It’s quite easy to generate rubbish. We do it every day of the year, with domestic rubbish being the most common type we will generate and have to dispose of. But what does domestic rubbish actually encompass, and what is the best way to dispose of it? Let’s take a closer look.
What is domestic waste?
Domestic, or household, waste is classed as the disposable materials that are generated by a residential property. The contents is quite broad; it is generally made up of non-hazardous waste such as food scraps, paper, bottles, and other things that can be recycled or composted, and hazardous waste, like batteries and cleaning products.
Domestic waste that you dispose of in council bins is that which is generated from the day-to-day use of the household, rather than waste generated from home renovations, for example.
Some of the things common things included in domestic waste are:
- general household waste – ‘bagged’ waste but no large items like furniture
- plastic wraps
- nappies – disposable and cloth
- ceramic, china, and pottery
- pyrex and ovenproof glass
- light bulbs and fluorescent lamps
- Mirrors and window glass
- garden waste (also called green waste)
- food scraps
Queensland rubbish production
The amount of rubbish generated by households is always fluctuating, but on average in 2016-2017 the amount generated per capita in Queensland was around 390kg.
Before this, the 10-year average for household waste was about 614kg per capita per year, across Queensland. This doesn’t take into account green waste or things like large domestic rubbish, which can vary in quantities and generally surge after disasters. The amount of green waste generated is also greatly affected by weather, with more generated during periods of high rainfall and less in dry periods.
As the population in Queensland, and particularly in South-East Queensland, grows, these numbers are likely to increase. With this growth, we will see an increased need for rubbish removal.
When it comes to Brisbane Council rubbish collection in wheelie bins, they generally collect around 1.26 million tonnes of domestic waste from over 1.9 million households every year. Every year there is about 16,900 tonnes of waste that is diverted from landfill by the operation of ‘tip shops’.
How to dispose of domestic waste
There are a number of ways that you can dispose of domestic waste, but the best option depends on the type of waste that you have. A lot of domestic waste can be disposed of in council wheelie bins in small amounts, but large amounts of rubbish or big household items cannot be disposed of in wheelie bins.
While Brisbane City Council’s kerbside collection services have been postponed until July 2022, it’s important to be aware that leaving items on a footpath outside your home or outside a charity bin or shop is classed as illegal dumping. Illegal dumping is the unlawful deposit of any type of waste material that is 200 litres or more in volume.
So if you have household items that are too big for your wheelie bin, or large amounts of domestic waste to dispose of, your best option is with domestic skip bin hire.
Benefits of Domestic Skip Bin Hire
Skip bins for domestic waste are a convenient and cost effective way to get rid of your domestic, household waste. By hiring a skip bin, you can fill it at your own pace and then let professionals take it away and dispose of the rubbish correctly. They will know which items can be recycled, which can be sent to ‘tip shops’, and how to safely dispose of the rest.
Some of the things that skip bins are perfect for include:
- Computers, Televisions, Mointers Electronic goods
- Household rubbish
- Furniture including lounges, tables, chairs, BBQ’s etc
- White goods, Fridges, washing machines, dishwashers
- Green Waste
- Shed Clean Outs
- Deceased Estates
One of the most convenient things about skip bins is that they can be placed wherever you need. Our skip bins are on rollers which means it is easy to locate them up a driveway, under a carport or even in your garage or warehouse. This is especially handy with working in tight areas and solves the recurring problem of neighbours and passers by using your skip bin for their residential or green rubbish.
Another benefit of hiring a domestic skip bin is that you can easily lift your items into the skip. Lifting heavy objects like fridges or barbeques over the side of traditional metal skips has always been a worrying prospect and increases the chance of injuring yourself. Our bins have been designed taking this into account and offers double opening stable doors at both ends.
You can see more about our skip bin hire service and prices here, as well as special reduced prices on green waste skip bins for hire.