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With the re-introduction of the Queensland Government Waste Levy on 1stJuly 2019, correct identification and classification of waste type will be crucial. The Waste Levy is a government-imposed tax charged at a fixed rate of $82.50 including GST (as of 1stJuly 2019) per tonne on material taken to landfill, making the weight of the bin critical in determining price. The levy is in addition to what the landfill already charges for waste disposal.

We will have the following waste classifications from 1stJuly 2019. While the descriptions of the different waste classes are listed here not all prices are available on the website, in some cases you will have to contact our office to obtain a quote. The first three classes of waste and to a lesser extent the fourth, would be those most likely to be applicable for commercial, domestic or homeowner use. If in any doubt about classification of waste, please call our office during business hours.

Mattresses can be placed in any general waste bin but will attract an additional charge.

  • Green Waste or Vegetation waste. There is no weight limit on these bins but there must only be vegetation in the bin. These bins are taken to a mulch yard so the vegetation can be turned into mulch so any other waste in the bin will result in substantial additional charges.
  • 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 should 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. Bins loaded beyond allowable weight will attract additional charges which must be paid before the bin will be emptied.
  • General Waste. This classification is as for Light General Waste but can also include a small quantity of heavier type material such as a few left over blocks and pavers which people sometimes have around their house. The weight of the bin contents must not exceed 225 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. This is the second most common classification for household use. Bins loaded beyond allowable weight will attract additional charges which must be paid before the bin will be emptied.
  • Heavy General Waste. The same type of waste as for general waste but there is allowance for even more weight. A typical application of this type of waste would be where an old paling fence was being removed and the concrete footings with a small amount of soil attached and vegetation growing on the old fence was included in the bin. The weight of the material in the bin should not exceed 300 kg per cubic metre. The skip bin must not include any of the prohibited items listed below. Bins loaded beyond allowable weight will attract additional charges which must be paid before the bin will be emptied.
  • Light Builders Waste. This will be waste from job sites which has an estimated density of less than 400kg per cubic metre. This classification will cover waste generated in normal construction activity, i.e. timber, insulation, packaging, block off-cuts, broken blocks, plasterboard, roofing material, broken tiles and tile off-cuts, old formwork, bits of reo mesh etc. There can be small amounts of waste concrete. In short, all waste generated from normal construction activity, but there must be NO heavy material such as soil, sand, gravel, stone, loam or more than a small amount of concrete etc in the bin. Excess limits apply. Our experience is that, provided no excessive amounts of waste concrete and no soil from site cleans or excavations etc is included, this class of bin will very rarely exceed the allowed limit of 400 kg per cubic metre. The exception probably being a bin which contains an unusually large amount of broken block and block offcuts and that would almost certainly come from a large site. Normal house construction and reno jobs should not exceed the weight limit if the bin is loaded with the correct materials.The skip bin must not include any of the prohibited items listed below.
  • Mixed Construction and Demolition Waste. Basically, this classification is a mix of any of the other classes of waste and will be the most expensive in terms of disposal cost. If our new waste classes were applied to bins now, prior to the waste levy being implemented, this would be the most common type of bin, however, moving forward as people adapt to the new prices and seek to reduce costs, we expect this class of waste will become much less common. This class of bin would include such things as powder from floor grinding and mixed demolition waste from demolition activity. Estimated density of this type of material is between 400 and 1500kg per cubic metre. Excess limits will apply eventually but initially we will be able to dump bins of mixed waste at a deemed rate so that we can give a fixed price for the bin irrespective of the weight, at some point in the future however this arrangement will cease and the price for this type of bin will increase substantially. The skip bin must not include any of the prohibited items listed below.
  • Clean Concrete Waste. This is clean concrete or blockwork from demolition type activities. There can be some clean soil material mixed with the concrete. Other than concrete and soil there must be no other types of waste in a bin of this class. Our prices are worked out on a density of 1000kg per cubic metre, but since concrete weighs around 2400kg per cubic metre there is a possibility that there would be excess charges for bins which are in excess of our weight allowance. Bear in mind also that our legal weight limit of 6000kg in any single bin will need to be considered when ordering bins.
  • Dirty Inert Waste. This is the type of waste which could result from a site prep. by a bobcat or excavator. Material which might be included would be a mixture of soil and excavated material, sand, gravel, stones, vegetation, and concrete. there MUST be no material which can be classed as Builders Waste.Our prices are calculated on a density of 1400kg per cubic metre and excess weight charges apply. Bear in mind also that our legal weight limit of 6000kg in any single bin will need to be considered when ordering bins.
  • Clean Inert Waste. This can be soil and excavated material which can contain stones but there should be nothing over 300mm in size. There MUST be no material which can be classed as Builders Waste or vegetation of any type. Our prices are calculated on a density of 1400kg per cubic metre and excess weight charges apply. Bear in mind also that our legal weight limit of 6000kg in any single bin will need to be considered when ordering bins.
  • Metal Only. This bin must contain metal only. No other type of waste allowed.

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,Hazadous-materials-006
• Lead acid batteries,
• Paints,
• Fuels and Oils,
• Solvents and thinners,
• Vehicle tyres,
• Gas cylinders,
• Explosives,
• Dead fish or animals,
• Food waste that would normally go into your wheelie bin.

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