Did you know that rubbish is broadly divided into 7 or more different types? It’s useful for you to know what is piling-up in the driveway or yard of your business or home, because this will affect how you get rid of it.

In this post, we’ll take you through 7 of the most common types of rubbish and what you should be looking out for to avoid landing your household into health and safety issues.

The 7 common types of rubbish are:

1. Liquid Or Solid Household Waste

This can be also called ‘black bag waste’ or ‘municipal waste’ and is the kind of general household rubbish we want to remove. It can be liquid or solid. Although household waste doesn’t usually contain large amounts of toxic substances and germs, it can cause a risk to your family and their health by attracting rats, mosquitoes and flies, and allowing them to breed.

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2. Medical/Clinical Waste

Medical waste is generated during the immunisation, treatment or diagnosis of human beings or animals or during research activities that involve the testing or production of biological materials.

Pharmaceutical waste such as that produced by hospitals, health care centres, clinics, vets etc. can also be found in homes, and must be disposed of responsibly, even if it’s not marked hazardous.

Other forms of medical waste that can also be found in regular family households include bandages or dressing containing body fluids or dry blood, used syringes and chemicals such as phenols and formaldehyde. Hypodermic needles and the other hazardous healthcare wastes shouldn’t be disposed of in the domestic waste stream. Medical waste is highly infectious and it can be a serious threat to human health if it’s not managed and disposed of in a discriminate and sanitary manner.

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3. Electrical Waste (E-waste)

Electrical waste is generated from electronic devices, including printers, computers and computer parts, telephones, music and DVD players, vacuum cleaners, TVs, and so on.

Essentially, it includes almost any business or household item with electrical components or circuitry or/and battery or power supply. These might contain toxic metals such as brominated flame retardants, antimony oxide, mercury, lead and cadmium, which are all harmful to the environment and humans.

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4. Hazardous Waste 

Hazardous waste is normally regulated by the federal government and includes pesticides, some dangerous pharmaceuticals, some paints, mercury, weed killers, household chemicals and cleaners, flammable liquids, fluorescent light bulbs, aerosol cans, solvents, etc.

Disposing of hazardous materials in your recycling bin or general waste isn’t safe as they can be reactive, toxic, inflammable, corrosive or explosive. Chemicals in improperly or illegally disposed hazardous waste can be released into the environment and contaminate our water, air, and possibly the food we eat. For example, just one gallon of used oil can make one million gallons of fresh-water undrinkable.

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5. Recyclable Waste

These are items and materials that can be converted into a reusable material. They are commonly found in household garbage including food and beverage containers, cardboard, paper, glass and metal.

Rubbish should be sorted at the source in order for it to be recycled. Remember to squash down boxes, bottles and cans so that you can be able to fit more items into your recycling container or bag.

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6. Construction And Demolition Debris

This is normally weighty and bulky material that is generated during renovation and construction projects. It may include materials such as bricks, ceiling tiles, roofing shingles, plumbing fixtures, asphalt, carpeting, wood, fill dirt, concrete, bricks, etc.

Some of the construction and demolition debris such as bricks and cement blocks can be recovered for reuse, but more often they’re combined with asphalt and concrete can be crushed to form the base for driveways and roadbeds. Excess untreated and unpainted wood lumber can be recovered for reuse as dimensional lumber, but it’s usually chipped for use in composting and landscaping. Metals can be sold to scrap-metal dealers.

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7. Green Waste 

This is composed of landscaping and food waste that will naturally breakdown in short periods of time under the appropriate temperature and pressure conditions. It includes weed clippings, grass, branches and tree limbs, waste from vegetable produce, grains and bread and paper products.

These are the 7 main types of rubbish which are generated in most homes. Industrial buildings also generate industrial waste from leather, food, electronics, glass, plastic, textile and metal product manufacture. Industrial waste is highly dangerous to animals, humans and plants and the environment. Improper disposal of industrial solid and liquid waste can lead to disease, death and sometimes an environmental damage that can continue for many generations.

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Effective and efficient management of waste is best achieved at the point it is generated. If we all get involved in the proper disposal of waste, we can have a powerful positive effect on our health and the environment.

You can easily dispose of some of the 7 types of common rubbish in this post by calling Paul’s Rubbish Removal. We will ensure you safe rubbish removal and disposal in a responsible manner.

For more info about our rubbish removal services, call us on 0407 125 125. Paul’s Rubbish Removal is your best choice of rubbish removal in Sydney.

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