General Waste And Recycling

 

Read below to gain an understanding of General Waste And Recycling and the different waste and recycling bins/services available.

Waste types collection ready for a bin
Commingled Recyclables Waste

Commingled Recyclables

Commingled or co-mingled products are the recyclable packaging of your everyday food and beverage products and include the bottles, cans, cartons and paper found in both offices and homes. By recycling these products, you can save on your general waste costs (as these services are generally cheaper than waste removal), help the environment by reducing the space required at landfill and do your bit to contribute to a circular economy. Commingled products are sent to a sorting facility where they are separated into their individual waste streams such as glass, metal and plastic. These waste streams are then sent on to be recycled into new products. You'll generally find these bins are smaller in size, transportable with wheels and have a yellow lid.

Allowed

  • Aluminium Cans
  • Steel & Tin Cans
  • Plastic Bottles & Containers
  • Plastic Pots, Tubs and Trays
  • Glass Bottles & Jars
  • Light Paper & Cardboard
  • Clean Foil

Prohibited

  • General Waste
  • Plastic Bags
  • Bubble & Plastic Wrap
  • Waxed Cardboard
  • Foam & Polystyrene
  • Tissues & Paper Towels
  • Food Scraps
  • Food Packaging & Wrappers
  • Non-Recyclable Packaging
  • Broken Ceramics & Glass
  • Paper & Cardboard
  • Hazardous Materials**
  • Dangerous Goods***
General Waste Waste

General Waste

While recycling or re-use is always the best option, there is often still a need for disposal of any non-recyclable waste. This is know as general, putrescible or household waste and includes all materials that are not fit for recovery or recycling such as waxed cardboard, plastic bags and residual food scraps. Bin sizes and types can vary, some with wheels for mobility, some bags for ease of use and others that can compact the waste on site. It is collected by trucks that can compact and/or transport the waste to a transfer facility for additional compaction before going to landfill. While some landfills are equipped to capture some of the gases that are created and convert them to electricity, general waste is our biggest contributor to landfill space and the consequential greenhouse gases created. Separating your waste streams for their recyclable component can contribute to reducing these factors as well as the cost to transport and dispose of the waste. Just remember, your general waste bin will have weight limits and additional costs if it becomes too heavy so make sure you only place light materials in this bin and also that Skip Bags are unable to take food waste and putrescible (likely to decay, spoil or putrefy) items.

Allowed

  • General Household Rubbish¹
  • Light Commercial Waste
  • Light Furniture & Appliances
  • Light Construction Waste
  • Food Packaging & Wrappers
  • Non-Recyclable Packaging
  • Light Garden Waste*
  • Paper & Cardboard*
  • Plastic Materials*
  • Broken Ceramics & Glass*
  • Aluminium, Steel or Tin Cans*
  • Clean Foil*

Prohibited

  • Tyres and Rubber Products
  • Gas Bottles & Canisters
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Mattresses
  • Batteries
  • Liquid Waste
  • Soil, Sand, Clay, Rocks & Turf
  • E-Waste (VIC only)²
  • Other Hazardous Materials**
  • Dangerous Goods***
* Even though these materials are acceptable in general waste, we encourage you to use an appropriate recycling bin selection to reduce landfill. Generally costs for recycling services are less than general waste services.

¹ Skip Bags - Please note that any type of food and/or putrescible (likely to decay, spoil or putrefy) waste are unable to be placed into Skip Bags.

² E-Waste Victoria - E-Waste is prohibited for disposal in General Waste bins in Victoria only, although we highly encourage you to dispose of e-waste via a dedicated e-waste service.
Container Deposit Scheme Waste

Container Deposit Scheme

Container deposit schemes are gradually being established across Australia in an effort to increase recycling and reduce the amount of recyclable waste that ends up in landfill. With Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia planned for the near future, established schemes are now running in Queensland, New South Wales, ACT, South Australia and the Northern Territory. Eligible containers include most plastic, aluminium and glass drink containers with sizes between 150ml and 3 litres. They need to be empty, unbroken and display the refund mark. This includes most soft drink, pre-mixed alcohol, beer, cider and water bottles and cans. These containers are then sent to recycling facilities to be recycled into new products. Working with industry partners, we can provide a bin to be placed at your location to collect these containers. Contact us today to discuss your requirements and obtain a quote.

Due to the nature of Container Deposit Scheme jobs we will provide a custom quote.
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Important notice

Please note that acceptance criteria varies across States and Territories. Have a look at our Allowed and Prohibited lists below to get an understanding, however in order to receive information about the most recent regulation, please visit you local council website.

Unless noted otherwise, Hazardous Materials** and Dangerous Goods*** are strictly banned in all waste streams. If you are not sure or have a requirement to dispose of any of these types of items please contact us and we will find a solution for you.

**Hazardous Materials - Unless explicitly allowed, Hazardous Materials include Aerosol Cans, Tyres, Batteries, Asbestos, Chemicals of any kind, Oil Heaters, Gas Bottles, Fire Extinguishers, Old Insulation, Fibro, Fibreglass roof sheeting, Fibro-cement sheeting, Ammunition, Flares, Paint, Paint Related Products, Other Prescribed or Hazardous Wastes, Bio Wastes or any Liquid or Flammable Waste like Fuel and Oil, Poisons, or any other Liquid Waste. If you are not sure or have a requirement to dispose of any of these types of items please contact us and we will find a solution for you.

***Dangerous Goods - Unless explicitly allowed, Dangerous Goods include Explosive Substances and Articles, Gases, Flammable Liquids and Solids, Self-Reactive Substances and Solid Desensitized Explosives, Substances liable to spontaneous combustion, substances which, in contact with Water, emit Flammable and/or Toxic Gases, Oxidizing Substances, Organic Peroxides, Toxic Substances, Infectious Substances, Radioactive Material, Corrosive Substances, Miscellaneous Dangerous Substances and Articles. If you are not sure or have a requirement to dispose of any of these types of items please contact us and we will find a solution for you.