Skip Bin Hire Comparison

Hands on Removal VS Skip Bin Hire

Skip Bin Hire Comparison

Hands on Removal – Skip Bin Alternative


Skip Bin Hire  VS  Hands On Removal Service

Skip Bin hire in Auckland is relatively easy. There are plenty of operators with a variety of sizes on offer for you to choose. Most people think they are cheap, fast and easy to use. There is a skip bin mentality that exists in the construction industry, with many building companies who don’t think outside this skip bin option. The reality is most of what goes into a skip gets driven to the transfer station and the contents are dumped as quickly as possible – destined for landfill to be buried in a hole in the ground. The two biggest skip bin hire companies (and many others) in Auckland have drivers working on contract (like couriers) who are paid on a “per skip emptied” basis – so their incentive is to get the skip to the tip as fast as possible so they can get back out to the next one. In the Auckland region skip bin companies run their pick-ups on a geographical zone, depending on where the skip is located will define where the contents will end up (usually the closest tip), so that the driver can be back on the road again as fast as possible. If you hire a skip bin in West Auckland the contents will probably end up at the Waitakere Transfer Station on the Concourse. South Auckland Skip Bins will end up at (Papakura or Pukekohe Transfer stations) and so on for skip hire East Auckland and North Shore Auckland skip hire.

Skip Bins in Auckland – The Real Cost

None of the extra costs are usually factored in when paying a bill for the skip hire. How many phone calls and how long did it take you or one of your team to make the booking? What was involved managing the arrival of the skip bin so it got put in the right place? The time and labour involved to fill the skip. Walking the items one by one into the skip takes time and is hard work. When you load a skip yourself or with your team, it is very rare to be able to maximise the capacity of that skip. Items need to get lifted up and thrown over the lip of the skip which is when accidents, sprains and injuries happen (time off with ACC – lots of paperwork for the Health and Safety rep if you are a business). The items land like a big “pick n stick” pile on top of each other with big air gaps in between. Things get broken and smashed during this process, and often need cutting down to fit in. Wet weather can cause construction materials like gib to double or triple in weight overnight, which can mean your skip is now overweight and extra charges will get added on. Then there is the added nightmare of others dumping rubbish in your skip, the phone calls to book a collection time in- plus the inconvenience of your loading zone or carpark being blocked until this is done. In public areas you have health and safety issues to consider and you may need to cover the skip with a net to prevent the wind blowing things out and fence off the area to stop curious people having a pick through. They are often graffiti ridden eyesores too.

Skip Bin Sizes

The common Skip bin sizes are usually 3m3, 4.5m3, 6m3, 9m3 and even 12m3 or 20m3. When you hire a skip bin in Auckland they come with a big list of “no’s”. Junk Run has 12m3 trucks and we can say “yes” to most things including furniture, tyres, polystyrene, construction waste, e-waste and lighting. We hand sort, separate and load to maximise what can be saved from landfill, and if anything can be used again, we make sustainability a priority, reallocating items through our extensive network of charities, community groups and social enterprises, people who fix and repair items and commercial recycling facilities- ensuring nothing ends up in landfill unnecessarily. Our expert team will load the truck efficiently, and you will only pay for the space taken up on the truck on the day – whether you have 2m3, 12m3 or more. We can get into places where a skip cannot, and if you are building it makes sense to keep your builders building and leave the waste up to us as the experts. Our pricing compares very favourably to the real cost of using skips if you factor in the labour and other items.

A skip bin with fly tipping around it.

Bin Hire – the environmental and community benefits of using Junk Run

Skip Bins and Flexibins eliminate any chance of repurposing or reallocating your unwanted items. Our mission and the reason why we get a kick out of work is to send your junk to a better place. We love finding smarter ways of reusing unwanted items, and we do just about anything we can to keep from adding to New Zealand’s landfill woes. We sniff out every little thing that can be reused, whether that’s putting your unwanted house or office furniture back into someone else’s office or home, sending building waste to be reused, or cardboard, timber, metals, glass and aggregate to be recycled, we work tirelessly to find a second or third life for your junk. We are certified by the Akina Foundation and we are at the forefront of the waste industry, recognised by local and national government, awarded by the Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Business network for or work to reduce the impact on the environment. We are the only waste company certified with an International ECO warranty ISO 14001 and all our team are Health and Safety (Site Safe) and First Aid certified.

Sorted builders rubbish and waste on a junk run truck.

Over 70% of the junk and waste we collect gets reused, reallocated, recycled and diverted away from landfill.

Learn more about our sustainability and corporate responsibility policies.

Green ferns.


Our partnerships with social enterprises, community groups, charities and carefully selected businesses allows us to reallocate lots of items away from landfill. Real time on the spot data to show you what we picked up and exactly where it ended up and who is enjoying it now.

Tablet device used for tracking waste materials.


We record real time data to offer total transparency on waste management to track and improve your sustainability goals. We itemise data on waste streams, efficiency, logistics and safety to accurately report on what waste was removed, where it ended up and who benefited from it.


See how Junk Run™ works to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

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