Household waste can be a tricky arena to navigate. There’s a lot to process, particularly if rules and regulations in your area change somewhat frequently. With climate change at the forefront of everyone’s mind, it’s no wonder that we’re much more conscious about what we do with our waste. And our rubbish removal system has now reached a point where it is easy to navigate and making the world a better place. 

If you don’t have a rubbish removal system for your rubbish, then you should set about creating one. Here are a few tips on how best to categorise and dispose of your household rubbish.

Food Waste

This one might be the simplest to dispose of. Food waste generally goes into a green bag, which is disposed of on your rubbish collection day. Alternatively, food waste is also generally compostable. So, if you want to start a garden someday, then there’s no better place to start one than with a compost bin or compost pile on your property. Simply dispose of food waste atop the compost pile and let nature do its work.


One of the main things that everyone is becoming more conscious of is the harm that plastics are doing to our environment. Recycling is a great way to reduce that harm by turning a harmful single-use plastic into something else entirely. Nowadays, everyone has a recycling bin – anything that isn’t food or household garbage can generally be deemed recyclable. Rubbish removal in Sydney is controlled by the City of Sydney Council and the relevant bylaws. Check their website for a complete guide on what is considered ‘recyclable.’


Most household rubbish that isn’t food and can’t obviously be recycled falls into the ‘garbage’ category. This rubbish is ideal for your red lidded bins and goes out every week for your local rubbish truck to pick it up and take it to the landfill. If you have too much of this and don’t want stinky rubbish lying around for another week, you can call a rubbish removal company to pick it up instead.

Electronic Items

Most of your electronics that are old and you’d like to dispose of can’t go into your regular garbage, as they contain hazardous materials like batteries, and/or other metals that leach into the earth when they begin to decompose. This causes great harm to animals and humans, as soils can become contaminated, broken glass can find its way into the seas and other innumerable negative consequences to improper disposal. You need to dispose of electrics correctly – take them to your local recycling centre and they’ll take care of them.

Large Items

This category is specially reserved for very large household items such as appliances and other large items that can’t be easily broken down to be disposed of via recycling. So, then, how do you dispose of some of the larger items in the home? The lawnmower that stopped working years ago and has sat in the shed? The old oven and fridge from the renovation? Your kids’ previous mattress? The pool toys, long deflated? 

Fridges & Freezers: One of the challenges with disposing of fridges and freezers is that they contain potentially harmful chemicals utilised in the cooling process. These chemicals can cause damage to soils, should they leak from the back of a broken fridge. The proper way to dispose of a fridge or freezer would be to arrange a pick-up of bulky items by your local council. Simply call a rubbish removal company to arrange a day for collection of your fridge or freezer. 

Lawnmowers: Lawnmowers are a bit of both worlds when it comes to waste disposal, there are certain parts that are plastic and certain parts that are metal – and certain types of both plastics and metals can be successfully recycled or re-used. However, one thing that is most certainly not recyclable is gasoline and oil from within the mower itself. When you decide to retire your old lawnmower, you should definitely arrange a pick-up with the local council or a rubbish removalist, just to make sure that everything is handled properly. 

Mattresses: Depending on the age and design of your mattress, much of the fabric might well be recyclable in some way, however, if your mattress has metal springs in it, then those will need to be removed and properly recycled. This can be a tough task for anyone, as it requires time and a considerable amount of effort as mattresses are bulky enough. You can wait for the council to do their curbside pickup, or arrange a rubbish removal company pick-up for these. 

Couches: These are similar to a mattress, somewhat recyclable but difficult to manoeuvre and frankly, a pain to deal with. Rubbish removal Sydney will be able to assist you in your desire to get rid of the old couch. A rubbish removal company won’t just send these to landfill – if they’re in decent condition, they’ll be donated. In terrible condition, and away to the recycle centre they go. 

Rubbish disposal Sydney is, generally speaking, a fairly simple process. And when you have questions, Cheapest Load of Rubbish are here to help. If you are dealing with large items, don’t hesitate to call and ask specific questions about your larger items or arrange a pick-up. Household waste needn’t be so complicated and done properly, it can save you money and save your planet at the same time.