Categories & Restrictions - Waste Disposal - Wollongong
At Port Skips, we offer skip bin hire across Wollongong and surrounding suburbs (Austinmer to Kiama), for a wide range of waste removal needs. Keep reading for a description of different waste types you might place in your bin, as well as an overview of prohibited items and restrictions. You can even save on rubbish removal costs by sorting your waste into separate loads that maximise recycling and recover potential.
Waste Types: What Can I Place in My Skip Bin?
There are a variety of reasons you might want to arrange for skip bin hire, from cleaning house to building or renovating. Because different types of waste incur different disposal costs, your hire costs will also change based on the type of waste you need to remove. By using your skip selectively – or hiring multiple smaller skips for different waste types – you can lower your cost per load, while also making it easier to recycle or re-use unwanted materials.
Household or Office Cleanup – De-Cluttering, Moving House
Our skips are perfectly suited to contain household items that are too bulky or restricted from being placed in your regular garbage. This sort of waste may contain a wide variety of items, commonly things like damaged furniture, toys, broken appliances and whitegoods, carpets, household plastics, timber and metal furniture, and so forth.
If you have too many items for council pickup, or live in an area where the council does not offer on-call collections, our smaller skip bins are ideal for household cleanup. Especially heavy cleanups, such as clearing a deceased estate or removing a large amount of furniture, will require a larger skip.
Most types of waste can be included in smaller quantities with general household waste, but if you have significant quantities of these materials, consider hiring a separate skip; mixed waste is more expensive to dispose of, so cost per load will be lower if recyclable materials are kept separate.
- Mattresses and tyres are not normally included, but we can arrange to dispose of these for an additional fee.
Builders Waste – Construction, Renovations
If you’re building or renovating, you’ll want a skip bin on site to keep waste materials out of the way (and your construction site safe!). Construction waste can include most building materials from construction or demolition that do not contain asbestos, such as timber and tiles, pipes, bricks, metal, fencing, unwanted fixings, and general household waste.
For smaller renovations (such as bathrooms), we recommend our 3m³ skip size. Larger renovations (such as kitchens) are likely to require one of our 4m³ skip bins, while major construction projects will benefit from the jumbo 6m³ size.
- Dirt, sand and soil should not be placed in with construction waste. If you need these materials removed, you’ll need to request a separate skip for excavation waste only.
- Rubber-backed carpet and synthetic grass are not normally included, but we can remove these materials for a small additional fee.
- Horsehair plaster is not normally included, but can be included for an additional charge.
- If you expect to have a large amount of brick or concrete in your construction waste, it’s worth hiring a separate skip for these materials.
Green Waste – Garden Waste, Yard Cleanup
Whether you’re landscaping, lopping branches or clearing land, skip bin hire will make a world of difference in keeping your yard clean. Load your bin with any type of organic plant waste, including trees and shrubs, grass clippings, fence palings, woodchips, bark, rocks and rubble. Modest yards will suit our smallest skip bin size, while large or heavily overgrown yards should consider a jumbo skip.
- Green waste only – no other waste types!
- Dirt and soil cannot be included.
- Tree stumps cannot be included; these must be disposed of separately.
- Synthetic grass and other non-organic garden materials cannot be included.
Excavation Waste – Dirt and Soil
If you’re excavating dirt, soil or sand for your construction or landscaping project, you can hire one of our skip bins for a dirt-only load. While these can’t be included with other waste types, you can place dirt, soil and sand in a dedicated skip with no other waste.
- Dirt and soil will not be accepted as part of household cleanup, green waste or building/renovation waste.
Heavy Waste – Bricks and Concrete
Bricks and concrete can be recycled separately from other waste, so if you have a significant amount of these materials, it’s a good idea to hire a dedicated skip bin just for heavy waste.
- Strictly reserved for bricks and concrete; other waste types cannot be included.
Prohibited Materials: What CAN’T I Place in My Skip Bin?
As with all waste collection services, in order to comply with NSW state and local Wollongong council regulations we must limit the materials which can be placed in our skip bins.
- Material suspected to contain asbestos: Any old fibro or villaboard, loose insulation, or pipes may contain asbestos, especially if they were installed prior to 1990 (see below).
- Household and hobby chemicals: This includes cleaning agents, pool and garden chemicals, paints and solvents, acids, and similar substances. These are environmentally unsafe and not suitable for tipping; they can be disposed of separately at council facilities.
- Batteries: Batteries of any type should not be placed in skip bins or household garbage. Please take batteries to a recycling centre advised by your local council.
- Liquids (including paint tins with wet paint inside): Our bins are not suitable for containing liquids. These should be disposed of separately at council facilities.
- Biological or medical waste: Any waste composed of human matter or by-product, or contaminated by biohazardous agent, is unsuitable for disposal in a skip bin. Please contact a specialty waste removal service for biological waste.
- Hazardous material: Any hazardous materials not covered above are also unsuitable for disposal in a skip bin. Please contact the council for instructions on disposing of specific hazardous materials.
- Putrescible waste (household garbage): Items accepted by your normal household garbage collection – such as food scraps, kitchen garbage, used nappies, and so forth – are not suitable to place in a skip. These items should be placed in your normal garbage bins.
More About Asbestos
Asbestos is a building material which has been banned in Australian construction since 2003, but was widely used during previous decades. Now understood to be a hazardous material, asbestos must be handled separately from other building materials, and is subject to particular laws regarding removal and disposal. That means that materials which contain (or are suspected to contain) asbestos cannot be placed in our skips along with regular builder’s waste.
Not sure if you’re dealing with asbestos? For houses built before the 1990s, there is a good chance that materials containing asbestos were used in their construction, with a higher likelihood in homes built before the mid-1980s. However, since asbestos was only completely banned in 2003, any building which pre-dates this ban may still contain suspect materials. If you are uncertain of asbestos content, you are responsible for having materials tested and certified asbestos-free before starting work.
Please remember: If you are disposing of building materials, it is your responsibility to ensure that the load does not contain asbestos. If material in your skip is found to contain asbestos, either by the driver or during disposal, you will be liable for any decontamination costs and fines incurred.
For more information on asbestos removal and disposal, see this NSW Government fact sheet for a quick overview, or visit www.asbestosawareness.com.au for detailed advice on handling suspect materials. The NSW WorkCover website can help you find a licensed asbestos removalist.