Bin Size Guide

Choose the right bin size for your business based on waste type & how many bags you produce. Find out if you need a 240l, 660l or a 1100l commercial bin for your property.

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Which bin size do you need?

There are 3 bin sizes avaiable for free rental & delivery with Waste Managed.

These are the 240l, 660l & 1100l commercial bins.

When choosing the right size for your business you should consider the following:

  • type of waste (general, recycling, food, cardboard)
  • waste output (how many bags of waste you produce)
  • frequency of collections (weekly, or fortnightly)
  • storage space (do you have room for a larger bin on site?)

Before selecting a bin size, it is important for business owners to also choose the correct waste type. Waste collectors can refuse to collect bins that have been cross-contaminated as this can result in fines.

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Typical bin sizes by business type

If you are unsure of your likely waste output, you can view these examples of bin sizes commonly used by businesses:

240 Litre

Small offices, Small shops, Salons

660 Litre

Offices, Small pub, Small Hotels

1100 Litre

Restaurants, Hotels, Offices, Shops & more

Understanding common waste types

General waste

Non-recyclable plastics, contaminated packaging, wet cardboard, non-hazardous cleaning products, used tissues, coffee grounds.


Paper, cardboard (packaging, juice boxes), metal cans, plastic bottles (clear and colored), newspaper, magazines, paper bags, HDPE plastic jugs, PET plastic bottles.


Spoiled fruits and vegetables, expired yogurt and milk, moldy bread, leftover food scraps, coffee grounds and tea bags (if not composted), eggshells, and meat bones.


Beverage bottles, food jars, condiment containers, and unbroken dishes or glasses.


Syringes, bandages, dressings, blood vials, expired medications, and any other medical items.


Packaging, cereal boxes and other food containers, empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls, and even corrugated cardboard used for furniture.

Choose the right size bin for your business

If you are already producing waste then you can enter the amount of waste bags & waste type into the calculator below to find a recommended bin size.

This is to help you estimate your ideal bin size to ensure that you can safely manage your waste while remaining under weight limits. If you exceed the weight limit the collection can be refused. 

We advise choosing a size above if you are unsure.

You can always switch to a smaller bin later if you need to. 

240 Litre Bin Specifications

The 240l two wheeled bin is perfect for smaller businesses that have a low waste or recycling output.

Here’s a breakdown of our 240L bin hire and collection service specs & features:

  • Ideal for: Businesses generating 4-5 bags of waste (of any type) between collections.
  • Collection Frequency: Choose weekly, fortnightly, or monthly collections to fit your waste volume.
  • Bin Capacity: 240 liters, which holds roughly 5 full bags of waste.
  • Accepted Waste Types: General waste, dry mixed recycling, food waste, glass waste, and even clinical waste (with special bins).
  • Lid Security: Most bins have non-lockable lids, except for those designated for clinical waste.
  • Mobility: All bins come with 2 wheels for easy maneuvering.

240 Litre Bin Dimensions

By choosing the right bin size and collection frequency, you can streamline your waste management process and avoid paying for unnecessary services.

The maximum weight allowance is determined by the waste type a business is disposing of.

  • General waste: maximum 10kg 
  • Dry mixed recycling: maximum 10kg 
  • Glass waste: maximum 50kg 
  • Food waste: maximum 80kg 

660 Litre Bin Specifications

If your business generates an average of 10-12 bags of a given waste type between collections, a 660L bin will be a good fit.

This ensures each bin can hold and securely store your waste until collection, which we’ll organise on a schedule that suits you – weekly, fortnightly, or monthly.

  • Collection frequency: Weekly, fortnightly, or monthly
  • Capacity: 660 litres, or about 12 full bags of waste
  • Waste types: General waste, dry mixed recycling
  • Lockable lids? Yes (optional)
  • Number of wheels: 4

660 Litre Bin Dimensions

660L wheelie bins measure 1.26m wide by 0.72m deep by 1.3m high, including the wheels.

This size is consistent across 660L wheelie bins for different waste types.

The waste type will determine the maximum weight allowance for your 660L bins: 

  • General waste: maximum 35kg 
  • Dry mixed recycling: maximum 20kg 

1100L Bin Specifications

We’ll deliver the bins to you, collect them on your preferred schedule (weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly), and handle all the transportation and disposal.

Need a high-capacity option? Our large 1100L bins are ideal for businesses that generate a lot of waste. We’ll provide as many as you need, free of charge!

  • Collection frequency: weekly, fortnightly, or monthly 
  • Capacity: 1100 litres, or about 18 full bags of waste 
  • Lockable lids? Optional
  • Number of wheels: 4 

1100L Bin Dimensions

Regardless of the waste you need to dispose of, 1100L wheelie bins provide a spacious option with standard dimensions of 1.26m wide, 1m deep, and 1.4m high (including wheels).

The waste type will determine the maximum weight allowance for your 1100L bins: 

  • General waste: maximum 65kg 
  • Dry mixed recycling: maximum 35kg 

How can I check the size of my current bin?

Know where to look on the bin itself for the size information. 

It’s usually printed on the bin during manufacturing and will include details like the manufacturer, the bin’s size in litres, and the maximum weight it can hold. 

The location of this information can vary depending on the bin model, but you’ll typically find it on the top, rim, or bottom of the bin.

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