Old habits die hard, and even as we get better at recycling, it’s fair to say we toss loads of things in the bin without considering whether they could be recycled or not. We’ve all been there, but there are better ways to dispose of your waste. The last thing we want is for everything to end up in the landfill as it has been in years past. The first step to knowing what to do with excess household rubbish is learning the different types of household rubbish.
Types of Household Rubbish
You can break down household rubbish into five categories.
- Solid Waste
Solid waste is a term that encompasses a multitude of waste. In addition to general waste that should go straight in the bin, this also includes plastic waste you can separate and recycle. As well as packaging materials that can be recycled, such as newspapers and cardboard. Metals and tins are also common household waste, but many of these are also recyclable. Glass and ceramics can also be recycled and are classed as solid waste.
There are so many different types of rubbish and so many things that should be recycled it’s difficult to keep up. However, a rubbish removal company can handle that for you. They will ensure the right items get to the correct facility so that you don’t have to.
- Organic or Green Waste
Organic waste includes food waste, manure, rotten meat, and garden waste. With time, this waste material will transform. However, you can’t dispose of it just anywhere. When the organic waste reaches the landfill, it produces methane. You should always use the council’s food bins or get a garden bag to ensure proper disposal.
- Recyclable Waste
It might feel disingenuous to have a recyclable category when some recyclables were mentioned above. However, many recyclables aren’t part of your standard solid household rubbish. A recyclable item is anything that can be converted into another use. We touched on papers and metals, but this also includes batteries, computers, phones, and furniture! If in doubt, check the label to see whether something can be recycled. If there’s no label, reach out to a rubbish removal service that can advise you accordingly.
- Hazardous Waste
It includes flammable, corrosive, or toxic waste. Not only can hazardous rubbish harm the environment, but it can also harm you if you dispose of it incorrectly. The best way to deal with hazardous waste is to find a company to handle rubbish removal Sydney.
- Liquid or Chemical Waste
You might not think of liquid waste as household rubbish, as it’s more likely to be an issue in the commercial or industrial side of things. However, paint, waste detergent, dirty water, and organic liquid are all classed as liquid waste. If you have liquid waste and you don’t know what to do with it, contact Cheapest Load of Rubbish to take care of it for you.
Where To Take Excess Rubbish
- The Local Tip
There are three major landfills in Sydney. It’s where more than a third of Sydney’s daily waste ends up, and it’s where non-reusable, non-recyclable waste goes.
- Weekly Council Bin Connection
You have an opportunity to get rid of waste once a week through your normal bin collection. Ensure that all of your waste is in the correct bin and you know when to put your bins out. Learning to sort your rubbish will be your biggest win against household waste. If the bins are normally overflowing before collection day, it’s because you’re doing something wrong.
Your green bin is for garden/green waste, while your general waste should be in the red bin and recycling in the yellow one.
- Council Cleanup
When it’s Council CleanUp time, they will collect e-waste, bundled green waste, bulky items, old appliances, and mattresses.
In addition to your weekly council bin collection and the annual Cleanup, your council will provide you with two free pick-ups throughout the year. It includes items like mattresses, electronics, old appliances, and more. It does not, however, include hazardous waste or chemicals. So, be sure you are contacting the council for the right items. For everything else, a professional rubbish removal company can help.
Dangers of Dumping Rubbish
With so many different types of rubbish, getting it wrong can have dire consequences to the environment and your fellow citizens. You can be fined $4,000 for illegal dumping, which is a big risk to take when a service can handle that rubbish for you and at a much lower cost. The most common items dumped illegally include old appliances, furniture, garden waste, and tyres. All of these items can be collected or dropped at the right landfill or recycling point, so there’s no need to dump them illegally.
You can use a professional rubbish removal service to ensure the right waste makes it to the landfill. The rubbish removal service will also ensure the rest gets recycled properly. The best bit is you don’t even have to separate it into all the different types of rubbish;Cheapest Load of Rubbish will do it for you.