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And while we’re talking about wheely bins…

By johnboy - 15 July 2013 7

This was emailed into us from a Glenn:

We moved into a rental property last weekend, from interstate, and there were no bins.

At the first opportunity we alerted our landlords that we had no means of disposing of our waste or recyclables (Monday).

Our pickup day is Wednesday.

When Wednesday rolled around we called Urban Services directly, who kindly advised us that, had we chased down the driver, he would have taken our bagged waste, and they would nevertheless have bins delivered to us the next day.

Today is Friday.

We still don’t have bins.

We have a week’s worth of “moving in” waste and, if it were summer, this situation would literally stink.

Do we live in a modern city or not?

Why can I not be provided with the means to dispose of my rubbish and recycling?

I’m getting a little testy and a little smelly. And decidedly pissed off.


UPDATE: Glen has now sent in this update:

“Hello Urban Services. Thank you for the bins that wheel to the kerb. And also thank you for the amazing demounting and assembly performance from your employee.”

The lifting, assembling, balancing act was quite balletic, and the attitude of the fellow delivering the performance was friendly and professional. I had been warned that people have experienced delays of up to a month to get bins, so perhaps I should be thankful I got them within the week. I still don’t think it’s acceptable that we were without them in the first place.

What’s Your opinion?


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7 Responses to
And while we’re talking about wheely bins…
Masquara 10:01 pm 15 Jul 13

Bit of a bummer – but if your pickup day is Wednesday, and they missed it, then I suppose Shane Rattenbury’s municipal services people decided there’s no real hurry until the next Tuesday? Which would be understandable. I guess you could put the rubbish in robust garbage bag in the meantime … and it might comfort you to think that, while you have some smelly rubbish nearby for a few days, there are thousands of kids who LIVE THEIR LIVES in hellhole rubbish dumps in third-world cities.

GardeningGirl 9:18 pm 15 Jul 13

Holden Caulfield said :

I suppose I should have prefaced that link with “Here’s a tip!”

You should have!

Glenn, is it a seperate house with entitlement to its own bins? Is it an established property with missing bins or a new property with no bins yet supplied? Did you alert the landlord or the landlords agent? I suppose this was last Friday so any luck today?

Genie 12:35 pm 15 Jul 13

If you don’t have bins by tomorrow afternoon. Perhaps ask your neighbors if they have room in their bins.

Surely if you explain the situation they won’t care. It’s not like they own the bins

JC 12:27 pm 15 Jul 13

OP why not call up urban services in the first instance? Whilst the owner may well be paying the rates there is nothing stopping you calling them to say the bins are missing.

Also if you have moving in waste it would be probably more than a bins worth anyway so a trip to the tip of the transfer station would also be in order. At your cost of course.

Holden Caulfield 11:10 am 15 Jul 13

I suppose I should have prefaced that link with “Here’s a tip!”

Holden Caulfield 11:09 am 15 Jul 13
tim_c 11:05 am 15 Jul 13

What was your landlord’s response?
If you’re in an apartment building or set of townhouses, there might be just one common bin/hopper for your waste, otherwise, the previous tenant(s) should have left the bins at the house (they belong to the ACT Gov’t afterall, and are not the tenants’ property to take with them).

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