Like a strange Santa Claus, an extra bin arrives!

By 3 January, 2014 46

wheely bins

I have lived in share houses with six people and gotten by with just the normal two wheely bins.

My nuclear family of 4 managed fine with the usual compliment of bins.

Living with Goosepig, however, I found we were in a constant battle with overflowing bins necessitating time consuming trips to the tip.

My initial reaction was, as the environmentalists would like, to question our patterns of consumption and look to trim our lifestyles to something that was, if not sustainable, able to fit in the normal two bins considering it was just for two people.

Goosepig is made of more direct stuff and she was off to the TAMS website to order a second recycling wheely bin.

This morning when I trudged out to bring the bins in it was like a Christmas Miracle.

There was a shiny new recycling bin next to the old one. It had New Bin Smell!

For a $28.50 a year we don’t need to adjust our lifestyles at all!

By way of comparison Goosepig’s old apartment block had four recycling bins servicing eight apartments twelve apartments, some of them with families.

Just the two of us now have 50% of that capacity!

I honestly don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

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46 Responses to Like a strange Santa Claus, an extra bin arrives!
#1
caf1:19 pm, 03 Jan 14

$28.50 / year sounds like quite the bargain.

#2
goosepig1:23 pm, 03 Jan 14

My old apartment block was actually 12 apartments and the recycling bins were full only days after being emptied. It is pretty sad when you have to put recycling matter in the landfill bins if you don’t have a car to get you to a recycling centre.

#3
m_ratt1:43 pm, 03 Jan 14

We have 5 recycling wheelie bins between 12 townhouses. As you’d guess, they’re almost constantly full. We have a skip for rubbish, which usually ends up with the recycling overflow sadly.

I wonder how many people are aware of the recycling drop off centre just 2km away in Mitchell, with a second under construction (also) just 2km away in Gungahlin.

Then again, I don’t think they care, given the number of plastic bags of recycling in those wheelie bins – plastic bags are not recyclable and are contamination to co-mingled recycling.

#4
random2:09 pm, 03 Jan 14

m_ratt said :

with a second under construction (also) just 2km away in Gungahlin.

“Second”? There are also recycling centres in Belconnen, Woden and Tuggeranong.

My house of two people routinely produces too much recycling for a single bin too. Didn’t realize it was possible to get a second bin, so thanks for the tip!

#5
Deref2:21 pm, 03 Jan 14

What are you doing to generate so much? Three six-packs per day? ;-)

#6
bd842:59 pm, 03 Jan 14

m_ratt said :

We have 5 recycling wheelie bins between 12 townhouses. As you’d guess, they’re almost constantly full. We have a skip for rubbish, which usually ends up with the recycling overflow sadly.

I wonder how many people are aware of the recycling drop off centre just 2km away in Mitchell, with a second under construction (also) just 2km away in Gungahlin.

Then again, I don’t think they care, given the number of plastic bags of recycling in those wheelie bins – plastic bags are not recyclable and are contamination to co-mingled recycling.

I’ll take that and raise you 10 bins for 30 townhouses. With the same idiotic problems.

I fail to see why it costs anything to get an extra recycling bin, yet alone require the fee to be paid annually. It wouldn’t cost them any more to collect additional bins, just take another 20 seconds of their route.

#7
goosepig3:09 pm, 03 Jan 14

I was wrong. It is $28.50 every six months. Sorry.

#8
PoQ3:18 pm, 03 Jan 14

When you say ‘plastic bag’, I understood that the plastic shopping bags – such as you pay a small fee for at the supermarket – were recyclable. Is this not the case?

#9
goosepig3:20 pm, 03 Jan 14

Partly, I think out consumption could certainly be trimmed down and I think moving to our new house and inherently buying things (that come with packaging) for the house hasn’t helped.
However, the primary reason I requested another bin is because I don’t want to put recyclable stuff in the landfill bin (which is rarely full come collection time).

#10
NoAddedMSG3:22 pm, 03 Jan 14

Deref said :

What are you doing to generate so much? Three six-packs per day? ;-)

And ordering everything online to generate an excess of cardboard boxes?

#11
goosepig3:25 pm, 03 Jan 14

NoAddedMSG said :

Deref said :

What are you doing to generate so much? Three six-packs per day? ;-)

And ordering everything online to generate an excess of cardboard boxes?

Buying much less online now due to that very reason!

#12
Queen_of_the_Bun3:33 pm, 03 Jan 14

bd84 said :

m_ratt said :

We have 5 recycling wheelie bins between 12 townhouses. As you’d guess, they’re almost constantly full. We have a skip for rubbish, which usually ends up with the recycling overflow sadly.

I wonder how many people are aware of the recycling drop off centre just 2km away in Mitchell, with a second under construction (also) just 2km away in Gungahlin.

Then again, I don’t think they care, given the number of plastic bags of recycling in those wheelie bins – plastic bags are not recyclable and are contamination to co-mingled recycling.

I’ll take that and raise you 10 bins for 30 townhouses. With the same idiotic problems.

I fail to see why it costs anything to get an extra recycling bin, yet alone require the fee to be paid annually. It wouldn’t cost them any more to collect additional bins, just take another 20 seconds of their route.

We’ve got four big recycling hoppers and the same for landfill for 82 apartments, which would be plenty if eejits didn’t insist on chucking unwanted TVs and furniture (including mattresses and office chairs) into whichever bin is handiest…they must never have seen how a garbage truck works if they think large bulky items can be collected that way.

Off topic I know…

#13
HiddenDragon3:55 pm, 03 Jan 14

goosepig said :

I was wrong. It is $28.50 every six months. Sorry.

Hopefully this thread won’t cause the price to be reviewed (upwards) – any such review should, of course, sensibly take account of the environmental costs of having people drive to tips or recycling centres if one bin is not adequate.

#14
bugmenot4:12 pm, 03 Jan 14

we’re a two person household with about two packages of online shopping per month on average, sometimes four, no pets. We put out our non-recyclable bin once every fortnight, and our recycling bin once every month.

#15
m_ratt4:17 pm, 03 Jan 14

random said :

m_ratt said :

with a second under construction (also) just 2km away in Gungahlin.

“Second”? There are also recycling centres in Belconnen, Woden and Tuggeranong.

I meant second within such close proximity to my location.

PoQ said :

When you say ‘plastic bag’, I understood that the plastic shopping bags – such as you pay a small fee for at the supermarket – were recyclable. Is this not the case?

Nope. They’re reusable, due to their greater sturdiness, however not recyclable in household recycling.
Source: http://www.tams.act.gov.au/recycling-waste/recycling_and_waste_disposal/a-z_waste_and_recycling_guide/p-q#Plasticbags

They may be recycled by retailers (Coles and Woolies have recycling bins for them at most stores).

Soft plastics in general should not go in household recycling.

#16
goggles134:45 pm, 03 Jan 14

when is the ACT Govt going to join the 21st century and offer green bins?

#17
poetix6:55 pm, 03 Jan 14

goggles13 said :

when is the ACT Govt going to join the 21st century and offer green bins?

My dear goggles,

Those bins are green. With yellow lids.

Sincerely,

poetix

#18
Richard Bender7:18 pm, 03 Jan 14

bd84 said :

I fail to see why it costs anything to get an extra recycling bin, yet alone require the fee to be paid annually. It wouldn’t cost them any more to collect additional bins, just take another 20 seconds of their route.

And the material in the bin then magically disappears?

#19
Antagonist9:20 pm, 03 Jan 14

TaMS need to catch up and start collecting recycling weekly instead of fortnightly. Like many others on RiotACT, our recycling bin is completely filled by a household of 5 within a week. The rest then goes out as general waste to landfill.

#20
IrishPete10:16 pm, 03 Jan 14

Yeah, unfortunately recyclable materials aren’t free to dispose of, just cheaper than general rubbish (putrescable they call it) going to landfill. There’s probably a reason for it, one that keeps wealthy miners, well, wealthy.

But folks, please do check that what you are putting in the bin is recyclable, or you may be causing a whole binfull to go to landfill.

I don’t know if ACT recycling collections are weekly or fortnightly, but I regularly fill my fortnightly recycling bin and sometimes don’t have anything in my regular weekly rubbish bin. Fortunately the house next door is abandoned but still has a recycling bin that I can use when needed.

If your recycling collections are fortnightly you should be writing to Shane asking that they be made weekly. He should be sympathetic.

IP

#21
m_ratt10:16 pm, 03 Jan 14

Richard Bender said :

bd84 said :

I fail to see why it costs anything to get an extra recycling bin, yet alone require the fee to be paid annually. It wouldn’t cost them any more to collect additional bins, just take another 20 seconds of their route.

And the material in the bin then magically disappears?

Nil extra collection cost – currently the excess recycling would be (by most people) disposed of in rubbish instead – more recycling loads, fewer rubbish loads.

Sure, greater processing required for the greater amount of recycling, but that processing cost would also exist if everybody did the right thing and transported their excess to the drop off centres.

On the flip side, there’s less going to landfill, which according we will continue to run out of – remember the ‘stink’ about the recent Mugga Lane tip expansion?

#22
gungsuperstar1:40 am, 04 Jan 14

Ahhhh, the drink soft drink/beer like it’s water generation… surely the only reason 2 people could use 2 recycling bins.

Admittedly, I live by myself… If I have to put my recycling bin out more than once every 10 weeks I consider it extra exertion.

I drink water, I eat as much fresh meat, fruit and vegetables as I can – the waste from which generally isn’t recyclable.

What the hell is everyone else eating and drinking that they need so much recycling capacity?

Seriously, help me out… I’m at a complete loss here.

#23
no idea7:25 am, 04 Jan 14

When I worked for a large supermarket chain (many years ago),the store manager would instruct me to collect the full bag recycling containers and dump the contents in the mall rubbish compactor, they were never collected for recycling!

#24
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd8:33 am, 04 Jan 14

Online purchases fill the recycling bin real fast.

Annoying, but not much can be do e about it. I am living in the present, government is living in the past.

#25
IrishPete11:11 am, 04 Jan 14

gungsuperstar said :

Ahhhh, the drink soft drink/beer like it’s water generation… surely the only reason 2 people could use 2 recycling bins.

Admittedly, I live by myself… If I have to put my recycling bin out more than once every 10 weeks I consider it extra exertion.

I drink water, I eat as much fresh meat, fruit and vegetables as I can – the waste from which generally isn’t recyclable.

What the hell is everyone else eating and drinking that they need so much recycling capacity?

Seriously, help me out… I’m at a complete loss here.

Beer bottles

Dog food tins

The cardboard boxes the above come in.

Plastic juice containers (2L or 3L) and some large lemonade bottles (the 5% lemon juice kind)

I use quite a lot of jars but mostly give them to a woman who makes and sells jam and stuff.

Cardboard boxes, mainly from Aldi, used to bring shopping home (as well as being recyclable, they also insulate cold stuff better than plastic bags).

I do what I can to crush them, but the beer bottles and the dog food tins don’t crush much.

IP

#26
Genie11:12 am, 04 Jan 14

Make sure you flatten everything before you put it in the recycling bins.. We used to forget to put our bins out all the time, so our recycling bin was only being collected monthly at one stage. Thus resulting in a box of recycling being kept in the house as I refused to put it in the normal waste bin.

My room mate is too lazy and I often have to put half of his “recycling” in the rubbish bin, but now I make sure everything is flattened before it goes in the bin. Recyclable milk and soft drink bottles can be squished by pouring it a little hot water to pull the air out. I fold down all boxes and cartons. Crush any cans too.

I can now fit twice as much in my bin, without having to worry if it gets forgotten to be put out each fortnight.

#27
Mickeyp11:40 am, 04 Jan 14

Well I think encouraging recycling is a good thing. Keeping it cheap is a good idea :)

#28
Deref11:48 am, 04 Jan 14

goosepig said :

NoAddedMSG said :

Deref said :

What are you doing to generate so much? Three six-packs per day? ;-)

And ordering everything online to generate an excess of cardboard boxes?

Buying much less online now due to that very reason!

We’re a three-person household and we hardly ever get close to filling up our recycling bin – and we’re religious recyclers. And I order a lot of stuff online.

I’m genuinely puzzled as to how two people could generate so much.

#29
HiddenDragon12:00 pm, 04 Jan 14

gungsuperstar said :

Ahhhh, the drink soft drink/beer like it’s water generation… surely the only reason 2 people could use 2 recycling bins.

Admittedly, I live by myself… If I have to put my recycling bin out more than once every 10 weeks I consider it extra exertion.

I drink water, I eat as much fresh meat, fruit and vegetables as I can – the waste from which generally isn’t recyclable.

What the hell is everyone else eating and drinking that they need so much recycling capacity?

Seriously, help me out… I’m at a complete loss here.

In my street, the emptying of the recycling bins often sounds like a hailstorm from hell – all that glass – and I doubt whether I am surrounded by jam and pickle addicts…….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWAYXdeArF0

#30
goggles131:05 pm, 04 Jan 14

poetix said :

goggles13 said :

when is the ACT Govt going to join the 21st century and offer green bins?

My dear goggles,

Those bins are green. With yellow lids.

Sincerely,

poetix

I meant green waste bins

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