rubbish removal

The unexpected romance of rubbish removal

Not long after JD and I started seeing each other, he told me had something special planned for a Saturday morning. He’s not one for hugely romantic gestures so I was excited by the thought of breakfast at a new cafe or perhaps a morning massage followed by lunch by th eocean? No chance. He told me to put on my Blunnies and hop in the 3-tonne tipper – we were off to the tip!

So, I hauled myself up into the cab of the company 3-tonne tipper(sadly, we don’t have a an air horn) and off we went. Upon arrival at the tip, JD backed the truck up to the appropriate site and showed me how to open the tray #importantlifeskills. He jumped back into the truck to disgorge the load of mixed building rubbish. It was a bright sunny day, late in the year and a gentle breeze was blowing, the tip is surrounded by bushland and really, it’s quite pretty.


As JD tipped the tray and rubble began to slide out, the breeze picked up just a little and that’s when I realised that I was downwind and about to be covered head to toe in dust. I quickly but calmly tried to reposition myself away from the rapidly approaching dust cloud, only to look up to see JD – in air-conditioned comfort – red-faced with laughter as he watched my rapid retreat. Ah romance!


Speaking of romance, did you know that Australians currently produce more than 2100kg of solid waste per person, every year? Yikes! And I’m guessing it’s more if you’re currently doing a renovation or building project. Kimbriki tip, on Sydney’s northern beaches (#secretromancelocation) handles about 220,000 tonnes of that waste and is a very impressive operation – nothing like the smelly tips and transfer stations that I remember from my childhood. Covering 100 hectares, Kimbriki actually recycles about 80% of the waste that is delivered (by more than 200,000 customers (both businesses and households)) each year. In line with their environmentally friendly approach, there’s a fabulous shop on-site where you can purchase a huge variety of recycled building materials such as timber, doors, sinks, bricks and masonry. And some clever people have created beautiful sculptures out of materials taken to Kimbriki that are on display around the site.


Getting rid of rubbish isn’t cheap and JD often finds that customers are surprised at the cost. However, charges can be reduced if you’re meticulous about sorting your rubbish – bricks and masonry for example can be easily recycled, while mixed rubbish goes straight into landfill and is priced accordingly (about 12 times as expensive as masonry). Vegetation and metals should also be kept separate and TVs and computer equipment are actually free. The tip does take securely-wrapped asbestos for a price, but you’ll never guess what the most expensive item to take to the tip is. Mattresses. That’s right, mattresses. Who knew?


Do you try to minimise the waste your family produces?
Have you done demolition or rubbish removal yourself?
What’s the most romantic surprise date you’ve ever been on?


  • Brigette @ Honey and Bean

    Husband is big on recycling, he also can from a family of 9 and grew up taking things from the tip to fix up and either use, or resell (theres also a time that his rad returned from the tip with wheelchairs and the kids raced each other, resulting in at least one broken bone).

    We don’t have a whole lot of waste as we currently aren’t renovating, but for general household buildup I like using 1800 GOT JUNK, as they will take it away and sort it for you, saving most of what they can, to me its worth the cost to see less end up in landfill.

    • Brigette @ Honey and Bean

      Oh god, ignore all those spelling mistakes! The curse of posting from my iPhone. Autocorrect!


      Yep, so much does end up in landfill that anything we can do to lessen the impact is worth it. JD had a big excavating job a while back and and it worked out well because the local golf club needed lots of fill at the time – a win-win situation for everyone.

  • Bec Senyard

    I got my dad to take an old mattress to the tip for me which is only 5 minutes away from where we live. He put it in the section where mattresses are to go and kid you not as soon as he put the 20 + year old daggy double mattress in the secluded section, someone came and chucked it back on their ute to take home! The mattress was my husband’s which he used before I met him and was originally his parents. We used it as a spare bed for guests until we needed the rooms for our growing family. 🙂

  • Nicole @ The Builders Wife

    Dumping rubbish is so expensive! Mostly we use skip bins on site, however when working in the city, space is often an issue and we then need to be a little creative on how to rid ourselves of all the rubbish. Generally the apprentice ends up dropping into the ‘dump’ on the way home each day.


      Yep, it’s so expensive and is a cost that a lot of customers don’t consider (and why would they – it’s not something they have to think about on a daily basis). It’s not the exciting end of a build job!

  • Michelle - Jarrah Jungle

    My friends go to a local recycling plant to look at cheap things to take home – from outdoor furniture to gardening pots and tubs they have found some great items to do up and so cheap too. I can’t wait to go with them on their next run and see what I can find! 🙂


      The shop at Kimbriki is awesome – JD rarely lets me go there cos he knows I will come home with loads of “treasures”! 🙂

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