Working out what classification of waste you want to put in your skip bin is fairly easy and straight forward. The type of waste will influence the eventual skip bin price charged and will vary depending on the location and hence the distance to the dump or disposal facility.
We essentially have four different classifications of waste.
• Green Waste
This is exactly what it says, green waste only. There must be no other types of waste in the skip bin and no part of that vegetation waste should exceed 50mm in diameter. The weight of the material must not exceed 150 kg per cubic metre. So for example a 4 cubic metre skip bin is allowed to contain 600 kg and still be classed as green waste.
• Light General Waste
This is a classification which is suitable for most domestic and commercial use but must not contain any hard or heavy materials such as soil, concrete, blocks, bricks and pavers. The weight of the material must not exceed 150 kg per cubic metre. Green waste can be included but must be put in on top of any other waste. This type of waste would include such things as old furniture, bikes, old domestic appliances, and old clothing. But must not include any of the prohibited items listed below. This is the most common classification for household use.
• General Waste
This classification is as for Light General Waste but can also include a small quantity of heavy type material such as builders waste or soil, concrete, blocks, bricks and pavers. The weight of the bin contents must not exceed 300 kg per cubic metre. This classification would most likely apply where you are cleaning up after a small project around the home but have decided to have a good general clean out as well. The skip must not include any of the prohibited items listed below.
• Heavy Waste
The same type of waste as for general waste but also allowed are large quantities of soil, concrete, blocks, bricks, pavers, general builders waste and tree stumps. There is no limit on the weight per cubic metre but the total weight of any single bin must not exceed 6 tons. Green waste can be included but must be put in on top of any other waste. The skip bin must not include any of the prohibited items listed below.
There are some things which must not be put in any skip bin. Essentially these are items that are environmentally hazardous, or potentially dangerous such as:
• Asbestos and fibro or fibre cement products,
• Lead acid batteries,
• Fuels and Oils,
• Solvents and thinners,
• Vehicle tyres,
• Gas cylinders,
• Dead fish or animals,
• Food waste that would normally go into your wheelie bin.