Rubbish dump Sydney: we all know that dumping at landfill can be extremely expensive  – especially in Sydney metro area due to the landfill levy.


At Waster – we try to promote recycling to our customers for two principal reasons, in Sydney – recycling can be significantly cheaper than dumping in general waste and secondly – of course it helps the environment.


The issue of how and where we dispose of our rubbish is becoming a bigger and bigger issue due to the prevalence of plastic waste and rising populations.


You can read blogs we did on saving money through waste management such as garbage collection Sydney and reduce waste.


Waster is a real change to the rubbish collections Sydney sector – we provide low cost and reliable services (including skip bin hire) to small and medium businesses.


Our removal services are on flexible 30 day agreements, so you do not need to worry about roll over clauses or hidden charges again. Check out your options and prices online today:


Rubbish dump Sydney – how long does it take waste to decompose?


As we all know that dumping at rubbish dump Sydney sites and transfer station is not the best option – we thought it would be interesting to look at how long it takes various items to break down in landfills.


An interesting article on covers the topic – which we quote below:


Plastic waste:  “Normally, plastic items can take up to 1000 years to decompose in landfills. But plastic bags we use in our everyday life take 10-1000 years to decompose, while plastic bottles can take 450 years or more.”


Nappies / diapers:  “disposable diapers take approximately 250-500 years to decompose in landfills”


Cans: “Aluminum cans take 80-200 years in landfills to get completely decomposed. “


Glass: “if a glass bottle is thrown away in landfills, it takes million years to decompose. And according to some sources, it doesn’t decompose at all. “


Paper:  “it takes 2-6 weeks in landfills to get completely decomposed.”


Food waste: “Normally, an orange peel takes 6 months but an apple core or a banana peel takes around one month to decompose.”


The good thing about the list above is that there are easy and cheap ways to recycle many of these items – i.e. see our blogs on commingled recycling and confidential document shredding.




The length of time that decomposition of certain food items take is amazing – it really makes you appreciate the correct disposal of waste in a city.


See our new blog on Sydney skip bins.


Check out the informative video as below- showing how long different items take to decompose.