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.


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“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.


See our blogs on waste in the movies in garbage removal or Sydney landfill.


For tips on how your small business can grow its website – see Jim Milans‘ website for some great link building tips. Also check out our post on how being a sustainable business can help you win customers.


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.


Overloaded bins


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.