How to Dispose of Concrete: Skip Bin Hire Vs Drop Off

Green skip bin with concrete waste.

Need to dispose of some concrete waste? No matter the size of your construction or demolition project (and the volume of waste), there’s a disposal method to suit.

But which is best? Hiring a concrete skip bin or dropping it off at a recycling facility?

Let’s explore each of the options, how they work, and what situations they’re best suited to.

Concrete Skip Hire

A skip bin being emptied at Moreton Bay Recycling.

We’re excited to share that Moreton Bay Recycling has just introduced a new concrete skip bin option for our customers, in partnership with Jumbo Skip Bins!

Here’s how it works:

  • You can call Moreton Bay Recycling on (07) 3293 4949 to request concrete skip hire and get a quick quote
  • We’ll pass the details onto Jumbo and they’ll get back to you with scheduling details
  • Jumbo will organise your concrete skip bin delivery and will pick it up at the end of the hire period, before emptying it at Moreton Bay Recycling (with concrete disposal costs included in the fee)

Benefits of Concrete Skip Bins

Concrete skip bins aren’t suitable for every job, but they do have several benefits compared to the alternatives:

  • Convenient – Your skip bin is conveniently delivered to you and picked up when you’re done, so you’ll save time and fuel.
  • Accessible – You don’t need a truck or ute to dispose of your concrete waste.
  • Heavy Duty – The right skips can handle heavier pieces of concrete waste which would otherwise risk damaging the aluminium body of your truck.
  • Easy Loading – Most bins come with the option of a door that opens at ankle height that you can open, allowing you to easily drop your waste in using a wheelbarrow or small machine, and the bins themselves are just 1m-1.5m high on all sides.
  • More Load Time – You can have the bins sit there for up to a week and fill them gradually, with no extra charge (compared to tipper trucks that are hired by the hour or day).
  • Storage Capacity – During your hire week, your skip bin can double as a place to keep your concrete waste neatly contained.

7 Tips for Concrete Skip Hire

Planning to hire a concrete skip bin? Here are some tips to help you get the best value from your hire.

1. Keep it Clean

To get the best rate on your skip bin hire, only fill your bin with clean concrete waste so that it can go direct to Moreton Bay Recycling for processing (make sure no one onsite throws in their KFC box and coke can after lunch!).

Learn more about clean concrete waste and our accepted materials for dumping.

2. Communicate Any Changes

If your requirements change and you need to add other types of waste to the skip, you’ll be charged a higher rate for mixed C&D waste. But you must give prior notice to ensure the waste goes to the appropriate sorting facility. If you contaminate the concrete without notice and it gets tipped out at MBR, you’ll need to pay an extra fee for reloading and transporting the waste back to a suitable sorting facility.

3. Choose the Right Size

Infographic showing the different bin size options for concrete waste removal.

You can choose from 2m3, 3m3, and 4m3 skips, and 10m3 hook bins. To estimate the best size for the job, you can calculate the approximate volume of a concrete structure, slab, or pile by multiplying length (m) x width (m) x depth (m).

If in doubt, order the next size up — it’s often just a couple of dollars extra and it eliminates the risk of exceeding the fill limits (which would result in further fees). The 10m3 skip bin offers the best value (compared to hiring multiple smaller skips) and ensures you have plenty of space to work with.

4. Know Your Weight Limits

For smaller skips (2m3, 3m3, and 4m3), you’re limited by volume only — as long as you don’t exceed the fill line, your concrete waste won’t exceed set weight limits. For larger 10m3 hook bins, we have a 12 tonne weight limit. If you have large, dry chunky concrete with sizable gaps, you can get 1.25 to 1.5T per m3 (or a total of 8-9.6m3). If you have dry concrete rubble with minimal gaps, you can get 1.5 to 2T per m3 (or a total of 5-8m3).

5. Don’t Overfill

Infographic showing where concrete skip bins should be filled to.

Bins can be filled level with the top of the bin (also known as the water level), but no higher. This is to minimise the risk of concrete waste sliding or rolling off in transit. There’s a common misconception that the provided tarp is to hold extra waste in the bin, but this is only to prevent lightweight products from falling out. Jumbo will leave bins onsite if they’re overloaded and can’t be safely transported, and if they can’t retrieve the bin first go, an additional fee will apply.

6. Allow For Access

The most important access consideration is that the delivery truck needs to be able to reverse up to where the bin goes. The 10m3 hook bin requires the most space, as the truck will need to reverse up to the location in a 12-15m straight line. On that note, please don’t move the bins — trucks need to be able to pick up the bin where they dropped it off to ensure everything lines up. You should also consider overhead clearance for loading and unloading the bin, ensuring the area has no low hanging branches, roof eaves, or powerlines. Each bin also has different width requirements, but typically 3m is enough space for truck access.

7. Ask About Product Delivery Options

If you need concrete aggregates (or another recycled concrete product) delivered onsite, as well as a skip bin for waste, let us know when you call. In some cases, we may be able to load these products into your skip bin so you can save on delivery fees.

Concrete Waste Drop Off

A truck tipping concrete waste at Moreton Bay Recycling.

Although we’ve introduced the skip bin hire option, nothing else is changing — customers can still drop their concrete waste direct to our concrete waste facility here in Narangba.

In case you haven’t had the chance to visit yet, here’s how it works:

  • Load your concrete waste into your truck (or bring leftover mix in your agitator)
  • Arrive at our Narangba facility (check the location and opening hours here)
  • Call up Channel 20 on your UHF to let us know you’re here (or pop in at the site office if you don’t have a radio or if it’s your first visit)
  • We’ll let you know where to go onsite to dump your load and then you can be on your way
  • If needed, you can use the pump and agitator washout station or pick up products before you go (separate charges apply).

Benefits of Taking Waste Direct to Moreton Bay Recycling

Here are some of the main reasons you might choose to drop your waste off at our recycling facility:

  • Cost Savings – With concrete waste disposal from just $11.00 per m3 (roughly equivalent to $16.50 per tonne), it’s the most affordable way to dump your concrete waste (and costs less than commercial rates at council facilities).
  • Convenience – You might find it convenient to drop waste on your way to or from a job (we’re just 5-mins off the Bruce Highway).
  • No Space Needed – You don’t need to allocate space for a skip bin.
  • Flexible Timing – You don’t have to worry about scheduling pick up or delivery times or organising this ahead of time. Simply drop the waste at Moreton Bay Recycling during opening hours.
  • Clean Up – Use the offsite pump and agitator washout to clean up your vehicle before you go onto the next job or finish for the day.
  • Pick Up Product – If needed, you can also pick up recycled concrete product in the same trip.

Skip Bin vs Drop Off: Which Is Best?

The best option for you will depend on the kind of project you’re working on, what kind of transport you have available, the type (and volume) of concrete waste, whether you have space for a skip bin, and any time/budget constraints.

Whether you choose to hire a concrete skip bin or you drop your waste off with us, the important thing is that you’re doing the right thing by the environment and keeping concrete waste out of landfill.

Fortunately, with all the options here at Moreton Bay Recycling, we’ve eliminated most (if not all) of the barriers to recycling by introducing multiple options so that anyone in the Brisbane region can get their concrete recycled.

Book a Concrete Skip Bin

Want to book a concrete skip bin or drop concrete waste with us? Or still not sure which option is best? We’d be happy to help.

Our new concrete skip hire service is available to the Brisbane and Moreton Bay region. Or drop into our Narangba facility for concrete waste disposal 6 days per week.

Call the team on (07) 3293 4949 or email info@moretonbayrecycling.com.au to request a quote or find out more.

– Rory Crundall, Managing Director

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