Rubbish Removal – it may seem strange to people not well versed in the world and nuances of waste but all rubbish removal was not created equal.


You may think that if you get your bin picked up for say $50 and the business right next door to you is paying $45 for the exact same bin collection – then you are paying more for rubbish removal. But as with most things in this life, it is not always as simple as that.


Welcome to the world of bin density in rubbish removal

In the world of commercial collections of rubbish in Australia, some complication is caused by the fact that bins are generally charged by the volume collected i.e. cubic metres or litres but that waste is disposed of at the landfill by weight i.e. tonnes or kilogrammes.


If you look at the invoice from your current supplier – you will probably see that the bin size is listed as the unit of measurement i.e. 3 x 3.0 metre bins etc or 5x 240 litres etc.


Basically, this is telling you that your waste company is charging you by the volume of waste you are producing.


The way it generally works is that the waste company will collect your bin, and flip all the bins into the same truck.


That truck will pick up many bins on any given day and then drive to the landfill or recycling facility. This will occur multiple times on any given day.


At the landfill, the truck will usually drive over a weight scale (a very large one) that will weight the truck as it enters and exits the facility and then bill the waste company for the weight (in tonnes) of rubbish dumped.


Not all businesses create the same type of waste

In the same way that many insurance companies claim they can offer you lower, more competitive rates because they have taken the time to understand your business; the waste industry is sort of similar.


Different business types produce varying types of and crucially different weights of waste.


Basically, if you pick up a 1.5m bin from one type of business it will usually be much heavier or lighter than one picked up from a different type of business.


As you can imagine; light and bulky substances such as plastic bottles or cardboard boxes (when not compacted) make for light bins. Alternatively, heavy items such as timber, foodwaste etc produce very heavy bins.


This basically means that it can be considerably cheaper for a waste company to pick up waste from certain types of businesses than others and in theory, some waste companies may be able to charge the customer less as well. Check out our blog on organic waste solutions to see how a food waste bin could reduce your bin weights.


This should be kept in mind when you look at quotes for rubbish collection. If you are organising clean ups or bin removal in Brisbane – you should consider the weight of your waste.


Footnote: Waste companies hate rainy days

This weekend has been one of the rainiest and stormiest in recent memory on the east coast from NSW up to Queensland.


Waster hopes all our customers and their families are safe and their properties and business secure.


Waste companies really detest rainy days, as when bins are stored outside, the rainwater makes the bins heaver, hence increasing the costs to the waste companies.


Council hard rubbish collection can save you money


Before organising a commercial rubbish collection – you should see when the next council hard rubbish service day is.


Most councils will provide this service for household rubbish once or twice a year. This will be suitable for old furniture, green waste removal, white goods such as a washing machine etc. It could also be useful for unusual volumes of waste such as for a deceased estate.


For e waste in Brisbane – also remember that there are free collection and disposal services available as below.