Colours of Waste

colours of waste newcastle skip

Excessive waste production is causing a severe amount of pollution across the world, and this has been going on for a long time. Fortunately, people have started to see how problematic excessive waste production has become. Many governments are now implementing ways to reduce the amount of trash produced, and the most effective ones are honestly the simple ones that you can do at home.

One way to do environmentally friendly waste removal is by segregating trash and colour-coding the types of waste that we produce. Trash and skip bins often have different colours of lids based on what garbage should be placed inside. These lid colours serve as a guide for waste management personnel regarding how the wastes should be dealt with.

A guide to waste colour codes in Newcastle, Australia

Different places have different methods of colour-coding their garbage lids and skip bins. The most common is the three-colour system that is also used in the city of Newcastle. Here are the types of waste that you can store, based on colour codes.

1.     Yellow bins and lids

Yellow bins and lids are for recyclable waste. These are the items that can be reused or repurposed to serve another use. This is a great way of reducing the amount of waste produced, and this makes sure that the objects are used to their fullest capacity. Examples of trash that you can place in the yellow bins are the following:

  • Paper waste
  • Glass jars and bottles – make sure that these items are intact and not broken.
  • Plastic bottles
  • Cans
  • Aluminium waste
  • Hard plastics

What you can’t place in the yellow bins includes:

  • Broken glass
  • Foam
  • Plastic bags

2.     Green bins and lids

Green bins and lids are for green waste. Some of the most commonly-seen green waste in households is garden waste. Examples of garbage that you can store in the green bins are:

  • Leaves and branches
  • Grass and weeds

Not all plant material can be stored inside the green bins. Those that can’t include the following:

  • Food scraps – even if it’s a salad, food waste should go to the red bins.
  • Large branches and wood
  • Animal waste
  • Root clumps

newcastle skip bins colour coded wastes

3.     Red bins and lids

Red bins and lids are used for general waste. The red bins are the most diverse in terms of what types of trash can be stored within them. Examples include the following:

  • Food waste
  • Glass
  • Toys and clothes
  • Plastic bags
  • Foam

In short, many of the other items that you cannot put in the yellow and green bins can go into the red ones. There are of course, some exceptions.

4.     Other types of waste

There are other types of waste that are considered to be a tad more difficult to dispose of, and are thus not allowed in any of the three colour types mentioned above. These items include the following:

  • Sharps
  • Chemicals and hazardous waste
  • Electronic waste
  • Batteries
  • Construction waste

These items can be dangerous if not disposed of properly, so make sure that you have the proper way of disposing of them.

Newcastle Skips help you do your part in reducing the amount of waste you produce

Do it for the environment and the future generations! Make sure that you always segregate your trash, and that you have the appropriate colour-coded skip bins outside your home. If you’re looking for skip bins in the Newcastle area, cheap skip bins and premier skip bins are abundant. Newcastle Skips has a range of skip bins that you can use for your garbage. You may contact us at 0405 490 000.

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