How To Make Your Household Rubbish Free

If you want your home to be clean and tidy all year long and to keep your space rubbish free, you need to consider the 5 Rs of rubbish removal. These stand for Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot, and they are very important to remember if you want to live a waste-free life. And although it can be hard to live by the 5 Rs all the time, you will notice a big difference in the amount of junk that you have around your home if you start to implement them. Refuse If you want to get rid of the rubbish around your house and live free of junk, you need to refuse rubbish where you can. By this we mean looking at how you generate rubbish through the things that you buy and looking at ways to reduce the amount of waste that

2021-05-24T11:31:17+10:00January 18th, 2021|Articles|

National Recycling Week

Now in its 24th year, National Recycling Week is set to take place from the 11th to the 17th of November. The week is an opportunity for us as individuals, businesses, communities, a country and the Earth as a whole, to consider how we can become more effective with recycling our waste and rubbish. Hosted by Planet Ark, National Recycling Week 2019 aims to educate communities on recycling and effective waste management. Rubbish Recycling from your rubbish pick up According to recent research, 91% of Australian households have access to kerbside recycling of municipal waste, and 98% of us participated in some form of recycling. With 90% of Australians agreeing that recycling is the right thing to do, National Recycling Week is the perfect time to encourage recycling of both household waste and larger, bulkier items such as mattresses, couches and other large furniture. Rubbish

2021-05-24T11:31:17+10:00October 28th, 2019|Articles|

How are Businesses minimising their environmental impact?

1300 Rubbish has long been dedicated to responsible waste management. As a rubbish removal company, we see fist hand the impact that poorly managed waste and incorrect recycling can have on the environment. Today, being environmentally conscious, on both an individual and company level is more important than ever. According to the National Waste Report 2018, In 2016-17 Australia generated an estimated 67 million tonnes (Mt) of waste including 17.1 Mt of masonry materials, 14.2 Mt of organics, 12.3 Mt of ash, 6.3 Mt of hazardous waste (mainly contaminated soil), 5.6 Mt of paper and cardboard and 5.5 Mt of metals. This is equivalent to 2.7 tonnes (t) per capita. The waste we generate has a direct impact on our surrounding environments, waterways and oceans. These six companies are taking steps to limit their environmental impact. We asked them about the challenges they face and how they

2021-05-24T11:31:17+10:00August 22nd, 2019|Articles|

The Consequences of Illegal Dumping

Illegal dumping is a major and unfortunately common problem in many parts around the country. Rubbish, waste and discarded items pose problems for humans, wildlife and the environment alike. Illegally dumped waste can have a negative impact on the appearance of nature and urban areas but more importantly reduce the quality of life and cause dangers associated with hazardous waste.   The New South Wales government has an Illegal Dumping Strategy which is backed by continued funding of $65 million. While this funding aims to support a range of solutions to illegal dumping in partnership with councils, industry and the community, it’s important that we, as individuals know how to deal with our waste and keep our community clean.   So, what is illegal dumping?   We all understand the impacts that illegal dumping can have on the world around us but what constitutes illegal dumping?   The NSW

2021-05-24T11:31:18+10:00May 24th, 2019|Articles|

5 Tips for Recycling Your Construction Waste

When it comes to dealing with construction waste, there are more than just ethics telling you that it’s time to recycle. There is also a whole suite of rules, regulations and compliance laws that you must be following, all of which typically require you to recycle. If you’re a site manager, construction business owner or just about anyone else dealing with construction waste, there are a few things you should know. The first is that not everything can be recycled in its entirety, so there are deconstruction processes you’ll need to undertake. The second is that depending on your location there may be a host of other requirements you need to meet. For those who would like some tips, tricks and ideas for recycling your construction waste, take a look below. The process might not be as tricky as you’d have thought. Be Smart About Demolitions To start, it’s always

2021-05-24T11:31:18+10:00May 6th, 2019|Articles|

How To Plan A Home Renovation

There are numerous tasks that are needed to be completed in a home renovation, where you might not even know where to begin! When it comes to revamping a home, it can take months to plan and even more months to complete the entire transformation process. Although renovating a house can be an overwhelming experience, it can be an exciting one with sufficient preparation. Whether you’re renovating to enhance the quality of your home for you and your family or looking to renew a property for investment, you can easily renovate a house according to your needs. Here are some tips and tricks to plan a home renovation. 1. Consider building costs Before diving into the building aspect of your renovation, you need to formulate a budget. Creating a budget will help you keep tabs on the amount financing that is required to purchase building materials and furniture to refurbish

2021-05-24T11:31:19+10:00March 1st, 2019|Articles|

8 Mistakes you probably make when recycling

There’s no doubt that the public are beginning to come to terms with the problems caused by our waste. Woolworths and Coles recently banned single use plastic grocery bags, and with China cracking down on imported recyclable rubbish, recycling has become increasingly important for Australia. When recycling is collected, collection companies must limit waste contamination to 0.5% if they wish to export it. Many companies report that the waste they’re collecting has up to 18% contamination so it’s clear that we could be recycling more effectively. Here are 8 common mistakes to think about when disposing of your recycled goods. Not removing food One of the most important things we can do to ensure we are recycling as effectively as possible is to remove any food waste from our recyclables. Generally, the more clean, dry and empty recyclables are, the better. Simply removing food scraps and rinsing out containers will

2021-05-24T11:31:19+10:00January 22nd, 2019|Articles|

How to dispose of household items responsibly

The way we dispose certain household items has a huge impact on the environment. For most of our day to day rubbish, not much thought is needed. Recyclables go into the yellow lid, plant material goes into the green and pretty much everything else goes into the red lid bin. However, this leaves us open to making mistakes when it comes to disposing household items thoughtfully and responsibly. All too often things like mattresses and electronics are illegally dumped creating eyesores and negative impacts on the environment and surrounding wildlife. Here’s how you should dispose of certain household items responsibly to ensure minimal impact on the environment while avoiding any illegal dumping fines. Mattresses Mattresses are one of the most illegally dumped items out there. With over 1.25 million mattresses dumped every year, a huge amount unfortunately end up in landfill. Fortunately, more and more initiatives are being created to

2021-05-24T11:31:19+10:00December 3rd, 2018|Articles|

6 easy steps to clean your garden

As summer approaches, it can be the perfect time to clean up your garden, remove weed, establish new garden beds and plants and give your garden its yearly fertiliser. Tidying up your garden cannot only help it become more attractive, but it can make it safer and healthier for you and your family. Here are X easy steps to get your garden looking spick and span for summer and the festive period. 1. Clear tall grasses The first step to tidying up your garden is to cut down all your overgrown grasses and small plants. Not only will this neaten up your garden, but it will also make it easier to remove weeds and intrusive plants. This task is made simple by tools like line trimmers. 2. Trim shrubs and overhanging trees The next most important step is to clean up large shrubs and trees. This will require a tree

2021-05-24T11:31:20+10:00November 30th, 2018|Articles|

5 things to do in the lead up to Christmas

Christmas is just a few short weeks away. For many of us, this means the panic of last minute shopping and cleaning is about to set in. While it can be a stressful period, the festive season is meant to be full of joy and celebrations. Follow this list of things to do in the lead up to Christmas so you can enjoy the day once it arrives. Prepare for Guests Whether you’re hosting the big day, or are expecting visitors through the holidays, it’s important that your prepare your home for your guests. To begin with, decorating your home with Christmas items is simple and easy but an effective way to get you, your family and any visitors into the spirit. If you have friends or family that are planning to stay at your house, then obviously you should sort out the guest room. Depending on your home, this

2021-05-24T11:31:20+10:00November 28th, 2018|Articles|

Why E-Waste Recycling Is Important

Aside from the obvious security issues associated with simply throwing your e-waste into the bin, there are also major environmental impacts too. Almost all electronics are filled with chemicals like lithium that are highly toxic and will leak into the environment over time. On top of the chemicals, most electronics are also made with plastic or have a number of plastic components that will never break down in typical landfill. That alone should be a major driver for you to recycle your e-waste. We’ll take a look below at the types of e-waste you’ll find in your home, what chemicals you might find hiding inside and how to correctly dispose of these items without causing any harm to your local environment or adding to landfill. Rapid Growth of E-waste On a global scale, the challenges that come from the improper disposal of e-waste are some of the most difficult to

2021-05-24T11:31:20+10:00November 6th, 2018|Articles|

What Are the Different Types of Waste and How Do You Get Rid Of Them?

If you and your family are like any other typical Australian family then there’s a good chance you throw a whole load of rubbish and waste in the bin each week. As packaged fruits and vegetables become more popular and single-use plastics continue to find their way into the house it’s not just you who’s feeling guilty about all the waste going to landfill. A lot of other Aussie’s feel they can’t do anything about reducing their waste. To help clear your conscience we’ve listed all of the major rubbish types and how you should dispose of them to have the lowest possible environmental impact. Liquid Waste One of the most common household and industrial waste types is liquid waste. This goes beyond pure detergents too. The liquid waste category covers everything from dirty water, wash water and even rainwater. If any water or liquid is capable of contaminating clean

2021-05-24T11:31:21+10:00August 1st, 2018|Articles|

What to consider when building a granny flat

If you’re looking for ways to add some extra space to your home for guests or your kids, one of your best options is to look into designing and building a custom granny flat. Whether it’s for your in-laws or any other family member, there are a few things you should consider before, and during the build. Take a look at a few of our granny flat considerations below. What are you using it for? From the very beginning, your primary focus should be the end goal of your granny flat. Who is going to use it, their needs and what size it should be? If you’re only planning on using it for your kids or close family members just sit down and ask them what they think and get some insight - it’s easier to make changes during the design phase. If renting the granny flat is in your

2021-05-24T11:31:21+10:00June 2nd, 2018|Articles|

Getting Rid Of Green Waste

By essence, green waste is anything that is biodegradable, any plant life and any type of garden waste such as compost, grass and hedge trimmings. If you have a garden and you maintain it every day, you could be producing a lot more green waste than you could have imagined. In this case, you may need professional assistance as far as getting rid of green waste is concerned. Compared to other types of waste, it is relatively cheaper to get rid of green waste. If you’re getting rid of green waste, you should be able to separate out certain items from your green waste prior to taking them to the landfill. Disposing Green Waste At The Landfill Sorting out your green waste can help you a lot when you need to dispose and take them to the landfill’s transfer area. Some of the items that are allowed for disposal as

2021-05-24T11:31:22+10:00March 30th, 2018|Articles|

Where does all the rubbish go?

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), in 2009-10 Australians sent 21.6 million tonnes of waste to landfill. For those of you that aren’t familiar with visualising a tonne, think of small truck load full and then multiply it by 21.6 million! It’s quite a bit of rubbish. Waste management is an ongoing topic in Australian politics, and terms like ‘diversion rate’ and ‘recovery and reprocessing’ are populating the vernacular. That said, the Australian diversion rate, that is the amount of rubbish we diverted from landfill in 2009-10 still sits at under 50%, to be exact 42.6% (ABS, 2011). Rubbish recycling overseas While this is of course an increase on previous figures, it is a far cry from some of our international counterparts. For example, Sweden has been so successful in their recycling efforts that The Huffington Post has reported that only 4% of their rubbish goes into landfill.

2021-05-24T11:31:22+10:00January 8th, 2018|Articles|

5 Tips for Recycling Your Building Waste

Recycle Rubbish Dump Litter Trash Garbage Waste There can be many significant changes made to the way we recycle. This is no different in the construction industry. You need to make an improved effort to make better use of debris or building materials. Construction waste will always occur in the form of cardboard, plastic, excess building materials and more. Many things on a Building site are eligible to get recycled depending on your location. Excess recyclable materials should always be taken into consideration as they can offer a lot. Masonry can be reused on your new construction, and it can be crushed for road bases. Windows, doors and roofing can be used again if they’re in a decent condition or restored. Sinks, baths and fittings can be refitted. Lumber and wood products can be reused or repurposed. Wood can also be turned into mulch or biomass fuel. Metals

2021-05-24T11:31:22+10:00December 11th, 2017|Articles|

How Much Rubbish Goes Into Landfill

Landfills are areas of land or excavated sites which have been carefully designed into or above the ground. When the trash is taken to a landfill, it usually ends up sealed in the ground. Trash decomposition is not much or none existent since there’s no way for air and water to get in. Landfills produce leachate, a type of toxic liquid that is made up of a mixture of rainwater, dissolved chemicals and organic acids. This toxic element can contaminate waterways and surrounding land. It is said that 55 percent of rubbish ends up getting buried in landfills while 33 percent ends up at recycling centers and 12.5 percent are taken to incinerators. When the trash is taken to an incinerator, it undergoes a burning process where it is transformed into ash. The latter is then used to make parking lots or roads. At times, the end product is also

2021-05-24T11:31:23+10:00November 2nd, 2017|Articles|

White Goods Rubbish Removal Sydney

White goods are usually domestic appliances that are large and bulky in size which make them difficult to be transported. Used mostly in doing routine chores, white goods would include air conditioner, clothes dryer, washing machine, dishwasher, stove, microwave oven, freezer and fridge. Electronic goods that are smaller do not qualify as white goods. These include irons, kettles, toasters and vacuum cleaners. White Goods Removal One of the best ways to cut your power bill is by getting rid of a second fridge or freezer which you don’t really need that much. While some would prefer having a personal fridge inside their bedroom for an added convenience, simply sticking with the fridge in the kitchen can have a lot of benefits. It’s also a great way to exert a few extra steps towards the kitchen which should be good for the body. Reuse or Resell Old appliances such as the

2021-05-24T11:31:23+10:00August 26th, 2017|Articles|

Garbage Bin Rental

If you’re planning to do some house cleaning or you have just wrapped up a construction project that needs some cleanup, it may be wise to consider renting a garbage bin. Renting is absolutely a simple, quick and easy way to clean up at the end of a major project. So long as you have an appropriately sized bin, your cleanup project will surely be like a breeze. Whether you are cleaning certain areas around the house, having a minor remodeling, or doing a rather big and all out cleaning, there is always a garbage bin that will meet your needs. Figuring out the right bin will surely depend on what your cleanup project is for. Garbage Bin Sizes Garbage bins are usually available in a number of sizes that can range from 7 to 40 cubic yards. To get the most out of your garbage bin rental, you should

2021-05-24T11:31:23+10:00August 22nd, 2017|Articles|

End of Lease Rubbish Removal Sydney

Home prices in the real estate are constantly on the rise. As a result, more and more people are relying on spaces that they can rent as far as affordability and easier terms are concerned. While renting and leasing may be the quickest solution for acquiring a much-needed space, tenants must also be aware of their responsibilities once the leasing period comes to an end. Having said that, it is important to remember the property’s condition prior to leasing and how to achieve the same at the end of the lease contract. Preparing for an End of Lease Rubbish Removal Sydney Whatever the length of your lease contract is, you should be able to find out the easiest and safest way to clean up your space once the contract reaches an end. You can start by making a record of what changes you have made in each area of the

2021-05-24T11:31:24+10:00May 23rd, 2017|Articles|
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