One of the great things about living in Australia is our rubbish removal service. All you need to do is put the items into the right wheelie bin and the council will take care of the rest. Despite the simplicity of it, many people don’t follow (or don’t know) the rules of the bins themselves. So, we’re here to help.

Types of Bins

Three types of wheelie bins are available. First, you have the general waste bin. This is marked by a red lid. Some of the items that go into this bin include things like; food waste, foam and product packaging, plastic bags and food wrapping, glassware, crockery, and nappies. As a general rule, if you can’t recycle it, it should be placed into the general waste bin. These bins are collected weekly.

The next type of bin is the yellow bin. This is for recyclable items. Some common examples of things that can be included in this bin are; soft drink bottles, milk bottles, other plastic bottles and containers, tubs, glass bottles, glass jars, cardboard containers, aluminium or steel containers, cardboard items, and paper products. Anything with a grade of 1,2 or 3 will be able to be recycled. When placing these items into the bin, make sure that they are all put in loosely. Don’t package them into bags before placing them in, as this will make it harder for them to process at the plant. If you are unsure about whether or not something can be recycled, make sure to check your local council’s guidelines. These bins are collected fortnightly.

The third type of bin is for gardening waste and has a green lid. This can include things like lawn clippings, leaves, garden pruning’s, and small sticks. Like recycling, you’ll need to put them loosely into the bin, rather than placing them into a bag. You might need to request a green bin. These will be collected fortnightly.

Running Out Of Space

A common problem, particularly when recycling, is running out of space in your rubbish bin. Or you might have missed the collection date and have a backlog of rubbish. Your local City Council isn’t going to come out and collect your bin, unless it’s the actual bin day. You also can’t leave bags next to the bin – the garbos won’t collect it and you could actually face a fine for littering! So, you have three choices. You can either keep everything in your home or garage and then fill your bin up the following week, or you can find your nearest tip and dispose of any excess waste.

The final thing you can do is consider a rubbish removal company. For example, a rubbish removal Sydney team will come to your home, collect the rubbish and take it away. This can be a great option to explore if you accidentally miss the collection date.

Rubbish removal Sydney is a very efficient service, ensuring all households will be able to deal with their waste safely. If you have any further questions, check out our FAQs below, or get in touch.

What is a Wheelie Bin?

A wheelie bin is a name given to the bins that the council trucks will pick up. It’s called this because of the wheels which are placed under the base, making them easier to move. As mentioned, you will often have two bins. One with a red lid, and one with a yellow lid. However, in some council areas, you can apply for a garden waste bin. This will have a green lid. There are multiple different bin sizes available, depending on where you live. You can choose from a 240L, 120L, 80L, 70L, or 50L.

How Often is the Wheelie Bin Collected?

The exact collection times will vary, depending on your local council’s rules. However, your red bin, for general waste, is emptied once a week. Your yellow bin, for recycling items, will be emptied once every fortnight. If you have a green lidded bin, for garden waste, this will be emptied once a fortnight. To make sure that you don’t have any issues with the collection service, place the bins no more than a metre away from the curb. They should also be at least 30 centimetres apart. This will ensure that the council trucks can pick them up easily.

How do I Get a New Wheelie Bin?

In some cases, you might have damaged your wheelie bin or had it stolen. In this case, you need to make sure that you solve the issue as promptly as possible, otherwise, you will need to continue to take your rubbish to the tip. To apply for a new bin, you will need to get in touch with your local council. In the Sydney area, you will need to fill out this form to have the bin repaired or replaced. Generally, they will respond promptly to these requests. If you need a new wheelie bin, it will be delivered to your property.

What are Wheelie Bins Made From?

Many people would be surprised to learn that their wheelie bins are made polyethylene (PE) and contain recycled materials. Because of the harsh conditions that they need to endure, they have been extensively tested. For example, they need to make sure that the bin can withstand the pressures of being exposed to the sun, wind, and rain. They also need to make sure that they can handle being moved and bumped frequently.

What is the Return and Earn Program?

In combination with the rubbish removal program, the NSW government has implemented a Return and Earn program. This program allows households to collect aluminium cans and plastic bottles. You will then be able to return them to a Return and Earn collection point. When you do, each item will be turned into cash, 10 cents for every eligible item. This can be a great way to encourage people to collect more rubbish and increase the number of recyclable items that are gathered.

Where Does all my Rubbish go?

Finally, you might be curious about where your items go after the council has collected them. The rubbish will be taken to a landfill site. Recycling items will be taken to a sorting centre. There, they will be divided into different types. For example, separated into paper, plastic, and glass. Then, they will be further processed and recycled. Garden waste will be taken and turned into mulch. To make sure that this process functions smoothly, you’ll need to make sure that you put the right items into the right bins.

Don’t have room in your wheelie bin?

No worries! The team at Cheapest Load of Rubbish are available to help with residential, commercial and construction waste. If your wheelie bin has run out of room then give us a call! We will be able to free up space so your bin is empty and ready to fill up again in time for your council collection.