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How Much Does Rubbish Removal Cost?

$50 - $150 per m3

    How Much Does Rubbish Removal Cost?

    Rubbish removal services in Australia are an average of $75/m3 for household removal and $100/m3 for commercial removal. It can also range from $30 to $80 per hour, depending on the area and the experience of the company providing the services. Those who only need the rubbish to be sorted through can expect junk removal prices to be an average of $50 per hour.

    City Average Rubbish Removal Cost (m3)
    Sydney $70 – $150
    Melbourne $50 -$130
    Brisbane $50 – $100
    Canberra $50 – $130
    Perth $60 – $150
    Hobart $50 -$90
    Adelaide $50 – $90

    Factors Impacting the Cost of Rubbish Removal

    Type of rubbish – The type of waste that needs to be disposed of is one of the main factors that determine the cost. Some items require special handling with particular gear or tools required, and the waste needs to be taken to a specific site or facility to be tossed out.

    Amount of rubbish – The amount of rubbish that is discarded in a landfill is an additional factor that determines the cost. Landfills typically charge based on per ton.

    Location – The location of the waste also affects the cost. Some companies may charge more. This depends on how far they have to travel and whether the site is difficult to access.

    Labour – The number of people required to remove the waste is a factor taken into consideration when calculating the cost. Some specialists may be needed, or advanced tools or equipment may be required to correctly remove the rubbish, which can increase the overall cost.

    Price Estimates for Different Types of Rubbish Removal

    Type of Waste Average Cost 
    Green Waste $30/m3
    Concrete $10 – $20/m3
    Abestos $40 – $50/m2
    Pallet $5 per pallet
    General Rubbish $50 – $130
    Furniture/Piano $75 -$90 per hour
    Appliance $40 – $120 per hour

    Difference between Rubbish, Tree (And Stump) & House Removals

    Rubbish – Rubbish removal is any household waste that must be removed. Rubbish removal prices range from $5 per cubic metre. Rubbish removal fees vary depending on the location and the type of rubbish that must be removed.

    Tree & Stump – Tree and stump removal is necessary when trees are damaged or have died. Some property owners may also want to remove trees or stumps to boost the quality or functionality of their landscaping. It is typically $5 to $10 per diameter of the stump to be removed. The cost to remove soil per cubic metre is $10 to $25.

    House Removal – House removal is when a building has been demolished, and the materials must be discarded from the site. House removal costs are typically higher due to the amount of debris that must be removed from the property, which can require a team of professionals to complete the task. The average cost is $75 to $150 per square metre. This can also include removing concrete on the property. The average concrete removal price is $5 to $10. House removal can also include removing rubble on the property. Rubble removal prices are $30 to $80 per hour.


    two mini excavators and two trucks outside a home

    Excavators can be required to remove debris from a home demolition / Source: Fleck Rubbish Removal & Mini Excavations

    Rubbish Removalist vs Skip Bin Price Comparison


    • Rubbish removal – For rubbish removalists, larger items like furniture or appliances cost more to remove due to their size and weight. The mattress removal price can range from $75 to $150.
    • Skip bins – The price of skip bins varies depending on the size of the container that is rented. 3m3 skip bins are an average of $350 to $375. Bins sizes 6 to 12 cubic metres are available for larger demo projects and are an average of $700.

    Type of waste

    • Rubbish removal – Radioactive materials or asbestos require special equipment to handle the rubbish safely and limit contact. Specific licenses are needed to treat different types of waste that are more dangerous or hazardous to handle and require specialised training. Most businesses don’t accept hazardous waste like paint or liquids.
    • Skip bins – The type of waste discarded shouldn’t affect the cost of the rubbish placed in skip bins, but there are a few restrictions. Stumps larger than 150mm in diameter can not be disposed of.

    How to Hire a Rubbish Removalist

    How to Create an Accurate Estimate

    • Determine how much rubbish you have to remove to determine the average cost of rubbish removal when getting quotes from local companies.
    • Evaluate the different type of rubbish on your residential or commercial property.
    • Determine when the rubbish needs to be removed.

    Licencing and Qualifications

    • Ask if the professional has a license.
    • Request to see their license when scheduling a consultation.
    • Contact the state to confirm their license and experience in the industry while also reviewing any complaints.
    • Request references and ask former customers if they were satisfied with the services provided.

    How to Save Money Hiring a Rubbish Removalist

    • Hire a new company in the industry or one with less experience.
    • Request removal of the rubbish during the off-season.
    • Ask about specials or deals that are available.
    • Write an online review to obtain a discount.
    • Ask if they can price match with competing companies in the local area to lower the waste removal cost.



    * The cost data is based on Oneflare and third-party sources

    Real Oneflare Customer Quotes

    Owen's Rubbish Removalist Job

    Location PinBrisbane, QLD
    Type of removal

    Furniture removal

    Items removed

    2 x mirrors and 1 coffee table

    When needed


    $250inc. gst

    Quoted by Daniel's Garden Maintenance

    Daniel's Rubbish Removalist Job

    Location PinMelbourne, VIC
    Type of removal

    Rubbish removal

    Items removed

    8 pallets, carpet and rubbish

    When needed


    $250inc. gst

    Quoted by Mr Tidy

    Alec's Rubbish Removalist Job

    Location PinMelbourne, VIC
    Type of removal

    Furniture, rubbish & metal

    Items removed

    Broken furniture, 2 x bins of rubbish, 2 x metal rods

    When needed


    $75inc. gst

    Quoted by Popeye Rubbish removals

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