How much does Waste Management cost in Australia?
The cost to dispose of waste in Australia can be complicated at first.
The objective of this article is to help you to increase your understanding of how much it costs to dispose of waste and how your costs compare. For the purpose of this article, we will be discussing General Waste. If you would like to obtain benchmarks for other waste types, please contact us via the form below.
Based on our database, the average cost for waste management is $300 / tonne or 30c per kilogram:
|$300 / tonne (or 30c / kg)|
Source: this data is based on a combination of waste contract tendering / sourcing consulting projects (using Traaci.com) as well as our ongoing contract management services (TheContractManager.com & ContractPulse.com).
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What is included in this cost?
Waste Management is the process of picking up the bins plus the disposing of the waste. Therefore, waste management includes the cost of picking up bins (called “flipping bins” in the industry) plus transporting the waste to a “transfer” station.
How is the cost of waste management set?
The cost of Waste Management (aka Waste Collection & Disposal) in Australia is largely aligned to the costs charged by city (i.e. Brisbane City Council) and regional councils as they publish their costs online. Some waste collection companies do the collection and then take the rubbish to a council facility (known as a transfer station). Other waste companies own and run the transfer station and also the waste repository (the dump) and so they can offer better prices than what the council is charging.
What is a typical range of cost?
The costs of Waste Management can fluctuate from about $180 / tonne all the way up to more than $5000 / tonne based on the location of where the waste needs to be picked up, the size of the bin, and if the bin is picked up as part of a typical route or it is a once-off job.
For example, to hire a 2m3 skip bin from a skip hire business (like this one), it can cost up to $2,000 / tonne.
What is the biggest influence on costs?
Typically, the smaller the bin, the more expensive it is as the cost of flipping the bin is larger portion of the cost. However, emptying a half-empty skip bin can end up being very expensive as the cost of picking up the bin compared to the disposal cost (based on kgs).
If you would like to know exactly how these costs are made up, the article Waste: Are you being charged correctly?, has worked examples with excel files to help you work these costs out.
How do you reduce your waste cost?
Reducing your waste cost can be broken down into three parts:
1) Reduce waste production
It is probably obvious but reducing the amount of waste is always going to be the biggest way to reduce cost. The less produced, the less needs to disposed of.
2) Separate waste streams
General waste is one of the most expensive waste steams to get rid of as the waste has to be buried. If the General Waste could be separated into other streams that cost less (ie cardboard, paper, cans, glass) to dispose of then your overall cost per tonne will reduce.
3) Schedule as much of the waste pickups as possible
It can cost up to 200 – 300% more to dispose of your waste via adhoc / on-demand pickups compared to scheduled pickups. Therefore scheduling your pickups can significantly reduce your costs.
4) Fill up bins and remove surplus bins
Empty bins are very expensive (at a dollar per tonne) to empty. The cost / tonne for an empty bin is almost infinity. Having 50 x 120L bins that are 100% full is 40% cheaper than using 100 bins that are half-empty.
5) Change the mix of bins
As the graph above shows, smaller bins are the most expensive way to remove waste. Using larger bins can cut your cuts by more than half but be aware that you do fill them up as they can end up costing more.
6) Check your invoices against your schedule
Waste invoices can be incredibly complex but checking them can identify inconsistencies that creep in over time. We have found that doing this programmatically has been the most efficient and effective process which lead us to develop TheContractManager.com service which a number of organisations are now using for their Waste Contracts.
Who are the major waste management players?
According to IBIS World’s report on Solid Waste Collection Services in Australia, there are more than 4,500 suppliers who service Australia.
The companies holding the largest market in Australia include Cleanaway Waste Management (which took over ToxFree which purchased Wanless) , Suez, Veolia Environmental Services, JJ Richards & Sons, and Remondis.
Recent Waste Management Contracts in Australia:
|Date||State||Buyer||Contract Title||Supplier||Contract Term||Value|
|Dec 2019||VIC||Victoria Police||Recycling and Waste Management Services||Cleanaway||3 years||$1.1M|
|Mar 2019||NSW||NSW Health||Waste Management Services||Veolia||2 years||$3M|
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