7 Different Types of Rubbish You Need to Dispose of
Did you know that rubbish is generally broken down into seven or more different types? It’s useful for you to know what’s piling up in the yard or driveway of your Brisbane home or business, because that will affect how you get rid of it.
The seven most common types of garbage are:
1. Liquid or Solid Household Waste
This can be called ‘municipal waste’ or ‘black bag waste’ and is the type of general household rubbish we all have. It can be both liquid or solid.
Examples of Household Waste: Household waste can include kitchen scraps, packaging, cleaning waste, and liquids such as cooking fats, wastewater, cleaning liquids or grease.
2. Hazardous Waste
Hazardous waste is usually regulated by the federal government and includes some of the more dangerous chemicals that one can expect to find in a typical home. It may be inflammable, toxic, corrosive or reactive. This type of waste can create public health issues, which is why it needs to be handled and disposed of carefully.
Examples of Hazardous Waste: You can expect to find pharmaceuticals, anything that contains mercury, solvents, some paints, aerosol cans, pool chemicals, batteries, gasoline, fuel and more classified as hazardous waste.
3. Medical/Clinical Waste
Pharmaceutical waste like that produced by health care centres, clinics, hospitals, vets and specialist health clinics may also be found in the home, and should be disposed of responsibly, even if it is not marked hazardous. Medical waste may include both organic or inorganic materials, and needs to be disposed of responsibly.
Examples of Medical Waste: Medical waste can include bandages, needles, single-use medical devices, packaging, samples, and PPE such as gloves, gowns and masks.
4. Electrical Waste (E-Waste)
E-waste is generated from electrical devices of all shapes and sizes. These may contain toxic metals like lead, mercury, cadmium, and brominated flame retardants, which are all harmful to humans and the environment.
Examples of Electrical Waste: Electrical waste generally refers to a wide range of electrical devices including computers and computer parts, printers, DVD and music players, TVs, telephones, vacuum cleaners and so on.
5. Recyclable Waste
Recyclable waste refers to items and materials that can be converted into a reusable material. They are commonly found in household recycling bins. They require careful consideration in disposal to ensure waste is being reused and environmental impact is minimised.
Examples of Recyclable Waste: The most common types of recyclable household waste include paper, cardboard, beverage and food containers, metal and glass. Make sure you look for the recycling symbol before you dispose of any of these materials.
6. Construction & Demolition Debris
This is usually bulky and weighty material, generated during construction and renovation projects. Oftentimes it includes a wide array of materials, with renovations and construction projects requiring areas of the building, house or yard to be completely reworked. In older homes where asbestos or lead paint may be present, construction and demolition waste requires careful removal and disposal
Examples of Construction Waste: Construction waste may include materials such as ceiling tiles, bathroom tiles, plumbing fixtures, carpeting, insulation, timber frames, gyprock or plaster, concrete, bricks, skirting, rocks and fill dirt.
7. Green Waste
This is comprised of food and landscaping waste, which will break down naturally under the right conditions. For some, green waste can be disposed of using a composting system, but for others it needs to be taken to an appropriate disposal centre.
Examples of Green Waste: Green waste includes grass, weed clippings, tree limbs and branches, waste from vegetable produce, bread and grains, as well as paper products.
Disposing of Different Types of Household Rubbish
The 7 different types of rubbish vary in the level of care they require in the process of disposal. If you are looking to dispose of any of the types of rubbish outlined here but are unsure of where to start, contact the experts at Steve’s Rubbish Removals today!
These are the seven main types of rubbish that affect Brisbane homes. Industrial buildings also create industrial waste from glass, leather, textile, food, electronics, plastic and metal product manufacture. All of these may require the help of a professional rubbish removal service to dispose of responsibly and legally.
Steve’s Rubbish Removals is based in Brisbane and disposes of all rubbish, of any size, in all areas of the city seven days a week. Get a free quote from us today!