Wheelie Bin Sizes Australia 🗑️: We all know that we need to organise a bin service for our business or commercial needs. But often, we do not know what sort of bin or size we require to best match our needs. In this blog, we will cover what a wheelie bin (MGB or Mobile Garbage Bin) is, what sizes are available, the difference between litres and cubic metres and the pricing methodology behind it from a wheelie bin sizes perspective.

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What is a wheelie bin (MGB)?

The vast majority of us in Australia know what a wheelie bin is from our residential collections. Usually, our council bin sizes/residential bin sizes or local authority provides a number of wheelie bins to us for general waste, commingled recycling and garden organics.

These bins have different colour lids in line with Australian standards (red for general waste, yellow for commingled recycling and green for garden organics). We provide free downloadable garbage bin stickers for your use here.

It is amazing when you think how long it took to invent modern wheelie bins (i.e., a piece of luggage with wheels). The concept is incredibly simple but quite modern. Hard to believe that people used to lift heavy rubbish bins by hand! We also found it incredible that only 20 years ago people were still carrying heavy suitcases around airport terminals and train stations.

Basically, a wheelie bin is just a bin on wheels (bin size definition). They tend to be the smaller bins, measuring up to 240 litres (the larger residential bin sizes). We will go through the nuances below as to bin size definition.


The history of the wheelie bin

As in many things, when we think of modern items, the Romans usually had a version or something similar.

Did you know that the Ancient Romans used a primitive form of wheelie bin? As with nearly all technical subjects, the Romans were pretty advanced.  Archaeology digs at Pompeii have actually exposed a crude wooden wheelie bin.



Its invention in 1868

Many great things happened in the UK during the Swinging 60s from the Beatles, to the World Cup in 1966. Maybe the most exciting was the invention of the wheelie bin.

The first bin that we would recognise as a functional modern wheelie bin was invented in March 1968 by the Slough based company Frank Rotherham Mouldings. This simple bin was used primarily to transfer waste across the factory floor.

It stayed in this role until a health and safety inspector in the factory had the idea that this bin was much more efficient but could also improve health and safety and reduce strains and spillages.


Hard work of collecting rubbish prior to 1990s

The full benefits of the efficiencies of wheelie bins were not really realised until the 1980s and the rollout of bins to residential users across the world. The idea of moving back to the old days of heavy iron bins is now almost unthinkable.

The benefits of wheelie bins are of course enhanced by using modern hard-wearing plastic. Old fashioned rubbish bins were made from metal and of course, would be expensive, heavy and likely to rust.

Of course, the bins were also very noisy.

The garbage collectors would certainly have had a workout every day lifting bins to empty them into the truck. In the old days, a garbage truck would move slowly down a street as a team of men ran around emptying bins into it from all directions.


What standard wheelie bin (MGB) sizes are available?

Through the online waste management shop provided by Waster, you can see all the wheelie bin sizes available.

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For general waste and cardboard & paper recycling, we currently offer wheelie bin sizes 240 litres, 660 litres and 1100 litres. Note: most bins provided for home usage will be either 120 litres or 240 litres, depending on the waste stream.

The litres refers to the volume of the bin (i.e., 240 litres would contain 240 litres of water when full). Check out our 120-litre and 240-litre bins for secure document disposal.

Check out the images below for standard wheelie bin size comparisons. All bin images are shown next to a woman with a height of 1.65m – the Australian average in 2024.


120-litre wheelie bin sizes

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240-litre wheelie bin sizes

240 litre wheelie bin size

660-litre wheelie bin sizes

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The difference in litres and cubic metres

We have shown pictures of what is commonly regarded as wheelie bins above. These bins are picked up by bin trucks at the back or side of the truck. These are known in waste industry parlance as Rear End Lift or REL.

Larger bin sizes such as 1.5m cubed up to 4.5m cubed are picked up on prongs at the front of the truck.

Smaller wheelie bin sizes are generally measured in litres. Larger bins are generally in cubic metres; a 1.5m bin would be 1500 litres or a 240-litre bin would be 0.24 cubic metres. Basically, multiply metres by 1000 to get to a litres capacity. A special thanks to the metric system for making things easier!


How are varying bin sizes priced?

Smaller bin sizes such as 120, 240, 660 and 1100-litre bins are generally priced on a price per collection basis. For larger bin sizes such as 3m cubed or 4.5m cubed you may hear your supplier talk about rates per metre. You just need to be clear on what the collection charge per bin is and whether there are any hidden costs. Check our article on what to do on bin collection day.

We cover how long it takes to deliver your bin in our article on rubbish bins Melbourne.


Wheelie bin sizes: more on Melbourne

A small business or organisation in Melbourne will likely need to organise waste and recycling services for its business. In some instances, councils can provide your required waste collections. But in the vast majority of scenarios, businesses will need to arrange their own commercial provider.

Waster finds the best solution for your business. We do not arrange the best service to suit us, but the best service to suit you (see our article on skip bin hire Melbourne) – a combination of recycling options and general waste as well as schedules and wheelie or industrial bin sizes.


Boosting recycling as a key to reducing costs

Increasing recycling is one of the best methods to reduce your total waste management costs, covering all services such as general waste to female sanitary bins.

You will avoid any future waste levy increases over the coming years due to its sustainability. Wheelie bin hire in Melbourne obviously plays a huge part in an overall recycling strategy. However, it is still vital to boost recycling and also implement the correct recycling options – whether commingled, cardboard or organic waste services.

We provide lots of information to help customers increase their recycling such as waste and recycling resources.


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A trustworthy approach

Waster puts an end to the need for small and medium Melbourne businesses to sign a long term contract as we deliver all our wheelie bins (and larger bin collections) in Melbourne on flexible 30-day terms. This simply means that you do not need to sign a long term contract for waste management in Melbourne.


Bin sizes Australia: If you are a small (or not so small) Australian business or organisation that needs to organise its own commercial waste collection services, you probably have lots of questions such as who is the best provider, what is the best collection frequency for my business and also what is the best bin size to suit my needs and waste streams.

We will run through in this blog some information on what are the most common sizes of bins for garbage disposal available in the Australian waste management market. Additionally, we will also provide some information on their dimensions and such, which can help you make the right choice for your business.


Arranging bin collections

When arranging bin collections, getting the right bin size at the beginning can save you lots of heartache and expense later on.

The right bin size will mean that you do not have too many collections.

If you get too large a bin, you may then have an infrequent service; you will always have to deal with the smell of rubbish, which is not great in the Aussie summer!

You should also be aware of the space available at your location for bin positioning. For example, residential sites would not be able to have a front lift bin due to health and safety concerns.

If you intend to push the bin to the kerb for collection, the largest bin you could really select is a 660-litre bin size in Australia.


Overview of the wheelie bin (MGB) sizes in Australia: standard sizes and dimensions

The waste management and recycling industry in Australia measures bins in volume. Bins are generally standardised sizes to facilitate collection by varying garbage truck systems and equipment.

Smaller wheelie bins are described in litres. The standard small wheelie bins are in sizes 120 litres (0.12 cubic metres), 240 litres (0.24 cubic metres), 660 litres (0.66 cubic metres) and 1100 litres bins (1.1 cubic metres). Remember that one cubic metre is 1000 litres, following the metric system of measurement.


Check out bin sizes below in our image


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You can check out the exact sizes and dimensions by clicking on the links above. This will let you ascertain your bin fitting into your location and through the door.

For larger bin sizes, the common industry methodology is to use cubic metres. Cubic metre sizes include 1.5m, 3.0m, and 4.5m. A regular garbage truck can easily and efficiently collect these bin sizes.

For larger bin sizes in Australia, we get into the realm of skip bins which can run up to c.30 cubic metres. However, the collection methodology for these skip bins is quite different. The bin will be taken away to be emptied and usually requires a dedicated truck for collection.


Once you know your bin sizes in Australia, what can you do next?

Knowing how much volume of waste and recycling commodities you produce is the basis for starting a proactive waste management plan that can reduce your spending and see a real jump in your environmental performance. Check out an introduction to formulating a waste management plan here. Also, you can take a look at a real-world example (Adelaide recycling) of how a business can reduce costs by implementing smart recycling options.

Click on this blog on skip bin in Brisbane for construction bins and also waste management recycling for more information.

If you have any questions on the skip bin sizes of a waste management system, access issues in bin collection, and frequencies, please contact us on 1300 927 837.

Please note that when arranging bin hire, you will have your bin delivered in one week.


Commercial Bins on wheels: when we speak to customers at the start, very often they do not know which size of commercial bins on wheels best suit their business. In this part of the blog, we will go through the 6 bin sizes that we provide. We will also go through what a business should consider before arranging.

We will also cover some info re plastic bags and how they can be removed from your general waste bins.


So, what are the commercial bins on wheels available in Australia?

Let’s look at the 6 sizes of commercial bins that we provide to our small and medium business customers:


Rear lift bins

The smallest bin size we provide to commercial customers is the 240-litre wheelie bin as above.

This bin is a plastic wheeled bin and comes on two wheels. It is easy to move around and is most suitable for a small business with limited waste – or alternatively – a business like a cafe that requires smaller regular collections such as daily. Private homes also use plastic wheeled bins of this size.

The next size up is a 660-litre wheelie bin. This bin is also of plastic and comes on four wheels.

It is also easy to move around and can be fitted between standard doorposts. It is suitable for slightly larger businesses. You will also find it suitable if you have bulkier rubbish.

The 1100 litre bin size as above is the largest commercial plastic bin on wheels available. It is also on 4 wheels and easy to move around.

This plastic wheeled bin appears similar to the 660-litre commercial bin when viewed from the front. But, it is deeper front to back and is more “square”. This bin will suit customers who need that extra bin space but do not have enough room for a metal bin.

The commercial bin sizes as above are described as rear lift bins – as they are emptied at the back of the garbage truck.

They are more common in built-up areas where space is a premium. So, they will be common in CBDs and smaller business parks or high streets.


Front lift bins

After the 1100-litre bin size, we move up to metal front lift bins (industrial garbage bins on wheels).

Front lift bins are emptied by lifting over the front of the garbage truck.

The 1.5 cubic metre or 1500 litres is the smallest metal bin available.

The 3m bin as above is the next size up. It also has a flat lid and can come on wheels or without wheels.

The largest commercial bin on wheels services available is the 4.5m bin as below. Some companies used to offer a 6m3 bin service – but this has almost been completely phased out due to health and safety issues. Note that in some areas, 4.5m bins are not available on wheels due to health and safety. Strong winds can blow these larger industrial bins on wheels, which in turn can concoct a dangerous situation.


Cardboard Paper 4.5m bin service


The bin shown above is the cardboard version – with blue stickers instead of the red for general waste.

This commercial bin size is often not offered on wheels due to the large surface area of the bin. It can move around in wind – presenting a safety risk.


General waste bins: can we remove plastic bags from our bins?

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What you should know about plastic bags in commercial bin collections in Australia?

One of the most common queries we hear from commercial bins customers is where should we dispose of plastic bags – i.e. can they be recycled or do they have to go into general waste?


Important Note: As of 9 November 2022, REDcycle is on a temporary pause. 


There have been great developments in recent years with innovations such as recycling plastic bags at Coles through REDcycle. Through this system, plastic bags are prevented from entering landfill and are recycled into plastic street furniture. There has also been good news recently whereby Coca-Cola has boosted the recycling component of plastic bottles.


Read this article’s excerpt

An interesting article on CHOICE summarises well the impact of plastic bags etc. We quote from the article below:

“Australians send more than a million tonnes of plastic waste to landfill every year, where it will sit for generations as it ever-so-slowly breaks down.

“In an effort to tackle the growing waste problem, some plastic products are now being made so they break down more readily.”

The article notes that to date, people have focused most attention on shopping bags from supermarkets (estimated that Australia uses an incredible 4 billion per year. Note: some countries like Ireland have put a tax on bag usage and this has dramatically reduced the numbers.

The next big step is making bags and packaging from bio-degradable materials. See our blog on why plastic bags can not go in commingled bins due to contamination concerns.

“In Australia, the term biodegradable usually refers to plastics that are compostable, meaning they will break down when placed in a home compost bin or commercial composting facility. When disposed of correctly, a compostable plastic will almost completely biodegrade within six months – a big improvement on the 100-plus years it would take for something like a normal plastic bag to break down in landfill.”

Of course, things are never as simple as you would hope:

“If the plastic is labelled ‘home compostable’, then it can go in your home compost bin. But the majority of products currently available are labelled ‘compostable’, meaning they need to go to a commercial composting facility, where they get treated with high temperatures to create an organic-rich soil that can be on-sold.”

See our blog on packaging alternatives to plastic.


Things to remember

We have covered the impact that plastic has on the ocean and seas in our blog in national resource recovery.

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The article also gives a handy listing:

“Look for these terms:

  • Biodegradable will biodegrade, but generally not as quickly as compostable plastic. Look for products that state they are 100% biodegradable and show the disposal method.
  • Compostable will biodegrade in a commercial compost facility. Look for the Australian Standard number (AS 4736-2006) on the label.
  • Home compostable is the best option if you have a home compost bin. Look for the Australian Standard number (AS 5810-2010) on the label.”

Check out our blog on how to recycle bottle and cans. On a similar topic, take a look at our blog on how much waste Australians produce integrated waste services.

See blog on new ABC TV services War on Waste – rubbish removals. Also, see our blog on rubbish bin collection in Brisbane and a new program for recycling.


A useful topic: wheelie bins (MGB) in Brisbane and why flexibility is vital for new businesses

There is an advert on Aussie TV that has the jingle, “from little things, big things grow”. It is quite catchy; it is actually written by Aussi group Paul Kelly and the Messengers and forms the basis for this section of the blog. As many of our customers are small or new businesses, we thought it a good idea to understand why Waster understands your needs and waste/recycling requirements.

Waster is specially focused on small and medium Australian business. And so, our financial and environmental goals are aligned with yours. Also, as a new business ourselves (a startup described by the SMH and the Age as an Uber of Waste), we have a clear understanding of the risks and issues facing new businesses in their formative years.

As we work with so many small, new and growing businesses, we understand what drives the founders and management. We also can anticipate what hiccups and hurdles they can face in their first few years.

With Waster and our wheelie bins collection services in Brisbane, you can be confident that waste management and rubbish bins are one less thing to worry about. You can then focus on growing your business and what is really important.


Talking about flexibility

We all hear the statistics that a certain percentage of new businesses fail in their first 12 months. This article suggests it could be as high as 50% in Year 1 and as much as 95% after 5 years.

At Waster, we always advise potential customers to focus on a few things at the start for wheelie bins in Brisbane and other waste and recycling services:


Keep flexibility in your commitments

The last thing you want to do when starting is to sign up for an expensive multi-year contract for anything that you do not have to. This applies to premises, IT systems and of course, wheelie bin sizes and services. Thanks to the internet and disruption in many industries, you can increase access services through a rental or subscription model such as SaaS or through Waster for wheelie bins services in Brisbane.

Waster offers all our services through flexible 30-day agreements, so you do not need to worry about long term contracts or early exit fees. See our article on waste management Melbourne or waste bins Sydney for details regarding rollover clauses, etc.

You should also be aware that legislation in Australia changed in 2017, which means that small businesses cannot be held to unfair or one-sided waste management contracts anymore. See a link to the ACCC case here.


Keep costs low and start with the minimum

Most new business owners and operators have not thought very much about waste garbage bin collections or recycling. We always suggest beginning with the minimum required bins needed. After all, you can always increase in the future as your business picks up speed if need be. Check out our blog on waste removal in Brisbane.

Also, you can check out the size of trucks and what you may need to consider regarding bin positioning here.


Small wheelie bin (MGB)

If you are considering what size of wheelie bin is right for your business whether it is in Adelaide, Perth, Sydney etc, we will help you make the right choice in this article.

Picking the right bin size, whether it is a small wheelie bin or a large dumpster rental, is vital as a step to boosting recycling and saving your business money.

We will quickly run through the wheelie bin sizes available on the Australian waste market and provide some images with dimensions and measurements etc.

Waster, an online waste management business, dedicates itself to delivering the lowest costs, best service and flexible waste service agreements to small and medium-sized business clients throughout Australia. We operate in all major Australian cities including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, Darwin, Gold Coast, Hobart, Newcastle etc.

You can find out all about us here and check out our all-inclusive, low-cost service offering here. Check out an article on larger bin sizes in skip bin hire Newcastle.


What small wheelie bin sizes are available?

Through our online waste management shop provided, you can see all the wheelie bin sizes in Australia available. For General Waste and Cardboard & Paper recycling, we currently offer wheelie bin sizes 240 litres, 660 litres and 1100 litres.

Note: most bins provided for home usage will be either 120 litres or 240 litres depending on the waste stream. Local councils are progressively trying to decrease the size of general waste bins available for residents to increase recycling and decrease their costs.

In 2024, it is increasingly common for councils to be decreasing the small wheelie bin size for general waste to only 80 litres (i.e., a third of the standard 240-litre wheelie bin sizes).

This small wheelie bin size is not available for commercial collections – i.e. the smallest wheelie bin sizes that we provide for commercial collections is the 240-litre wheelie bin – which is c. 1.06 tall.

The litres refers to the volume of the bin (e.g., 240 litres would contain 240 litres of water when full). Check out our 120-litre and 240-litre bins for secure document disposal.


Does your council provide the service? They often do for small bins

A number of councils (though decreasing) continue to provide collections of smaller wheelie bins for commercial businesses (commercial wheelie bin sizes) and organisations. This is certainly not as prevalent as it used to be and is being phased out in a number of areas.

You should investigate if this service is available to you. It may be significantly cheaper than what can be provided by commercial waste companies.


Use on-site wheelie bins, rosette lids, etc.

You may be planning on utilising smaller wheelie bins for on-site usage (i.e., if you operate a large site such as a school, hospital, convention centre or hotel). It is common to empty the smaller bins into larger bins such as 3.0 cubic metre or 4.5 cubic metre bins for collection as this is more efficient and reduces collection cost.

Waster can help you with numerous additions to use on-site bins such as rosette lids (see below) to help meet your onsite needs.




Bin lifters and tipplers

Waste can provide bin lifters and tippler machines to facilitate emptying small wheelie bins into larger bins for collection. This can be extremely useful on-site. It can reduce injuries, as well as spilled garbage around the facility. Furthermore, it can also significantly reduce time requirements.


Bin enclosures

If you have your small wheelie bin sizes in public areas – you may wish to consider a bin enclosure – you can see examples at the website linked here.


This sort of bin enclosure can provide a strong and appealing visual look to your small wheelie bin position and can boost recycling.


Inside office small wheelie bin sizes

For bins to be positioned inside your office – we would recommend you visit Method Recycling – an Australian business that manufactures high-quality small wheelie bin sizes for inside offices etc.

These bins would be emptied into larger wheelie bins or dumpster-style bins by your cleaning staff for collection by the rubbish truck.


Next steps regarding small wheelie bin sizes in Australia

We also answer questions such as what general waste is.

One of the first signs of modern society that we see in tv shows is the invention of the wheel. It is, of course, funny – and amazing that plastic wheeled bins are a pretty new invention (really only becoming widespread in Australia from the 1980s).

It is a bit like the invention of wheeled suitcases – and how no one was able to think of them before!

In this section of the blog, I intend to cover the various sizes of plastic wheeled bins that you can choose. I will also cover some of the pros and cons of each bin for various businesses.

You should probably know a lot by now after reading to make the right bin size choice for your business.


What type of plastic wheeled bin is right for you and your business?

If you are looking for the right-sized bin for your commercial requirements, we can guide you in the lines below.

In the world of bins, commercial bins in Australia fall into two categories. The categories are metal bins (industrial garbage bins) and plastic wheeled bins.


Plastic wheeled bins: better for smaller businesses when constrained for space

If you are a small business or a new business, plastic bins on wheels (2 or 4 wheels) – along with the right wheelie bin sizes – are likely the right option for you. Commercial waste collection companies in Australia generally offer services in the bin sizes as below:

Plastic makes up this bin. The two larger bins also feature 4 wheels. You can see images of the bins as linked above.

The benefits of these bins are that they are relatively light and easy to move around. The other benefits for you are that they decrease sound when being collected (i.e., quieter than a metal bin).

A plastic bin can also keep smells inside and any rodents or fruit fly outside if you are handling food and in a warm climate region.


What sort of businesses would use these smaller bins?

This plastic wheelie bin – available in the best sizes – are suitable for smaller businesses such as offices, smaller cafes etc or businesses with limited space.

Smaller commercial garbage bin sizes may be suitable if you are based in a built-up area such as a CBD. Larger bins will be difficult to collect. This is due to health and safety concerns due to passers-by etc and lifting a bin overhead.

Wheeled bin sizes – old fashioned bin collection

Additionally, if you have a restaurant or cafe, you will want your waste collected more frequently.


If you require a larger bin

If these wheelie bin sizes are not large enough for your business needs – you can look at a larger metal bin size.

We can provide regular bin services in industrial metal garbage bins as per the three size options below:

These bins are larger metal bins and can come on wheels or not wheels. The bin may not require wheels if you move it around on site via forklift. Additionally, the bin does not need wheels if it does not need moving.

These commercial trash bin sizes are more suitable for larger businesses with regular waste requirements.

If waste is very heavy, larger bin sizes – wheelie or not – may also be required. Smaller plastic bins cannot take the excessive weight.


The next bin size up

If this commercial garbage or wheelie bin sizes are too small for you, the next option is using a skip bin. The difference with a skip bin is that it is delivered and removed from the site each time. Smaller bins are emptied by a rubbish truck. Hence, you do not need to remove them each time.


We ask: can see-through wheelie bins boost recycling?

Of course, we have now determined by now that considering wheelie bin sizes is as vital as any other aspects of waste management. But in this section, we steer things in a different direction.

When we put stuff in the garbage cans or wheelie bins (whatever you want to call it), it is almost as if it is forgotten. No one is going to look at your bin because (a) it is smelly and (b) because it is very difficult.

Some businesses, as well as councils, are trialling see-through plastic bins as a way to check that people are not contaminating their recycling bins.

This is particularly important as some councils are considering phasing out their commingled recycling services due to contamination issues and also the difficulty in exporting mixed recycling to China.

As you will know from reading our blogs, the Chinese outlet for recycling has closed as China is clamping down on low-quality recycling.



To date, wheelie bins have been made from dark plastic. So, knowing if garbage is in the recycling bin is very difficult.

Numerous councils have considered fining residents if their bin is contaminated.

wheelie bin sizes – Garbage cans see through

With the current crisis in Australian recycling, ensuring that recycling is of high quality has never been more important.

The ABC reports that a council in Western Australia is trialling see-through garbage cans in this area:

“Mindarie Regional Council in Western Australia is hoping to challenge by putting wheelie bin contents on display.

“The MRC is WA’s largest waste management authority and collects 250,000 tonnes of waste and recyclable material from Perth’s northern suburbs.

“There are no plans to put all residents’ rubbish on display, just 20 transparent bins will be used by participating houses over eight weeks.”


Are there any bad impacts of this plan for clear garbage cans?

Some residents have voiced concerns that these see-through garbage cans could be an invasion of privacy. Nosy neighbours might check how much people drink or what they throw out.

It is also argued that neighbours may social shame people who do not treat recycling correctly.

Some other people have also raised valid concerns about identity theft. They raised the idea that criminals could drive down streets and see when a household has thrown out lots of paperwork.


In the future

We will be very interested to see what the outcome of this trial is regarding see-through wheelie bins or garbage cans. Is it beneficial or detrimental?

We will keep you updated.


On industrial waste bin sizes

Running a small business in 2024 and beyond is harder than ever. See this blog on the topic published by Amex. You have also probably heard about the impact that increases in energy prices is having on Australian businesses.

Waster has recently redesigned our website to make booking and checking on your waste services (such as general waste disposal) easier than ever. With a more responsive design, it is simple to check your required services and book a collection, whether it is for general waste bin hire or cardboard recycling.

The first step is to access our online waste shop and choose the wheelie or non-wheeled bin sizes required. For example, see a 240-litre general waste bin for a cafe in Sydney collected once a week.

When you select your required options, you will see the appropriate pricing per collection. In this instance, a weekly pickup of a 240-litre general waste bin at a cafe in Sydney will cost $21.77+GST per collection. There is no rental charge or other fees.

Check out pricing for bin hire for events.

The delivery timeline from booking is usually 7-10 days. But, we can often get bins delivered quicker than this depending on the region, etc. We know that when you open a new business, not having bins and grease trap cleaning organised can be stressful. So, we try our best to work to your timelines. Aside from wheelie bin sizes, see our blog on recycling cardboard processes to learn more.

Also, see our rubbish remover blog for challenges that small businesses can face and more info on industrial waste bin sizes and services.

Waster always focuses on the latest tech to enhance our customer service. Check out our tips and many others on the latest systems at Telco Solutions.


More on industrial waste, wheelie bins sizes and services

We put some attention to what you can learn from your previous supplier for commercial wheelie bin collection, industrial waste and wheelie bin sizes and more if you are thinking of moving to Waster.

The first question we always ask people thinking of moving to Waster is, “why are you thinking of moving?” We get various answers and we try to cover some in the blog below. It is important to think about the good things your supplier for industrial wheelie bins does and can you improve on the bad. Also, check out our blog on rubbish bins Australia, covering 5 signs you should think of changing supplier.


A. Is the industrial wheelie bins service reliable?

Basically, how often do they not pick up the bin on the scheduled day? Most of the major companies publicise an accuracy rate of between 95-99%. (e.g., between 5 and 1 day out of 100 are missing). You should aim to improve on this if you move to a new supplier.


B. Is there someone to contact if your bin is missed?

Aside from worrying about your industrial waste and wheelie bin sizes, you also have to think about certain issues that can arise in the waste management industry. One such example is missing bins.

If a bin is missed or if you have an issue you need resolving such as booking an additional collection, querying something, etc., is there actually someone to talk to for industrial waste/wheelie bins sizes and services?  For example, do you have a dedicated contact person who will be responsible for resolving your issues regarding commercial waste bin sizes?


C. Are the invoices for low-cost wheelie bins accurate?

Many complaints we hear is due to billing for services that did not occur. Are there any charges for extra fees such as environmental fees or for industrial wheelie bins collections that you dispute occurred at all?


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D. Do they continually increase prices?

Many customers complain that their previous supplier quoted low prices at the beginning of a contract. These rates kept on increasing. And within a few years, the rates were now quite a burden on the business.


E. Do they lock you into long term contracts?

Many customers who move to Waster seeking commercial waste bin sizes and options have previously been locked into rollover clauses and the saying “once bitten, twice shy” can apply to many. The flexible 30-day agreements offered by Waster can be a big selling point in this context.

On a side note, see our blog on rubbish removal on Sydney north shore.


F. What size is a wheelie bin?

When arranging industrial wheelie bins for your business, you should make sure that the wheelie bin is the right size etc. What size is a wheelie bin?

The standard wheelie bin size Australia for commercial waste bin sizes and collections is 240 litres. A 240-litre wheelie bin is the larger wheelie bin that many councils are phasing out for their residential collections – and providing smaller 120-litre wheelie bin options instead of general waste. This is designed to promote recycling.

Commercial waste bin sizes such as wheelie bin sizes are basically 120 litres and 240 litres below; any larger size would be on 4 wheels.


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If you are asking as to how many litres in a wheelie bin, the answer is 240 litres for a standard bin.

In one cubic metre, there are 1000 litres,  so a 240-litre bin is 0.24m cubed.

If you have any other questions on industrial wheelie bins for your business – whether wheelie bins services in Sydney, Melbourne, etc. like what is a 240-litre wheelie bin price – simply call our friendly team on 1300 927 837.


Industrial waste and wheelie bin sizes: specific solutions for every industry

Every industry has its specific waste and recycling requirements with a focus on environmental waste disposal. And of course, Waster can help you with that.

The New South Wales EPA produces useful fact sheets for various industries, you can see the example for the furniture and timber manufacturing industry here.

We quote below some of the key facts from the document:

“Wood fills just over half the typical waste bin in the furniture and timber manufacturing industry, with paper, cardboard, textiles and plastic taking up the rest of the bin. . That means around 90 per cent of the contents of each bin could be recycled rather than being removed with rubbish to landfills.

“As a timber or furniture manufacturer, you can greatly reduce waste collection charges by putting this material in the right recycling bins instead of sending it off as general waste. Not only will you be cutting your costs, you will also be helping our environment and reducing greenhouse gas pollution.”


Industrial rubbish bins tips for reducing waste in a timber business

The document also quotes some good tips for reducing timber waste:

“Painted, coated and preservative-treated products may contain toxic components, so they are often sent to landfill. Follow government guidelines for disposal of timber waste treated with Copper Chrome Arsenate (CCA). Waste chipboard, laminated benchtops, treated timber and lacquered or painted timber can contain toxic chemicals.

“Do not burn CCA treated timber waste and do not use this treated timber as mulch or soil additive. Non-chemically treated wood can generally be recycled. But there are materials that can be attached to otherwise useful timber which limits its reuse value.

“These materials can include nails or metal connectors, plasterboard, plastic wrapping, oils , dirt or sand, laminates (including some plywoods), edge bandings, glue and resins. Removing some of these contaminants will add value and provide an opportunity for the reuse of this wood.

“To prevent stormwater pollution, sweep driveways and work areas. Get rid of litter and other contaminants. Put litter in bins and provide containers for cigarette butts.

“Store waste bins, chemicals and dust bags away from stormwater drains. Publicise your waste reduction goals and achievements. Your sustainable waste policies could help attract or retain customers as well as benefitting your budget and the environment.”

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