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Domestic vs Commercial Rubbish Removal

April 6, 2018

Domestic Vs Commercial Rubbish Removal

Domestic waste is any waste which is generated through the activities of a residential dwelling, and can extend to household rubbish, small scale recyclables and general waste types. Commercial waste is generated by businesses that result from various activities. Such activities include retail trading, accommodation, hospitality, health, education and any other commercial industries. The main difference between the two is the volume generated, the type of waste streams that are produced and the processes of handling these various types.

Commercial rubbish removal often requires a more stringent approach of waste management, due to the volume and rate at which it is generated. Over the 2014-15 period, industry records showed that Australia produced approximately 64 million tonnes of waste and almost 60% of this was recycled. New South Wales currently generates the largest amount of waste yet simultaneously recycles the largest amount of waste, followed by Queensland and Victoria.

When it comes to generating waste, the largest portion comes from commercial & industrial waste (C&I) and construction & demolition (C&D) industries.

Commercial Rubbish Removal: Victoria Snapshot

  • Victoria currently holds the third highest resource recovery rate, at an estimated 69%
  • Approximately 73% of C&I waste is recovered
  • Approximately 76% of C&D waste is recovered
  • 67% of waste generated over the 2014-15 period was diverted from landfill for recycling

How Can Businesses Improve Sustainability in Commercial Rubbish Removal?

In most commercial industries, third-party waste management companies engage in the rubbish removal. It is important that businesses start through their employees, as better waste management means better business.

On the surface, businesses should implement the following commercial waste management strategies:

  • Implementing clearly labelled alternative waste bins. This includes paper and cardboard waste bins, general waste bins and organic waste bins
  • Educate staff on the correct sorting and separating process
  • Encourage recycling, as well as avoiding and reducing waste generation where possible

An Alternative to Traditional Rubbish Bins

When it comes to commercial waste, sometimes traditional bins may not suffice to cater for large capacities and broad waste streams. For this reason, depending on the nature of the business, some may opt for alternative waste infrastructure.

These may include:


Compactors are great for compressing large volumes of waste. They reduce pick-up frequency, improve sanitation and prevent waste from overflowing as it may sometimes with conventional bins.

Waste Balers

Balers are ideally used to compact and bundle recyclable waste. It neatly compresses this type of waste to save space. These are especially great for paper and cardboard, plastics, steel, and aluminium.

Bulk Bins

Bulk bins offer efficient solutions for C&I waste. The general waste types that are suitable for bulk bins in a C&I environment, range from general waste to product/material destruction.

According to the Australian National Waste Report, there are five factors that influence Australia’s waste generation. These include population growth; economic growth; access to recycling resources; carbon and other waste policies. It is through these factors that the waste management industry and in particular commercial waste streams must continue to evolve and become more environmentally-friendly.

Our unique and efficient waste management solutions are individually tailored to each commercial business, to ensure a sustainable and effective outcome. Serving the C&D and C&I industries, our aim is to continue to divert waste from landfill and increase the rate of recycling. Read more here.


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