Whether you are clearing out your old stuff or remodelling your home, you will no doubt be left with a pile of waste that needs removing. 

In most Australian cities and towns there are local laws regarding waste management so it is a good idea to make sure you get rid of garbage quickly and check the correct ways of disposing of different kinds of rubbish. Generally, waste can be separated into seven types: 

  • Liquid or solid household waste, otherwise known as black bag waste produced by households every week
  • Medical waste. Usually, clinical waste comes from clinics and hospitals, however, it can occasionally come from the home and needs to be disposed of in the right way. 
  • Hazardous waste is regulated by the government and covers dangerous waste that contains aerosols, mercury, solvents and pharmaceuticals as well waste that is corrosive, flammable, reactive or toxic.  If you are unsure if something is hazardous you can check with your local council
  • Green waste such as food scraps and gardening waste.
  • Construction debris. This includes waste created during renovations and includes waste such as floor tiles, carpeting, bricks, dirt and rubble. 
  • Electrical waste, otherwise known as e-waste is anything that has computer components and wires such as laptops and phones. 
  • Recyclables are often found in regular household waste, and many people are familiar with sorting cardboard, glass, metal, paper and plastic. 

Due to strict waste management regulations and a civil obligation to deal with your waste, you will probably have to spend some money on waste removal if your clear out session or renovation project is going to generate lots of garbage. If you are considering how to get rid of your rubbish, here are some different options and costs often related to garbage removal. 

Hiring a Skip 

One popular option to easily get rid of a large amount of waste quickly is to order a skip bin. There are a few things to consider before renting a skip bin such as the size of skip you need and what type of waste you can put in it. Skip bins come in various sizes with the smallest volumes being 2 cubic metres and larger sizes going up to 30 cubic metres. Generally, it will cost between $200-$300 to rent a 4 cubic metre bin in Australia. 

Taking Trips to the Local Dump

Another option for disposing of garbage is using your truck or trailer to take waste to the local dump, however, if you have a lot of waste this can be time-consuming and cost more in labour if you are hiring people to help you. If you have a lot of waste to get rid of, the expense of visiting the dump can soon add up with the cost of getting rid of dry materials is approximately $400 a ton whilst green waste costs around $250 a ton. Having a skip bin on site is often more cost-effective and time-efficient for large amounts of waste. 

Private Collectors 

If you have a manageable amount of waste that doesn’t warrant ordering skip and you don’t have a trailer, then it may be easier to call private waste collectors to remove your waste. Typically, private trash collectors charge around $150-$200 for garbage removal depending on the size of the job. 

Garbage removal is a necessary and costly task especially if you have tonnes of waste, however, some useful waste management solutions can save you money such as ordering a skip instead of taking multiple trips to the dump.