At – we love to find ways to help small businesses reduce their waste going to landfill in their general waste bin collection. We do this by helping them arrange low cheap recycling bins services that can save them money and of course also help the environment.


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Table of contents for this article include: 

I. General waste bin collection
II. General waste bin info
III. General waste bin hire
IV. General waste collection Perth
V. General waste collection
V. What is general waste
V. General waste disposal
V. Density of general waste
V. General rubbish removal
V. General solid waste
V. General rubbish bin collection service

General waste bin collection


In today’s blog – we asked some business owners and managers – “what do you hate throwing away in general waste bin collection – that you would love to recycle?


See our blog here on waste disposal near me.


Waster provides low cost waste and recycling waste bins services to small and medium Aussie businesses. You can boost your recycling and arrange low cost general waste bin collection – at cheap rates and on flexible 30 day agreements. You can book online or simply compare prices as below:


What do you hate throwing away in general waste bin collection?


Whether it is due to feeling bad about throwing away edible food or the cost involved through not recycling – many of us have our pet peeves.


Inspired to start a business

Some people such as Helen Andrew actually started a business due to these issues:


“I hate throwing away perfectly good food that I can’t consume. I hated it so much that it inspired me to create Spare Harvest. As a keen gardener, I experienced a seasonal glut of citrus. I had more than I could share with my network and finished the season burying the excess into the ground. There is so much backyard waste, both food and green, that I wanted to find a way to share it before it was wasted and sent to landfill. 


Although the focus on is on coffee cups, there is a substantial amount of waste generated in homes, garden and farms that could be shared if we knew someone who wanted it. Spare Harvest connects people so that they can share, swap or sell food and garden resources, diverting them away from landfill. As they say, your trash is another person’s treasure; Spare Harvest simply facilitates the connection.


My experience of wasting perfectly good food has now provided everyone with a simple and easy tool to reduce their waste footprint.”


Environmentally focused office based companies

Some office based companies such as Chromatix are focused on the environment. Irwin Hau says


“As a digital agency, we do our best to keep waste to a minimum, especially as most of our work is online and doesn’t need to be printed. It’s usually the lunch takeaway food containers and coffee cups that create the most waste. Our staff have proactively switched to reusable cups (which cafe’s are happy to use) and we have even found a creative and clean way to reuse scrap paper by adopting Paper Saver binders where possible which we use frequently in internal meetings.”

General waste bin collection recycling


Engaged people drive change


Melbourne based Jane Wilson helps drive change. She previously hated throwing away coffee pods (which can thankfully now be recycled using Terracycle recycling boxes.)


Working in Fantastic Cleaners in Melbourne – she helps promote nature friendly practices and cleaning. She also promotes cool topics through her blog at .



So there you have it – it shows how people can solve problems and improve environmental performance. Leaders like these are what drives change in a company and also in society!


For more info on general waste bin collection reduction – see our blog on recycling services.


See our blog on Christmas trees and carbon neutral waste management.

General waste bin info


General Waste Bin: when most people think of arranging waste collection services for their business, what they are usually thinking of is getting a general waste bin After that is sorted they can put in place a plan to optimise their waste management and potentially increase recycling and decrease costs. However, the first step is usually to book a general waste bin. provides a new offering in Australian waste services – we provide reliable and low cost, waste management and recycling services to business in all major metro regions in Australia (all based on flexible 30 day agreements – no need for long term lock in contracts). We currently provide services in the following cities and regions: Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong and the Central Coast, Brisbane and the Gold Coast, Adelaide, Melbourne, Hobart, Perth, Darwin and Canberra.



What General Waste Bin sizes does Waster offer


Waster offers the following bin sizes for general waste: small wheelie bin sizes such as 240 litre bins, 660 litre bins, 1100 litre bins and for your larger bin requirements; 1.5 cubic metre bins, 3.0 cubic metre bins and 4.5 cubic metre bins.


You can check out sizes and dimensions of bins below:

general waste bin sizes

Terms and Conditions for booking a general waste bin
All our services are delivered on flexible 30 day terms – this means that you do not need to tie yourself into a long term (often multi year contract that does not suit your business). You can check out all our terms and conditions here.


Our pricing model involves no hidden costs i.e. no bin rental, no site fee, no environmental fee, n account management fees and also no unwarranted price increases. You can check out all pricing inclusions here.


How to book your General Waste Bin service
It is really easy and straight forward to book your required waste or recycling service through Waster. Simply go to our online waste shop and select the service type and frequency you require. Follow the clear instructions and confirm your selection. Note: you can find detailed instructions on how to book your service here as well as an informative cartoon.


Once you have booked your service, a friendly Waster customer service agent will contact you to check if all your details are correct.  Once all details are confirmed, we will arrange delivery of your bin and commencement of your services.


You can check out our prices and services by pressing on the button below:

Once you have booked your service, you can read our article on bin collection days.

At – we blog a lot on the topics of reducing general waste bins going to landfill and boosting recycling  – i.e. recycling more plastic, cardboard, metal etc and hence seeing valuable commodities being reused in the global economy. Sometimes – you hear varying arguments for and against different recycling ideas – such as container deposit schemes – or money back schemes for bottles or drinks containers.


Due to the various info on the topic – and uncertainty as to whether these money back schemes are effective at reducing general waste bins going to landfill – we thought it would be good to take a quick look in this short blog post at the data available.


Waster provides low cost waste and recycling bin collections and grease trap cleaning to small and medium Australian businesses. We focus on smaller companies – as we can provide significant cost savings and help you really boost your recycling rates (and reducing general waste bin costs). Check out your bin options and costs online today by pressing the blue button:



Do money back schemes really help in reducing general waste going to landfill?
Schemes of this nature have been operation in South Australia and the Northern Territory for many years (and you may think it no co-incidence that Adelaide has been rankied as the greenest city in Australia! – see waste management Adelaide).


The simple result we see when looking at data available is that schemes of this nature have a very strong success record in reducing general waste bin collection and boosting recycling.


Reducing general waste recycling scheme


Quoting work by Peter Bragge, Breanna Wright and Liam Smith originally published at


“As part of the NSW process, we at BehaviourWorks Australia at Monash University recently reviewed research and data from 47 examples of CDR schemes or trials around the world. This work was commissioned by, but independent of, the NSW Environment Protection Authority.”


“The 47 CDR schemes recovered an average of 76% of drink containers. In the United States, beverage container recovery rates for aluminium, plastic and glass in the 11 CDR states are 84%, 48% and 65% respectively, compared with 39%, 20% and 25% in non-CDR states. The figures are similar in South Australia, one of the longest-running CDR schemes in the world: 84%, 74% and 85% for cans, plastic and glass compared with national averages of 63%, 36% and 36%.”


These significantly higher recycling rates are certainly positive when you consider the millions of drinks containers used in Australia every year and offer promising insights for future performance.




Study of research indicates that deposit schemes work for boosting recycling and help towards zero waste. These insights can be used in your own business – i.e. when incentives are in place – recycling rates tend to jump significantly. See our blog on how bin services and bin placement can help increase recycling.


See our blog on the negative impacts of shipping huge amounts of NSW waste to QLD in Brisbane waste collection services.

General waste bin hire


General waste bin hire: when you are a waste management provider, general waste bin collection is pretty much your core offering.


We are complete believers in and advocates for driving recycling as a key method to reduce your waste management spend, and help the environment.


Check out our articles on developing a waste management plan and also how you can make real financial savings by recycling your waste.


However, we never lose focus that delivering a high quality, low cost and extremely reliable general waste service is vital to our customers.


Why does Waster no charge rental fees for General waste bin hire?

Waster practises an extremely simple, straightforward pricing policy for our general waste services and recycling.


As long as your services are on a schedule of at least once a month, we do not charge any bin rental, site fee, environmental or other hidden fee.


You can see all our pricing inclusions here – and our terms and conditions here. You will see that everything is straightforward and written in plain English.


We do not charge rental fees for garbage cans as we believe they are unnecessary and simply complicate things for customers.


We try to keep things as simple as possible!


In theory – we do not charge general waste bin collection (dumpster services) hires at all.


We tailor our services to your business needs – such as wheelie bins for offices etc.


You can easily and securely book the bin sizes and rubbish collection as below online with Waster


240 litre general waste bin (wheelie bin)

660 litre general waste bin

1100 litre general waste bin

1.5 cubic metre general waste bin

3.0 cubic metre general waste bin

4.5 cubic metre general waste bin


Why do our prices per service decrease the more often they are collected?

We always seek to offer the sharpest prices and best value to our customers.


The more often you get your bins collected, we generally charge lower costs.


You can check out our rates and services for general waste bin collection by accessing the link below:


We offer significant pricing reductions for regular collections and also for multiple bins.


We pass back some of the efficiency cost savings from collections to our customers i.e. it is much more efficient to collect ten bins on one stop than one.


We thus reduce the cost for these services.


This efficiency also helps the environment regarding emissions and reduces traffic on our roads.




Arranging your bin services can be really easy and stress free with Waster.


Simply use our online booking portal as shown in the video below to easily and conveniently arrange your required service.


General waste collection Perth


General Waste Collection Perth: in these regular blogs we publish a couple of times each week,  we always talk about good news stories (and sometimes not so good) highlighting ways to boost recycling and cut costs. We have recently turned our focus more and more on a way forward for the Australian recycling industry – that is sustainable – and does not invest in unsustainable commercial waste collection Perth methods such as shipping our waste for processing offshore – mostly in China.


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We often speak about how dumping at landfill should be avoided where possible and look at ways of increasing recycling in your business.


We have argued in recent blogs – that the new generation of smart recycling facilities and landfills with gas capture mean that dumping organic food waste at landfill may not actually be that bad for the environment (I am waiting for lots of push back and criticism on that one off course!) – see organic waste processing.


We have argued – that with modern gas capture – the worst effects of landfills are avoided (for food waste) and with the latest tech for electricity generation – our landfills could one day be seen as powerstations – powering our cities with clean energy!


Today – we look at how many landfills there actually are and where you commercial waste collection Perth rubbish actually goes!


Waster provides low cost and reliable waste collection Perth and recycling services to small and medium Perth based customers. Our services are delivered on flexible 30 day agreements – so you do not need to worry about lock in contracts or the dreaded rollover clause again. We make life easy for your business – so you can actually focus on growing your operations. Check out your pricing options online by pressing the button below:


General Waste collection Perth – how many landfills are there?


According to a great article at :

“Surprisingly, we don’t know exactly how many landfills exist, where they all are, or how large they are. However, government data suggest that there are around 600 officially registered sites, and perhaps as many as 2,000 unregulated ones, most of them small.”

“Since the 1990s, the number of landfills in Australia has fallen but the average size has grown. These large sites are increasingly sophisticated and generally run by large private companies. Around 75% of landfilled waste in Australia goes to 38 sites.”


The map below shows the location of landfills in Australia:

Commercial waste collection perth


Queensland reports the most sites, followed by New South Wales and Western Australia.  Western Australia reports 110 landfills throughout the state.


As cities grow – we are already one of the most urbanised nations on earth – and regulations and capital required increase – we expect the number of landfills to decrease.


The good news is that the landfills we do have will become progressively more friendly to the environment.


We have covered similar topics in the past on waste collection Perth – such as rubbish bins Perth and how to organise grease trap Perth services.


Check out an informative (if advertising!) video from Caterpiller as below on how gas capture and power generation can work at a landfill – from your commercial waste collection Perth.



We also recently covered the proposed introduction of a cash for drinks containers programme in Western Australia.



General waste collection


General Waste Collection: We all know that a huge volume of waste ends up in landfill in Australia each year – and of course we are all seeking to reduce that number by boosting recycling and improving waste collection processes.


There are many good methods to reduce general waste collection ending up in landfill – such as reducing waste in the first place, boosting the usage of recycling bin services and investing in material recovery facilities.


However, have you ever asked yourself exactly how many landfills there are and how many tonnes of waste is disposed in them each year. We will seek to answer those questions in this blog post today.

Waster provides low cost waste and recycling services to small and medium Australian businesses – such as restaurants, dental surgeries, shops etc. We provide all our services on flexible 30 day agreements – so you never need to worry about the dreaded roll over clauses again. You can book your service – or just browse online prices in our portal below:

General waste collection – where does all the waste go?
According to the excellent website – – Australia sends c. 20 million tonnes of general waste collection to landfill every year. This number is estimated at around 40 percent of the total waste produced in Australia.


general waste collection


According to the article:


Waste in landfills falls into three major categories: household rubbish, commercial and industrial waste, and construction and demolition waste.”


“The average domestic bin contains 60% organic material, with the bulk coming from food (40%) and garden waste (20%). This is a primary source of landfill gas, mainly methane, which is produced when organic waste decomposes.”


“In 2013-14, the commercial sector generated 17 million tonnes of waste, representing just under a third of all waste in Australia. Around 7 million tonnes ended up in landfill. The major trends in commercial waste treatment include sourcing separated food and organics collection, and alternative waste treatment as levies and grants increase.”


When we look at these raw numbers – it is certainly possible to see clear room for improvements in diverting fro landfill and boosting environmental performance. As always – having a sensible waste management plan and good processes in place is the first place to start. You can also check out our blog on whether being sustainable can actually help your business sell to customers.



Conclusion on general waste collection:


In a recent blog – we covered how with modern technology in Australian in 2018 – we can recover large amounts of waste from general waste bins i.e. even if they are not sorted into recycling bins.


We have also covered in recent blogs how we can hugely boost national recycling rates by using available processes for items such as nappies and sanitary towels.


What is general waste?


What is general waste?: Waster makes no illusions about our commitment to boosting recycling and reducing your waste management spend. We do this for two general reasons; a commitment to helping the environment and planet and a realisation that reducing our customers overall costs is the surest way to keep customers happy and ensure they remain with Waster (after all – on our flexible 30 day agreements, it is vital to keep customers happy and their costs under control!).

When we begin speaking to new customers, they are always keen to know what sort of waste and recycling bins they should have (i.e. what general waste bin sizes – check out our article on relevant general waste bin sizes and schedules for your business) as well as what recycling streams (i.e. what type of recycling bins such as commingled recycling, cardboard recycling etc).

What is general waste meaning (what can be put in a general waste bin)? – Two potential answers
A simple and clean general waste definition can have two answers.


The first general waste definition would be anything that can be taken in a normal general waste rubbish truck and disposed off at landfill. This includes pretty much all recyclable commodities such as cardboard recycling, bottles and cans, organic food waste etc as well as other items that generally are not recycled.


If people are prepared to pay landfill levies – and do not really care about the environment and recycling – they can dispose of nearly all items in a general waste bin. The items that can not be included under – what is general waste disposal include:


– Hazardous items

– Medical waste

– Construction waste such as bricks, pavers, concrete etc – these items would damage the general waste collection truck

– Large wooden or timber items that would be overly heavy or solid.


In this manner – it is not really sensible to give a list of general waste items.


What is general waste definition


The other answer to what is general waste disposal – those general waste items that cannot be recycled


At waster – we are very focused on boosting recycling – and taking as much out of general solid waste as possible.


What is general waste disposal (or what can be put in a general waste bin) is a very common question when we speak to customers. This really is determined by what can be recycled in your area. What is general waste disposal – is basically what can not be recycled etc – i.e. what is left behind.


In 2018 in most Australian cities – nearly everything can be recycled – but it will take an active waste management plan and effort from the business. For some waste streams – recycling can also be more expensive than disposing in general solid waste – such as for organic food waste bin services in some areas.


A general waste definition in this context is basically any waste that is not collected as a recycling stream – i.e. a dedicated recycling bin such as commingled recycling (bottles and cans) or Paper and Cardboard and is commonly dumped at landfill by your waste company.


The negative impacts on the environment of dumping at landfill are numerous – a misuse of potential recyclable resources in your waste and also the decomposition causes copious amounts of environmentally impacting methane.


It should be noted that waste management companies are investing significant sums in improving their business from an environmental perspective and have new technologies that reduce the environmental impact of general waste.


This can involve material recovery processes- that remove recyclable commodities from general waste bins (usually by filtering systems) as well as investing in methane capture at landfill. For modern landfill technology check out SUEZ Australia’s investment in methane capture technologies.


We propose that for your business you should consider a general waste definition (general waste meaning) to be anything that you are not having collected in a dedicated recycling collection.


At the end of the day – you can just arrange one bin service for your business. If you just have a general waste service, you will not need to worry about putting waste in the right bin etc. However, we really suggest you think about recycling.

What is general waste – easy steps to reduce waste to landfill and minimise costs.


By putting in place a basic but effective waste management plan you will be able to reduce your waste to landfill percentage whilst reducing cost. Check out our articles below for tips on doing this:


– Putting in place a waste management plan


– Why recycling waste can be a key way to save money.


– Considering alternative services such as commingled or food waste disposal


We also suggest you see how much money you can save by requesting a free 24 hour cost comparison from Waster – we will analyse your waste streams and suggest a cost saving solution.  Press the blue button below to get started.


General waste examples –  you may have heard your current waste supplier talk about how boosting recycling can help you save money on waste management. The simple question is often what is general waste – or is there a general waste definition that can be applied to my business?

This is definitely true and thanks to increasing government levies on dumping at landfill – the potential savings are growing all the time. In this blog we run through what general waste actually is and why you can save money by reducing it through recycling.


Waster offers general waste and all recycling services through our online waste portal – compare prices and book your services online today:

What actually is a general waste definition – i.e. general waste examples?
General waste examples bins


The EPA splits the definition of general waste examples into two categories; putrescible and non-putrescible. Putrescible basically means whether it will rots or not.


General solid waste examples (putrescible) – general waste definition


The following general waste examples (other than special waste, liquid waste, hazardous waste or restricted solid waste) have been pre-classified by the EPA as ‘general solid waste examples (putrescible)’:

– household waste that contains putrescible organics

– waste from litter bins collected by or on behalf of local councils

– manure and night soil

– disposable nappies, incontinence pads or sanitary napkins

– food waste

– grit or screenings from sewage treatment systems that have been dewatered so that the grit or screenings do not contain free liquids

– any mixture of the wastes referred to above.


General solid waste examples (non-putrescible) – definition


The following general waste examples(other than special waste, liquid waste, hazardous waste, restricted solid waste or general solid waste (putrescible)) are pre-classified as ‘general solid waste (non-putrescible)’:

–  glass (see blog on glass recycling), plastic, rubber, plasterboard, ceramics, bricks, concrete or metal

– paper or cardboard

– household waste from municipal clean-up that does not contain food waste

– waste collected by, or on behalf of, local councils from street sweepings

– grit, sediment, litter and gross pollutants collected in, and removed from, stormwater treatment devices and/or stormwater management systems, that has been dewatered so that they do not contain free liquids

– grit and screenings from potable water and water reticulation plants that has been dewatered so that it does not contain free liquids

– garden waste

– wood waste

– waste contaminated with lead (including lead paint waste) from residential premises or educational or child care institutions, containers, previously containing dangerous goods, from which residues have been removed by washing and or vacuuming

– drained oil filters (mechanically crushed), rags and oil-absorbent materials that only contain non-volatile petroleum hydrocarbons and do not contain free liquids

– drained motor oil containers that do not contain free liquids

– non-putrescible vegetative waste from agriculture, silviculture or horticulture

– building cavity dust waste removed from residential premises or educational or child care institutions, being waste that is packaged securely to prevent dust emissions and direct contact

– synthetic fibre waste (from materials such as fibreglass, polyesters and other plastics) being waste that is packaged securely to prevent dust emissions, but excluding asbestos waste

– virgin excavated natural material

– building and demolition waste

– asphalt waste (including asphalt resulting from road construction and waterproofing works)

– biosolids categorised as unrestricted use, or restricted use 1, 2 or 3, in accordance with the criteria set out in the Biosolids Guidelines (EPA 2000)

– cured concrete waste from a batch plant

– fully cured and set thermosetting polymers and fibre-reinforcing resins

– fully cured and dried residues of resins, glues, paints, coatings and inks

– any mixture of the general waste examples referred to above.

There are numerous solutions for general waste examples as above that can help you divert waste from landfill, avoid levies and help the environment. In this way, check out our blogs on plastic recycling or waste management plans.


See our recent blog on the Chinese language business community in rubbish collection Sydney.


General waste bin disposal


General Waste Disposal: we all know how important it is to boost recycling and minimise general waste disposal in landfill for numerous reasons such as environmental impact reduction and reducing the costs of waste and recycling for your business.

In this blog we ask – which country internationally is recognised as the blue ribbon for best recycling performance – and minimising the general waste disposal in landfill.


It is always good to look at best practise overseas – to see what we can learn and then seek to implement at home here in Australia.


However – it should be born in mind – that Australia performs well on many recycling and environmental metrics – which is one of the reasons why Australian cities are ranked so highly for livability!


Waster offers low cost and reliable general waste disposal and recycling services to small and medium Aussie businesses (such as plastic garbage bins). We focus on education and providing clients with the information required to sustainably reduce their spend. Check out you recycling and bin options online today:

General waste disposal – who gets the gold medal?
PlanetAid has covered this question in detail. The leading countries are a couple in German speaking Europe – Austria and Germany.


“Austria sits with the highest recycling rate out of any country in the world: 63 percent of all waste is diverted from landfills. As recycling programs have evolved, Austria’s overall performance in terms of municipal solid waste recycling has been stable and at a very high level for the past decade, according to the European Environment Agency (EEA).”


“Following Austria, Germany and Taiwan on Planet Aid’s list: another top recycling country is Singapore, sending 59 percent of its trash to be reused and recycled. Next up: South Korea recycles 49 percent of tossed goods.


“The United Kingdom hits the 39 percent mark with that percentage going into recycling. Lastly, closing out our top ten are Italy – recycling 36 percent of its trash – and France following closely behind with 35 percent.” Source :


You may be asking where Australia comes in this listing as regards general waste disposal performance? The answer depends on which set of info and statistics you look at. The National EPA. In 2011 the total national diversion from landfill was recorded as 51%.


General waste disposal recycling Sydney Melbourne


Planet Ark states  ” overall 51% of household waste gets recycled in Australia, relatively on par with recycling rates in northern European countries and exceeding the mean recycling rate of all 28 countries in the EU of 42%. This is quite an achievement for Australia considering the unique landscape and dispersed population that our waste services need to navigate.”


Conclusion on general waste disposal international rankings and performance:


It should be born in mind also – that many European countries ship their garbage to Sweden where it is incinerated for energy generation. As with all things – close examination of statistics is vital – as there is never exact correlation between how various countries report on their waste processing and general waste disposal.


If you are interested in the latest developments in this topic and all things waste disposal related – we recommend you check out some of our blogs as below. You should also check on our website regularly – as we cover the latest stories in Australia and internationally and generally publish 3-4 articles every week.

See our blog on industrial waste bins. Also check out our blog on the movie Garbage Dreams in garbage removal.


For latest trends in tech (such as recycling technology innovation) – see how the internet of things will impact rubbish bin services.


Density of general waste


If you have been seeking to arrange general waste services for your business – or have been getting invoices from waste companies for years – you may sometimes ask yourself – what exactly does the density of general waste actually mean?


Like all professions – garbage collection and waste management has it’s own lingo and industry terms – and the density of general waste is just one of those.


In today’s blog – we will teach you how to speak like a garbo – and know how much you should be paying for your general solid waste collection services.


About – is designed to help small and medium Australian companies arrange their waste and recycling services easily, cheaply and with a minimum of fuss.


Organising bin collections can sometimes seem much more complicated than it needs to be.


You are asked about different types of recycling – i.e. whether commingled or single stream, you need to decide on what type of bin sizes and truck system you need and also whether a baler or compactor will save you money or not.


At Waster – we make it all very simple with our flexible 30 day agreements – so you are never locked into a contract that does not suit you.


Check out your bin size options and prices online today:


So – what is the density of general waste then?
To quote from the fountain of all knowledge – Wikipedia – we will get a definition of density to begin:


“The density, or more precisely, the volumetric mass density, of a substance is its mass per unit volume.”


What does this mean for general waste?


In the world of bins and waste management – we mean the weight per metre of rubbish – i.e. how many kilograms a cubic metre (m3) of your general waste would weigh.


Density of general waste bin services

How heavy is an average sized bin?


As you will see from looking at our online waste portal for general waste bin services – we offer 6 sizes of general waste bins. In metric volume they are (where one cubic metre equals 1000 litres):


240 litre (0.24m3)

660 litre (0.66m3)

1100 litre (1.1m3)

1.5m3 (1500 litres)

3.0m3 (3000 litres)

4.5m3 (4500 litres)


In the industry – bins up to 1100 litres are described in litres – with those 1.5m3 and above are described in cubic metres.


Thus if a company has rubbish with a density of 100kg per metre – say a cafe or restaurant – the weight per bin will be as below

240 litre (0.24m3) – 24kg

660 litre (0.66m3) – 66kg

1100 litre (1.1m3) – 110kg

1.5m3 (1500 litres) – 150kg

3.0m3 (3000 litres) – 300kg

4.5m3 (4500 litres) – 450kg


If you go above these weights – the waste company you contract with may charge you extra fees – i.e. “overweight fees”


What is an average density?


At Waster we practise an online model and we categorise certain industries by a standard weight band – i.e. density of general waste – that tend to be broadly accurate.


This is because from experience – we know that some businesses produce heavier waste than others:


These bands and density of general waste are as below:

Transport, warehousing, retail (non food),offices, professional services – 60kg per metre

Health, education, training, manufacturing (non food or timber), others – 80kg per metre

Hospitality (hotels, restaurants etc), Retail (food), Tradies (excl. joiners) – 100kg per metre

Manufacturing (food & timber based), construction – 120kg per metre


Heavier weights than these above will be priced on application


What is the implication of density of general waste?

As a general rule – the heavier your bin – the more it will cost – i.e. so a food manufacturing company will pay more than an office with light weight.


This is because companies dump at landfill based on weight – but collect your waste based on volume. The density of general waste is used to tie the two together.




Now you know what the density of general waste actually means – you will be able to negotiate better prices for your waste collection services.


Check out our blog on how composting used coffee grounds can really reduce the bin weights for cafes.


You should also be thankful that it is not as tricky as the lingo in the car sales industry – as per the funny video below:



General rubbish removal


General rubbish removal: a smart person once told me that you know you are getting old when everything seemed to happen 20 years ago – and when you can not believe what year football players were born in! When you think the Prime Minister looks young – you really are getting old! Waster likes to keep our readers ahead of the curve and offer then the latest waste and recycling services news and information – covering technology, environmental awareness and customer service. In this blog we will look into the near future – 2025 – which is not actually that far off at all.


I think it was Bill Gates who said – you can achieve less in one year than you think – but much more in 10 years.


A little bit about how Waster can help you with your business general rubbish removal requirements


Waster is an online alternative for waste and recycling services such as general rubbish removal for small and medium Australian commercial businesses and organisations.


We provide all our general rubbish removal services on flexible 30 day agreements – so you never need to worry about hidden clauses or rollover contracts again.


You can check your prices, book online etc through our online waste shop below:


2025 – a long way from just general rubbish removal
The world of waste management has made great strides to being more sustainable – and these trends will only continue. The Guardian newspaper highlighted a number of trends that we will see between now and 2025.


We have covered lots of similar ideas in our recent blogs on aluminium recycling, nappy recycling etc.


Key trends include:


Circular approach to waste and recycling


“By 2025, waste disposers “won’t be burying or burning people’s rubbish as they do today”, states Gover. These companies will merge into what he terms the “reprocessing industry”, where their central role is not to dump stuff but to return “valuable resources to manufacturers”.”


“The goods of today, Gover says, need to be seen as the raw materials of tomorrow. When that happens, products will begin to be made with a view to lasting longer and to being easier to repair and ultimately dismantle.”


Waste to energy


“According to market analyst Grand View Research, the global market for turning rubbish into power is expected to reach $37.64bn by 2020.”


In Australia – we are seeing increased waste to energy ideas in solid waste management treatment such as PEF in Adelaide and oil from plastic on the NSW, Central Coast.


Lots of the key trends involve reducing general rubbish removal – i.e. reducing waste in the first place – or boosting recycling.


You may see the general rubbish symbol (or general rubbish sign) as below – less frequently in 2025.


Currently the red bin with the general rubbish symbol (general rubbish sign) goes to landfill – but there are increasing ways to recycle even from the red bin.


General rubbish symbol


More responsibility from retailers as regards general rubbish removal


Retailers will take more ownership of items such as packaging and plastic bags etc to ensure higher proportions can be recycled. Currently in the USA – it is estimated that less than 14% of plastic packaging is recycled – this will greatly increase.


Check out our other blogs on general rubbish removal and other related topics such as uber of waste and also resource recovery.




General solid waste


We all know that separating general solid waste from recyclables can be a real drag – and also consume quite a bit of time if you do it correctly. Did you know that in Sydney in 2018 – general solid waste that goes in the red bin – i.e. the general waste bin – can also be recycled depending on which service you use and facility it goes to?


In today’s blog – we will cover how some general solid waste bins could be diverted from landfill at up to 90% – i.e. only 10% of the contents will end up in landfill! Interested?


Who is Waster?


Waster is a new waste and recycling company that provides total waste solutions to small and medium Australian businesses. We operate in all major metros including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra, Perth etc – and provide all your required waste collections on flexible 30 day agreement basis.


You can easily organise your general solid waste bin collections, cardboard recycling and any other waste service you require through our online waste shop  – or reach out to our friendly customer service team – who will be very pleased to help you today!


How can general solid waste bins rubbish be diverted from landfill?
It is almost like a dream come true for many business owners and households – not having to thoroughly separate your general solid waste from recycling items like cardboard boxes, bottles, cans etc. See more on waste recycling Sydney.


Just think of the effort you would save.


It would also be a great way to really reduce the percentage of your waste going to landfill – which can be part of many environmentally aware companies strategic goals.


In Sydney – there are now MRFs – material recovery facilities available that let you divert a high percentage of the general solid waste from landfill.


Where is this facility?


One such facility is operated by Doyle Bros in Fairfield East in Sydney– called the Lab.


“In 2015, as part of the New South Wales Government’s Waste Less, Recycle More Initiative, we were awarded a grant that enabled us to upgrade and improve The Lab. This facility is pivotal in enabling us to process, recover and recycle the mixed general waste we collect in a sustainable manner. As a result, we’re now recycling and reusing over 90% of all waste collected, making us Sydney’s leader in sustainable waste management.”



What sort of waste does it accept?


This recycling facility accepts dry waste – i.e. non organic or putrescible – a fancy word for organic.


This means dry waste such as that from shops, offices, factories etc – i.e. cardboard, glass, plastic etc.


How much does it divert from landfill?


The system diverts c. 90% on average from landfill. Recyclables are taken out first by a process of filtering and sorting – and these items such as glass, plastic, cardboard and metal are recycled.


General solid waste reduction


The next component is used to create processed engineered fuel.


What is the fuel that is produced?


As a lot of this remaining waste is highly calorific and can create lots of energy when burned – it can be used as a fuel.


“Our PEF is comprised of residual material left over as a result of our sorting process. Those materials are converted into PEF through the following process

  • Shredding the material to less than 40mm;
  • Compacting the material into 1 tonne bales; and
  • Wrapping the bales in plastic film for transportation, to prevent any materials from escaping during transportation.

The PEF we manufacture is now supplied for use in cement kilns in Adelaide and Malaysia, as a partial replacement for coal.”


This means that the cement factories do not need to use coal or oil to fire their kilns – and hence a net benefit for the environment.


Only the residual waste – i.e. the last 10% which can not be recycled or used in PEF is sent to landfill.





It is great news that some businesses can now even have lots of their general solid waste diverted from landfill.


This means that businesses such as warehouses, offices and some retail companies can have waste going to landfill of less than 10% which is great for the environment!


Whilst reducing waste in the first place is the best solution overall – recycling is next best, and then using the residual waste as a source of fuel is the least bad option.


Otherwise the waste would reside in landfill – and overtime would rot and emit gases. Through using it as a fuel – the requirement for new fuel sources is reduced and gas emission is reduced.




General rubbish bin collection service


General rubbish bin collection service: Have you had the unpleasant experience of being billed overweight charges for your commercial bin service. This can be a common occurrence for many commercial customers when they arrange a general rubbish bin collection service (i.e. the red bins). The terms and conditions of waste management contracts is very much in focus at the moment due to ACCC processes.


In today’s blog we will cover why you may be charged extra for heavy general waste bins – and what you can do about it.


Waster provides a real alternative in general rubbish bin collection service to small and medium businesses – all our services are on flexible 30 day agreements and we have no hidden clauses such as rollover clauses. We always seek to avoid overweight fees  – and will set an average weight – that we monitor over a couple of months. Check out your options as below:


Overweight fees on general rubbish bin collection service


General waste bin hire is different to recycling services as the bins price is based on an assumed weight (or density – i.e. weight per cubic metre). The heavier the rubbish -the more expensive it is to dispose of. This is because dumping at landfill is priced on tonnage – and this is increasing due to operator fees and levies from the state governments.



Why do you get charged overweight fees


Companies are charged overweight fees on their bin collection when the contract allows for it – it is that simple. Nearly all general waste contracts – will have an assumed weight in the terms and conditions. If your bin is heavier – you will have to pay more. Of course, if your bin is lighter – you will not be given a discount.


Waster does not charge overweight fees in the vast majority of cases. If the bin is extra heavy over a period of months – we will discuss this with you and agree on a new price.


General rubbish bin collection service


How you can avoid overweight fees


By being sensible with your waste – you can recycle heavy items and seek to avoid these charges.  Cafes, restaurants and food production businesses, as well as joiners, construction companies, tilers etc tend to have heavy bins.


The easiest way to reduce the weight is to boost recycling. Using a commingled bin or glass recycling can remove heavy glass bottles from general waste – and also reduce your costs.


Organic food waste bins can be a great solution for food production businesses – as can food waste machines – whereby food waste can be emptied to sewer and avoid bin costs entirely.


Construction bins can be used also to reduce costs for heavy construction related sites.


We have linked to some blogs above on these topics.


General waste bin collection – What you should look for in a contract before signing it


It is vital that you carefully read any contract before signing it – and be aware of what extra charges you will face. These charges will often be based on a dollar per kg basis.


See our related blog on small business contracts in rubbish collections Sydney.


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