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.

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.