7 Different Types of Rubbish & How to Dispose of Them


Have you ever thrown all of your rubbish into a bin without even considering if any of the contents can be recycled? The truth of the matter is that we have all done this – at least once. However, this is not the ideal way to get rid of your rubbish, especially since it can cause great harm to the environment.

While you are probably aware that all rubbish ends up in a landfill, did you know that over 80% of the items burned in landfills can be recycled? 80%!!


Food waste is one of the most crucial issues facing our planet. When food waste decomposes in a landfill without oxygen, this leads to the production of methane, which is roughly 20x more harmful to the atmosphere as opposed to carbon dioxide. This, in turn, adds to the destruction of the ozone layer, which ultimately contributes to the ongoing effects of global warming.

If we want to protect our planet for future generations, we need to be proactive about setting waste management & recycling plans in place – whether it be in offices, homes or communities.

Waste disposal is more than tossing rubbish into a pile

To start, we need to recognise that there are 7 different types of rubbish, all of which require specific kinds of disposal. Some types are recyclable, whereas others are not.

  1.     Liquid rubbish – Liquid rubbish consists of wash water, dirty water, waste detergents, organic liquids, and even rainwater. It is commonly found in both households, as well as in industrial locations. Most of this type of rubbish goes to the municipal sewer lines, whereas the rest can be disposed of through incineration and landfills.
  2.     Solid rubbish – Solid rubbish can be broken down into different types of waste including:
  •        Plastic waste – Various types of plastic, such as bags and bottles, can be recycled.
  •        Paper / card waste – Paper / card waste, including newspapers, cardboards and packaging materials, can be easily recycled and reused.
  •        Tins and metals – Several forms of tins and metals, usually found around the household, can be recycled.
  •        Ceramics and glass – Ceramics and glass, including glass bottles, can be easily recycled.
  1.     Recyclable rubbish – Recyclable rubbish includes all items and materials that can be converted into reusable products. Solid items, such as paper, metal, glass and organic waste, can all be recycled.
  2.     Hazardous rubbish – Hazardous rubbish includes all types of rubbish that is considered to be toxic, flammable, corrosive or reactive. It must be disposed of properly in order to prevent the onset of public health issues.
  3.     Organic rubbish (also known as green waste) – Organic rubbish is a common type of biodegradable rubbish found around households. It is by-products of plants or animal sources, including food waste and garden waste. Aside from professional green waste removal, some individuals choose to turn it into fertilizer that they use around their gardens.

  4.     Medical/clinical rubbish – Medical/clinical rubbish refers to pharmaceutical waste (hypodermic needles, bandages, etc.) produced by medical centres, hospitals, and healthcare clinics. It should be disposed of responsibly, in landfills or through incineration, regardless of whether it is not marked as hazardous.
  5.     Electrical rubbish – Electrical rubbish comes from electrical devices, such as computers, televisions, telephones, and so on. It may contain toxic metals, such as mercury and lead, which are harmful to human health and to the environment. For this reason, it is best to dispose of it through recovery and recycling.

Safeguarding both human and environmental health

To make the process easy and effortless, get in touch with an expert rubbish removal company.

Their team of experienced professionals can provide you with affordable solutions and expert advice on issues regarding rubbish removal in Sydney. Furthermore, all of the waste collected is sorted, recycled or up-cycled with all rubbish going to EPA compliant facilities. We even pass on usable goods to several worthwhile charities in the community where our support is greatly appreciated.

Contact your local Sydney rubbish removal team to learn more about how a rubbish removal company can help you.