‘Can I Put Garden Waste into My General Waste Skip?’

People might not realise it, but a general waste skip bin can also contain garden waste.

So, a General Waste bin, suitable for light domestic and commercial waste, can take light domestic waste, light construction waste, office waste and green garden waste. The price for Green Garden Waste is based STRICTLY on green garden waste only, such as grass, leaves, tree trimmings, small branches, weeds, bark etc.

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South Australia Skip Bins

Important Update for Our South Australian Customers.

The state government will not allow skip bin deliveries to residential customers during this COVID lockdown. Only trade and commercial customers can receive skip bin deliveries. We apologise for any inconvenience and look forward to serving our residential customers once the situation changes.

Many thanks, Bookabin



Reduce Building Waste & Save Money

Are you a builder, designer, estimator, project manager or building sub-contractor? These simple suggestions explain cost-effective and practical ways to minimise your construction waste.

1/. Pick a waste champion
Assign a senior staff member with an interest in waste minimisation to take responsibility for the project waste management plan.
2/. Set realistic waste reduction targets
Let your team develop some ideas and set ‘easy to understand’ waste targets.

Two builders add a new window into a house.
Adding a new window into a house

3/. Reward your team
Have incentives for your team if your waste reduction targets are met, such as morning tea shouts.
4/. Keep your team informed
Make waste information and progress towards waste reduction targets readily available and part of your waste management plan.
5/. Design considerations
Encourage designers and customers to use standard product dimensions and prefabricated products wherever possible to reduce onsite handling, reworking and offcuts.

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6/. Material estimates
Provide detailed plans and instructions so estimators and contractors can provide accurate material take-offs. If you notice an excess of waste materials for a particular product, reduce the wastage allowance for material estimates.
7/. Incentivise subcontractors
Add contractual terms to incentivise subcontractors to minimise waste. Make them responsible for the disposal of any debris or preferential consideration if they follow your waste management plan.
8/. Try to prevent rubbish dumped into your skip
This can represent up to 30% of waste removed from building sites. Avoid skips onsite until absolutely necessary and keep them away from public view or access. Use a recycling site sign which prominently displays ‘This Builder Recycles. NO UNAUTHORISED DUMPING’.

Home Renovation Waste

Did you know that between 2016 and 2017, more than 6.7 million tonnes of construction and demolition waste went into landfills across Australia? Any renovation project, regardless of size, has the potential to save money and save waste going to landfill. Valuable or useful excess materials such as leftover paint, floor coverings, fixtures and fittings can be neatly stored for the homeowner’s future use. Alternatively, try selling excess re-usable product.

Two male builders looking at building plans inside a partially renovated room

Most residential construction waste is recyclable:

  • untreated timber
  • plasterboard
  • cardboard
  • metal
  • some plastics
  • some carpets

Several waste materials can be readily re-used: more considerable lengths of timber, large pieces of flooring, cladding, building wrap, polythene, slightly damaged finished products such as mouldings, cabinets and doors and leftover paints. Individually these materials don’t fill skips. But collectively, they can send your total waste from one or two skips per job to two or three.

Home renovations are rewarding and we have some money-saving tips for further reading:

Fly-tipping is a bad idea.

There may be times when your rubbish exceeds your council allowance. Or you have bulky items that you cannot dispose of in the usual way. So, what to do instead? Get in touch with a skip hire specialist like Bookabin so that you can get rid of that rubbish efficiently and safely.
Sadly, however, a few people instead choose to dump their waste illegally – a practice known as fly-tipping.

White fridge placed in the middle of a city service lane. Fridge has an angry face drawn on it.
Fridges are often fly-tipped

Fly-tipping is terrible for our economy.
Fly-tipping remains a burden for local councils, costing vast amounts of money in cleanups. Imagine all of the better things that could use such wasted money. All of those costs of clearing up illegally dumped waste have to be paid for somehow, and inevitably, it’ll be you footing the bill through your rates.
Fly-tipping is illegal. If you get caught, you could be hit with a fine and even a prison sentence, costing you not only money but also your freedom.

Large amount of household rubbish illegally dumped around a blue commercial waste container.
Fly-tipping costs the ratepayer

A quick way to lower land value.
All of that illegally dumped waste has a negative impression on your neighbourhood, dragging down nearby house prices – including your own.

Illegally dumped rubbish, including an old couch dumped on an urban street.
Rubbish on the street looks bad

The effects aren’t just financial.
There are substantial environmental effects that it has on an area and its human and non-human population. Just think of some of the toxic substances that many household goods can contain, killing a wild animal or child if swallowed. Poisonous substances can sink into the earth and prevent the growth of fresh greenery. Then, there’s plastic, which has notorious strangulation potential for children. Bags of rotting food attract flies and rats, the latter potentially bringing disease.

More Insider Guides To Hiring a Skip

We couldn’t cover all skip bin hire questions in the last post, so here’s more of your questions answered. As they say, “Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.” ― Voltaire

How high can I fill a skip bin with rubbish?
Skip bins should not be filled any higher than the top of their sides. They should be filled to prevent material spillage from the skip bin either while stationary or in transit. (Suppliers face prosecution for unsafe or overweight loads).


What if I’m not finished with the skip bin by pick-up day? Suppose unforeseen circumstances mean that you have not finished with the skip bin. In that case, you should advise the supplier as early as possible. Provided the skip bin has not been booked out on another job, they can usually be flexible.

When and how do I pay for the skip bin?
All skip bin orders are paid for at the time of ordering on the website. We accept payment by all major credit cards over our secure server. Any additional charges for excess tip fees will be invoiced to you by the supplier directly.

How much does it cost to hire a skip bin?
It depends on the waste type, the size of the skip bin and your particular requirements. Just put your details on the website, and you’ll get an instant quote with our lowest price. No obligations. No hassle.

The Insiders Guide To Skip Hire

Bookabin has answered pretty much every question about skip bin hire that you could imagine! We love sharing, so here are some valuable answers to some of the questions.

What can’t go in the skip bin? Hazardous waste can not be placed in the skip bin. This includes TV’s, monitors, fridges, paints, solvents, liquids or any asbestos. To dispose of any of these materials, you need to contact your local council. They will provide you with a contact who can dispose of anything hazardous or not accepted in your skip bin (i.e. food waste). In some areas, the disposal of tyres and mattresses in the skip bin can incur additional charges. Your supplier will be able to advise you of these costs. Check our full Waste Type Guide.

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How long can I keep the skip bin?
Most suppliers allow you to keep a skip bin for between 3 and 5 days. If you want a skip bin for longer, the price that quotes includes keeping the skip bin for the number of days specified.

Can I get a skip delivered on Sunday?
You can order a skip bin for Sunday delivery using However, the choice of suppliers will be limited. If possible, request the skip bin to be delivered on the Friday or Saturday prior.

Can a skip bin truck get up my drive?
Your drive needs to be at least 3 metres wide for a standard truck with a 9 cubic metre skip bin (allow wider access if necessary for a larger truck). You should also ensure there are no low hanging trees, power lines or the like that may hinder the access and placement of the container at the time of delivery. Once ordered, you should contact your supplier and discuss the location of the skip bin if you think that access may be difficult. Most suppliers will have smaller trucks for tricky places.

Green Garden Waste Notes

What is green garden waste? Green waste is composed of biodegradable waste, which means it can be decomposed by the action of biological agents, especially bacteria. The below list is a good guide of what most Australian skip hire suppliers consider garden waste. Green waste is typically from garden waste, such as:

  • Leaves
  • Twigs
  • Grass
  • Tree trimmings
  • Small branches
  • Weeds
  • Bark
  • Tea leaves, bags and coffee grounds
Man tending a raised vegetable garden.
Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

What is Not Green Garden Waste?
That’s a good question! Below is a great list of items to keep out of any Garden Waste Bin:

  • Plastic products (including bags)
  • Large branches,
  • Tree stumps and trunks
  • Treated, painted or stained timber
  • Cabbage trees, bamboo or flax
  • Magazines or books
  • Fat and bones
  • Soil
  • Food waste
  • General waste

Download our FREE Backyard Landscaping Guide here!
So, let’s get out into the garden and start working on your backyard landscaping ideas, with the help of Bookabin’s skip bins. Bookabin offers green waste removal all around Australia. Landscaping can improve your home’s value or stop soil erosion or local flooding. We think landscaping is all about creating the perfect place to relax with your family and friends.

The Waste Hierarchy

The “waste hierarchy” ranks waste management options according to what is best for the environment. It is also a helpful tool to remember the order of importance when deciding which option to pursue first.  

Diagram of the waste hierarchy

The waste hierarchy can be roughly divided into two parts: those activities that can be carried out by individuals/operational teams in a home/organisation and those that are carried out by specialists outside the organization. Reduction, re-use and recycling are able to be undertaken at the level of the household, providing more opportunity for engagement by individuals in these activities, than in the recovery and disposal of waste.

Bookabin encourages you to consider recycling or reusing items that you may think you need to throw away. Check with your local charities if they would like to receive your clothes, furniture, brick-a-brack, books and other household items.

When you are ready to book a skip, we are ready for you. Check out our useful guides.

4 Top Reasons Why Skip Bins Get Overfilled

You’ve probably caught sight of skip bins that have been overloaded and had a laugh at the spectacle. Bookabin has got the low down on the 4 reasons for overloaded bins.

1/. Underestimating the skip bin size required. Here’s our tip. Before you type skip bin hire near me, make a visual survey of the amount of rubbish you intend to get rid of.

Two overloaded skip bins full of household rubbish.
Overloaded skip bins are a common problem

2/. Some people simply aren’t aware that a skip mustn’t be overloaded. It’s true! They’ll cram as much in as possible and use creative techniques to make the skip higher such as using doors, fence panels or even mattresses to increase the height of the skip bin walls.

What is Mixed Heavy Waste?
What is Clean / Hard Fill?

Wrecked caravan placed on top of a red skip bin
Definitely not a good idea

3/. Lack of awareness as to the skip bin’s weight capacity. Every skip bin has to be lifted onto a truck when it’s full, and a skip bin that’s too heavy can damage the truck. There is also a possibility the extra weight will make the truck illegal to be on the road.

An orange skip bin that has been overfilled with cardboard, plastic and household rubbish
There’s two skip’s worth of rubbish here!

4/. Finally, trying to save money by booking a smaller skip bin than you need. That’s a false economy and will ultimately end up costing you in the long run. Skip bin companies don’t take overloaded skip bins and you’ll still have to book another one, so for more information on skip bin hire Perth, skip bin hire Brisbane and skip bins Newcastle please go to

We have Australia covered!

We service Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth and just about everywhere in between.

We have something for everyone!

Moving house? Garden Clean Up? Renovation Project? Construction Site? Whether for domestic or commercial waste removal we have skip bins to suit your requirements.

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We can assure you that all online bookings and payments are completed over secure sites.

When size matters!

No matter how BIG or how small your waste removal requirements are we have skips to suit your needs. With skip bins from as small as 2 cubic metres up to as large as 30 cubic metres.

We are real people!

We have friendly customer service staff ready to assist you with any questions you may have; contact us via on-line chat.

We have got it sorted!

We have waste specific bins for all your rubbish removal needs. Including General Waste, Cleanfill/Hardfill, Green Garden Waste and Soil/Dirt.