What Can and Can't Go Into Pink Bags? - Pink Bins

Are Pink Bags the best thing since sliced bread? At Pink Bins, we certainly think so! 

Whether you call them FlexiBins, skip bags, or Pink Bags, they’re a pretty nifty option for tidying up and getting rid of junk. They are quite pretty too, or at least we think they are, and they’re perfect if you have a mixed load of rubbish to toss out but you don’t have the space for a Pink Bin, or you don’t want the pressure of a fixed collection day. 

Let’s explore everything you need to know about using a Pink Bag to get rid of your waste.

What Can and Can’t Go Into Pink Bags?

Like a reusable shopping bag on steroids, Pink Bags are perfect if you’ve got more rubbish to get rid of than you can fit in your wheelie bin but you don’t want to commit to a Pink Bin. They’re flexible, so you can fit them just about anywhere! Yes, even that awkward corner of your garden!

But the best thing about Pink Bags is that we do all of the heavy lifting for you! We’ll come to your home or workplace, one of our friendly drivers will pick up your Pink Bag, and they’ll take it to our sorting facility. Once your Pink Bag arrives, it’ll be tipped out and sorted through by our sorting facility team. Our team will take out absolutely anything that can be recycled and send it off to start its new life!

So, that all sounds great, right? But you might be wondering “Can I really put all of my rubbish in a Pink Bag?” Well, unfortunately, not exactly… For the safety of our team, there are some things that we can’t accept in a Pink Bag. Let’s go over what we can and can’t take, because while there are a few things we can’t take, you might be surprised by all the items we can take off your hands (or lawn, or garage floor)!

Pink Bag rules: the can dos

Pink Bag rules: the can dos! 

As a general rule, anything that can go in your general refuse wheelie bin should be able to go in a Pink Bag. So, your usual household waste is A-OK, so long as there are no sneaky hazardous materials (but more on that later). You can also use a Pink Bag to dispose of appliances, if you’d like to dispose of a fridge or freezer though, it’ll need to be degassed first. 

If you’ve been busy in the garden, we can take any green waste that you might have off your hands (or your drive, as the case may be). Grass clippings, leaves, trees, and branches under 100mm should be able to be recovered and turned into mulch or compost

If you’d like to tidy up around your workplace, no worries! We can accept, and recycle, the usual suspects. Paper, cardboard, and packaging materials are easy as for us to deal with! And we’ll also happily take manufacturing waste and general office rubbish too. 

Around your construction site, or after some home renos, Pink Bags are perfect for getting rid of leftover and broken GIB, flooring, and timber – and we can usually recycle it! 

Pink Bags are also good for hard fill and clean fill, so long as it’s not filled more than an 8th of the way up the side of the bag, and doesn’t exceed the weight limit for the Pink Bag size you’ve ordered. 

So, to keep things simple, Pink Bags are perfect for:

  • Construction waste
  • Demolition waste
  • Garden waste
  • Appliances
  • Commercial waste
  • Household waste

But, if you’re unsure if a Pink Bag is the right option for your rubbish, just give us a shout – we’ll let you know what your best bet is.

Pink Bag rules: the no can dos

Pink Bag rules: the no can dos! 

Circling back to the safety of our Pink Bins team, it’s important to us that we keep our people safe and sound. For that reason, there are a few categories of waste that we are not able to accept in a Pink Bag:

  • Hazardous waste
  • Chemicals
  • Asbestos
  • Medical waste
  • Gas bottles
  • Car, or lithium batteries
  • Paint
  • Tyres
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Food waste (While we can accept this, it will have to be sent to the landfill, so it’s best for the environment that you dispose of food waste in your council food waste bin)

If you have hazardous waste to get rid of, you still have options! HaziBags are specifically designed with asbestos in mind, but they’re also suitable for a variety of dangerous goods and hazardous waste. If your place is under construction and you’ve got something that’s tested positive for asbestos, a HaziBag is probably your best bet. Pink Bins can also offer you the right safety equipment to remove asbestos yourself and keep your home and your family safe and asbestos-free, without the huge price tag that usually comes with asbestos removal. 

Now, Pink Bags come in two sizes; we have a 1m2 and a 3m2 option ready for you. However, to keep our drivers happy, we can only accept bags that haven’t been overfilled, so if you have excessively large items, they’ll need to be broken down, otherwise, you may want to consider a Pink Bin instead. If you’re filling your Pink Bag with a mixed load of rubbish (not all of that heavy stuff!), please only fill your Pink Bag to the height of the sides of the bag and no higher than that. 

Pink Bags are perfect if you’re someone who thinks green. If you want to make sure your resources are being reused once you’re finished with them, or if you’d like to support a locally owned, Auckland-based business that cares about the planet, like Pink Bins!

If you think you need a Pink Bag in your life (and let’s be honest, we probably all do), you can order one quickly and easily through our website. We’ll send your bag out to you as soon as possible (usually the next business day), and then you can fill it up at the speed that suits you. Give us a call when you’re ready for us to collect your Pink Bag, and someone will be out to collect it within seven days. 

Sound good? Well then, what are you waiting for? Purchase a Pink Bag today!