Australia generates millions of tonnes of waste every year. The latest figures show that it was almost 80 million tonnes at last count, which was a 10% increase versus the previous year. That is the equivalent of 471 Sydney Opera Houses (by weight). Australian households account for just over 16% of the tally, with the construction and manufacturing industries being the biggest issues at closer to 17% each. From plastic and organic waste to hazardous waste, there are a variety of waste types and they meet very different ends. Though we do have a large amount of waste, not all of it ends up going to landfills. 

As the population grows, so does the amount we waste, even though recycling rates have steadily increased over the last two decades. According to 2022’s National Waste Report, we are still sending more organic waste, plastics, and textiles to landfill rather than recycling them. Paper and cardboard are at almost 50/50 split, while hazardous waste remains an issue. The report shows that the largest source of waste is building and demolition, ash, and organics. In terms of construction waste, the vast majority is properly recycled, but there is still much more to do. It’s something every household can improve upon and contribute to. 

Disposing of Rubbish in NSW 

The best way to dispose of rubbish in NSW is by following the council’s guidelines. General waste should be disposed of in your household waste bin, just like recycling and garden waste should be put in the correct bin. If you have additional waste that is either too much to fit in your bins or you are doing special clearouts, you should look into how to properly dispose of it. The council will generally provide a limited number of additional pickups throughout the year, but you can also enlist the services of a professional rubbish removal team. 

A professional rubbish removal team can uplift everything from old furniture, mattresses and white goods to clearing out estates, clearing garden waste, and even construction and renovation rubbish. Alternatively, you can load up your car or rent a ute to haul away your excess rubbish to the appropriate centre, whether you are looking to recycle it or offload it. 

Construction & Renovation Rubbish 

From rubble and dirt to plasterboard and beyond, construction and renovation projects produce large amounts of waste. It’s easy to simply toss everything into the skip without a second thought, but that means a lot of recyclable items head to landfills. 

New South Wales had the largest number of demolitions approved during the period, which means that with a 76% increase in approvals, a lot of construction waste was created. Construction waste has a fairly high recovery rate, which means that the majority of materials are being recycled or reused. However, that still leaves mega tonnes of waste that is not being properly recycled or reused. Construction sites and renovation projects should aim to segregate waste by whether it’s recyclable to make hauling it to the correct centres as simple as possible. Whether you call in a professional rubbish removal company or not, segregating waste on-site is more straightforward than trying to do so after. 

The Benefits of Recycling 

The more you recycle, the less waste ends up in landfills or incineration points. Paper, plastics, glass, aluminium, construction waste and so much more can be recycled. It doesn’t just save space in landfills, it also saves massively on production and energy costs, which has a positive impact on the environment. When we reuse materials we have already extracted, it prevents further extraction that damages the environment. 

Recycling Options in NSW 

There are recycling centres located conveniently across New South Wales, whether you are looking to get rid of old paint or recycle hard plastics. But with so many different centres dealing with different types of recyclables, it can be a confusing experience. The simplest way to handle recycling is by calling a professional rubbish removal company to haul away all of your waste and recyclables, the experts can properly sort your waste and ensure everything goes to the correct centre. 

How Cheapest Load of Rubbish Can Help 

If you are looking for rubbish removal in Sydney, then reach out to Cheapest Load of Rubbish. Cheapest Load of Rubbish Sydney rubbish removal company can haul away anything you are looking to clear out. Whether it’s a massive load of recycling or items heading to landfill. We offer a high level of customer service and strive to recycle up to  80% of the items we uplift. We value the environment and we are always seeking ways to support the community. If you need help clearing out or cleaning up, use our online form to schedule your no-obligation quote. We will send a team out to your property to assess your rubbish and provide you with a quote.