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Alternatives To Hiring A Skip Bin? | Comparing Your Options

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What Are Some Alternatives To Hiring A Skip Bin Hire?

The best way to get rid of your rubbish

When it comes to waste and rubbish removal, finding the most efficient and convenient method is essential. While there are several alternatives to hiring skip bins—such as rubbish removal services, council hard rubbish collection, DIY tip runs, and selling or donating items—each option has its own set of challenges. 

At WM Waste Management Services, Melbourne’s leading waste and rubbish removal service, we believe that skip bins offer unmatched benefits for handling waste effectively. Let’s explore these alternatives and see why skip bins might be the best choice for your needs.

Rubbish removal services

Rubbish removal services involve hiring professionals to come to your location, collect your waste, and transport it to a disposal site. This service can be convenient and quick, as the team handles all the heavy lifting and transportation.


Convenient: No need to lift or transport waste yourself.

Quick: The rubbish is removed promptly, often within a day of booking.


Potentially higher cost: Professional rubbish removal services can be more expensive, especially for large amounts of waste.

Less control over timing: You have to schedule a pickup time, which might not always align with your project timeline.

Why skip bins are better than rubbish removal services

Cost-effective for larger projects: Hiring a skip bin can be more economical, especially for extensive cleanup, green waste or renovation projects.

Flexibility in usage duration: Skip bins can be kept on-site for several days or even weeks, allowing you to fill them at your own pace and convenience.

While rubbish removal services offer convenience and speed, skip bins provide a more cost-effective and flexible solution for larger projects, making them a superior choice for many waste disposal needs.

Rubbish trailers

Rubbish trailers are another alternative for waste disposal. These are portable trailers that you can load with your waste and tow to a disposal site. They offer mobility and can handle various types of waste, making them a versatile option.


Mobility: Easy to transport to and from the disposal site.

Can handle various types of waste: Suitable for different waste materials, from garden waste to construction debris.


Limited capacity: Rubbish trailers typically have smaller capacities than skip bins, meaning you may need multiple trips for larger projects.

Requires a vehicle with towing capacity: You need a vehicle capable of towing the trailer, which can be inconvenient if you don't have one.

Why skip bins are better than rubbish trailers

Larger capacity: Skip bins come in various sizes, allowing you to choose one that fits your project's needs, reducing the need for multiple trips.

No need for a towing vehicle: The provider delivers and picks up skip bins, eliminating the need for you to have a towing vehicle.

Less hassle: With skip bins, you simply load your waste at your own pace and have it collected when you're done without worrying about transportation.

While rubbish trailers offer mobility and versatility, skip bins provide a more convenient, larger-capacity, and hassle-free solution for waste disposal.

DIY dump run

A DIY tip run involves personally transporting your waste to a local landfill or recycling centre. This method allows you to handle the disposal process yourself but also has significant drawbacks.


Complete control over the process: You have full control over when and how you dispose of your waste.

Immediate disposal: Your waste is disposed of immediately once you arrive at the landfill or recycling centre.


Time-consuming: Making multiple trips to the landfill can take up a lot of your time, especially if you have a large amount of waste.

Multiple trips: Depending on the volume of waste, several trips may be necessary to dispose of everything.

Vehicle wear and tear: Frequent trips to the tip can cause wear and tear on your vehicle, particularly if you’re hauling heavy or messy loads.

Why skip bins are better than a dump run

Saves time and effort: Skip bins are delivered to your location and picked up when full, saving you the time and effort of multiple trips to the landfill.

Single drop-off point: You have a designated place to collect all your waste, simplifying the disposal process.

No vehicle damage: Using a skip bin means you don’t have to risk damaging your vehicle by hauling heavy or dirty waste.

While a DIY tip run offers control and immediate disposal, skip bins provide a more time-efficient, convenient, and vehicle-friendly solution for waste management.

Selling or donating

Selling or donating unwanted items is a great way to reduce waste by giving your possessions a new life. This approach can be both environmentally friendly and rewarding, but it also has its limitations. It’s always a good idea to donate furniture when you can. 

An overview of selling or donating unwanted items

Selling involves listing your items online or holding a garage sale while donating means giving your items to charities or thrift stores that can use or resell them. Both methods help keep usable items out of landfills and support the community.


Eco-friendly: Reduces waste by repurposing items and extending their lifecycle.

Can benefit others: Donated items can help those in need or support charitable organisations.

Potential for profit: Selling items can generate some extra income.


Time-consuming: Sorting, listing, and transporting items for sale or donation can take a lot of time and effort.

Not all items can be sold or donated: Some may not be accepted by charities or sold, leaving you with leftover waste.

Why skip bins are potentially better than donating and reselling

Convenient for mixed waste: Skip bins can handle a variety of waste types, including items that can’t be sold or donated.

Faster clearance: Skip bins allow quick and efficient disposal of all unwanted items simultaneously.

No need to sort: With a skip bin, there’s no need to sort through items to decide what can be sold or donated, simplifying the cleanup process.

While selling or donating unwanted items is an eco-friendly option that can benefit others, skip bins offer a more convenient and faster solution for disposing of mixed waste without the need to sort. 

Hire a skip bin from WM Waste

Regarding waste disposal, several alternatives exist to hiring skip bins, including rubbish removal services, rubbish trailers, DIY tip runs, and selling or donating items. Each of these methods has its own set of drawbacks, such as higher costs, limited capacity, time consumption, and the need for vehicle use.

In contrast, skip bins offer numerous advantages: they are cost-effective for larger projects, provide flexible usage durations, have larger capacities, eliminate the need for a towing vehicle, save time and effort, and simplify the disposal process by handling mixed waste without sorting.

We’re not like other skip hire companies, WM Waste offers an efficient, hassle-free waste disposal solution. Hire a skip bin now!

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