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Cost of Rubbish Removal Services

Last updated: 7th Jun 2019

Rubbish removal costs vary depending on the specific type of service required. On average, household waste removal is at approximately $79/m3. Commercial waste removal, on the other hand, has an average price of about $99/m3. If you only need a skip bin for getting rid of junk, you’ll need to shell out around $75/m3 for skip hire.

Where do these prices come from?

All prices stated in this article are based on FY 2018 pricing data compiled by The figures resulted from a comprehensive analysis of quotes submitted by Rubbish Removalists on the site from July 2016 to July 2017.

Rubbish removal prices from real customers

Patrick from SA: Garden Waste Removal
Job details: Removal of garden waste from property; approximately one skip load
Richard from NSW: Household Rubbish Removal
Job details: Removal of an old sofa bed; roughly less than one skip load
Leanne from SA: Mixed Rubbish Removal
Job details: Removal of mixed household rubbish, including green waste, from property; around two to three skip loads

Four factors that give value to removing rubbish

Rubbish removal prices may vary depending on the following:

  • Type of waste – Most rubbish removal companies only take common household trash such as paper and plastic. Larger items such as old furniture and heavy items like construction debris are usually charged a higher rate. Paint and other household chemicals are generally considered hazardous waste, which most rubbish removal businesses don’t accept.
  • Amount of waste – The amount of waste is oftentimes measured by volume. However, some heavy items such as construction debris are charged according to weight. The total rubbish removal cost also depends on the number of trucks needed to transport all the junk.
  • Location – The accessibility of the place where rubbish removalists will pick up the waste is another factor that affects the price. The farther the location and the harder it is to access, the higher the price that you’ll have to pay.
  • Labour costs – The amount of time it takes for two rubbish removalists to haul everything into the truck also adds to the total amount that you need to pay. If it takes more than an hour, you can be charged extra for labour costs.

Same service, differing rates

Cost of rubbish removal

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Household waste removal and skip hire services cost basically the same in three states across Australia. In New South Wales, rubbish removalists charge an average price of $89/m3 for these services. Meanwhile, Victoria residents are paying an average cost of about $75/m3 for household waste removal and skip hire. Queensland has the lowest average rate for these types of services at approximately $50/m3.

The average cost of commercial waste removal is at around $110/m3 in New South Wales, while rubbish removalists in Victoria are charging approximately $99/m3 for the same type of service.

For health and safety reasons, it is best to have all your household waste regularly picked up by rubbish removal experts. is the best place to look for a reliable rubbish removal company for the job.

Pricing information correct as at August 2017.

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