When customers come to Fast Skip Recycling for skip bin hire in Goulburn, they generally assume they can chuck anything in it. This is so not the case. Whether you’re hiring a skip for a home renovation, a landscaping project, or just a general clear out, there are laws that govern what types of waste you can put in a skip in Australia.
Disallowed Skip Bin Items
Although laws on waste disposal may vary slightly from council to council, the following are not allowed to be disposed of in a skip bin:
- Hazardous waste and liquids: this includes paint, oils, pesticides, and poisons. Even if they are in sealed containers they are not allowed.
- Animal or human waste
- Gas cylinders (even empty ones)
- Insulation materials
- Food waste
- Fluorescent bulbs/lighting
- Plasterboard and gypsum
Most of these are toxic in landfill and there are other methods of disposing of them.
Can I Put White Goods In A Skip Bin?
A common question from homeowners is about which white goods can be put into skips. All appliances such as washing machines, tumble dryers, fridges, freezers, microwave ovens, and dishwashers are allowable but there are some conditions.
- All doors and lids must be removed
- Fridges and freezers must be de-gassed.
One last thing to remember is that even if it’s all allowable waste, you cannot overfill a skip. If your skip is overfilled when we come to collect it, we have to reduce the contents to the allowable amount. This means you may have to hire another skip or pay to have the waste removed.
Alternatives for Disallowed Items
Your local council is the point of contact for any items that cannot be put in a skip. They may have a municipal recycling/dumping scheme or they may refer you to a licensed removal firm. There are also privately and commercially run recycling/collection schemes that can be found by browsing the internet.
When you come to us for skip hire in Goulburn, be sure to ask one of our staff about the kinds of things you think you’ll be throwing away. They will advise you what is allowed and disallowed by law and also advise you on how to dispose of things that can’t go in the skip, such as pointing you in the direction of authorised wastage processors or recycling schemes.