Where does your rubbish go?

Where does your rubbish go?

The average Australian produces almost 2 tonnes of waste every year, which is certainly a massive amount of waste. However, more surprising is the fact that this figure has nearly doubled from the previous decade.

No one can escape the need for a rubbish removal solution. Whether you’re is simply placing rubbish in the bin and waiting for your weekly council pick-up, or if you are smart, you hire the service of a professional rubbish removal company. Regardless of how you remove rubbish from your home, you have probably wondered, at least once, where your rubbish ends up.

Proper rubbish removal is a growing challenge for people in the waste industry, such as myself. As such, I think that it is very important for everyone to know where their rubbish goes – perhaps this will then help to reduce the amount of waste we produce – and the amount that ends up in landfills.

Continue reading this article to find out where your rubbish goes – you may just be surprised.

1. Dumped in landfills


Most of the rubbish that you throw away ends up in landfills. Landfills are nothing but dumping sites where your rubbish remains permanently. Once a landfill becomes full, it is covered up, and a new landfill is created.

Rubbish dumped into landfills slowly degrades and decomposes over time. While some rubbish decomposes fairly quickly, items such as plastics take years to degrade. The degradation of rubbish in landfills also results in the emission of greenhouse gases, which is a cause for environmental concern.

The next time you need to dispose of rubbish, think about landfills and ask yourself if there is a better option than a landfill. Not all rubbish should go to landfill; many types of waste can be recycled or reused. (Click here to find out more about the types of waste you can and cannot recycle)

If you are unsure as to what is the best practice, contact a company that specialises in rubbish removal in Brisbane, like 4 Waste Removals. We’ll ensure that your rubbish is disposed of properly, and we’ll minimise the amount of waste being sent to landfills.

2. Sent to incineration plants

In a lot of places, sufficient space does not exist to create landfills. Across such areas, incineration plants are used to dispose of rubbish. Incineration is the process of burning rubbish to get rid of it. However, this is extremely damaging to the environment. It is also prohibited by the Brisbane City Council to do in your own backyard.

Incineration plants are steadily being replaced with better solutions. However, there is still one in Brisbane’s Willawong which offers a simple and highly effective solution to rubbish disposal.

If send your rubbish to incineration plants, then I would highly recommend that you look for an alternative solution, such as hiring a professional rubbish removal company in Brisbane. This way, your rubbish will be disposed of in a more environmentally friendly manner.

3. Sent to recycling depots

recycling depot

By recycling rubbish, your waste avoids being sent to landfills. This is why recycling is the most environmentally friendly method and the preferred way to dispose of waste not on here in Brisbane but around the world.

While not all materials can be recycled, a large number of them can. Glass, metal, paper, organic waste and some plastics can easily be recycled.

Never mix recyclable waste with your general waste or take them to incineration plants. Even if you don’t have access to a recycling depot, you can always contact Brisbane rubbish removers to take it to the nearest recycling depot for you.


Once you get rid of your rubbish, it will be taken to one of three places; a landfill, an incineration plant or a recycling depot. Where it ends up depends on how you dispose of your waste. Rubbish then ends up in a landfill or an incineration plant will have negative effects on the environment. On the other hand, recyclable rubbish that ends up at a recycling depo will help the environment and reduce landfill waste.

If you have too much rubbish to dispose of correctly yourself, don’t dump it – contact a Brisbane rubbish removal company to ensure that your waste is disposed of properly. And, if you need help removing junk from your home, read our post, Simple Junk Removal Tips For Brisbane Residents.

To hire the best rubbish removers in Brisbane, contact 4 Waste Removals. We’ll ensure your waste is properly disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner.

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