Removalists are pretty flexible.
If you really need to have something carried from one place to another, we’re quite accommodating.
But there are some items a removalist company cannot transport for legal reasons, personal safety or liability issues.
Knowing what items your removalist can and cannot move will prevent confusion and disappointment on the day of your move.
For some items, they must be properly prepared before they can be loaded onto a vehicle.
And they may require a qualified tradesman to attend to your property in some cases.
All of this can be tricky to remember come moving day, so we’ve put together the ultimate list of ineligible items for removal.
Explore This Guide
- Attention Needed For Certain Items
- Items Ineligible For Removal
- The 9 Classes Of Dangerous Goods
- Perishable Items
- Things You Can’t Leave Out For Kerbside Collection
Attention Needed For Certain Items
- Gas BBQ’s
- Gardening equipment, such as lawnmowers containing flammable liquids
Despite this, you can still hire a removal company to move them for you if you go through the steps outlined below.
- The removalist will not transport BBQ gas cylinders unless a certification is provided by a test station certified by Standards Australia that the cylinder has been purged. No gas should be burned or simply vented into the atmosphere.
- Petrol should be drained from lawn mowers and other gardening equipment. Steam cleaning is also necessary if you are shipping these items interstate or into stores.
- As a general rule, animals such as domestic fowls, livestock, etc., cannot be accepted for transport in a removal vehicle. Animals are moved by pet transporters by arrangement. We can recommend a reputable company or visit www.afra.com.au to find an approved company
- Plants may be moved when issued with a Department of Agriculture Certificate, if moving interstate. It is up to each individual removal company to accept or reject the carriage of plants at any time
For clients who have current and appropriate licences, and provided the firearms are rendered inoperable and unloaded, we can move and store weapons.
Nevertheless, ammunition and its components will not be moved or stored at any time.
Ineligible Items For Removal
Due to potential damages and/or serious injuries caused by the following items, Occupational Health & Safety regulations prohibit our carrying of those items, as well as those of others:
- Aerosol Cans
- Cooking Oils
- Liquid Chlorine
- Photographic Chemicals
- Poisonous, Toxic, Flammable or Corrosive Liquids
- Cleaning solvents, kerosene, methylated spirits, paint strippers, petrol, turpentine
- Prohibited dangerous goods – Some commodities cannot be accepted for transport by air, sea or road under general conditions
- Collections and special interest items (depending on company policy)
- Items in unclean condition
The 9 Classes Of Dangerous Goods
There are many objects and substances that are potentially hazardous to people or the environment such as explosives and chemicals. People can be poisoned, blown up, burned or corroded by dangerous goods. Handling, storing and transporting dangerous goods should be handled carefully. Asbestos, explosives, and high-consequence dangerous goods (HCDGs) have particular risks and are subject to specific laws.
Dangerous goods substances and articles are allocated to one of 9 classes.
Class 1: Explosives
Class 2: Gases
Class 3: Flammable liquids
Class 4: Flammable solids
Class 5: Oxidising substances and organic peroxides
Class 6: Toxic and infectious substances
Class 7: Radioactive material
Class 8: Corrosive substances
Class 9: Miscellaneous dangerous substances and articles
The Australian Dangerous Goods Code (ADGC) provides more information about the classifications and divisions of dangerous goods, and if they are assigned to a packing group.
You need a licence to transport dangerous goods in quantities above set limits.
The ADGC sets out the safety requirements for transporting dangerous goods by road or rail. It covers commonly used dangerous goods, such as petrol, LPG and paints.
Don’t pack anything that will spoil, rot or mould during the move. If you’re not sure what food to pack, our packing guide details how to pack the kitchen up properly.
Food items make up the bulk of this category, and in general, chilled food items.
Indoor and outdoor plants can also be included in this too.
Prepare in advance and use up what’s in your fridge before moving.
Things You Can’t Leave Out For Kerbside Collection
Items that are ineligible and cannot be placed on the footpath include hazardous waste (chemicals and oils), gas bottles, glass and mirrors, household waste (food scraps, etc), green waste, dirt and stones, bricks and concrete, commercial building waste and any other household waste that would normally go into your refuse or recycling bin.
You can find out how to dispose of hazardous goods here.
If you need some specific info about our removalists solutions, just speak with the Gentle Giant Removals experts by calling 0404 958 455 or contact us through email. You can request a quote via this page and we will connect with you as soon as possible.