Waste disposal guide (How to sort your load)
Sorting your load before visiting your local waste facility helps to reduce waste to landfill and helps you Recycle Right!
When packing your vehicle/trailer think about how you could dispose of your waste easier and smarter.
6 tips for easy waste disposal
- Separate recycled products from waste items when stockpiling items at home (e.g. green waste, batteries, e-waste, chemicals, steel, carboard etc)
- Make sure you are aware of facility opening times, fees and acceptance criteria
- Prior to loading your vehicle/trailer, group similar items together
- Items to be unloaded last at the facility should be placed first into the vehicle/trailer, for example:
- General waste to the back of the vehicle – general waste is often unloaded last at the facility
- Green waste towards the front of the vehicle; and
- Scrap metal and recycling on top or where it can be unloaded first
- Consider bringing someone to help with larger/heavier items
- Make sure you can comply with all Waste Facility requirements before leaving your home or business!
Requirements for visiting a waste facility
- Ensure your load is secured and covered (refer to load restraint requirements below)
- Enclosed footwear must be worn at all times
- Declare certain items as required
- Prohibited items will not be accepted (Prohibited Items List)
- You must comply with all rules, signage and directions displayed at the Waste Facility
- No standing on the back of a trailer to unload your waste in defined areas
- Be aware of other people and vehicles on site
- Children (16yrs and under) must remain inside vehicles at all times
- Unlawful entry, scavenging or salvaging is prohibited
- Animals must be secured in vehicles at all times
- Road rules and speed limits must be obeyed
Load Restriction Requirement
When transporting waste for disposal, you need to ensure the load is correctly secured
The National Transport Commission’s Load Restraint Guide outlines the best ways to restrain and cover different types of loads. The load restraint laws apply to all vehicles regardless of their gross vehicle mass.
The following steps have been provided to assist you in transporting your waste in a safe and effective manner.
- Ensure all items are appropriately secured in a safe and stable manner
- Loads must not cover number plates, lights or reflectors
- If a load projects more than 1.2 metres behind a vehicle, a bright red or yellow flag must be affixed to the extreme back of the load
- Nets and tarpaulins are generally an easy and effective way to restrain lighter items
- Check the load every time an item is removed or added to it
- Seats in vans and station wagons are generally not adequate for preventing loads from moving forward in emergency braking situations - the use of cargo barriers is recommended
- Long items of steel, particularly pipes, can be slippery - rubber matting and looping lashings around items will help prevent items sliding around
- All green waste must be covered by a tarpaulin
- Furniture & white goods (e.g. fridges) should be restrained to headboards to reduce movement
All tools (including shovels) should be restrained or contained within a toolbox