Confused as to what to do with your unwanted goods? Fret no more – our rubbish removal services can dispose of almost anything except hazardous waste.

This article provides an overview of the different types of waste and where they can be disposed of.

Hard rubbish

Examples of hard rubbish include:

Books
Clothing

Toys
Mattresses

Furniture
Appliances (e.g. fridges, hair dryers and washing machines)

Donate to charity or dispose via a council pick-up or rubbish removal service.

Building materials

Examples of building materials include:

Bricks
Tiles

Windows
Wood

Doors
Concrete

Plasterboard
Carpet

Consider selling or donating your building materials; alternatively, rubbish removal services can remove them for you.

Organic waste

Examples of organic waste include:

Grass clippings
Twigs and small branches

Weeds
Plants and flowers

Prunings
Food waste

Dispose of this waste in your green bin where it will be taken to a compost facility. Note: Only some councils accept food waste in green bins, so check first.

Metals

Examples of metals include:

Aerosol cans
Foil
Aluminium, tin or steel cans

Beer bottle lids
Cooking oil tins
Metal lids

Metal cutlery
Scrap metal
Batteries

Most metals can be put in your yellow recycling bin, where they will be taken to a recycling plant. However, things like batteries, pots & pans and scrap metal should be taken to the appropriate disposal facility, or be picked up by a rubbish removal service.

E-waste (electronics)

Examples of e-waste include:

Mobile phones
Tablets
Laptops

Televisions
Video game consoles
Keyboards

Lamps
Calculators
Cameras

Recycle e-waste by booking a council pick-up service or drop them off at a council collection facility on an e-waste drop off day.

Hazardous

Examples of hazardous waste include:

Household cleaners and solvents
Pesticides and herbicides

Pool chemicals
Motor fuel
Poisons

Asbestos
Fluorescent globes
Smoke detectors

Paints
Fire extinguishers
Gas bottles

You cannot dispose of these in landfill or recycling. You can take them to an EPA household chemical CleanOut event or use a commercial waste disposal service.

Sharps

Examples of sharps include:

Needles
Syringes
Razor blades

Televisions
Video game consoles
Keyboards

Lamps
Calculators
Cameras

Dispose of your sharps in a special sharps bin and take them to a public hospital or community sharps disposal facility.

Plastics

Plastics are a tricky one, as there are different types of plastic. A simple way to remember is to consider whether your plastic is ‘hard’ or ‘soft’. If you can easily scrunch your plastic into a ball (e.g. with a plastic bag), it’s soft, and will need to be put in your red bin or recycled in a participating supermarket’s plastic recycling bin. If it’s hard, chuck it in your yellow bin. Non-disposable plastics like polystyrene and snack wrappers should also go in your red bin.

Hard

Plastic bottles and caps

Yogurt pots

Ice cream tubs

Soft

Plastic bags (e.g. grocery shopping bags)

Bread bags

Bubble wrap

Paper and cardboard

Examples of paper and cardboard products include:

Egg cartons
Laundry powder boxes

Greeting cards and envelopes
Cereal boxes

Shoe boxes
Office paper

Drink cartons
Junk mail

Dispose of paper and cardboard (except for grease-proof paper, single-use coffee cups and paper towels, which should go in your red bin) in your yellow bin.

Glass

Examples of glass products include:

Jam, pickle or sauce jars
Glass bottles

Windows
Drinking glasses

Ceramics

Glass bottles and jars can be placed in your yellow bin. Toughened glass like ceramics and drinking glasses should be disposed of using a rubbish removal service or taken to an appropriate recycling facility. Broken glass should be carefully wrapped and put in your red bin.

Conclusion

Before enlisting the help of rubbish removal services, consider donating some of your unwanted goods to charity to get the most life out of them.

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