Skip Bags: Your Ultimate Guide - Pink Bins

Skip bags are the latest must-have for New Zealand homeowners. If you’re not familiar with them, they are basically large sacks that can be filled with waste and then easily disposed of. They make waste disposal a breeze, and here is everything you need to know about them.


What are skip bags?

Skip bags are large, sturdy bags that can be filled with waste and then disposed of. They are perfect for household projects or renovations, as well as for commercial or construction sites. 

Different types of skip bag

There are two main types of skip bag: general waste and mixed waste. General waste bags are for household waste only, such as food waste, packaging, and small electrical items. Mixed waste bags are for larger items, such as furniture, appliances, and construction materials.

How do skip bags work?

Skip bags are designed to be filled with waste and then lifted away by a truck or hiab. Once the bag is full, it will be sealed shut and taken to a landfill or our recycling centre. Skip bags come in two sizes, so you can choose the perfect one for your project. For example, if you’re doing a small home renovation, you might opt for our 1M3 bag. But if you’re working on a construction site, we have a 3M3 bag to accommodate all the waste.

How to choose the right skip bag for your needs 

Skip bags are a convenient way to collect and dispose of waste, whether you’re clearing out your home or undertaking a commercial project. But with so many different sizes and types of skip bags on the market, it can be tricky to know which one is right for your needs. Here’s a few simple tips on how to choose the right skip bag for your needs.

Size matters

The first thing you need to consider when choosing a skip bag is the size. Skip bags come in a range of sizes, from small 1m3 bags that are perfect for domestic use, up to large 3m3 bags that are ideal for commercial projects. Make sure you choose a bag that’s big enough to accommodate all the waste you need to dispose of—if, in doubt, it’s always better to err on the side of caution and go for a larger size.

Know your waste type

Not all waste can be disposed of in a skip bag—you’ll need to check with your local authority or waste disposal company to find out what types of waste are accepted. Generally speaking, most household waste can be disposed of in a skip bag, but there may be restrictions on things like electrical items, tyres, and hazardous materials. Once you know what type of waste you need to get rid of, you can narrow down your options and choose a skip bag that’s specifically designed for that type of waste. 

What are the benefits of using a skip bag

What are the benefits of using a skip bag?

There are several benefits to using a skip bag rather than a traditional skip.

Skip bags are more versatile: They can be placed on any level surface, including driveways, paths, and lawns. This means you’re not restricted to placing them on level ground like you would with a traditional skip.

Skip bags are easier to move around: They come with handles or loops that allow you to lift and move them easily. This is especially helpful if you need to move the bag around your property or to another location.

Skip bags cost less: Hiring a traditional skip costs more, especially if you need it for an extended period. Skip bags are a more cost-effective option.

How do I use a skip bag?

Using a skip bag is relatively simple – just follow these steps:

  1. Place the skip bag on the level surface where you will be working. 
  2. Fill the bag with waste material, taking care not to overfill it. Start by placing heavier items at the bottom of the bag, then fill it up with lighter items until it’s around three-quarters full.
  3. Lift the bag (if light enough) using the handles  to move it around your location 
  4. Once the bag is full, call Pink Bins and they’ll let you know when they can pick it up

Frequently asked questions about skip bags

Can I put food waste in a skip bag?


How long is a skip bag good for?

There’s no time limit on how long you can keep a skip bag.

Can I put hazardous materials in a skip bag?

No. Hazardous materials must be disposed of at a designated facility – they cannot be placed in a skip bag.

What happens if I overfill my skip bag

What happens if I overfill my skip bag?

If you overfill your skip bag, the company may refuse to collect it. This is because overfilled bags can be dangerous to handle, and they may not be able to fit into the collection vehicle. If this happens, you’ll need to remove some of the waste from the bag and dispose of it yourself.

Looking for a skip bag?

Our skip bags, or flexi bags as we like to call them, are the ideal answer for you if space is at a premium and you want waste disposal with flexible time limits. They are appropriate for situations where skip bins are considered “unappealing,” or if you don’t have a lot of space on your property. If deadlines are a bit of a mystery, don’t worry since you can fill it at your own leisure! When using a Pink Bag, there are no due dates.