removals under “what”
and Canberra ACT under “where”

I still don’t understand how people think posting this sort of thing on here is an efficient way to look for a service provider. It takes about 30 seconds in total to go to the yellow pages website and do a search and get pages of good results.

Get a skip/mini skip. They plonk it on your nature strip then remove it laden with your rubbish, well what your neighbourhood don’t plunder from it while it sits there anyway

Ah, therein lies a tale . . . I’ve been waiting since 1999 (when I moved back to Canberra) for a ‘Council Clean up’ type of hard rubbish collection. Everywhere else I’ve ever lived has one. Queanbeyan has one. We don’t have one . . . yet.

BUT . . .we were promised one about 18 months ago by the Chief Minister, but so far, nothing. I already have a pile awaiting the day . . . an old BBQ, a broken computer chair and a few other unreuseable items.

Alternative plans include paying a rubbish removals person, breaking everything up into teeny tiny pieces and putting it in the normal rubbish, or hiring a trailer to get it to the tip (and paying $$$$ to dump it).

Here’s hoping we get the collection day soon.

Rawhide Kid No 24:40 pm 01 May 10

A mini skip.

OpenYourMind4:27 pm 01 May 10

If you’ve got an iphone, and you think someone might take the items free, then try Yoink.

Or, check out your local shopping centre bulletin board, we found someone who would do rubbish removal cheaper than the cost of hiring a skip.

hire a ute to take them to the tip? hire a rubbish skip?

TVs will cost you extra. AFAIK you aren’t allowed to dump them in landfill anymore.

I would recommend getting a skip delivered to your house and filling it up. I will be doing this shortly as part of moving out of my house in Fisher. Some of the skip companies will take care of the TV disposal problem for you, though of course they will pass on the disposal charge ($25+ per TV/computer monitor last time I got rid of some)

Lioncom in Fyshwick will also take and recycle/dispose of TVs/monitors and other electronic goods. They do offer a pickup service but again it incurs extra charges; have used it to get rid of heavy/cumbersome old stuff at work. Recommended.

GardeningGirl12:58 pm 01 May 10

A few years ago we used Brindabella Rubbish Removable, who we found in the Yellow Pages. He picked everything up in an extra large caged trailer. Would use him again. Googling found a website for Brindabella Waste Comapny, can anyone confirm it’s the same mob?
Double check about the tv, I believe there’s a new rule about the disposal of those.
Is the old desk really past repairing/rejuvenating? It never ceases to amaze me what that girl on BH&G (Tara?) does with the most unlikely stuff. I was interested to see a few months ago what broken bits of furniture she got at her local Salvo’s that our mob wouldn’t take. One broken but fixable drawer made them reject an item of ours. Maybe there aren’t enough Tara’s in Canberra?

just hire one of those rent-a-skips. costs about $100 and you have to help the driver load the stuff (or pay extra if the loading takes more than 10 minutes or so. but its fast and (relatively) easy.

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