What is Construction Waste

What is Construction Waste

Disposing of construction waste is something that most people need to deal with at least once in their lives. Whenever you consider a home renovation or a build, you’ll end up with lots of construction waste to get rid of.

Unlike other types of waste, you cannot use skip bins to dispose of construction waste. Today, I will tell you more about this type of waste so you know how to deal with it.

So, continue reading this post to discover everything you need to know about construction waste disposal. Hopefully, this post will let you know how to identify and deal with construction waste.

What is construction waste?

Construction waste refers to any waste material that is produced directly or indirectly from the construction of buildings. Some common types of waste classified as construction include nails, insulation, electrical wiring, roofing and shingles. Other waste materials used in site preparation such as concrete, soil, timber and rubble are also classified as construction waste.

While construction waste is commonly produced in building sites, it is also produced during home renovations and builds. And, given that home renovations are so popular in Australia, we generate a lot of construction waste yearly.

We generate a staggering amount of construction waste

If you thought Australia generates only some construction waste, think again! Estimates reveal that creating an average-sized dwelling generates 17m³ of waste. Now, with over 220,000 houses being built each year, this amounts to over 3,470,000m³ of construction waste being generated each year. This is certainly a staggering amount of waste that needs to be dealt with.

How to dispose construction waste properly?

Unlike other types of waste materials, you need special disposal methods for dealing with construction waste. You cannot put this type of waste into a skip bin and have it collected. Most skip bin providers do not accept construction waste in their skips. If you dispose of this waste in a skip bin, your waste won’t be collected. Worse, some skip bin companies will even fine you for placing construction waste into their skips.

This holds true for our skip bins at 4 Waste Walk-In Skip Bins as well. Our skip bins are available as garden skip bins and junk skip bins, and construction waste is prohibited in either of these bins. Some heavy waste materials which we don’t accept in our skip bins include concrete, soil, timber, bricks, tiles and other types of heavy waste materials. If you have such construction waste to get rid of, you’ll need to arrange for alternative means of waste disposal. For general mixed waste or garden waste, you can always hire one of our skip bins – just make sure not to put any construction waste into it.


Construction waste refers to special waste materials that are generated directly or indirectly from construction sites. Heavy waste materials such as soil, concrete, timber, bricks, rubber, wires, nails, insulation, roofing and shingles are some common types of construction waste materials. This waste is also generated during renovations and new home builds. Australia generates a staggering amount of construction waste every year.

You cannot use skip bins to dispose of construction waste. Most skip bin providers don’t accept this waste type, and they might even fine you for putting this waste into skip bins. Make sure to keep this in mind before you think of hiring a skip bin to get rid of your construction waste. For all other types of waste, including food waste, garden waste or mixed waste, you can hire a skip bin for waste disposal.

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Green Waste Rules: No logs, stumps, palm Logs, whole trees, mulched trees, golden cane trunks, soil, or turf. Branches must be under 13cm in diameter. All green waste must stay under the top rail of the Skip Bin, with nothing poking up.

General Waste Rules: No rocks, bricks, tiles, concrete, pavers, hard wood, paint, chemicals, tyres, carpet,mattress, soil, dirt, sand or hard fill. All general waste must stay under the top rail of the skip bin, with nothing poking up.