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.