Rubbish and recycling for businesses

Our Kerbside rubbish and recycling collection is intented to serve solid-waste rated residential properties in all urban and most rural areas.

The trucks and equipment used to carry out this service are specific to residential properties.

As a matter of equity and pragmatism we have allocated wheelie bins to all properties paying a solid waste charge, whether they are businesses or residential properties.

Business entities by their nature produce varying quantities and types of waste.

It is not within the scope of the Kerbside services to account for commercial activities, so if you are a business operator, any rubbish and recycling your business generated in excess of the capacity of the collection containers provided is your responsibility. You'll need to hire a commercial waste removal service or dispose of the waste yourself at your nearest Refuse Transfer Station.

Keep in mind:
  • All payers of the Solid Waste Charge are eligible to participate in the Kerbside service being provided 
  • The service is intended to, and by its nature, is limited to collecting domestic quantities of refuse, co-mingled recyclables and glass from rated residential properties
  •  The quantities considered to be domestic quantities are defined by the capacity of the collection containers provided 
  • The plant and equipment procured to undertake these services is specific to the task of collecting the containers provided
  • Waste routinely generated by a user of the service in excess of the provided capacity remains the responsibility of property owner.
Justification for the above approach
  • The intent of the levels of service in the Long Term Plan
  • The plant being employed to undertake the kerbside collection service is specific to the task. To request the contractor to collect excess uncontained waste from commercial activities would increase the cost to the ratepayer.
  • This approach provides the opportunity for specialist private waste service providers already in the market to compete for more work.

In this way businesses can use the service to take care of the waste from their canteens and other domestic activities from within their business, but the excess waste over and above these quantities or produced by business-specific activities is the responsibility of the business entity.