Waste Collection Service 🚛: What To Know About Commercial Bin Services
Waste collection service: the waste industry is certainly paying attention to the hard hitting expose of the Australian waste collection and disposal industries (Trashed: The Dirty Truth About Your Rubbish). The tv show made for pretty interesting viewing for many reasons – you can see the show here on the ABC website.
In this blog post today – we do not intend to discuss any of the issues raised in the show – and will leave that to people to view and make their own mind up. We just think it is worthwhile for people in the industry and customers to be aware of the issues raised.
We will cover topics such as how to avoid your bin being missed on collection day – and also how sports clubs and organisations can organise effective waste collection services.
First – a bit about Waster
Waster offers low cost waste collection services and recycling services to small and medium Australian businesses. We operate in all major metro regions across the country and strive to offer a real difference to customers with our flexible 30 day agreements and no hidden fees. You can check out your bin options and compare prices through our waste portal below:
Waste collection service – interesting questions raised by ABC TV show
In our blogs Waster covers progress being made by the waste industry such as improvements in recycling and environmental outcomes – so it is difficult to watch the negative light being placed on the sector – however, we recognise it is vital to continually improve and do the best for customers and the environment.
Of course – we have also covered some tougher questions about the Aussie waste management industry in recent months. We have asked fundamentally difficult questions on topics like – is recycling a waste of time – and is prevention better than cure – i.e. should we just stop using plastic in the first place (and the answer to that one is yes!).
Check out one of our videos as below:
Some of the comments from the story include: “There’ll be an uproar when communities or residents know.” Waste company manager.
“It’s a licence to print money. The people in the street have got no idea. No idea at all.” Community activist.
“The rogue element have continued to fly under the radar and the good part of the industry have had to pay the penalty for that.” Industry Insider
“We need to lift the lid on the waste industry and show people what is actually happening.” Community activist
These are some pretty interest raising statements – we will not comment – but recommend you check out the show and make up your own mind.
At Waster -we are very much of the opinion that actual success in recycling – whether business or residential – requires the aspects below:
– waste to be separated
– a collection service to be available
– a facility to be available to recycle it
– someone to actually use the recycled product
– and a financial reason – i.e. profit or government support.
As you will see in our regular blogs – when recycling breaks down – it is because one of the issues as above is faulty or missing.
It is very easy to blame supposedly dodgy waste collection service companies – but in many cases – what is supposedly recycling is actually contaminated rubbish.
There is a lot of blame to be apportioned in the environmental fiasco that is modern Australia – but the real culprits are more widespread than just waste collection service trucking companies.
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See our blog on Adelaide waste management – for how SA is seeking to increase the powers of the local EPA.
What to do if your bin is not collected on schedule!
One of the most annoying things for any business as regards waste management services is when bins are missed or not picked up on the scheduled day.
When you arrange your waste collection services, you often do not really put much consideration into whether the bin will actually be picked up on time – you pretty much assume that is a given. You can check out useful articles on booking an online Sydney waste management or rubbish removal Brisbane service here.
Most major Sydney waste management or major city based rubbish removal companies throughout Australia publicise collection accuracy numbers of over 95% i.e. more than 95% of scheduled waste collection services are reported as performed on the scheduled day – however of course this means that roughly one in twenty collections is missed.
This could mean that a collection is missed every couple of weeks (depending on your schedule).
Waster.com.au provides low cost, flexible and most importantly on time waste collection services across all major Australian metro regions including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, Darwin, Newcastle, Central Coast, Gold Coast, Hobart, Wollongong and Geelong. You can check out our introductory articles on waste management Hobart, Darwin waste collections, waste services Wollongong, waste management Canberra, waste collection Adelaide.
Waste collection services – why might your bin be missed
When we deal with major corporations nowadays we assume everything should run like clockwork – however due to legacy systems, old fashioned operating habits etc, sometimes industrial businesses are not as slick in operations as they should be. Common reasons why bins could be missed include.
First waste collection service missed
If your first collection is missed it could be down to simply an administration error by the garbage collection company. The run sheet has to be updated with the new location and of course there is a reasonable chance of some human error as to site address, access instruction, keys, padlocks etc – this should be sorted by the second collection and things should run pretty smoothly from there on.
Bin not out
Quite often when a bin is not collected, it could just be that the client forgot to put the bin out i.e. if usually stored in a garage or yard. In that case there is not much the garbage truck driver can do.
No access codes or keys
If you change the access codes on the entrance gate or change the padlock – you will need to provide this to the waste collection services company. This can easily be forgotten.
Contamination of bin
If your bin is a recycling bin such as cardboard collection, you need to be careful to not put general waste in it. Most waste companies will reject bins with a certain degree of contamination. The bin will then need to have the waste removed or it will be collected as the more expensive general waste category.
If your bin is significantly overloaded or overflowing, the company may not be able to collect it if it is too heavy or will not collect the overflow. The driver is not employed (or importantly paid) to clean up yards and hence will leave the waste on the floor
Cars blocking bin
If your bin is positioned in a private yard area, be careful where cars, trucks or other plant or machinery is positioned. The driver will make all reasonable efforts to access the bin but can not move your property etc.
In most cases, if a bin is missed by the fault of the waste collection services company i.e. due to traffic on the road, bad weather, account set up issues etc, they will come the next day to collect (or as soon as possible) – you should ensure your bin is left out the next day to enable this collection.
You should also be aware of what you will be charged if the bin is missed due to not being put out etc – most waste companies have varying policies on this. The other vital thing to remember is the contact details of your garbage collector to report missed bins and schedule catch up services. You can also check out our overview of waste management Geelong.
You can check Waster’s reliable service pricing in our online shop
Waste bin services for clubs and sports associates!
Mr Waster was recently asked to contribute an article on entrepreneurship to a rugby magazine – it brought back memories of getting smashed on the school sports field!
I will be honest and say that I was not great at sports – and to be perfectly honest – I was not that good at academics either. However, we all get through life – and look at me now – living the dream in the waste collection Australia sector. Even though I am being a bit sarcastic – I really do enjoy the waste management sector – and especially working with SMEs to boost recycling.
How Rugby and Sports can give you the toughness to start a business
Waste collection and recycling can be a pretty tough business – but when you’ve been in a scrum on a cold, muddy day – there are not many challenges you would not take on.
At Waster – we really work hard to make waste management a much more pleasant experience. To this end we have put an end to lock in contracts, hidden clauses and rollover, evergreen terms.
With Waster – your waste management and recycling is now much more like your phone bill or other modern tech service!
So tell me a bit about Waster waste collection services
Waster.com.au is an Australian online business that provides waste bins and recycling services to small and medium businesses. Their big differentiator is that they offer flexible agreements (i.e. so small customers do not need to sign long term contracts) and that they focus on recycling so as to keep customer costs down and help the environment.
Check out our options and bin prices online today:
Mr Waster said :”I went training for a few weeks, but was amazed how hard the hits were. I remember one small guy – I thought this would be easy, but he put me on my back”. My business partner now is a South African and I have to listen to how great the Springboks are every day!
Helping sports clubs boost recycling through smart waste collection
Waster works with many rugby clubs and sports teams to help them boost recycling. Mr Waster says” it is always good to remember that organisations can often boost recycling, whilst minimising their costs for waste” This is because the valuable commodities such as cardboard, plastic, metal etc. can be recycled (resource recovery).
It is a good way to engage your club members by making them aware of your recycling efforts – i.e. create a commitment towards a green club. This can of course move to the club house also. By keeping bottles and cans out of your general waste – you can greatly reduce any waste going to landfill.
We are also increasingly seeing more progressive clubs compost their food waste. Even leading restaurants are now using small composters to turn food waste into high quality compost – and this is easily something a sports club can do.
Check out an informative short video on organic food waste bin options – suitable for nearly any business:
“We have talked about sponsoring a local rugby club here in Sydney – but they are quite reluctant to have Waster written on their jerseys”.
What was the worst thing about working in the waste industry?
Lets be honest – sometimes the waste industry can be unpleasant. Boosting recycling and helping smaller customers is the best bit. The worst experience to date was when a customer’s bin was not picked up for a few days in a row – I had to empty it myself into my van. On a hot Australian summer that is never fun. Makes even a scrum seem ok!
See our blog on garbage trucks.
Waste collections: getting your bins collected on time and at a god price is usually the only things we really think about when arranging our waste collections. However, have you ever asked yourself where the collected waste actually goes – and where it is dumped in landfill. With the growing metro regions throughout Australia – finding sustainable landfill sites is becoming more and more difficult as populations rise. In today’s blog – we take a look at where waste is dumped throughout Australia.
Waster is a waste and recycling business with a distinct difference. We help small and medium customers reduce their waste spend by increasing recycling and optimising routes. With our flexible 30 day agreements and no roll over clauses you never need to worry about lock in contracts again. You can check out your bin options and pricing by pressing the link below:
Waste collections – let’s look at where our waste is dumped!
We have been quoting lots of information recently from an excellent article at theconversation.com.
This article provides a really good overview as to where waste collections are dumped in Australia. The article makes clear that calculating an exact number of landfills is not actually that easy. There are however databases such as the National Pollution Inventory or the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Scheme.
“Queensland reports the most sites, followed by New South Wales and Western Australia. Since lifting dumping levies, media reports estimate that 10% of Queensland’s landfill comes from interstate.”
“Victoria and Tasmania have a high proportion of large-to-medium sites, while NSW has the most large sites, matching its relatively large population. Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia have relatively high numbers of small sites, reflecting their highly dispersed populations.”
“The Northern Territory, the only other jurisdiction to not have a landfill levy, generates just 1% of Australia’s waste.”
“Most of Australia’s waste goes to a small number of large sites. However, the majority of Australia’s landfills are small, receiving less than 20,000 tonnes of waste per year. The lack of precise national data on these sites is a real problem, as small, unlined landfills can still have major localised impact.”
The other interesting thing to note is how far some landfill sites are from the metro regions they serve. The Woodlawn landfill, 240km southwest of Sydney, gets more waste than any other landfill in Australia. Adelaide’s main landfill is als0 90km from the city. We need to think as a society about the carbon emissions caused by shipping our waste collections this far away.
Check out our blog on how lotteries could help boost recycle bin rates.
Waste Collection Prices: In the Australian waste industry, the first of July each year is when most traditional waste companies increase their service prices (this is industry practise – and landfills, councils, states etc all adjust rates usually) – and in recent years, many companies have been increasing their waste collection prices more than once a year. In some cases – commercial waste collection prices increases have been of 10-20% or more.
When you are signed up to a long term contract there is very little you can do it this context. See our blog on Sydney waste services for more detail. This is extra important this year due to the increase in costs such as electricity for business.
This issue is particularly pertinent in 2019 – as the Queensland Government is going to reintroduce a sizable waste levy on dumping at landfill. At time of writing – this is expected to be $75.00+GST per tonne – which will be a real impact on many businesses.
How Waster can provide you with cost effective waste management
Waster offers a real alternative for small and medium Australian businesses through our flexible 30 day agreements, no lock in contracts and no hidden extras. You can check out your bin size options and costs through our online waste shop as below:
Waste collection prices – Waster keeps recycling services flat for 2017
Waster is really focused on keeping prices stable as much as possible and has held a number of prices – such as for our recycling bin services from 2017/18 – this covers services such as cardboard recycling, commingled recycling, confidential shredding bins, sanitary bins.
We have adjusted general waste bin prices very slightly – minimising any cost increase to customers. The pricing adjustments are mostly based on increased landfill levies from operators. For example – the landfill levy has increased in NSW:
“The 2017–18 waste levy rates apply from 1 July 2017. The waste levy rate calculation is prescribed in the Waste Regulation as follows:
- Metropolitan Levy Area: $138.20 per tonne
- Regional Levy Area: $79.60 per tonne.”
Waster has been able to minimise any increase in commercial waste collection prices for our customers by using our buying power to maintain stable prices and also through improved use of technology which enables us to keep our own costs low.
We offer our customers a price comparison guarantee for waste collection prices – so you can have confidence in our services:
Our waste collection prices match guarantee – we will match any written or emailed “like for like” quote for the services as described above. You can be confident that you are receiving excellent pricing from Waster as well as excellent service.
As we operate on 30 day agreements – you can say it is in our interest to keep prices as flat as possible for as long as possible.
At the end of the day – we want to work with our customer for the long term.
Referral program – giving a bit back to our loyal customers.
As another method of reducing costs and commercial waste collection prices for our customers – Waster operates a customer referral program whereby you will receive $50+GST of your next invoice for every successful customer referral you provide.
You are not limited in the number of referrals you can make – so please mention to us if you have mentioned us to your friends and neighbours.
See our blog on why a budget waste management service does not mean a low quality service.