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Types of Rubbish and How to Dispose Them

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Landfill may be the first thing that comes to mind at the mention of waste disposal. Yet, waste disposal is more than tossing rubbish into a pile.

Instead, we implement a system to manage waste. This refers to the whole process – from generation to disposal. It covers collection, transportation and disposal of rubbish, sewage and other waste products.

The method in disposing waste depends on what the characteristics of the material. For instance, we have wastes that are hazardous to the environment, therefore we need utmost care disposing them.

Given this, Sydney garbage removal services use different methods to manage the various types of waste. Here are the different types of waste and how to properly dispose them.

1. Liquid or solid household waste

The trash that you gather in the black garbage bag to be collected by the municipal staff is household waste. This type of rubbish is also called municipal waste or black bag waste. Household waste can be solid or liquid.

Liquid household waste includes wash water from various homes – water used to clean cars, clothes and used in the bathroom. Most of this go to the municipal sewer lines.

On the other hand, some solid wastes are converted into liquid for disposal. Though household waste doesn’t frequently contain large quantities of toxic substances and can attract rats and flies and serve as breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Household waste can be disposed through:

  • Incineration

With this, the rubbish is burned at high temperatures to convert them into gas and residue. This method reduces the volume of solid waste by 20 percent.

  • Landfill

In this method, solid waste is buried. But before burying the garbage, Sydney garbage removal experts process the rubbish first to eliminate the odours and the dangers the waste bring.

Countries like Japan which has little space left to bury the garbage, they have shifted to combustion/incineration.

2. Electrical waste

Electrical waste or E-waste is rubbish generated from used electronic devices or just about anything that has circuitry or electrical components. This includes printers, computer parts, computers, music and DVD players, telephones, networking equipment, vacuum cleaners and TVs sets.

These waste materials often contain toxic metals especially mercury   antimony oxide, lead, cadmium and brominated flame retardants.. These are all dangerous to the environment and humans and humans alike.

Electrical waste are best disposed through recovery and recycling.

  • Resource recovery happens when discarded items into a specific subsequent use.
  • Recycling on the other hand is the use of waste products into a material to produce a new product. The process takes the third place in the Reduce-Reuse-Recycle waste hierarchy.

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3. Medical or clinical waste

Medical waste is generated during the treatment of patients, immunisation or diagnosis.They are also generated during lab and other research activities that involve testing or producing biological materials.

Some pharmaceutical waste similar to those produced by health care centres, hospitals and clinics can also be found in homes.

Examples include bandages and dressing that contain body fluids or dry blood. It can also be chemicals such as phenols and formaldehyde; and used syringes.

Note that most of these are not marked hazardous. They need to be properly disposed in landfills or through incineration.

But there are more hazardous healthcare wastes that include hypodermic needles. These should not be mixed with household waste..

Medical waste is generally highly infectious. One of the best ways to handle this kind of waste is through Waste to Energy method.

Waste to energy process essentially involves converting non-recyclable garbage into useable electricity, heat energy or fuel through various processes.

4. Demolition and construction debris

These are solid wastes generated from demolished buildings or from buildings undergoing renovation or fresh construction.

Such debris are normally comprised of weighty and bulky material like bricks, roofing shingles, ceiling tiles, plumbing fixtures, carpeting, asphalt, fill dirt, wood, concrete and bricks. Some of these debris can be recovered for reuse.

For instance, wood from this kind of debris can be chipped and used in composting and landscaping, or be recovered for use again as dimensional lumber.

You can dispose the metals from construction and demolition debris by selling them to scrap-metal dealers.

5. Organic waste

Also referred to as green waste, organic waste are by-products of plants or animal sources. This includes fruit and vegetable peels such as food waste, flower trimmings and animal droppings.

These are biodegradable – they are easily broken down by microbes or other organisms and turned into manure over time.

Other than professional green waste removal, Sydney people usually turn it into compost that they use in their gardens.

Apart from the above waste, it is common for Sydney garbage collectors to pick up damaged furniture. Most residents don’t know how to dispose this, so it’s best to leave the job to the professionals.


Proper waste management is extremely important in safeguarding both human and environmental health. Be actively involved in proper disposal of waste and call professional garbage removers in Sydney. This is the surest way to protect future generations.

Call our team if you need any rubbish removed in Sydney.


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