Unaccepted Waste

When hiring a skip bin, it is important to know that there are some items we cannot accept. As a general rule, the items that are prohibited from our skips are hazardous, cannot be disposed of into landfill and/or require special handling procedures.

Below we have provided a list of items and waste materials you cannot place in your skip bin.

  • Mattresses
  • Tyres
  • Batteries
  • Gas Bottles & Pressurised Cylinders
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Paint
  • Chemicals & Liquids
  • Polystyrene
  • Clinical Waste
  • Asbestos

Mattresses

Mattresses containing springs are a hard item to dispose of, as they require special processing at Waste Transfer Facilities. If you’re looking to get rid of a mattress, call our office on 1800 458 626 to discuss your disposal options.

Tyres

Disposing of tyres can be tricky, as there are very few eco-friendly ways to do so. Tyres that are illegally dumped can end up polluting our soil, rivers and pose as a fire hazard.

Tyres can be disposed of at your local dump, or for larger quantities there are specialists who may collect them for you. Call our office on 1800 458 626 for more information on tyre disposal.

Batteries (Car, Trucks etc.)

Batteries contain dangerous materials including lead and acid, therefore for the health and safety of our staff, we do not accept them in our skip bins.

The Brisbane City Council accepts batteries and other hazardous waste on designated drop off days throughout the year. You can view their calendar and drop off centers here.

Gas Bottles & Pressurised Cylinders

Whether full or empty, gas bottles and other pressurised cylinders are hazardous and need to be recycled responsibly and safely, this means they cannot be placed in skip bins, council bins or enter landfill.

Gas bottles can be refilled many times or alternatively recycled. Planet Ark offers a guide to recycling your cylinders here.

Brisbane City Council also accepts gas bottles on designated drop off days for hazardous waste. You can view their calendar for these days here.

Fire Extingiushers

Much the same as Gas Bottles, Fire Extinguishers are potentially pressurised and dangerous, therefore cannot be disposed of in skips bins, council bins or enter landfill. Fire extinguishers fall under the ‘Regulated Waste’ category as they contain radioactive material.

Old fire extinguishers can be dropped at specific centers designated by your Local Council.

Paint

Whilst we can accept empty paint tins, we cannot take liquid paint/full paint tins in our skips. Paint Back is a FREE initiative where you can recycle your old and excess paint. See the details for recycling your paint here.

Food

Food is classed as a domestic household waste and to ensure it is disposed of correctly it can only be placed in your council provided bin. It is for the health and safety of our staff that we cannot accept food waste in our skip bins.

Chemicals & Liquids

Chemicals and liquids are a restricted and dangerous waste and require a permit in in order to transport and dispose of them.

To dispose of small amounts of chemicals, contact your local council for designated drop off locations.

For large volumes of chemical waste, it is worth hiring a qualified specialist to collect and dispose of. There are a number of hazardous waste management companies across Southeast Queensland who can safely dispose of these substances for you.

Polystyrene (and similar materials)

Polystyrene and similar materials are prohibited due to the environmental hazard caused when they break down. There are companies that will recycle polystyrene, though there is a fee involved. You can learn more about recycling your polystyrene (and other similar materials) through Planet Ark’s website here.

Clinical Waste

There are 4 categories that fall under ‘Clinical Waste’:

  • Animal waste
  • Discarded sharps
  • Human tissue waste
  • Laboratory waste

Each category is a hazardous and regulated waste and can only be disposed of through the proper channels, not via our skip bins. You can read more about the proper disposal of these wastes here.

Asbestos

Asbestos is known to cause asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer, As such, it cannot be placed in skip bins. This would be hazardous to all who come into contact with it. Our drivers, waste facility staff and to you. 

The safest option is to hire a licensed asbestos contractor to remove and dispose of asbestos. You can find a local asbestos removal contractor through the Demolition and Asbestos Industry Association (QLD) here. Contractors cannot take asbestos to just any landfill center as they must be licensed to dispose of asbestos. For instance, certain city council facilities. 

Want to know if your home has asbestos? As a general rule, the following guidelines can be used: 

  • Homes built before the mid 1980’s it is more than likely that your home contains asbestos products. 
  • Homes built between the mid 1980’2 and 1990 are likely to have asbestos products 
  • Since Jan 1988 asbestos has been banned from use in building products. Therefore homes built after 1990 are unlikely to contain asbestos products