What Happens to My Waste after It Has Been Picked Up?


We all know our bins are not magical black holes that make our trash disappear, although sometimes, we could be forgiven for thinking that. The waste management services that make the issue itself seemingly disappear are the backbone of civilised society.


In this article, we will discuss what happens to your waste, and how you can get rid of it if you have more than what fits in your own bins.


Waste Transfer Station

Once known as the tip and sometimes referred to as a resource recovery centre, waste transfer stations are the places where waste is sorted. Waste transfer stations receive the waste you put in the bin. They are also locations you can drive to with extra waste that doesn’t fit in your bin. Recycling is free to dispose of at the waste transfer station but general waste and green waste will cost you money.


Waste Transfer Stations in Brisbane

All four of Brisbane’s transfer stations have tip shops that you can donate usable goods to. They also have e-waste recycling bins where you can freely dispose of electronic waste so that the precious metals can be recycled.


Addresses of Brisbane Waste Transfer Stations


·         1402 Nudgee Road, Nudgee

·         360 Sherbrooke Road, Willawong

·         101 Upper Kedron Road, Ferny Grove 

·         728 Tilley Road, Chandler


Recycled Materials

Recyclable materials are separated into groups at the waste transfer station. This is done by a combination of manual handling and machines. Cardboard, paper, metals, glass and plastics will all be separated, cleaned and processed. The materials are then packaged to be sent to factories where they can be remade into new products.


Green Waste


Green waste is typically handled at a different facility to other waste streams. It is delivered to a garden waste centre where it is broken down into a mixture of compost and mulch. It is worth using a green bin instead of putting this kind of waste into landfill.


General Waste and Landfill

General waste is sent to landfill. It goes through an initial stage of compression to make sure the waste is tightly packed and takes up the smallest possible volume.


Landfill is the end of the line for discarded, human waste materials. Landfills are literally great big holes slowly being filled with rubbish. Unfortunately, Australians have one of the largest per capita contributions to landfill of any developed nation.  


Of particular concern to the global environment is organic material, such as food waste, ending up in landfill. Due to the compaction of rubbish in these sites, there is typically no oxygen to mix with this food waste and it then decomposes, and one of the major products of this decomposition is methane. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas, with a warming potential of 30 times CO2. We should avoid situations where we are sending food waste to landfill.


Hire Your Skip Today

For everything that doesn’t fit in your regular bins, hire a skip. It is much more convenient to deal with general waste by putting it into a skip rather than trying to drive it halfway across the city in your car. If you live in the greater Brisbane area, in Toowoomba or the Gold Coast, contact Smart Skip today to organize your skip delivery. Call us on 13 75 47 or contact us online and let us know when to call you back.