Clearing up ‘cubic’ confusion

Clearing up ‘cubic’ confusion

Those who aren’t habitués of the waste industry can be bemused, or even confused, to find that waste companies tend to charge to dispose of their customers’ rubbish by the ‘cubic yard’ or ‘cubic metre’.

The main reason for this system of charges is to allow customers to compare prices across different firms. They can also compare these prices with the cost of skips – on a ‘like for like’ basis.

So charging by the cubic yard or metre is an attempt to provide some transparency to a potentially occluded and mysterious process.

By the way, should you want to convert cubic yards to cubic metres, you need to remember that a cubic metre is the equivalent of 1.3 cubic yards – or there are 0.76 cubic metres in one cubic yard (and, incidentally, one cubic yard is the same as 27 cubic feet).

On the other hand, you might find some – less open and transparent – companies provide quotes for removing waste by ‘the truck load’. For one thing, you can’t compare a price ‘per truck load’ with a price per cubic yard or metre. That’s like comparing elephants with giraffes, or footballers with darts players – since you don’t know the size of their truck, how ‘empty’ it is when it turns up at your property and how ‘full’ it needs to be before the operator says it’s full.

When you get prices for skips, you may be quoted for a ‘mini skip’ (these tend to hold two cubic yards of waste); ‘midi skip’ (four cubic yards), or a ‘builder’s skip’ or ‘large skip’. A builder’s or large skip usually holds six cubic yards of waste – but, sometimes, it can hold eight cubic yards. You need to confirm with the supplier which size of builder’s skip is meant before agreeing to hire it.

Importantly, though, once you know the cubic yardage that each skip holds, you can compare prices for these skips from various operators.

In addition – should you have a large amount of waste to dispose of – you may find some operators want to charge you a weight supplement, based on how heavy the load will be.

We’re keen that there’s no misunderstanding among our customers.

That’s not only why we’ve written this article but also why, at Waste King, we publish all of our prices for rubbish removal, both via skip and truck – in the interests of transparency and fairness to everyone. Our prices are always by the cubic yard/ metre and never by the truckload.

If you have any questions about what these prices mean or want to know how you can get the most cost-effective deal when it comes to collecting and disposing of your waste, contact us on:

Freephone: 0800 141 2778 or, from a mobile, call 01442 210034.

You can also email us at:

Further information from:

Glenn Currie, Waste King Ltd, 01442 216784 / 07761 577001;

Bob Little, Bob Little Press & PR, 01727 860405;

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